One day last month I was surfing the net and was checking out some Moda fabrics. I was coveting some fabric that comes out this month. I can't wait to buy it and make something fun with it! While I was looking around I came across a new designer, Lila Tueller. I really like her fabric. There was a little bio of her and while I was reading it I kept thinking, "She's got to be LDS." I found a link to her blog and found out she is. She is a creative woman and I admire her. (How can you not when she's got 7 kids! and is still sane?) To show off her new fabrics she came up with a pattern for a cute bag. I thought about buying the pattern but then thought, "I can figure it out and make it without the pattern."
I did my drawings and figured out how much fabric I'd need and then I went to Erica's to look for some fun and funky fabric. This store is a quilting store so there's a lot of fabric to look at. I wanted more Moda but couldn't find anything I really liked. They only display the newer collections together and all the older ones are sorted by color and there's only pieces left. In the new collection spot was this fabric.
It's Fantasia by Red Rooster. Lucky for me they mostly had the blue/green collection so I didn't have a hard time deciding which color to pick. I got six different prints/colors. The next thing to decide was which fabric was going were. After consulting with my friend Sue I made up my mind, although there was one change after that, but then it was time to cut and get sewing. It went together fairly quickly. Having things in my head and not on paper does slow me down sometimes, like deciding what order things go together so I can get the pockets separated on the inside but not have the stitching show up on the outside.
I found a button at JoAnn that matched perfectly, and I didn't even take the fabric with me! I decided on ribbon for the ties so I wouldn't have to sew them. I really love the way this bag turned out. This was the birthday present I made for myself that I referred to in an earlier post. What do you think? Thanks for the inspiration Lila.