Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sneaky Peeks and Jazzy Jewels

Hi there! Just had to show you that I got my quilt finished! YAY! Great stitching...huh? My friend Lareesa does all my quilts. She's quite the talent! She's a busy mom, has 9 (count 'em) with special needs. WOW. I mean really, WOW!! I'm amazed by her.

Isn't it great when you finally get the quilt back and you can't wait to sit in front of the TV with a spool of thread and a needle to stitch the binding on?
Am I the only person that loves that? Then there's the first washing and drying that sort of plumps the whole thing up and makes it softer and more pliable, and gives it that great "crumpley" look that quilts have. Can't wait to curl up in it for a nap. I could use one right now.

So anyway...
It seems that every single day the last few weeks before market for me is full of work and stress...interspersed with moments of sheer exuberance and adrenaline. There is very little sleep that goes on, and everything sort of melts together into this big mass of pre-market frenziness. I don't cook. I forget to water my plants. I miss hair appointments, I forget to take the garbage cans to the street. I become OBSESSED.

I know that many others who prepare for this bi-annual event experience the same thing, and if we could compare notes, I think we would find ourselves amazed at how similar the process is for all of us.
It's a lot like getting ready for Christmas (as an adult), times 50. There's this expectation that needs to be fulfilled, fueled by excitement, mixed with dread, tangled up with energy, emotion, creativity, and sweat.

Anyway, that's where I'm at these days.

Thought you might like to see what I've been doing, among other things.
This, below is the first attempt at one of my new bag pattern designs, called: "The Cambridge Cargo Bag"

It's a pretty good size. It's even large enough for my jumbo laptop! I made it using some of my "Spirit" fabric in twill. It has a big Flap with a belt that has a magnetic snap to keep things under control. Those are "Cargo" pockets. Kinda military inspired. They each have a magnetic snap as well.

This above is a shot of the interior...roomy with lots of pockets. That's how I like it:) and below, is the "Key Fob". It's for adding little charms, like you see on some of the high-end bags at the mall. you know, just for fun...
That flower charm is one I painted on ceramic. I've actually been painting a lot of those lately.

These little jewels are going to be the gifts that I will give away to the folks who come to my "schoolhouse" at quilt market, which is a 30 minute class I will be doing, along with lots of other people in the industry I'm in.
If there are any left over I will probably sell them on my blog when I get back. Or maybe throw in a couple in a blog giveaway. They are all hand-painted and signed on the back by yours truly, and each one is unique. I love these:)

Here is the prototype of another bag design I am doing, in some fabulous Amy Butler "Love" fabric. I call it the "Metro Slouch Bag".

It's smaller than the Cambridge Bag, but super sleek and modern.

Here's a sideways shot of the inside. (Don't know why I can't turn it. But I can't.) This bag also has the key fob option for charms. And I have decided to add a cell phone pocket to one of the sides. I know I need one...makes it so handy when there's an outer pocket for that ever-present and oh-so-necessary item.

NOW...the hardware on these bags could be a problem to find. BUT...never fear!! I have decided to create Hardware Kits for these bags that will be for sale alongside the patterns. (Truly an inspiration!) That way you can purchase all of the hardware you need to make either one of these bags all at once, and at a great price! Gotta love that.
These patterns will be available for sale soon...I will put them up on my blog when they are ready. They are ALMOST DONE! I also have a women's version of the London Top/Dress
in the works, as well as a new skirt pattern, and a new quilt pattern for my Isabella fabric that will be showing at Quilt Market in October. So keep a close eye out for those new additions to my lineup.

Well folks, that's it for now. Whew!

Have a great day!!



CJ said...

LOVE the new bags! I can't wait to get the patterns. Genius on the hardware kits. I live in Podunk and my shopping options are very limited.

Rochelle said...

I can't wait for the cargo bag pattern. That is just a great style and size. So trendy for the current styles that are out there.

Sherri said... it all...but have to make the metro slouch bag...looks just like what I've been looking for...and yes, the hardware kits are going to be great...I live in a small town, and so to be able to order the hardware will just be perfect! Love the ceramic charms too...hope there are some left over for sale!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You have been one busy lady Lila! The quilt is so pretty. And I too need to make the Metro Slouch - especially if I don't need to run all over the city to find the hardware!

PiecefulChaos said...

You design the nicest bags! I can't wait till the new patterns are available and I love the hardware kits - there's nothing worse than having a great pattern and not being able to find the supplies!

Trudi S said...

I just love your patterns and fabric...can't wait to see the new skirt and dress pattern! Your blog has really changed the way I quilt...thank you!

QuiltyGirl said...

I love the new bags! They are so different, and so much more functional than a lot of the patterns out there.

Can't wait to see the new line!

Jennwith4 said...

Wow so much awesome stuff I don't know what to comment on first! Love the beautiful bags and that top is so cute!

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ana said...

Your ceramic flower charms are gorgeous. It would be great to buy one - please put some on your blog!

Jennifer - Lola Pink Fabrics said...

Hi, Lila!

I absolutely ADORE this bag and can't wait for the pattern to become available! You just gotta love a military style bag done in pinks and greens!

We just did a quick blog post on your bag and fabrics ~ Too cute!

~ Jennifer & Janet

mallorymurray said...

Oh that quilt is amazing, I love the colors!

Chelsea said...

You Rock! I love the necklaces. Don't forget to save me one! I love the bags too! So cute.


Melinda said...

Oh new bags! I have made your Bohemian bag twice now with great results. I pulled out the pattern this weekend to figure out some side ties on a new bag for my sister since she LOVED that feature.

tellad said...

Your "Sweet Caroline" quilt is gorgeous - mine is being quilted and I hope mine looks as good - I did mine in the "OZ" Moda fabric -I love your patterns - my granddaughter has some of her favorite tops from your patterns! Love those charms! Teri Dingler

kath said...

Oh I love the bag, might be the Spirit fabric that keeps drawing my eyes, but I love how roomy it is. Hope you have a wonderful time at Market.

Anonymous said...

I just made the Bohemian Bag, and while the bag is super cute, the direction could be a lot better. It was super difficult to turn the straps, and some things just seemed out of order, making it difficult to put together in the end. I am by no means a beginner either. I love the look, but think the pattern could use some revision.

Judy Blinkenberg said...

I have one of the bag patterns but the hardware is difficult to find. Love it with Amy Butler fabric. It would be worth it to buy the pattern again to get the hardware. Please let us know when it's available. Thanks again.