Saturday, May 16, 2015

                                                                     Week 19
Well, time sure flies if you are having fun or not. I can't believe that almost half the year is over. For this week's project, I've been trying to find the perfect messenger bag. I feel like Goldilocks and the three bears. This one is too big, this one is too small and I'm just trying to make one that's just right. Maybe, it is going to have to be two or three different bags for it to be "just right".
The first bag I made, although cute, was too big, in my opinion. Some people that I surveyed loved it, so I guess it will have to be a custom order. It measures a whopping 16 inches  x 14 inches. It has one pocket inside but I think you can fit our home computer in it, not just a laptop.
Large Messenger Bag
The next bag was a good size for a tablet and other stuff. It has a zipper pocket and several compartment pockets inside and an extra pocket on the front. I used a vintage like strap slider and I really liked the design. It measured 8 inches tall , 11 inches wide and 3 inches deep.
Small Messenger Bag
I am now working on a third bag that will be a medium size. I have taken all the thinks I like about both bags and incorporated it into one design. I am working with denim and recycled burlap coffee bags. It is looking pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. The pictures will have to wait until next week. 
Over the past week, I have made a donation quilt for SAQA measuring 12 x 12, using the applique that I worked on in my class that I gave in the studio. The class was raw edge applique and we made some beautiful flowers. I am waiting to hear back regarding my entry for "In the American Tradition" of my Grandmother's Beer Garden quilt. I have been working on a special medallion quilt, just the quilting, so I can get it back to it's owner and made various other small projects. Life is busy but it sure goes down easier with fun projects. I realize I am a week behind, so hopefully will catch up in a day or so. Until then, keep on quilting.

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