Friday, November 15, 2013

spring (in the middle of autumn)

It's been a bit of a while since my last post. Our home has been hit by one nasty cold after another, circling our family (with the notable exception of my husband) not twice, but three times. That being said, I've still managed to sneak in moments of craftiness.

Today I'm sharing a bag I've made for a special cousin of mine. I've made a lot of bags in the last few weeks, prototypes for a business idea I'm playing with. But this one is special. For as long as I can remember, my cousin's favorite color has been green. Always. When she indicated she might like a bag of her own, in green, I knew exactly which fabric to use. I had some V and Co. green ombre and decided to set it off with a Robert Kaufman chambray.

For the size/style of the bag, I used Anna's (AKA Noodlehead) tutorial for a wide-open pouch in the large size.

I pieced the design to play with the values in the fabric and to give it a fresh, clean-lined feel.

I then customized it to add fusible fleece and quilting. I quilted it in a lovely blue/green thread to add dimension. I love how it turned out.

On the inside I used a fun geometric print.

For one of the tabs I added (not in the tutorial), I found a darling little bit of ribbon at a local fabric store. It seemed to be perfect for this bag.

The green in this bag is so fresh and "springy".

It was so fun to design something with a specific person in mind. I really hope my cousin likes her bag, even half as much as I do. Now that it's had it's moment in front of the camera, it's off to New York. And I'm off to my sewing machine.

Linking up to Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Friday.


  1. LOVE the design on this bag! Your house sounds like ours with colds:(

    BTW you have a beautiful name. We are going to name our daughter that in Feb!

    1. Thank you Sara. I love that you love the bag. :) I rarely get to hear of other Jades. Congratulations on your baby!!

  2. That is really really cool! Awesome work, love the green!

  3. Such a cute bag! Lovely little details!

  4. Hi Jade,

    Super cute bag! Just popped in to say hi and welcome to the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild! I've added your blog to our blog roll and look forward to reading more :)

    Michelle-Membership Co-ordinator(we met at the meeting, I was the one stuck behind the table :)

    1. Hi Michelle! Thank you for the welcome! (This is super delayed, sorry. Thought I'd written back and here we are. :) )

      Looking forward to seeing you at the next guild meeting. :)