A Couple of Sunday Finishes and a Little Sheep Herding

We got up really early this morning and headed off to the Olympia, Washington, area for a sheep herding trial. We were on the road at 6:30 am for a two hour and 15 minute drive. Rico did an amazing job. If you’re interested, you can see his two runs here and here.

It was such a beautiful day. The skies were amazing and we lucked out on the rain. It was really wonderful to be outside for a few hours.

That’s Rico and his girlfriend Jolene. They just love to run together!

I finished up a couple of bags today. First up is this bag made from Aboriginal fabric scraps. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.

Here’s a different angle that shows that vertical stack of strips on the right side. I just love that piece!

Here’s the back of the bag.

I added a second pocket to the interior of this bag. I made the pockets a little bigger than in my other bags and I added a vertical line of stitching to divide the pockets into two compartments.

Here’s a view of the interior showing both double pockets.

And I still can’t get over how much I love my new tags! What a fun addition to a project.

I got a message today from a friend I used to work with in Salt Lake. He had seen the bright and graphic batik bag I made from cutting up my wall hanging. He asked if I would make one for his mom for Mother’s Day. She has macular degeneration and he said her vision is failing but she can see bright colors. So I told him I had a bag that is essentially the same bag that I could finish up for her.

It looks just like the other one! The only real difference is the lining. I used a salmon/coral color batik. The first one had a green lining.

He asked me to make “lots of pockets” so I did the same double pocket treatment as on the Aboriginal fabric bag.

And again… this little tag!

Another one of my blog readers sent photos of the Frankenbag she made. Dawn White put together a really fun and eclectic combination of blocks for her bag.

Here’s the other side…

I love that little house block with the wavy quilting. What a fun and bright little bag!

I think I’m going to work on putting a zipper placket into one of these bags next. I’m going to do a practice one on the first one of these bags I made. I had screwed up a couple other things on this bag so I figured this will be a good one to practice on.

Then a friend of mine wants me to make one for her that has corgis on it. She is sending me some fabric she wants me to use. It should be here any day.

This will be a short work week for me. I’m taking Friday off to do a three day sheep herding clinic next week. I’m really looking forward to taking a day off work!

11 Replies to “A Couple of Sunday Finishes and a Little Sheep Herding”

  1. I can see you will be keeping busy. It’s a frankenbag business!! I make bags too but they’re scrappy. I love them in every color. My problem is that I can’t use all the bags…wish I was an octopus!


    1. I’ve already made 13 of these!!! I’ve sold several just from people approaching me about them. I just don’t have time to make enough to keep a store stocked. But I will be keeping a couple of these for myself. I keep falling in love with each one I make and can’t part with it!


  2. Your “Franken followers” are really running with your idea! Keep showing us pictures of their bags as well as yours. Today is the day I start mine. I have quite a good size collection of Aboriginal scraps to start out with, but no leftover blocks from other projects – so I’ll just have to make some!

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  3. I really love your bags especially the darker ones. What do use for handles? Also what do you do with them? I really look forward to your posts, thank you.

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    1. Oh, and about what I do with them. I have sold a couple and have several other people interested in purchasing one. I’ve already made 13 so they’re really stacking up here!


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