Monday, March 23, 2009

Jenn's Bag

Now that Jenn has recieved her bag in today's mail (but not her secret pal package mailed a week earlier! Curses!) I can share pictures! I finished 2 other small bags today too and listed them in my etsy shop. I wasn't going to, but this gives them the opportunity to sell in the next
month before the craft show. And if they don't, they were going with me anyway.

Jenn picked out and sent me the fabrics for the outside of the bag (I supplied the toile lining fabric) and said she wanted it big enough for a water bottle, crochetting, book, etc. Here's what I came up with. It is about 15" square by 3" deep. I had never done a Lone Star pattern before and I LOVE them so I thought this would be a great opportunity to try one! I am really happy with the way it came out, considering I'd never done "Y" seams before either!

Jenn loves autumn so I chose 4 different leaf patterns for the other side. One of them is appliqued, a leaf that I drew. I say it's an oak leaf but I'm probably not entirely accurate there. Either way it's pretty.

I pieced the sides too just to make them interesting. There is no closure for this bag 'cause she said she didn't think she'd need one. I put lots of pockets along one side of the lining and one pocket with elastic around the top to hold a skinny water bottle in the side.

It has a strap made from three different prints. I originally pieced 2 fabris for each strap, then realized I wasn't sure if I made them long enough so I had to add the third piece. I also padded the straps to make them comfortable incase she loads the bag down with bricks or something.

When I started quilting the Lone Star it was the only part of the bag I had done, so basially one quilt block. Tony looked at it and said, "Tell her if anyone wants a bag like it, it'll be $100!" LOL! I almost agree. If I do say so myself, it is quite terrific!


  1. It was more than terrific. Paul agrees at least $100 if not more. He says you better show that off and get her some more orders. I said I didn't think you wanted to make another this big unless it was the right price. LOL
    I can't wait to show it off though. So wonderful. It fits my water bottle or coke can perfectly. I know Anne will just love it. She may remember the bag more than me now too. It will be great to be able to share it with her again and again because she will be excited every time!
    Thanks so much. It really is Amazing, wonderful and something to treasure forever!

  2. Oh and Paul said you joined us perfectly with this bag. Him being Texas Born and Raised and me being weird and liking autumn! (yes he used the word weird)
    He loves the Star, I said no wise ideas- he asked for the bed quilt for our anniversary to be Pinwheels, not this star!

  3. Des, Jenn's a lucky girl to receive your bag! Are you considering making them in future? I have a couple daughters who share a b-day in Aug. I love the fall motif and the lining is gorgeous. Will you consider quoting me? Would want a small velcro or magnet catch at the top center. Pockets, pockets, pockets! Think about it please? Thanks! Hugs, Lee