Friday, February 19, 2010

sew & tell - assembly line production

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I have definitely decided that assembly line production is the best way to work if you are making more than one of the same thing.  I have been working on 3 bags for a couple weeks.  I think the cutting and prepping the interfacing takes the longest.  After chain-piecing my quilt blocks last week, I decided I would do that as I stitched together these bags.
3 straps ready to go, and three innards ready to be sewn up!
So I did all the sewing up the point where I couldn't do anything next until the ironing.  Then I spent some time ironing and then the next step, etc. etc.   I had to slow down and change thread for each bag when it came time to do some topstitching, but all in all, it seems to go a lot quicker.  Plus, it makes it easier to sit down and work for shorter amounts of time and not be constantly getting up and down all the time.  And I don't have to worry about my iron cooling off (with it's auto shut-off feature) because I'm using it the whole time it's plugged in.

I'll admit, I rushed this morning to get one finished to post today.  But I'm going to finish the other two assembly style.

I used a little brown and turquoise polka dot ribbon for the key hook leash and topstitched in a dark turquoise.  This is Laura Gunn's Lantern Bloom line.  I think I linked to her new Poppy line last week.  This fabric is amazing!  And so photogenic.

I love the way it turned out!  This is for one of my dearest friends who is having another baby this month.  She is one of 20 or so people that I know who are having babies!  It's insane. 2010, the year of the Baby.


What did you finish this week?
(Following the guidelines for linking will ensure a good time for all! I have had to delete posts in the past, don't make me do it, please!)
1. Link to your specific post about a sewing related finish you had THIS week.  (email me if you have questions about that.)
2. Please mention us here and link back to this post so everyone can join in.  (You can mention Sew & Tell in your post and have the button on your sidebar or blog, that works too. )
3. Pat each other on the backs in the comments!


PS - The linky will close at midnight Pacific time - hurry and get your finishes in!

36 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Those colors are just amazing and the bag looks wonderful! I esp. like the key hook so the keys don't fall to the bottom of the bag!

Nicole said...

Yeah - I'd better be first today. For some reason I've been wide awake since 3:00 this morning. What the...?

That poppy fabric is the kind I wouldn't "see" at a fabric store, but ends up being amazing in the hands of the right person. Know what I mean? You being the right person, of course. :)

Mrs Moen said...

I absolutly love your bag; it's gorgeous, Amy!

Holly said...

I've always loved that lantern fabric. I'm sure your friend will love the bag.

Rene' said...

That fabric is gorgeous. I haven't seen that before. It really looks great as a bag. I agree that assembly line with some projects works best. Can't wait to see the other two bags. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend.

Busy Little Quilter said...

I love your bag, too, and the fabric is beautiful.

I love your idea of sewing everything at one time. That works well for me, too!

Have a great weekend!

Nina... said...

Beautiful! I love Laura Gunn's fabrics and I'm very excited about her new line.

Kim said...

Your bag is beautiful! I love your fabric selection.

Kalleen said...

I love your bag. i love the color combination. So cute. I just found your party thanks for hosting. I linked to things. I hope that is okay.

Candied Fabrics said...

Assembly line sewing is my life when I make bags...the stressfull thing is that your not done on all of them until the last step! I once made 15 bags at the same time - and when it takes 4-5 hours/bag to complete, that's a lotta hours without a finish!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my goodness Amy, I love your bag! The colors are fabulous!

Jenn said...

I use assembly line production a LOT! It really helps once you get the item construction down pat and can just sew or iron in "chunks"! The colors on that bag are BEAUTIFUL!! BTW, where do you get your labels???

Natalia said...

I love how your bag turned out! Love the colors too!!

SueWis said...

Love the colors! You and your perfect double topstitching -- you're making the rest of us look bad. :)

ivoryspring said...

Beautiful!!!! :) I was so intending to finish my quilt for the sew-n-tell this week, but that didn't happen! :(
Maybe next week...

Mother Huddle said...

Loving the bag, and that fabric! I am ready for spring!

Mandy Noble said...

I really love that fabric, it works so well for a bag - gorgeous

Julie said...

That is just too cute!!

Enjoyed my visit to your blog!

Julie
www.ridingaside.blogspot.com

allyn said...

it turned out beautifully, as usual. that fabric is gorgeous.

tara said...

The orange Chinese Lantern fabric is way cool.
I only know one person who had a baby. And she is now 1. I think maybe everyone I know is done.

pinksuedeshoe said...

Is that an Erin McMorris print I see peeking out? I love it! (And just ordered some which should be arriving next week!) Cute bags.

KQuiltyBee said...

This fabric DOES make a great bag--and thanks for all the sew & tells--I love seeing what all everyone is doing.

Mary said...

Thanks for the motivation to finish my quilt last night! This is my first time participating in Sew & Tell Friday. I finally gave in and started a blog after having fun sharing projects on Flickr for the last 6 months.

I love the new bag, and I'll have to try assembly line production. It makes a lot of sense!

P.S. - I'm from NoVA too :-)

Shontelle said...

Love the colours in your bag. Gorgeous.

bumblebeebags said...

good job!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

assembly line, YES! I do it whenever I can in anything it will work with. The bag looks great. :D

Shari said...

This fabric makes me want to go fabric shopping....so I can make one too of course!

The Tripp Family said...

love the turquoise & orange! I haven't made a bag before but it seems like they would be fun to play with lots of different fabrics! Yours are beautiful!

Sew It UP! said...

Love all the bags you make! Wonderful fabric and combinations.

Lauren said...

I love assembly line sewing. And the colors of the purses. Especially that navy flowered one.

Karen said...

That is another gorgeous bag you made. I recommend the assembly line thing. Next thing you know they are all done.

Vicki S said...

Your bag is gorgeous in Lantern Bloom! I've never done assembly line (unless chain stitching quilt blocks counts), but I can see the advantage.

Kristen said...

I love that Laura Gunn fabric. I found her undercover crate tutorial on her site almost a year back. That bag looks great!

Valerie said...

Oh I love your idea of the assembley line. Smart. I missed adding my name to the widget but I did post some things and did include your sew and tell link. Thank you for hosting this.

Amber and The Boys said...

Hi! I just have to come out of blog stalking mode to introduce myself. :) I am Laura's (your sister in law Laura that is) cousin and have been stalking your blog for a while now via her blog and love it. So just thought I would say hi. I have to confess that I love your bags and have examined Laura's closely and made one of my own that is similar. You are motivating me to sew more-one of these days I will jump in on the sew and tell. So, anyway-hi! :)

sewtakeahike said...

those Laure gun fabrics are soooo awesome!!! Have you seen her new poppy line yet Amy?? I think I need the whole dang line.

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