Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Scrappy Mama's Bag

Quilty goodness

Tis a season for finishes, it seams!  Which is good because I have a very long list of projects I'd like to start... today?  It's always a joy to see the finished quilty goodness piling up.

mama's bag!

So here's my mama's bag all ready to wear.  Ta da!  Of course, I have a favorite side (both being quite different), and this is it.  I really love the multi-directional dense quilting and all those tiny scraps.  Most scrappy!

tres scrappy

I finished my purse with leather handles, thanks to your recommendations.  The thought wasn't even on my radar when I asked!  I did have to order them since local was non-existent, but once here they were easy to install.

favorite Good Folks!

I hand stitched these 24" handles to my finished purse with black button thread through the pre-punched holes.  I hope these handles are good and sturdy, because I'm sure to wear this one to death someday.  They certainly feel soft in the hand and cushy on the shoulder.  So far, I highly recommend leather over the thin linen handles I had sewn last time (just practically speaking.  Of course, the linen is pretty!).

lots of pockets

I added 3 pockets to the lining before assembling.  The velveteen pocket is for my phone.  Total phone luxury happening here!  And there's a great big one that kind of flops open, but it'll work.  I meant to add magnetic snap closure to the purse before assembling, but totally forgot and then decided to be lazy.  Ah well, I always forget something when I make a bag!

loving my new purse

So, another quilted purse for me to wear and love, day in and day out.  I'll be wearing it to Quilt Con, for sure.  That's starting to feel soon-ish!

Happy Birthday, Aria!

Here in the States today is election day.  Guess what else?  It's Aria's birthday!  I'll never forget how my very politically-minded Dad grinned and grinned when she was born on such a patriotic day.  Aria received some birthday money from great-grandma and high-tailed it to the local fabric store where she could use her coupons to buy fleece and yardage for her sewing schemes.  The girl has already made about half the projects in that Sewing School book.  She's got it bad, friends.

I don't know how that could have happened!

And my friend Ruth at Sew Love Fabrics sent 2 charm packs as a surprise birthday gift to Aria.  The girl is over-the-moon.  Can't at all believe her luck!  She'll be sending a thank-you note, Ruth.  Thanks for your sweet thoughtfulness!

28 comments:

  1. The purse looks beautiful, Rachel!

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  2. What a lovely bag! Gorgeous colors and I love those handles. Just great!

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  3. beautiful bag... but your daughter outshines the bag!

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  4. Wow. The bag is so beautiful. I love the pretty green you used for the interior and the handles really do make the bag. Well done!

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  5. That is precious that she used her birthday money for fabric! A girl just like her mama, I gather. And beautiful bag! See you at Quilt Con-yay!!!

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  6. Love your purse. I will be able to spot you from a mile away at Quilt Con! I can't wait to go.

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  7. Love the bag! I'm getting pretty excited for Quiltcon, too! I only got one class I wanted (wait listed two others), but it will still be a great time. It's so great that your daughter is learning and loves sewing. Looks like she made some pretty fabric choices! :)

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    1. I feel quite lucky because I got into the classes I had in mind. I must have lightning-fast registration fingers! It's going to be a great time for all, I'm sure.

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  8. lovely purse, so wonderfully scrappy! Happy birthday to your little girl, my girls love that sewing book, too.

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  9. Gorgeous bag - absolutely love it! Please convey my birthday wishes to Aria. :)

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  10. Love your bag!!! Happy birthday to such a gifted little lady!!

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  11. Rachel, your new bag is gorgeous! I need one, too!
    Happy Birthday to Aria! x Teje

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  12. Love your bag!! Happy Birthday to your little girl! My daughter turns 7 today!!

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  13. Happy birthday Aria! Your purse is so pretty, Rachel. The handles turned out so nicely. Also - I'll be at Quiltcon too! :D

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  14. Happy birthday, Aria! It's lovely to see your finishes especially when they are so scrappy and lovely.

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  15. Love the bag and the handles. HAPPY HAPPY DAY to Aria!

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  16. Lovely bag! I hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday. My daughter loves Sewing School as well. She has made a bunch of things from there with little to no help from me! :)

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    1. Yes, it's definitely one of those books that promotes independence. Aria likes the way the directions are written too.

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  17. Really sharp looking bag. I love the extra duty handles, for loading up on FQ spontaneously!

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  18. Love the bag. The colors and the shape is perfect. Love seeing a little girl sewing. She has a lot of inspiration!

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    1. Haha, yes, the poor thing is inundated with it. For awhile this year she was "not interested" in sewing and totally into yarn instead. I let her have her space and see how she's come around!

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  19. Such a gorgeous bag! I think it would make for a good Christmas gift project too.

    Congratulations to your daughter! I hope she had a wonderful birthday!

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  20. Your bag turned out so wonderful ~ I want one too!
    Happy Birthday Aria ~ sewing is such a great skill to have and to have a passion for it is even better ~ have fun!

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  21. Hau`oli Lā Hānau (Happy Birthday), sweet Aria! Cute bag, Rachel!

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  22. First of all a happy birthday for your daughter! I love the bag you made and the handles are lokking very good on it.
    Groetjes
    Annnemieke

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  23. what a great bag!!! the mix of quilty and functional handles is great!

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  24. Wonderful bag! Just perfect :)
    Happy Birthday to Aria!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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