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My Tsuru Weekender


Hey Guys!

Well, I have made a milestone in my sewing!  I finished my weekender.  I FINISHED MY WEEKENDER!!!!!  I am a bit excited over ….just a little LOL!  I took a class with the wonderful Al from A Thousand Needles at my favorite spot in Atlanta, Fabricate Studios.   I decided to forgo all the Peltex and instead opted for the quilt as you go method.   I have heard many horror stories about this bag and let me tell you…I had a few moments that I needed to walk away from it but I never threw it….So kudos to me ;0)  I honestly enjoyed every stage of this bag and was crazy enough to cut out along with quilting two bags.  One is for me and the other is for my Mother in Law.  I will show you the quilted panels of her bag…as I am all out of Jean Needles (which are needed for construction).

For my bag, my fabric choice was Tsuru by Rashida Coleman Hale.  If you remember my Dot Dot Dash bag,  I made both bags to match so I would have a set for traveling.  Pretty cool, hun?   I really love the Tsuru collection.  It’s bright cheerful and sooo me.  I added some pearl bracelets in pink and yellow along with essex linen in Chambray and a Kona solid.

Here is a picture from the bag being in progress, once I completed all the quilt as you go panels.    I used the  Bloomin’ quilt as you go tutorial from Let’s Eat Grandpa as a guide.  I really like how it turned out.


Here are the panels from my other bag.   These panels came together very fast because I made blocks that I then quilted down.  For the bigger panels, I used my beloved Alexander Henry Bistro fabric.  I just could not cut it up ….it’s too perfect!  Plus my Mother in Law loved it so much she got a yard herself just for this project.  For the pocket panels, I created a jeweled heart because she loves Jewelry.    IMG_0856And now for the big reveal!


Everything is not perfect about the bag, but over all I think it’s pretty perfect. LOL.  We will see how the next one turns out once I get some Jean needles.


I will be linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday and Fabric Tuesday today.  If you are visiting from there, please leave a comment so I can go check you out!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!




Author: Pretty Lady Baby

I am just a girl trying to be crafty. Well really a woman but my thoughts are girly. I am embarking on a journey. I hope to complete all of my goals, share and learn from others.

19 thoughts on “My Tsuru Weekender

  1. That is freakin’ GORGEOUS! I wish I had the nerve to do one, I’d need a week long class and some xanax. Well done!!!

  2. Wow!! Beautiful job on that weekender. I love the fabric! Visiting from Sew Cute Tues. 🙂

  3. Great finish. I love that bag and would love to make one, I have bought the pattern but holding off right now until I get a couple of other things out of the way. Tsuru fabric is one of my favorite lines of fabric too. Nice job 🙂

  4. Congrats! What a really fantastic accomplishment and it looks terrific!

  5. So glad my tutorial worked for you — the bag is GORGEOUS! 🙂

  6. I will just say Wow… because I am wowed! Bet it took quite a bit of patience too! Beautiful! ~Laurie

  7. Great bag, Your m-in-law is a lucky lady!

  8. Absolutely fabulous. Your fabric choices and quilting have made for an incredible bag. Love it.

  9. This bag is fantastic! I love your fabrics and your yellow trim just pops!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  10. It looks great and I can’t wait to see you MIL’s bag! I made one with Peltex, but I really want to make a QAYG one.

  11. What´a fun weekender!

  12. It’s fantastic! I have the weekender on my sewing bucket list! Good job!

  13. This is a fabulous bag! I’m still working up the nerve to do the Aeroplane bag and the Super Tote, ha. Good for you to have tackled the infamous Weekender! Oh, the bragging rights. 🙂

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