I’m Here to Enlighten You…

Purple and green are fabulous together! There. Now you know.

Look at how incredible this little peek of green is among all this gorgeous purple.

Gah! It almost gives me chills, it’s so good!

Apparently, I enjoyed working with these fabrics. Even though my machine was giving me fits tonight as I put the final touches on this bag.

And I broke THREE needles tonight alone! All because I forgot to either change a foot or set my needle back to the center location. I should have quit earlier, but I didn’t stop until I finished this bag.

I just love those curves! And, of course, all these colors and pops of the unexpected are really wonderful.

Here’s the other side of the bag..

And all that sparkling white. I love how it brightens up this relatively dark collection of fabrics.

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

The Australian Aboriginal fabrics I ordered a few days ago arrived today. It’s a lot of blue, but it’s really gorgeous! I just love a day when I know some fabric will be arriving!

And that means I can start working on the panels for my second blue and orange bag tomorrow. I made the curved blocks earlier this week.

That will be my weekend project along with a few items on my list of things to do to get ready for company.

I was looking at my strawberries this afternoon and they’ve been going crazy the last few days. I’m optimistic that I will have a good crop this year.

Last year was my first year of growing strawberries. I had a few berries but not much of a crop. I’m told that I should have a much better crop this year. The plants are ever-bearing so I’m hoping I get a few months worth. Now I just need keep the birds away!

I’ll sign off tonight with this photo of my sunny afternoon. It was so gorgeous and the sun felt fabulous!

44 Replies to “I’m Here to Enlighten You…”

  1. I love the curves in your bag, I am going to give it a go. The purples and a hint of green looks incredible together. Thank you for the inspiration you me, to Choose colours that I may not put together in a quilts or bags with out your post’s. Kathleen

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    1. I love that you’re trying new techniques and new color combos! The way I look at it… if it doesn’t work, you’re only out a little bit of fabric. And maybe it will be fantastic!
      Anne

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    1. I recently purchased some Aboriginal fabrics on Etsy from ArtFabricStudios. There are a number of sellers on Etsy that carry these fabrics.

      I also have a local store that has a good selection. Pioneer Quits in Milwaukie, Oregon. They have a website and sell online.

      Anne

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  2. My local shops have 2-3 bolts of Aboriginal fabric or none, please share an online shop (or more) wherein I can place an order. Also, is there a standard repeat within the Aboriginal fabrics? I’m interested in some fussy cutting and need to determine the average length of the repeat, maybe every 12”? TIA

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    1. I recently purchased some Aboriginal fabrics on Etsy from ArtFabricStudios. There are a number of sellers on Etsy that carry these fabrics.

      I also have a local store that has a good selection. Pioneer Quits in Milwaukie, Oregon. They have a website and sell online.

      The designs vary widely from design to design. I really don’t have any idea what the repeats are. You might be able to find the info online. many of the fabrics I use are M&S Textiles brands. They have a website. You might try there first.

      Anne

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  3. Just when I think I’ve seen the bag (of yours) that I like the most – you produce a NEW bag that I like the most! Purple and green has always been my favorite color combination, but you keep introducing new color and fabric combos that are changing my mind. This latest Aboriginal fabrics bag is now at the top of my fave list!

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    1. thanks Betty! There’s been a lot of response to this bag… probably more than to the blue and orange. I’m not always good at predicting which ones people will like the most.
      Anne

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  4. A masterpiece 💕💕💕
    I love the purple and green and curves. I want that bag ☺!!! I am envious of your strawberries! We have so much wildlife – I would be feeding them non stop😄. I have a few tomatoes. Your new batch of fabrics – fabulous💕

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    1. I will have to cover my strawberries soon or the birds and squirrels will eat them all! I’m not good at sharing my garden produce with critters!

      You should make yourself a purple and green bag!!

      Anne

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  5. Sewists are so alike!. I get all kid like too, when I’m expecting fabric in the mail! Just love to look and feel it! Your newest blue and orange was candy to my eyes! Yummy!

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    1. Haha! Yes! It’s like a gift arriving. I just love opening the package, unfolding each piece and looking carefully at it, then folding everything back up into the size I use for storage. Then I leave the stack on my cutting table for weeks so I can keep looking at it.

      Oh, and I CUT SOME UP!!!

      Anne

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  6. I just love your bags…I’m hoping to start one soon. I was given yards and yards (20) of Jungle Songs and Fantastic Felines by Laurel Burch I have been hoarding for a few years….I think it’s time to cut it!! Thanks for your inspiration and I love your dogs too. I live in North Central Washington…. Judy Spencer Sent from Mail for Windows

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  7. I did a quilt once I called “Emerald and Amethyst ” so I’m right on board with your colors. Now that I think about there’s probably not a color I don’t like…. just maybe some need a nap while others get to play outside!

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    1. Yeah, I’m pretty open to all colors. I don’t love pastel pink but love bright pinks. Well, I’m not drawn to pastels in general but love them combined with brighter and more saturated colors.

      it’s the combos that can be magic, and so surprising!

      Anne

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  8. Really stunning fabric combinations. Lusting for some aboriginal to add to my stash!
    I have a few projects to finish up before I attempt my first(!) Frankenbag but I enjoy reviewing your tutorial frequently and have been gathering the faux leather, zippers etc. Where do you buy your labels?

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    1. The think I love about making these bags is that i can explore an idea, a technique, or a color or fabric combo without committing to a larger project. I always like doing small projects as I’m working on something bigger just to not get to bored and mired down.

      Anne

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    1. I’m glad you found us, however that happened. I live in Portland, Oregon.

      I recently purchased some Aboriginal fabrics on Etsy from ArtFabricStudios. There are a number of sellers on Etsy that carry these fabrics.

      I also have a local store that has a good selection. Pioneer Quits in Milwaukie, Oregon. They have a website and sell online.

      Get sewing!

      Anne

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  9. All of your bags are absolutely gorgeous and very well made!! Just curious if you sell these since you make so many?? That last bag with the aboriginal fabrics is stunning!! Love the way you have the gift of blending fabrics and patterns!! Keep it up! You are very inspiring!!

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    1. Thanks so much! My favorite part is selecting fabric and color combos. it’s so fun to see them come together in a simple design that adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

      I do sell some of my bags, although I don’t make them with that purpose in mind. These bags let me explore an idea in fabric or colors added to a design or technique… and I can do it all without committing to a larger project and I can actually have a finished product at the end!

      Anne

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    1. Thanks! I usually like them all, but definitely some more than others. It’s interesting to me that I can go through photos or through my blog or Pinterest account and certain ones really stand out to me. This will probably be one of those standouts

      Anne

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  10. So look forward to reading your blog. These last 2 bags are wonderful. Love, love, love the blue and orange. Inspiring me to try some curved piecing. Have to dig out my aboriginal fabrics!

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  11. Your stick-to-it-ness has produced a wonderful curved design bag! Glad you kept plugging away at the curves. And yes to the purple and green combos. Love it! I did have a bit of a chuckle when I read your sewing snafus. Not laughing at you but I cannot count the number of times I have forgotten to move my needle to the center and end up sewing a line of stitches right where they shouldn’t be …. or break the needle. I blame it on my wandering mind or the fact that I turned the machine off then back on again while forgetting to reset the needed settings. Guess we’ve all been there.

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    1. I try to remind myself to remove a foot when I’m moving to a different part of my project, or to put the needle back in the center, but I don’t always remember. And if it happens once on a project, it will usually happen two or three times. Probably a demonstration of how distracted or tired I am at the moment.

      I just need to be sure I have a lot of needles on hand!

      Anne

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  12. You have the best materials, like others I am so glad I found you. I really enjoy seeing your bags and your fabrics and of course can’t leave out Bender and Rico

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