It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 26. Amy Butler Frenchy bag

Author: Jacqueline

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I’m feeling crafty. Small scale, weekend style projects.  A little spice in my sewing, a quick fix needed.

I was going through the pattern stash in the office and came across my trusted group of Amy Butler bag patterns.  Amy, the loveliest lady in the world, gave me a few patterns at quilt market. This is their lucky weekend.

I started my crafty journey last night, reading through patterns and sorting the remnants from my most recently cut out quilt. (more on that later).  I had made a few fabric piles and decided on the Frenchy Bag.  All I needed was some interface, a problem easily solved by a trip to the workroom on the way home.

This morning, while perusing flickr.com, I noticed Karyn’s posting of new fabric arrivals. Seriously, as I tweeted, how am I supposed to work with fabrics from home when she has the new Echino collection in stock? Apparently my cotton brights will be stunning linings.

Last week I had also come across a Japanese retail site for Echino print products.  I kindly requested that Karyn sort out stocking the insanely divine umbrellas in Toronto, just for me.  A girl can dream. Maybe if we all want them, we can place a big order from Japan.

Anyhow, I’ll keep you posted on pattern and sewing progress. I’m leaning towards incorporating some quilting techniques into the bag and will no doubt make more than one, in the name of  design, experimentation and an inability to decide on a single fabric.

I’ll still be stopping at the workroom tonight. I’m certain though, that I won’t just be buying interfacing.

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