I also made a pair of chef pants for my adult son, and I whipped up two carry on bags for me and my friend. I learned fairly last minute that the airline had specifications for carry on that would cost me quite a bit to take the little wheeled case I already had. So the day of departure I made two bags to exact specs they posted. I don't have a picture of them, they aren't the prettiest, best made bags ever, but they did the job. It whet my taste for bag making, and I've been musing about bags for some time now. I'll have to try again soon.
The sewing that has been consistently engaging me is the sampler quilt I've been working on for maybe 3 months now. It was a sew along a couple of years ago, I've been sewing it alone. I'm surprised at how long its been taking me and that I've stuck with it. I've only got 6 blocks done, if you count the rejects I've done 9. One was rejected because of obvious polyester that snuck in while the rest of the quilt is cotton. One had funky points that will be square edged if it's ever sewed to anything else. I think the third came up just too small. The rejects are in the top row.
The current block I'm working on is "Flying Geese, magic method". I was kind of peeved with the magic method, which caused all my geese units to be a little bent or bowed.
It took me a couple units to figure out how to trim them correctly, so I don't know if this block will make the grade either.
Those diagonal markings are your friend. I was trying to line up with the straight lines of length or width and that wasn't working. The 45 degree angle made it right.
I found another vintage machine to work on. This was in a local antique/pawn shop marked $50. and purchased for $20, with a box of attachments (alas for a slant needle, which this is not) thrown in.
Like the fish fabric in the background? From the antique store a couple feet away. I think my Momma had a church dress made out of this fabric in 1969. Or maybe it was my dress.