I got back from Quilt Market late on Saturday, and my Sew Sew Modern 2 swap was due on Monday, and I wasn’t nearly as far along as I would like.
So I spent Sunday finishing most of the Multi-tasker Tote, leaving just the handles to finish Monday morning. Once that was done, I made a couple of zippy pouches to include and sent them along!
My partner had asked for a bag, so I thought I’d give it a try. This was my first “real” bag (other than some dice bags and a simple tote bag) and as I’ve mentioned to some people, I’m pretty sure there’s magic involved somewhere. I’m not totally sure how it ended up looking the way it did, but I’m super happy with how it turned out!
My swap partner didn’t request any colors in particular, so I browsed her flickr favorites and decided to go with a warm, earthy color scheme, partially because it’s something I’ve wanted to work with for a while but never had the chance. I designed a couple of feather paper-piecing patterns for the front and figured I’d play it by ear to figure out how to get them into the whole design of the bag.
This probably wasn’t the wisest design decision.. In the end I wanted to mimic the feel of the feather by doing a chevron shape, and I certainly would have done the background a bit differently had I know I was going to piece this into a chevron. And I certainly would have left more room! But it worked out fine.
For the other side, I continued the chevron/feather theme, and ended up with a fade effect on accident for one side of the chevron. I liked it, so I did the same on the other side. I really like how it came out!
For the main coordinating fabrics, I used Denyse Schmidt’s Ziggy Medallion in Red, and Martha Negley’s Farmington Feathers in Gold (continuing the feather theme!)
I decided to make a little matching zippy pouch to go with the bag. It fits into the pocket on the inside, but I used the chicopee print so that it would show up if it dropped into the bottom of the bag.
My partner also loves dogs, so I made a bonus zippy pouch using Heather Ross’s dog print, and apple green shot cotton for the inside. It doesn’t go at all, but I love how cute it is!
Hopefully my partner likes her package, it’s in the mail and on its way!
Finishing this was my Lovely Year of Finishes goal for May, so I am also linking up there.