Bitsa bags

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  • #3980
    beattie
    beattie
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    I thought I’d attack the growing pile of pieces that are too small to make a morsbag out of – on their own, so I started sewing similar width pieces together in strips, just a few a day, putting the light colours on one end and the darker colours on the other.

    When each strip reached about 40″ long I sewed them together and made a bag. Here it is –

    Bag 1 front c

    Bag 1 back a

    I still have a pile of “Too Small” pieces ….

    #3983
    Pol
    Pol
    Keymaster

    These are works of art…. you should exhibit at a quilting fair! 🙂

    #3992
    beattie
    beattie
    Keymaster

    That’s kind of you Pol, but I don’t think my stitching would stand up to scrutiny – wobbly, but strong is fine by me! I think we’ll keep the bag above, but I made a couple more this (rainy) afternoon. Both use bigger pieces than the first one of this batch.

    Bitsa no 2 front

    Bitsa no 2 back

    Bitsa no 3 front

    Bitsa no 3 back

    It’s going to be hard to give these to people I don’t know! 😀

    #3993
    beattie
    beattie
    Keymaster

    Whoops, double post!! My finger bounced 😕

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    #3995
    Agwen
    Agwen
    Participant

    They are wonderful. I have been saving the bits to make pockets but not all are suitable. I will start sewing them into bags.

    #3997
    beattie
    beattie
    Keymaster

    Frank is the master of the truly random bitsa, I sew the pieces into strips then join them, widthways. He lays out the pieces on the floor and starts by joining the smallest elements and works his way up.

    #3998
    offcuts
    offcuts
    Participant

    Why will they be difficult? They are wonderful!!

    #4001
    sazzie
    sazzie
    Participant

    Lovely bitsa bags as always – I bet they get picked / selected first

    #4002
    beattie
    beattie
    Keymaster

    😀 Thank you all! I’ve made another couple of bitsas this evening, but not with so many bits.

    #4003
    offcuts
    offcuts
    Participant

    Message from Mr Bo Jangles to Bitsa assembler:-

    Its all about the yellow (Wassily Kadinsky)

    Kandinsky Circles

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    #4006
    beattie
    beattie
    Keymaster

    😀

    Thanks for the hint Mr Bo Jangles!

    #4007
    Pol
    Pol
    Keymaster

    I spot a piece of Royal elephant!

    #4011
    sazzie
    sazzie
    Participant

    Well spotted Pol.
    Beattie – quick question…. Do you line your bitsa bags?

    #4013
    beattie
    beattie
    Keymaster

    “I spot a piece of Royal elephant!”

    You do, indeed, Pol!! In fact you can spot two 😀 There’s one more piece about the same size left, to be incorporated into another bitsa.

    I don’t normally line them Sazzie. Frank has been known to, if he’s joining fabrics edge to edge, which he does if the pieces are only just big enough. I use a felled seam, which is very like the more easily looked up flat-felled seam. A felled seam has two lines of stitching, flat-felled has three. I reckon two are enough for a bag, usually.

    I do it like this –
    http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk/KatePages/Learning/Seams/seam_types.htm
    (scroll down to the third type of seam) but I arrange the edges of the fabric so that the lower one sticks out a little bit beyond the upper one, rather than trimming it. Then I wrap the bigger one round the smaller one and sew again.

    #4019
    Krisaby
    Krisaby
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    What absolutely gorgeous bags! I always love your bitsa bags Beattie (lot of Bs there!).

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