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Flowers and Beyond!

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Spring has sorta sprung here in Texas and my thoughts have turned to flowers–fabric flowers that is!

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Fun to Wear Fabric Flowers by Elizabeth Helene Searle is a wonderful resource that guided me through crafting all the flowers above.  A 96 page book with fabulous photos and examples.

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Four of the five flowers you see above were sewn from kits I purchased at International Quilt Festival.  The top left flower, though, was made from a pattern by Heather Bailey that’s attached to her purse pattern, “Marlo Bloom Handbag.”  This decorative flower is easily constructed following her well-written instructions and adding a vintage button.  Here is a closer look:

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And here we have the same flower styled with laminated fabrics and a hand-painted button from Mood.IMG_5551

 

Sometimes, as with the Heather Bailey project, the flower is a bonus from a purse pattern.  The same happy circumstance occurred with Carina Gardner’s “Dainty Blossoms Sling” which sports a lovely lush flower that I created for our Springer Spaniel, Kate, from laminated pink floral. She wears it proudly and everyone can see just how feminine she is! 🙂

For Kate

For Kate

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From that very sling pattern I actually fashioned a laminated bag with a casual vintage vibe that I titled “Welcome Back, June”!  in honor of summer approaching and a nod to June Cleaver. 🙂 “Now, Ward, don’t you think you were a little hard on Beaver?”  Oh, geez, showing my age again…  But it does just channel the fifties, don’t you think?

Welcome Back, June!

Welcome Back, June!

In addition to my journey into flowers, I also sidestepped into headbands.  And where did I find those patterns?  Just Google “how to make a reversible headband” and YouTube, of course, will have you stitching headbands before you know it!  Here are a few of about a dozen reversible headbands I created.  Such fun!  Easy and quick!  Now at Tina’s!

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During Spring Break, my adorable Gracie, The Fashionista, visited and here is a picture of her latest creation–a purse, and of course, it’s in animal print!  Girl after my own heart!

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My return to actual purse making came in the form of an Anny Clutch from a beautifully vibrant laminated Kaffe Fassett print.  Behold “Cheshire Garden.”

Cheshire Garden

Cheshire Garden

One of my favorite Etsy shops, Laminates, provided the fabric (Who’s That Girl? from Robert Kaufman) for this awesome Parisian bag which I deem “Shopping on the Seine.”  And the genuine leather handle is from another favorite I’ve mentioned before, Cindy’s Button Company.

Shopping on the Seine

Shopping on the Seine

Wanting to experiment with laminated fabric using one of my favorite patterns by Cindy Taylor Oates, I stitched a bag with elements from the sixties.  The flower child print is from Stella Dear Stella Designs which I discovered at an awesome Austin shop called Stitch Lab.  Dripping with tassels, fringe, and a large leather flower, I coined a new word for this lovely bag– “Fringeship.” 🙂

Fringeship

Fringeship

In the spring/summer season, it’s too easy for me to get caught up in the laminates.  (Although, that seems to be what the customers like.)  AND I was ready for a pattern that was completely new and different to me.  I chose a pattern called Laguna from The Quilter’s Dream.  When I saw the sample ready-made at Quilt Festival, it was sewn from all cotton.  Instead, I chose to fashion it from a teal floral heavy linen, then machine appliqued the large flower from a fuchsia chenille.  I placed a purchased light pink fabric hibiscus in the center, then topped the rim with a sage green ball fringe. I’m delighted with the outcome and titled it “Floral Magic.”

Floral Magic

Floral Magic

And now for the Anny Bags–all laminated.  The first is a wild Brother/Sister Designs fabric, alternating with a Michael Miller polka dot, which I named “Psychedelic Gardens.”

Psychedelic Gardens

Psychedelic Gardens

Then I reverted to my four ruffle Anny Bag pattern.  I am continually tweaking (not twerking–although that would be exercise) my Anny Bag pattern, usually fiddling with dimensions.  I always think, “Ah, this is perfect!”  Then, I adjust it again.  What’s that about??  Anyway, the following are three that I have delivered to Tina’s in the last week or so.

Black and White and Red All Over

Black and White and Red All Over

Garden Party

Garden Party

Flirty Flowers

Flirty Flowers

And there you have it, folks!  The fruits of my labor!  This week I plan to produce three more Anny Bags.  Yikes!  Actually, Tina’s on the Strand has chosen me to be the featured artist at Artwalk on June 6th, and fear of inadequate inventory drives me!  I text pics of the completed bags to my daughter who last night inquired, “Do you ever leave your sewing room?!”  Well, yes.  I go to Curves, Bunko, Mah Jongg, Lunch with the teachers, friends, and family, mani/pedi, etc.  But the REST of the time, I’m sewing.  Happily Sew! 🙂

 

I’m Sewing As Fast As I Can…

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Since we last met, I’ve fractured a foot, traveled to New York City, had a home photo shoot for a magazine, and made seven bags!  My sister, niece, and I planned a trip to New York since they had never been and I wanted to show them all my favorite tourist sites.  But, right before the trip I started having pain in my right foot this time, and x-rays showed a fracture.  So…off to New York City in a clodhopper of a boot!!  It must have helped because latest x-rays show healing.  Yea!  It’s pretty amazing, though, because we had an overflowing agenda.  They were such troopers!  Examples:

  • One day we visited Good Morning America AND the Today Show in the same morning.
  • At some point, Nannette’s shoe came apart and she bought super glue and tape and kept on trekking!
  • The last night while having dinner in Little Italy, they said, “We haven’t done Grand Central or the Empire State Building.”  I informed them that the Empire State Building is open until 2:00 a.m. and off we went.  We sat on the balcony at Grand Central Terminal and enjoyed a beer, then taxied to the Empire State Building where the top felt like hurricane force winds.  And this while still carrying multiple shopping bags!
  • They can’t wait to go back!  🙂

Since we were visiting as many “must see” NYC sites as possible, I didn’t make it to the Garment District this time.  I did collect some charms and flowers in SOHO boutiques for embellishing.

My first visit to Tina’s (where I sell my bags) my manager pointed out I had sold all but a few of my bags and she needed more, especially Anny Bags.  So here are the bags you haven’t seen.

I call this bag Daisy for two reasons–the daisies on the bag and my grandmother’s middle name was Daisy.  Softly laminated Anny Bag with a pretty Amy Butler turquoise and yellow print inside.  The purchased handle is Inazuma from Japan.

This is Blue Skies Over Paris.  Not sure why except both fabrics remind me of a Parisian design.  This is the “All Day” version of the pattern by Craft Apple called Knotted Bag.  A shopper and traveler’s dream, this bag has a large outer pocket secured with a magnetic snap and more pockets inside.  Of course, being made from the laminated cotton, it is soft and lightweight.

Brazilian Dream is created from two Free Spirit/Westminster fabrics.  The toucan fabric, “Jungle Fever,” is very popular and I combined it with a complementary lime houndstooth pattern.  The flower is removable.

The final four are obviously all softly laminated  Anny Bags, and all flowers are clip on/removable.  Upper left is Cotton Candy with an exterior fabric called Poodle by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit.  The interior is a beautiful Heather Bailey fabric called Swirlybuds for Bijoux.  The straps are fashioned from the same two fabrics.

Upper right is called Festival with an exterior and interior of Kaffe Fassett fabric.  The purchased handle is from Cindy’s Button Company.  NOTE:  I have been SO happy with Cindy’s Button Company.  The service is prompt and courteous and the package usually arrives with a little surprise item!  🙂

The lower left is called Wild About Pink (suggested by my daughter) and so appropriate!  This version of the Anny Bag is a bit larger than the others, having five ruffle layers, and is perfect for shopping–lightweight and spacious.  I adore this fabric but unfortunately did not keep notes on the designer.  Perhaps I’ll find some more.  The purchased handle is Inazuma which I ordered from Studio Aika.  NOTE:  Studio Aika has also been very helpful with my orders.  This type handle must be applied by hand and takes me almost two hours.  Maybe I’m just slow but I use DMC floss and the results appear very professional and the handle is very sturdy.

The lower right bag is called Carnivale, festive and fun!  This is the typical Anny Bag, lightweight and spacious, but this one has SIX pockets!  Perfect for traveling.  The fabric is by Heather Bailey and purchased handle is Inazuma.

Oh my, that’s it for now!  As I said, “I’m sewing as fast as I can!”  Actually, I’ve been pondering this business and would like  input from others who sell their bags.  My dilemma is that I’m very serious about the unique character of my bags.  While my designs may not differ much (yet), I do insist that every bag be original and one-of-a-kind.  Very time consuming, of course.  But the creative process is what brings me joy.  Any thoughts?

Happy Sewing!  🙂

LATEST BAGS

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I’ve been mighty busy in the sewing room lately!  Now that I can use my feet to push that Bernina pedal, bags are blooming!  The first bag was created from a laminated Anna Maria Horner fabric.  Chevron designs are popular this spring so that was my coordinate, and then I added a fun red/gold fringe along the joined seam.  Christina at Tina’s aptly named it Weekend at the Cabana!  This bag was not in the store long before someone snapped it up!  Yea!

The next bag is called Evening in Morocco where I was experimenting with an Abbey Lane clutch pattern.  The size and style are ideal for a brief outing just carrying your essentials.  A magnetic clasp keeps items secure and on future bags I would add pockets.  The fabric is Kaffe Fasset’s Millefiore (which I just ordered in a laminate from Creations in Kerrville, TX) in preparation for my fall line!

Dots & Daisies is what I named this bag made from a wonderful pattern by Craft Apple called the Knotted Bag.  It comes in two sizes (“afternoon” and “all day”) and this was my first attempt at the smaller size.  It turned out well,  fashioned from a laminated Michael Miller cotton called Lil’ Plain Jane.  Multiple pockets make it perfect for an afternoon of shopping.The larger All Day version is perfect for travel.

I called the next bag Release the Hounds!, created from a Hounds Tooth design from Vicki Payne for Free Spirit.  The accompanying fabric was a home dec fabric, Bella, for Top Drawer.  Joined by a rich black braid, and a black purchased handle from Cindy’s Buttons, made quite the sassy satchel!

Traveling to Paris was fashioned from a beautifully laminated fabric by Michael Miller, the French Journal Collection.  The interior is a rich floral fabric by Tanya Whelan, called Delilah.  I added four pockets to this bag, one of which is a secret little compartment in the bottom, held securely by velcro covered by a tiny crocheted rose–perfect for your jewelry during a mani/pedi!  The exterior flower is detachable.  The complimentary black on black fabric has been with me for years.  If you’re a quilter you know that years ago, Mary Ellen Hopkins designed this fabric for Alexander Henry, and I liked it so much that I kept buying it.  I have used it many times through the years and sorry to say, this was the end of it.  If you’re listening, Mary Ellen, I need you!

Smarty Girl Book Bag is a little tote pattern by Heather Bailey.  The finished size is 13″w x 10″h x 2″ d.  I created it from mostly Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacobs fabrics.  Easy, functional, and fun to make; the only change I would make is adding pockets in the future.

The last bag is one of my all time favorites.  I designed it with multiple pockets, including a pencil/pen pocket.  The fabric is an elegant home dec fabric, Folk Art Linens by Robyn Pandolph for Moda.  This charming fabric is sumptuously soft and I’ve paired it with dazzling topaz-like graduated beading.  The interior is a sophisticated tone on tone golden with an embossed floral design.  Summer Romance is the title of this particular bag.  I haven’t named this pattern yet, but because the handles form loops, I may call it the belted bag, since you could slip coordinating scarves around the top, tying on the side.  I noticed a stunning little vintage button in my embellishment drawer and knew it had to be incorporated in the flower.  You may not be able to tell by the picture but the yellow button is accompanied by a rhinestone center and a circle of tiny pearls.  The button is circa 1910 and the loop on the back was broken.  How in the world would I attach it?  I could glue it on, but I prefer sewing for stability.  Aha!  I decided to cover the button with fine yellow netting which is sewn to the rest of the flower made of layers of the interior and exterior fabrics and yellow netting.  Voila!  I attached a pin and a clip for removal and the bag was complete!As you can see, the foot surgery (going really well, just a little swelling left) did wonders for my creative and productive brains.  So, it’s back to the studio for me and, as always, I wish you Happy Sewing!