I have been playing about with some jelly roll that I have and decided to try my hand at the Courthouse steps block, having made 25 blocks thought they might work as a bag so joined them all up and then made the back of the bag using strips of jelly rolls. I mounted these on some bump with a muslin backing and hand quilted both pieces. I used perle 5`s for the back, this was a mistake as I thought it was an 8 perle. The front I used 8`s in red and green, working diagonals in the centre squares and just stitching up the centre of the steps. For once I am feeling quite pleased with myself and at last feel like I am getting some where with my patchwork. I lined the bag with a pretty piece of poly cotton, I suppose you are tutting now that I did not use cotton but the bump is made from polyester so did not think it would matter. This bag I will take to the quilt festival with me, lots of room in it too! I even made a buttonhole on the tab fastening and covered a button with some of the fabric.
When I went to the local market to get the fabric for the lining I took my piece of bump with me ( I did not know what it was ) and the lady said it was bump which is used to put between curtains and their lining. Am I okay to use it in patchwork, it is made from polyester, must say it was lovely to hand quilt. Advice please.
Prior to making this bag I made another that was in the popular patchwork bag special. It is not as big as I would have liked in fact it is small but was a good learning curve, will try and make another bigger as I am sure I can find things to put in it. This one you cut the 2 pieces of fabric 9.5" by 15", it has an external pocket both on the front and the back.
I also used the bump in this one. The bag I made prior that I put on my blog I think I will take apart and use some bump in it as it is very floppy and has no body, I put a small book in it and it went all out of shape, never mind I have learnt by my mistakes! Next think I want to try is a bit of machine quilting, I do have a walking foot which makes it easier so just watch this space but do not hold your breath.