Hi, and welcome to my stop on the Batiks Go Retro Blog Hop! I’m Linda, and I’m loving playing with the great fabrics that are part of Tammy’s new line of fabrics for Island Batik.
I’ve known Tammy for several years – we met while I was part of the Island Batik Ambassadors Group, and this project has been part of my secret sewing piles since last Fall’s Quilt Market. The color palette is clean, fresh and fun…much like Tammy herself.
Since we’re on the topic of secrets, may I share something? For all the traveling that I do for business, my packing leaves a lot to be desired as far as cosmetics and whatnot goes. Although I’m home based for now, this is what my personals bag usually looks like…and my, isn’t that the stuff of TSA agents nightmares? I have wanted to so something special for me for keeping my cosmetics separate from my toothbrushes (yes, that is mine!) and from my contacts. Is that too much for a quilter to ask?
Um, no it’s not… and the Batiks Go Retro palette that I got in the mail made it all the more fun to play with…don’t you agree? I got two versions of starburts and one of atomic tvs to work with – I love how Tammy said they reminded her of the Jetson’s cartoons – because I see Rosie in there too.
The pattern that I picked for this is something that I came across on the Baby Lock USA’s timeline on Facebook, a project that they featured from Pam Damour, The Decorating Diva. I loved the project…it’s very easy to understand and to make. I think she had me at either a 6 year old could make it, or at the it takes less than 20 minutes to make it. I shared it on my Facebook page, and it got tons of engagement there…so I knew that I had to give it a try…
The bags are ridiculously easy, and I made them in several colors…the one in the center bottom is where I changed the dimensions a bit,
added cork fabric to the outside of the bag, and then lined it with waterproof fabric…that’s for when I’m running late, and I need to grab things out of the shower quickly….probably not entirely dried off.
Here’s the link to Pam’s Video for the Eazy Zipper Purse…
In Pam’s video, she sews on a Baby Lock, and she used a foot which has a groove on the bottom of it. I sew on a Janome 8900, and I used a zipper foot…it worked well for me. The zippers used in the project are called reversible zippers, and have a few which I’ll be linking to my webstore in a couple of days…for those of you who want to try this.
Now, here’s the part that’s funny. I was vending at a show over the weekend, and I brought the bags with me as a conversation piece. I had a friend come by, on the way to an engagement party for her son – where it’s customary for the MOTG to bring a gift for the MOTB…and Heidi loved this bag. So I made another one – the one in blue in the corner – and one of my pieces is headed to this woman’s home in Turkey. So apparently, I’ve gone global…I had a good laugh over that – while i was making one more bag. I see Christmas presents in my future!
I hope you’ve enjoyed our posts, and will take a look at the line when you see it in your quilt shops. I always like it when I fabric makes me smile.
Here’s the link to the other participants in the blog hop…
Sept 12th: Susan Emory Swirly Girls Designs http://susanemory.com/
Sept 13th: Toni Smith Quiltoni http://www.quiltoni.com/
Sept 14th: Terri Sontra Purple Moose Designs https://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/index.php
Sept 15th: Kris Poor Poor House Quilt Design http://poorhousequiltdesign.com/quilting-at-the-poorhouse/
Sept 16th: Tammy Silvers Tamarinis , http://www.tamarinis.typepad.com/
Sept 17th: Libby Williamson Libbywilliamson.com
Sept 18th: Sandra Johnson Sandra Johnson Designs
Sept 19th: Linda Pearl One Quilting Cirlce http://www.onequiltingcircle.com/
Sept 20th: Kate Colleran Seams Like a Dream http://seamslikeadream.com/blog/
Sept 21st: Jo Hillstead Fat Quarter Gypsy http://www.thefatquartergypsy.com/Lex-Luther-Blog.html
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