The last few times I went to Quilt Market I made myself a new bag (plus another one for my friend).
This bag is basically a miniature version of a quilt designed by the adorable & uber-talented Camille Roskelley ...
from her book "Simplify".
And this one is also a miniaturized version of a quilt I designed for the Lecien Quilt Market booth last year to promote the then newest Flower Sugar fabric collection.
(Free quilt pattern here.)
Well, I simply could NOT help myself.
I was compelled to make a bag inspired by this quilt - another commission by Lecien for last Quilt Market (I didn't go to that one).
(Quilt pattern available here.)
The blocks in the quilt measure 5 1/2"/side. The ones on this bag? A mere 1 3/4"!
If I'd had more time I might have made more blocks. But necessity is the mother of invention, right?
I wanted to add a bit of embroidery, but I didn't have gobs of time so I opted for a simple open lazy daisy stitch to create a delicate scalloped/lace trim. (I also started adding knots between the scallops, but it was too busy so I took 'em out.)
I love this novelty print from Meg Hawkey's "Whitewash" collection.
It features vintage sewing motifs and was perfect for this tote.
It didn't take me long to go with the chocolate brown dotted print for the bottom. Gives it a fun personality.
And I went for a lighter inside - makes it easier to find stuff in there!
It's a pretty roomy tote.
Ok. I'm signing off now until I get back from Houston. I promise to bring back lots of pictures and hopefully some other fun stuff.
If you're going to be there too I'd really love to meet you! I'll be at the C&T booth Saturday at noon for my book signing. I'll also be doing an embroidery demo (C&T booth again) Sunday at noon. Just remember "Nooners with Kristyne".
Uh ... wait a sec ... doesn't that mean something else? Never mind. You know what I'm sayin'. ;)
PS: For all you sick and twisted people who are jealous of my snowy climate, here's the view from my sewing room window.
Any volunteers to come and shovel? And scrape the ice off my windshield in the morning?