Saturday, December 17, 2005














Sarah's handbag...

actually, it's a bag for her Bible. This is part of Sarah's Xmas gift that I gave her. When we were down in FL., my sister made me and my DM and DSIL each a bag. My Bible fit in it, perfectly, so that is what I use mine for. Laurie had found this old quilt top at a flea market- with holes, and made all of our bags out of it. I really need to take a picture of that one. Anyway, she had embroidered all of our names on these little pockets in various colors. Her DMIL has a Viking embroidery machine and I can't say I've ever been interested in one until I saw the things my sister could do with it. She showed us how it worked and as a demonstration peice, she worked up this pocket for Sarah in the colors Sarah picked out. When Laurie was done she handed it to Sarah, who handed it to me and said, "Make me a bag, sometime." Well, how hard could it be? really. Yeah, I think I could figure it out. I didn't have a cool vintage quilt to work with, but I did have this little Ricky Tims convergence I had fiddled with. I wasn't so thrilled with it that I had planned to do something more with it... It was like one of Finn's orphans. I thought it might be big enough. Backed it with some vintage-esse fabric. Played with the qulting. Tried Darcie's stones... I still need a lot more practice- it takes a lot of concentration to get them really scootched together like she does. I didn't have a pattern- just based it on the one Laurie made me- only a bit bigger as my Bible sticks out of the top a little. I had some vintage binding already made up from a previous project. The handles are made from rolling the quilted fabric up so they are very sturdy and cushy. All in all, I used every bit of that fabric and I am pretty happy with the results. I filled it with 1/2 yard cuts of blue and yellow. Figured that if Sarah has sworn off buying stash fabric, somebody needs to take up the slack!

9 comments:

Sarah said...

I love it! I kept picking it up off the floor by my feet and fondling it! And then pulling the fabric out and fondling it! I am so glad we got to see each other for at least at little while - the perfect unexpected christmas gift! I already miss ou again!
Thanks for coming to Indy to meet us.

Love you!

Sarah

Finn said...

Dear Nines..the bag is absolutely beautiful..what a great idea and good use it will serve.
I think your convergence pieces looks much better in it's new life..*VBS* You did a great job with all of it!

So very, very happy you two got to connect today..even if it was brief...does the heart a world of good..*VBS* A wonderful pre-Christmas memory and feast..*S*

Tonya R said...

The bag turned out really well - I like the binding around the top. It's soo good you two got to see each other and you could give it to her in person.

Lucy said...

What a beautifull bag! This pattern comes so nice out in the bag. It is surprising!

Frances said...

Hi Nina, great bag for a great friend, I enjoyed reading about your first meeting each other you must miss each other now so it is good you go a chance to meet a while,

I have really enjoyed reading about all the feasts thanks for posting you have a wonderful family so full of love, Evabeth sounds so grown up, blessing to her,

thanks for your message wishing you and your family happy holidays Frances

Tropical Screamer said...

What a beautiful bag. The colors are amazing. Thank you for sharing your friendship with us.

Aloha,
Darilyn

Darcie said...

Your gift to Sarah is awesome! I love it! I can't wait to see the original inspiration piece.

I agree with everyone regarding the Convergence's new life. Ricky Tims: Eat your heart out. ;-)

Sharon said...

I so enjoy your blog - the pictures and your word crafting have me smiling and nodding along with reading. Thanks so much for sharing.

Dawn said...

Oh what a perfect idea for the bag - using that ricky tims convergence top! It looks so cute made up! Sarah is one lucky lady!