I got a lovely surprise for Christmas, a copy of this e-book called "Foolproof Crazy Quilt Projects" by Jennifer Clouston, published by C&T. It's full of beautiful projects that are small enough not to be daunting, but big enough to be satisfying, with fabulous hand embroidery embellishment.
I fell in love with the one on the cover, the "Upcycled Wool Bag" and resolved to make it. I have plenty of wool scraps and this pair of black plastic handles (not as nice as the wooden ones Jennifer uses though).
To be honest my last attempt at using a pattern and instructions from a book rather than a bought pattern did not go so well (see here and here) although I did love my finished bag. However this time there were some big improvements:
Having only used squares and rectangles for patchwork so far, I was a bit bemused by this curvy apple core shape, so I went on-line to read up on them.
Spun Sugar Quilts gave a well illustrated step by step tutorial for stitching them together round those curves and if you have an Accuquilt GO cutter she did a tutorial on using it for cutting the Apple Cores here.
I found a good tip in Flossie Teacakes" English Paper Piecing - Where to Begin", which answered my query on how to treat the corners when fitting them to the card templates; "Katy memorably told me to 'let the dog's ears wag' meaning that I should leave the ears of the fabric unstuck."
I started by cutting two templates; one for the card and one with the seam allowance for the fabric. I used Template Plastic for them, and used cereal cartons for the card. Then I dived into my stash of wool skirts (donated by MIL) and started cutting out with my trusty Gingher Scissors.
You can see my lines match up on the card templates
I actually enjoyed sewing the fabric to the card. After all, this is why I am making it, not only for the finished product but also to enjoy the process. Once all the scraps were basted to the card templates I spent a happy hour or two arranging and rearranging them until I was happy with the pattern/randomness.