Thursday, August 29, 2013

received and made

I joined the first edition of Sweet & Scrappy Swap on Flickr where we had to swap 50 charms plus a handmade pouch and a few notions.  This was what I received from Jera - I love all the charms and have already started playing with some.

The pouch is also great because it stands all on it's own!  

I also finished a swap item to be sent sometime in September.  My partner in the Sew Sew Modern swap asked for a bag, and I've always loved Anna's bag patterns, so I treated myself and my partner to the 241 Tote.  
I did want to make it extra special though by doing something more than just using a single piece of fabric for the front and back centre panels.  So I pulled out my paper pieces and came up with this.

After I pieced the whole works together (wrong I might add - you'll see later), I was not so impressed with how the stars looked.  There was a gray hexy in the centre and not a star as I had hoped.  Plus I only managed to get three on for the most part because the way I pieced them together put more space between the stars.
So I tried again and pieced this together.

This was definitely centred, but I couldn't not use the other panel!  It had taken me a while to get together, so I just used both.  I'm sure my partner won't mind : )

I went with the pink glasses and an Architextures print for the sides and some Madrona Road for the strap.  

I love how this turned out!  I kinda want to keep it, but I guess that's the point of making a good swap item - it's usually something you want to keep yourself.


  1. Nice swap package! And the bag is super! Way to go!

  2. The bag looks great!! You are more than welcome to make me one ;) I'll rig it so you get my name for Christmas or birthday??? :)

  3. The bag looks really great! Those glasses are really fun, aren't they?

    How was the pattern for building it? I've been back and forth on the thought of buying and making it (and I'm not sure I love the side pockets, but I don't think I'd be up to doing the zipper variation), but I often struggle with patterns for things that aren't quilts. It's fine if it's flat, but give it some dimension and I'm sitting there going "what?" over every other thing.

  4. I think it's great! You went the extra mile and I'm sure it will be loved

  5. I love your paper-pieces! That bag really did turn out well - great job.

    And best of luck returning to teaching this fall! :-)

  6. Love your bag and EPP!! glad I found your blog

  7. Alright, I've seen enough! Sign me up :)

    This is the first of this tote that has made me want to actually make one (and I've seen a lot of them!)