Saturday, March 21, 2009

Guess who's back?


Hello, everyone! It's me, Mrs. Quilt Dad. This past week I've been on Spring Break from teaching. It's been absolutely wonderful having a full week off, and I even convinced John to take a few days off from work, too! I also took this opportunity to get back on the sewing machine and do something to take my mind off of life's everyday tasks.


My best friend has been asking me to make her a bag for a very long time now. Between my return to working this past year and juggling life in general, combined with a crippling indecision about selecting just the right fabrics for her, I've just been putting it off. I've purchased some fabric here and there in an attempt to motivate myself ... to no avail.


I finally found my inspiration on Friday! John had to pick something up at our local quilt shop,Wish Upon a Quilt (hi Cathy! I loved your store!), and I tagged along. There I found the most beautiful Amy Butler fabric, and I was finally bitten by the bug once again. Paired with Amy Butler's Birdie Sling pattern, I had found the perfect bag for my girlfriend!

With Spring upon us, and because my friend works in a predominantly male, corporate environment, I thought this pretty, feminine and joyous bag would be just what she needed for our bright, sunny NC weekends.


The pattern was relatively easy, though definitely more time consuming than I expected (or remembered). Still, I started this bag after the kids went to bed last night and finished it up right after lunch today. (Thanks, John, for keeping the kids occupied all morning!) It was great to get back into making bags like this and the next item on my list is to make one for myself!

Here are some pics ... now back to you, Quilt Dad!


{Quilt Dad here ... I have definitely gotten my mojo back since my last post and I've been sewing up a storm. More on that soon!}

30 comments:

  1. I love that bag! I've been so tempted by the Birdie Sling pattern but I've had the same problem picking out fabrics for it. I've never made a bag so I'm a little intimidated by it. Did you use the pellon or fleece interfacing? How did that work? Thanks for sharing it. It looks great!

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  2. Great bag Mrs. QD! You are so lucky to have a hubby that enjoys quilting and sewing. I could only wish my DH wanted to take me to the fabric stores all the time!

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  3. Totally cute! I made one too, and was also surprised by how much time it took! Do you like the handle? I didn't think I'd like it, so I changed it and went with something different, but I am thinking I might do the handle the next time. Please let me know how you like it! ~ Jennie

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  4. Excellent job Mrs.Qd.. now I'm sure Mr.Qd is saying.. "step away from my sewing machine and don't touch any of my yummy fabrics"!

    hee hee hee.. What a perfect way to spend the week off, sewing!

    Love it and enjoy the weekend.

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  5. oh, i love the bag!!! i'm so glad to hear that Mrs. QD got a turn at the sewing machine. :)

    i love the ab floral pattern. i just ordered some, thanks to Mr. QD's post on st. patty's day!! i was so tickled to get it at only $1.25 a fq. :)

    can't wait to see what MR. QD is working on. :)

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  6. well hey mrs. quilt dad.
    it's twilight day!!!
    nice amy butler bag!!!

    and john: glad you got that mojo back!!!
    :D

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  7. Great bag Mrs. Quilt Dad! I love it. I've made a few of these and they are really great everyday bags if you're like me and tote around a lot of stuff!

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  8. That kid of your is just so darn cute! Love the fabric.

    John, it's great you have your mojo back! Mine came back last week. Off to quilt.

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  9. Hi Mrs. Quilt Dad - that's a cute bag - are you going to make one for yourself?

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  10. Beautiful bag! I'm glad you were able to squeeze in some sewing bag. I was hoping to make (or at least start) one of the birdie slings this weekend but it sounds like it's something that might be a two weekend project?

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  11. Great bag, you have a lucky friend! And you sure have a cute model for it!

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  12. I love that bag! It's so adorable!! I think I would have a hard time parting with it, but I always think the best gifts are the ones that are that way. :)
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  13. Great bag! It was great to meet you the other day. I plan to spend tomorrow sewing and can't wait. Thanks again...Cathy

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  14. Love that bag! So glad you are making one for yourself too - so fun to carry something you've made yourself :)

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  15. Wow, awesome bag Mrs QD. I love the colours you've used, and the pattern too.

    I got some fabric sent to me (way down in NZ) from Wish Upon a Quilt. I'm so jealous that you are so close. The service I had from them was excellent :-)

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  16. The colors in that line are Springy for sure. I have one of her bags cut out, but now it seems so Wintery.

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  17. this bag is so adorable! I love the fabric that you used for this. I've been eyeing this pattern for a while

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  18. I love that "John HAD to pick up something at the quilt shop." *L* He's a true quilter now.

    Kids are growing up, aren't they?

    You really can't go wrong with Amy Butler and bag patterns/fabrics. Have a great vacation. (or is it over by now?)

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  19. Thanks for all the nice comments! My friend seemed to really love it when I gave it to her yesterday. I'm going to make the same bag, same fabrics - but, in blue - for myself.

    To respond to Chris - I did use the recommended Pellon interfacing and fusible fleece and it worked really well. Very easy to use....although I will say that I ditched the pressing cloth.

    And, to answer Jennie's question - I did do the handle as per the pattern. I actually really liked it. It was very easy - although I almost forgot to tape the handle pattern pieces together before cutting the fabric. So, watch that! Plus, I was tired of making handles by pressing and folding, pressing and folding to the center, etc. This handle has a great shape, durability and was super easy.

    Thanks again for all the encouragement!
    ~ Mrs. Quilt Dad ~

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  20. Hello again, Mrs Quilt Dad - good to have you back, and with such a beautiful bag too (that little helper of yours is a cutie, isn't she?!)

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  21. Wow, that's the prettiest bag i've ever seen! Good job MQD.

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  22. What a beautiful gift! How nice it is to have a week off and to have a little time to sew.

    I was SO sad to read your post one day too late to get in on the Quilting Arts sale. BOOO! But, I signed up on their email list so I won't miss that one again.

    Tina

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  23. Beautiful bag, love your fabric choices. This is the first time I've seen the pattern you used, it's unique. Hope you find time to make yourself a bag too.

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  24. I just bought the same pattern and can't wait to get it made. Love your choice of pink and orange-one of my favorite combos;) Good to hear that you had a fun and productive few days off;)

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  25. the colors you used are so pretty! it looks great

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  26. Beautiful Bag...you've done a great job!

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  27. can i tell you how cool it is that you have a husband who has a fabric stash??? but, i'm sure that you know this already. :)
    you certainly picked perfect fabrics for the bag. your friend will be over the moon with it, i'll bet.

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  28. I have to say that if anyone will inspire you to sew it's Amy Butler. Her stuff makes me smile. Every time!! Love the bag!

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  29. This is such a great bag! I'm sure your friend will love it. So glad you were able to get some time on the machine!

    Cheers!

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