Bags, bags, and more bags…

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I finally finished Caitrin’s bag (now I have to make one in Swiss Chocolate!)

It coordinates with this picture that I mistakenly took at the Botanical Gardens.  I wish I knew how I did it so I could so it again!

Back to bags, we’ve also made Oragami Bags (also from Amy Butler’s new book, Style Stitches) for Christmas gifts.

The best part is that they nest inside each other!

Speaking of bags and sewing, the new book The Bag Making Bible by Lisa Lam makes a wonderful present for your favorite sewer.

It shows how to really customize your own bags from any pattern.  I already have learned a few new techniques for clasps, etc. that I haven’t tried before.  I am reading this fantastic how-to book cover to cover like a novel, proving, once again, that I am a sewing geek. 

(As if the fabric laying all over our family room floor left any doubt.)

Have a good week!

P.S. I’ve had a few emails from people looking for kits for the Swiss Chocolate quilt that appears in the winter issue of Fabric Trends.  (Mine hasn’t come yet.  Boo hoo!)  Swiss Chocolate will ship in late February.  (One of the great things about Fabric Trends is that you get sneak peeks of fabric before it ships.  Of course, then you have to wait for the fabric to… ship.)  I trying to wait patiently (patience is not a virtue for me as far as fabric goes) as well as I almost completely used up one of the SKUs sewing quilts for magazines.  I had two inches left.  Talk about cutting it close!

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