Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bags all ready to pack

Except I'm not going anywhere. And the only connection between these two bags is that they are no longer UFO's. The bag on the left, the Aeroplane Bag, is for John's sister Chris to celebrate her last Christmas as a teacher. The retro bag on the right is from Stitch magazine.

Chris chose her body fabric from my stash, a piece that I'm pretty sure one of my guildsters gave me. We paired it with a brown Kona Espresso for the base, and the Monday Good Quilting Fairy Eileen cut me a piece of her Kona Pomegranate for that wonderful accent.   
We then found the batik lining on my shelves.  Each one of the interior pockets uses a fat quarter, and there were two with women in kimonos.  Perfect for this project!  But then the wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles: I had the right length HOT PINK zipper on hand as well.

I thought I would get to this on one of my sewing retreats, especially since all parts were ready for assembly.   Thanksgiving morning turned out to be the perfect time to finish this.  And Chris was our guest at dinner.  Excellent timing.

 This bag was interesting to work on, mostly because there was an error in the pattern.  This one too I thought I would work on at a sewing weekend, but it became too frustrating.  In my studio I was able to figure out the issue and then make it work.  This bag is handsome, and I'll hang onto this pattern, but I don't think I'll make another one of these.  Just yet.  Now, I just have to plan someplace to go...
No pockets in this lining
Each side has a pocket under the zipper ends

One side has three pockets - the other side has two. 

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