It’d be pretty great if I could actually sew a real compass, but today I’m showing off my new Compass Bag. I tried really hard to just pick one of the samples I made and make it my daily bag, but I couldn’t resist the temptation of making another! I think that’s what I love so much about sewing, that going from a few pieces of fabric and bits of hardware to a finished usable item made just for me, is about as good as it gets.
I did manage to go into a bit of a panic and rifled through about half of my canvas weight fabrics before landing on this super simple and classic combo. I was mostly worried about picking out a beautiful canvas weight print only to find it clashing with my favorite orange winter coat (winter is coming!!). So I knew this deep dark Cone Mills denim and Andover Chambray would be perfectly matched.
I adore Alexia’s Print Shop fabric collection, so that made it’s way into the lining along with some of Carolyn Friedlander’s Carkai. They landed near each other in the piles on my work table so it just had to be done, they look amazing together.
For the strap I went with the short fixed length handle version as I think it’ll be easier for winter traveling and general use. Sometimes a cross body strap is too cumbersome in the winter with all the layers you have to wear. But the best part is that by having the swivel clasps, I’m able to easily switch out the strap for whatever kind I like and need depending on the season and what I’m using it for. I think that’s pretty great! Plus the leather should wear like a dream!
Of course I managed to pick out yet another fabric combo that I just have to try, so I’m sure I’ll be making another this week.
Pattern: Compass Bag (large, View B Cargo Pockets with short fixed length handle)
Fabrics: Cone Mills Denim, Andover Chambray (in Denim), Print Shop by Alexia Abegg,
Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander
Leather from my shop \\\ Brass hardware from Buckleguy.com
Remember when I made this quilt top from my friend Nancy‘s book: Quilting From Every Angle? Me too! And I was totally shocked that I completed it almost a year ago exactly! I hardly ever let quilt tops sit around for long, mostly because I love the way a quilt top transforms once it’s quilted and because I actually really love the quilting process itself. For me it’s one of those relaxing tasks that I enjoy so much – all while feeling creative and accomplished.
So I dug out the quilt top the other day and got to work. I picked out this perfect backing (it’s Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander) and had it basted and quilted in just a few hours. I chose simple straight line quilting, spiraling squares out from the center block. I had some issues with the tension at first, not sure if it was because I forgot to put on my walking foot, but once I did – all was solved.
I’m hoping a certain someone will have a baby girl and then I can gift this little quilt to her. Of course it could definitely be for a boy too, but I really like the way the peach colors make this quilt soft and more feminine.
What are you up to this weekend? Any fun sewing projects?
Pattern: Colorblock Quilt from Quilting From Every Angle
Fabrics: Cotton + Steel (Melody Miller’s Picnic and Alexia Abegg’s Paper Bandana), Hello, Bear by Bonnie Christine,
shot cotton, mystery chambray I pulled from deep within my stash.
Thanks so much for your kind thoughts and comments about my new pattern, the Compass Bag. Being able to share my creativity with you and watch it come back around when I see your lovely creations makes everything I do worthwhile. I also love being able to show off these Compass Bags made by some generous testers. I was very happy they were able to help out and I’m always so grateful that they are able to help make each pattern the best it can possibly be.
Besides their help with the pattern, I think it’s also super helpful to see other people’s take on the same project, theirs are all so unique. For me personally, being able to check out a few more examples of a project can be so helpful in making decisions. I think we’re all visual people and having that little but important piece can really help a project come together just how you envision.
Here’s what a few of the testers made!
Stacy (made View B using a faux suede and leather combination, looks so chic)
Anya (used a gorgeous waxed canvas with View B)
Peggy (made this super classy bag in Euclid Essex and black canvas, View A)
Erica (made View B with these two fun prints, I love all the possibilities with prints!)
Reece (made View A with metallic Essex and these fun Sarah Jane prints that totally correspond with the compass theme!)
I’m so thrilled these ladies were able to help and even more so that they allowed me to share their creations here. I hope that these examples sparked some inspiration for you, I know they did for me! Hope you have a wonderful day!