Friday 18 June 2010

Baseco Bag and Early Bird Mini Gift

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.

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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.

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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.

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I have made a couple of other things, but haven’t had a chance to take a photo as yet.


Joy said...

Love your Baseco bag ... the black and cream is really striking!!
Cute bookmark too :o).
Joy :o)

Dawn said...

Wow I love the bag... it looks fabulous.... I need to make a black, white, red one too... I love it..
Hugs Dawn x x x

Chookyblue...... said...

great bag and have a wonderful time at the quilt show........

Jenny of Elefantz said...

I really like the black and cream, and that red just adds the perfect 'pop' to finish! Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Looks gorgeous Janice... Hope you don't get some jealous woman dragging your beautiful bag off you.

Cardygirl said...

Forgot to tell you how great your bag looked! Too busy enjoying your lovely company!