No Sunshine, But More Evening Daylight

I was a little disappointed that there was no sunshine at all today to help me celebrate the arrival of Daylight Saving Time. But it was really nice to be wrapping up our evening walk at 7 pm in daylight. It’s so nice to have the luxury!

It rained off and on all day today but we did manage to get our two walks in. This is pretty typical spring weather in Portland. Cloudy for days and days with anything from mist to drizzle, downpour to showers, and everything in between.

I had a sheep herding webinar at noon today. It was supposed to be an hour or 1.5 hours long, but it went on for 2.5 hours! I took my computer into my sewing room and worked on a new Frankenbag while I listened.

And then after dinner and after our evening walk I was able to get it all finished up. I’ve been wanting to combine some of my Australian Aboriginal fabrics with Brandon Mably’s octopus and I love how it turned out.

All the colors in the octopus fabric are in the Aboriginal fabrics. I feel like this bag reads blue and I love that. But there are so many more colors than just blue!

Here’s the other side of the bag.

And that side is even more blue! Gah! Those fabrics are so gorgeous!

Here’s some detail photos, because I love the details!

And I want to share these close up photos of the quilting because they show the colors in these fabrics so well!

Good grief! Look at those colors! And more…

I have three completed Frankenbags made from Aboriginal fabrics sitting on my cutting table tonight. I just love how they look together.

These fabrics are like KFC fabrics in that they all play together so well! I don’t think I’ve ever put together a bad combination.

And look… my cute little tags!!!

Another work week on the way. I’m hoping for something good to happen this week. I could use it!

37 Replies to “No Sunshine, But More Evening Daylight”

  1. Love all the frankenbags especially the ones made with the aboriginal fabric, being Australian they are special most are painted by tenanted artists and they have special dreamlike stories for each.

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  2. In your original bag tutorial, in the edit about lining, you used a gorgeous floral print with reddish and pink blossoms with leaves that look black with cobalt veins. Its so interesting! I am hoping you can remember whose fabric this is and I also hope its still in print! Any pointers towards the artist/manufacturer would be greatly appreciated.

    I am loving all your work and I look forward to your posts as I am a night owl and I check for new posts right before bed. Thanks for sharing-
    MG

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    1. That fabric is from Philip Jacobs’ Roaring 20s line. It’s called Peony and Leaves. I’ve had it for a number of years. I think it’s out of print, but you might be lucky and find some online.

      Always nice to meet a fellow night owl! I always think of those lazy people who are sleeping while I’m up late getting stuff done!

      Anne

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      1. Well thanks for info. Looks like it was a 2018 issued fabric. A quick search found nothing except a velvet border fabric with that pattern. I am persistent and if its out there I will find it.

        I am so tickled about your night owl comment! I am so tired of being judged for being more productive at night!!! To me its the best time if creativity. Lazy early to bed folks indeed!!! You made my day, & night LOL 🤣🥰

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  3. The octopus bag really enhances the Aboriginal fabrics and gives them a deep dark sea vibe. I think of bioluminescent plankton and other mysterious wonders. Well done!!

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    1. Oh yes! Bioluminescent plankton! That’s so perfect! Or waves on the shore. So many things! I love the way these fabrics from such differen designs work so well together!
      Anne

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  4. What I love about you bags is that anything goes!! All of the different color and pattern combinations are inspiring for my own ideas. I also really love the tag and would like to get one made. Which company did you use? Thanks.

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    1. Here’s the Etsy seller where I get my tags: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllThisWood?fbclid=IwAR2z01G-8-hWRfo0EVKS-RHq_vGVeU8kRJbn4NzWIRMFEyXHhYEgjUz8a8c

      “Anything goes” is sort of my approach to quilting! I like things that are free form and not too matchy-matchy. I’m not inspired by fussy and intricate piecing. It’s the color and pattern of the prints and how they play together that lights my fire. I don’t get very excited about an intricately pieced quilt using five or six fabrics. I can appreciate the work that goes into them, but I don’t find them particularly exciting from a design point of view.

      I like a little bit of chaos!

      Anne

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  5. I’ve been enjoying your blog posts for awhile now. LOVE hearing about your dogs and the sheep herding and agility activities. The octopus bag is amazing! Are you selling these bags? You’ve made so many beautiful ones, I’d like to think of them out in the world, sharing their beauty 🙂

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  6. The Aboriginal bags are true works of art! Who ever gets a bag will be so delighted taking your art work where ever they go 💕 have a wonderful week.

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  7. Hi there. I’ve been following you since last summer and love you bags. I’m wondering several things as I haven’t followed you from the beginning of your posts and wish I could go back and read from the beginning. The first thing is how you came up with your logo, and the second thing is where you got your incredible tags. I love them and would like to have some of my own created. Thanks for sharing your bags and talented dogs with us who follow you.

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    1. Here’s the etsy seller where I got my tags. https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllThisWood?fbclid=IwAR2z01G-8-hWRfo0EVKS-RHq_vGVeU8kRJbn4NzWIRMFEyXHhYEgjUz8a8c

      As far as “Agilejack.” I used to have Jack Russell terriers, and did dog agility with them. So I used Agilejack as a user name on a list for Jack Russell owners and it stuck. I’ve used it online for many years. The sheep on my tag comes from my border collies… sheep dogs. It really doesn’t make much sense with a jack russell!
      Anne

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      1. I love that back story!! My best friend has a Jack Russell and has for many years. Great dogs!! Thanks for the link I will check it out.

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  8. I love reading your posts & seeing your beautiful bags. I also love your dogs. I do have a question though. What do you use for the handles on your bags? Please let me know.

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  9. I would never have thought of combining Aboriginal and Octopus! Fabulous! This is my favorite of all the bags I’ve seen on your blog. As soon as I’m back into the rhythm of creating I’m going to make a Frankenbag. I already have ” kits” of fabrics put aside for three bags. I’d better get busy!

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  10. I’ve been collecting those aboriginals since I first saw them (how many years ago?) to make a king-size, snowball (in various sizes) pattern quilt. If I’m not disciplined enough, I might have to follow your lead and make a bag (or a dozen or two) with the yards I have. But, I’ve waited this long…and it’s not like I don’t have a double closet with shelves full of others I could use!

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    1. I have plenty of it for now, and yet I keep buying more. I’m using these bags to use up some of the original 1/3 yard pieces I bought a few years ago. They’re pretty small for much other use.
      Anne

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  11. I have been following your blog for a few months and I am fascinated by your energy and creative lifestyle! I first became interested in your many uses for Kaffe Fassett fabrics and then fell for the amazing Frankenbags. Thank you for the ideas and the FUN.

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  12. Following you since shortly after you posted the Algorithm quilt information – I did start & almost finish a king size one while you went on to make a couple. Was just wondering this morning how far back I’d have to look to find your tag information & magically there it was! Getting things together to make my first Frankenbag.
    Appreciate your inspiration & love your Frankenbag tutorial.

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    1. I was just messaging someone last night about my algorithm quilts. That’s such a great pattern.

      I really should go in and edit my tutorials to add all the little tricks I’ve learned along the way.

      Thanks for reading!

      Anne

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