Sunday, April 10, 2011

Rally Bags Done!

Here they are, 72 rally bags waiting to be filled with goodies! I am so glad to be finished with these. They are cute, but making 72 of anything exactly the same is boring. I can make 600 HST's for a quilt and be fine, but at least I'm working with varieties of fabrics, these are exactly the same!

This week I hope to get all the cool ties made, but I only have about 4 dozen of those to make, we had some left from last year. DH did vacuum up all the denim bits in my sewing room, broken arm and all. At one point I had denim threads in my hair! This was a messy project.

I posted a while back about buying quilting supplies in the hardware store. Now I'm buying them in the hair care section of the grocery store. I was sick of getting stuck by pins while sewing on binding. I saw some quilt binding clips but they are just the same as these barrettes. The quilt binding clips come in packages of 30 for anywhere from $3.50 to $7 depending on where you buy them. The barrettes are 12 for 99 cents at multiple stores, and are readily available.

On the rally quilt I used the clips to hold the binding on and only used pins in the corners. It worked great and I never got stuck by a pin. This photo is just a leftover block from the quilt, not the quilt itself, but you get the idea. I was concerned the barrettes might get easily knocked off, but they did fine. I've been buying more packages two or three at a time, so I can have enough to bind a larger quilt and only use these clips. I think pins in the corners are better, but it's not too hard to avoid pins in just the corners.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as the rally projects go. I'm babysitting tomorrow, and I'm hoping I can spend naptime figuring out the cutting plan for the next few quilts I'll be making. I can't wait to get back to quilting :-)

1 comment:

Stephanie Newman said...

Oh my goodness Melodie, that's A LOT of rally bags. I can't believe you can sew so many and still be sane enough to compose a blog post, you must be really itching to do some fun piecing after all that!!