I wanted to make a new bag to take to the Quilt Show at Darling Harbour tomorrow. I seem to give away any bags I make and end up carrying a green grocery bag with bits and bobs in it, so thought this would be the perfect opportunity to remedy that situation.
Some months back I purchased the pattern for the 'Baseco Mahal Kita' tote from Dawn Hay. It has taken me a while, but I have finally made my version.
I’m really happy with the result. It is nice and roomy and the straps are a good length to carry over your shoulder. The tabs on the top corners give it a good shape.
I’m currently having fun using the black and cream scraps from the quilt top I’m making. To tell the truth, I’m probably having more fun with the scraps.
I have lined the bag with a red fabric with a cream spot which sets it off nicely. I was looking for a suitable red button in all of my jars, but had no luck. I found the perfect button, but it was too small. Then I found this beauty which was ideal. There was just the one. It appears to be quite old and made of mother of pearl laminated onto the black back. It has a tiny brass loop at the back. The buttons came from the estate of a very old friend of the family.
If you see me at the Quilt Display carrying this bag, say “Hi”.
I’ve made a small start with some mini Christmas gifts, once again using the black, cream and red scraps.
This bookmark has been on my “To Do” list for yonks. There is a pattern in an old Patchwork and Stitching magazine, but it is pieced. I used foundation piecing onto an interfacing for my version which I found to be the easiest way to make the points accurate.
I have made a couple of other things, but haven’t had a chance to take a photo as yet.