After our very hot and very dry summer, it was incredibly refreshing to have two days of significant rain this weekend. I actually had to wear a jacket to walk the dogs this evening!
The sun did peak out a little today. And we had some really nice showers.
I didn’t get a ton done this weekend. I was, in fact, a little lazy. But I think I needed it.
I did accomplish SOMETHING this weekend. I finished up more than 80 cards made with Aboriginal fabrics and got them all packaged up. Here’s cards showing the different fabrics I used for these cards.
Good grief! Those fabrics are so amazing!
I divided all the cards up into sets of ten and packaged them in cellophane bags.
I ended up with eight packages of ten cards and had a few cards left over for me. Here’s a close up of one of the packages.
I ordered some stickers that should be arriving in the next day or so. They will be a nice finishing touch on these packages.
I decided that I’m going to make some card sets from ten different color ways of Philip Jacobs’ brassica. Tonight I got all the fabric cut and prepared with Heat and Bond and ready to be cut for cards.
I was anxious to see how the cards would look so I finished ten cards out of this gorgeous purple color way.
Oh my god! Look at that fabric! And I have to say, I prefer it cut randomly rather than fussy cut. I love how graphic it is and I think the patterns are crazy interesting! GAH! Here’s a close up of one so you can enjoy this spectacular fabric!
I’ll work away on these cards over the next couple of nights. And then I want to get to some unfinished quilts.
But I’ve also been thinking about a new bag idea. I want to make something that has exterior pockets that are sort of constructed as part of the bag body. I made a few drawings and measurements earlier today. I’m not quite where I need to be to start cutting and sewing.
I’ll probably make this out of either denim or some linen that I have in my stash. My plan is to make the body plain and give it a pop with a KFC pocket lining and bag lining. I still have some figuring out to do. I’m also thinking of using some of the faux leather I have on the bottom section of the bag. I need to get my ideas organized and drawn out.
I took the dogs and met a friend this morning to do some dog agility training at a really lovely barn down in Canby, Oregon. It was so great to get outside and just have fun with the dogs. Can you tell that Rico enjoyed himself?
Rico is a sweetie pie, but he’s also a slobber puss! I’ve never had a dog who has a mouth as wet as Rico’s! That means that a lot of flotsam and jetsam sticks to his tongue, his face, and his toys. Oh, and it’s usually all over my hands!
I got a lot more photos of Frankenbags made by my blog readers over the last few days.
This first one was made by Sally Ekhardt. I love the bright colors and how she made the front and back different color stories. It’s just so happy and cheerful.
This next bag is from Niki Sager and I love it. It’s such an interesting combo of colors and fabrics. This makes me want to dig into my stash and see if I could duplicate this color story. I love it!
Next up is this bag made by Diane Levine and I just love it! It’s so fun to see others strike out and make what I had so much fun with. And look at her fun lining! It’s got all the colors of the fabrics on the front of the bag. So cute!
This next one was made by Linda Allen. She appliqued that great big bloom on the front of the bag! It’s so much fun with the scrappy treatment on the back of the bag. And that lining… well, it’s one of my favorite fabrics and it’s great as a lining!
The next bag was made by Eve Nicholls. She made this all with hand sewing. It’s made from figgy “needle cord,” or a fine wale corduroy as we Americans call it. Not only is it hand sewn, but it’s hand quilted too. I think that cat might be as impressed as I am!
Up next is this bag from Anita Goodson. I love the way she left that big bloom intact. And I love the cool feel of her colors. This bag reminds me of a glacier.
This next bag was made by Aimee Kaneko. She had seen the bag I made with corgis and wanted to use some corgi fabric she had on hand… and she has a cute little corgi. I like the way she combined the corgi fabric with other fabrics. It’s bright and very eclectic. And look at that pupper!
This next bag was made by Susan Marocco and it’s so much fun! I just love the way she used that octopus fabric! It’s so organic and the movement is amazing! I’ve been wanting to use some octopus in a Frankenbag, and now I’m sorry Susan beat me to it! And if you look closely, you’ll see a lot of hand quilting is this bag too. What a fun bag!!! And all kinds of ideas are flying around in my head!
The last one tonight was made by Una at Woolywalkers on Instagram. I just love this bag and natural and soft look and feel of the fabric. She made the bag from fabric left over from a chair project. I love how soft and squishy this bag looks. This is really the comfy look I had in mind when I made my first Frankenbag.
Thanks to everyone who sent photos! I’m having so much fun seeing what you all are making!