After breakfast today I took the boys for a 4.5 mile walk while it was still dry. It was nice and cool and we had a great walk.
When I got home, I dug in and started making the panels for this purple bag. Then I got it quilted and constructed. I almost stopped before I got the lining done, but decided to keep going and finish it. I think this is bag number 23. I miscounted when I said I had made #20 a couple weeks ago.
I still need to put the tag on. I’ll sew that on tomorrow and take some better photos outside.
Here’s the other side of the bag.
I lined it with the green and purple jumble and made a purple spot pocket.
The colors in these fabrics are so amazing. While I was quilting this I got a view of the green strata under the lights of the machine and the colors were so vibrant and exciting!
And look how cool that stripe looks with the match stick quilting! GAH! I love this!!!
I received more photos from people who have made Frankenbags.
Here’s a cute little one from Amy Buehler who made this bag smaller than in my tutorial. It’s for her three-year-old grand daughter who will be visiting with her soon. She’s planning on having a different surprise waiting for the toddler each morning.
Here’s another one from Michele Pintark. I love these bright yet soft colored prints combined with that fun black and white fabric. I really want some of that fabric. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before. This bag just looks like spring time… or rainbow sherbet.
Michelle made long cork handles and added a zipper pocket and snap closure. And I just love that fabric she used for the lining.
Here’s a bag from Jodi Smith. I just love her fabrics! Bright, saturated, bold. Really pretty. And I love Jodi’s diagonal quilting on this bag. That’s something I’m going to need to try soon!
And those pops of pink here and there are just lovely!
Here’s one more bag from Betty. And I’m sorry I didn’t get Betty’s last name. It’s a really fun and whimsical bag. I love the great big bloom and you know the black and white fabrics make me happy.
It looks like Betty added a zipper at the top of the bag along with a zipper pocket on the inside. This will be a really pretty and functional bag.
Thanks to Betty, Jodi, Michele and Amy for sending photos of your bags!
As we were walking this morning I realized that I the shirt I was wearing has been with me for over 20 years!
What an odd thing to think about.
And an added bonus during our walk was this guy.
He was about 6 inches long, not including his tail, and was just sitting there next to a mail box. Odd behavior for a rat. I’d be just as happy if we didn’t have these nasty little things.
On Saturday at our sheep herding lesson Rico worked these girls in a little pen. We were working on moving the sheep around tight quarters. It’s so different than working in a big field.
I think his brain hurt by the time our lesson was over. He didn’t exert a lot of physical effort, but he exerted a lot of mental effort!
And these raggedy looking sheep? They’re hair sheep. They lose their fleece every year so they don’t need to be sheared. But they look pretty rough while it’s happening!
After our lesson I stopped by a local quilt store that has a pretty good selection of Kaffe, Brandon and Philip Jacobs fabrics. They don’t carry much in the way of the newest fabrics, but you can sometimes find prints that aren’t available anywhere else.
So I bought a bunch of mostly older Philip Jacobs prints.
They’re all so pretty together. I might have to come up with an idea for a quilt using a lot of these. And I love some of the lighter shades here.
Phew. I feel so much better now that I have more fabric in my stash!