Kaelin and I started a little swap on flickr a couple of months ago that we had been thinking about for quite a while. We thought that the perfect swap could be a BAG swap! All sorts of bags and all sorts of levels of experience. I put myself in the beginner category because I had actually never made a bag (other than one little box bag that Kaelin walked me through step by step at 3 am on our first quilting retreat!). I do have sewing experience I know, but I haven't done much with hardware or designing bags etc. But I felt that I would be able to follow someone else's pattern for a simple bag. And you may remember the one I made for my partner. (She hasn't received it yet! It had to travel a LONG way!)
I loved making this bag and the size and style it was designed in. So you can imagine that I was quite delighted when I received this bag in the mail from Kati of From the Blue Chair.
She made me a bag from the same pattern! (The Phoebe Bag!) We didn't do this on purpose. lol. But she knew when she saw the one that I made that at least I would like the one she made! ;)
Isn't it yummy? Aren't those pintucks gorgeous?! LOVE.
I happen to follow Kati's blog, so I remember when she posted about this. And I believe that she put the pintucks into the fabric first and then cut of the pattern pieces - for those of you wondering about construction methods. I've been wanting to try pin tucks forever and I'm so motivated to now.
It's seriously like a ray of sunshine!
And she filled it with "goodies" of the scrap variety! I love scraps. Heck, I just love fabric. And she did such a great job picking out scraps for me because I hardly own any of them. And those of you that have seen the amount of fabric that I have know that is quite a feat. ;)
Sigh. I love fun mail.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Kati!
Oh! and I even managed to use one of the scraps already. And for the most random thing ever. My mother in law does a massive amount of work for her parish (seriously, the church would fall apart without her). And the priests will often ask her help with their personal sewing needs...like putting on a new button (really people...everyone should know how to sew a button! I promise. It's not that hard!) and sometimes trickier things like the project she got today. One of the priests has a pair of shorts that he apparently cannot live without, but managed to snag them quite significantly. In a non priestly area. ;) So they needed to be mended. He told her that she could "go wild" in however she fixed them. She immediately thought of my fabrics and only took the project with that in mind. I found a fun AMH fabric scrap from Kati and made a little patch for the shorts.
I think that a) it is pretty funny that a priest wears this color shorts...you get so used to seeing them in garments or black. and b) that a priest is now going to be running around with a designer fabric patch on his shorts. I have a feeling that Anna would approve.
I think it's kind of fun and doesn't look half bad. lol.