Sunday, 19 October 2014

Embroidered panel bags: Keep calm

The "Keep calm" theme seems to continue, and I have been collecting a variety of embroidered slogans on this theme.  This is one of the newer ones:
"Keep calm and eat ice cream."

Monday, 13 October 2014

Applique bag - cupcakes

This, like the dogs, uses the vibrant spots fat quarter pack.  I teamed each fabric with a scrap piece of plain material, and chose white for the applique thread rather than my usual black.  The effect is quite striking.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Embroidered panel bags: Cats

I used to think people who liked pets were either "cat people" or "dog people".  I now believe you can be both at the same time.
I love the slogan on this bag, and it does ring true.
"Cats don't have owners - they have servants."

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Applique bag - pink hearts

A return to another applique design I have used previously for these bags, but this time I used the Hobbycraft design pack fabrics.
It gives quite a different feeling.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Mini-Belinda version 3

This, like the first of my mini Belinda bags, is lined with fabric from Mombasa. 
The stripes are used as Helen's original design in this version, creating a strong pattern. 

Friday, 3 October 2014

Embroidered panel bags: Sound advice

I love this slogan:
"Always follow your heart".
So true.
It seems to have particular appeal when bought as a gift.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Applique bag - playful cats

This was a variation on the applique style.  In this case the embroidery came from a pack of 12 different cartoon cat poses.  Rather than complicating it too much with lots of different fabrics, I settled on two.  In the shop, neither of them were especially "catty" - one was flowers and the other a batik style pattern - but somehow they appealed for this project.  I was so pleased with the resulting bags!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Embroidered panel bags: a warning

Yes, another warning!
This is another very popular bag.  I have to say, it does make me smile.

Two different colour ways and two bag styles.
"I can only please one person each day.
Today is not your day and tomorrow doesn't look good either."

Monday, 22 September 2014

This Summer's Events: Kempston Fun Day

Two years ago I went to this event for the first time.  It remains my record takings ever!

Although this year I did not take as much money, I still had a great day and some fabulous conversations with a wide range of people. 
 Run by Bedford Lions and Rotary Club, this was again a well-attended fair.  The sun shone (we deserved it, after last year's event was rained off!) and the crowds were out.  Generous space was allocated and there seemed to be a great range of stalls.  The volunteer organisers always seem to encourage voluntary groups and charities to attend and this time I was adjacent to a fire service which worked with airstrips, and a conservatioun group.
 A long but pleasing day, and another event which I hope will be a regular feature on my calendar.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Applique bag - green leaves

I used this design on the last set of applique bags, and it sold well, so these were replacements:
It was fun using up scraps of green fabrics on these bags.