Wednesday, 15 August 2007

MIDDLE OF THE WEEK

I received the name of my 4 seasons swap recipient! And here is a peek of the first cuting. There are a lot of self-dyed fabrics in it and I hope the result will meet the expectations of the recipient.

Then the picture of a favorite bag of mine. I found the pattern in a japanese book on bags and it is the just the right size to hold a quilt for when I go to show-and-tells. The hexagons are hand-sewed and hand-quilted, as the cover (or lap?) and the rest is machine-sewed and machine-quilted.

The inside is made out of a Laura Aschley fabric, which I had bought for the back of a quilt but which turned out too small to be used.
The leather handles are from a second-hand bag I bought at a flea market for very little money. I love going to flea-markets to find things like that. When I was in France this summer I bought some more ugly bags with nice handles but I still have to sew the bags!
I wonder where this summer is gone. We are having very unusual weather here, some kind of monsoon! One day cold, the next heavy rain, then very hot and humid,... Well I CAN´T work in the garden with a wind like that, can I?! I can only stay inside sewing and quilting, what a shame!
Thank you very much for the nice comments on my two old quilts.
Have a nice time!

11 comments:

May Britt said...

Your bag is soooo nice. Which book did you find the pattern in. I have a lot of these japanese books but can't remember seen this bag before.

Libby said...

Another fantastic use for those hexagon pieces . . . I just endlessly enjoy them *s* Your swap piece looks fun. Will enjoy watching it come together.

Cathi said...

The bag is gorgeous! I had the same idea of buying cheap bags with nice handles in the thrift/charity shops too, but haven't actually gotten the nerve to make a bag...it is the zippers and pockets that frighten me!!

Laurie Ann said...

Your swap blocks look intriguing. I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve!

atet said...

That bag is beautiful! And I can't wait to see what you do with those swap blocks -- now I am really wishing I had signed up for this one. Maybe the next round!

Rose Marie said...

What a great bag and one on my to-do list for sure! I've been wanting to try hexagons to see what they are all about. Those swap pieces look interesting!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Lovely bag, I adore your idea of recycling handles!

Connie W said...

Great bag! It's so different from the usual totes. And the lining is so pretty!

sMC said...

litle hex bag 5..... :) yes they are cute aren'they. thanks for visiting me. I love all your bags and your blog.

katelnorth said...

the cutting looks very promising - if your 4 seasons recipient doesn't like it, you can send the quilt to me! :)

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