SInce my Christmas gifts to others do not appear to be willing to make themselves, I got to work on Friday and Saturday. I purchased this fabric at a wonderful shop called "Charming Lily" up in the Spokane area this summer, with some sort of half cocked idea to make a quilt with it. Making the decision that I probably wouldn't really be doing that, I used the fat quarters to make zippy bags to give the gals at work.
I used an assembly line technique to construct the bags, and it worked wonderfully well. I sure do love putting in zippers. I have done so many of them, that my results are great every time. Practice practice practice, if you are "zipper phobic".
The pattern I use for the bags is called Zippy Strippy by Teri Atkinson. I have a tutorial for putting in the zippers if you would like to refer to it.
I also started up another Sew Together Bag, but had to stop just at the point where I need to put in the long 18" zipper, because of course I don't happen to have a matching one on hand. This is my second STB and it did go faster than the first one. If you have ever made one of these bags, do you agree that the trickiest bit is attaching the side panels? The layers of fabric are so thick, and it isn't easy to make everything line up according to the proper places. I did learn to trim down the seam before attaching the side binding, which helped. There is a great tutorial by Quilt Barn for constructing this bag. I don't think I could have done it with just the pattern alone.
I promise to show a photo when I get that last long zipper in!