Painting the World One Handbag at a Time

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Quilting Arts Magazine

I am a happy girl. I received my very first issue of Quilting Arts.
If you need inspiration hands on this is what to have.
Everything is this magazine is explained in full detail. Large photos. You can not go wrong. Inspiration at it's finest.
I have learned so much just by view photos, reading.. It is an amazing tool to have by your side when you feel creative.
This is the link where I got mine:

They also have a blog that I am a member of. All you have to do is ask and you shall receive. Here in this group of amazing artist, you get to talk to gifted, amazing artist from all over the word. I am over whelmed at how helpful they are. Kind, considerate and willing to help.

If the quilting arts is not your thing, no worries they have even more to offer.
I encourage you to be inspired by these wonderful people.

:0) Lv Jackie

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mod Podge Handbag

This is my first pod modge handbag. It is an evening bag. The fabric is black with a bit of sheen. I mounted on the back side a stiff peltex and free motion machine stitch the entire bag.
From there I layered first a decrotive paper in a paisley design. then added silk flowers and beads.
In addition I added on top of the silk flowers 2 beaded clusters. one on the bottom left and one on the top right side. These are not mounted with the mod podge, I used a special adhesive for this.
The mod podge I used was a high gloss. I might try the matte next time.
I am not to thrilled the way the edges came out. I would much rather not have the mod podge on the bag itself in plain site, so I am going to work on it a little bit more.
It came out ok for the first time. I will make another.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Beautiful Crochet Shawl Just for Me.

This is my new shawl. It is absolutely gorguse. It is my first shawl. I have always wanted one but could never find the right one. Until a good friend of mine posted one on her photo blog. I fell in love. It was the one for me. I quickly emailed her and asked if she could make me one in a natural shade. Anything would do, brown, black, cream. What ever inspired her. This is what she made for me. It is exquisite,
This is the full view of the shawl. Look at all the detail. The color is rich with a bit of sheen. It is light weight, perfect for Florida. I wanted a light weight shawl so when I am at my craft shows or sitting outside I have some thing to cover. Or when I am out just wearing it because it is absolutely fabulous.
This is as close as I could get with my camera to show you all of the detailed work. I wish I could have gotten closer. But let me tell you, it is perfect.
My friends name is Ceci and here are the links to all of her amazing work. I encourage you to look. She is an amazing artist.

Thank you for looking.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New Pattern "Mira"

Here is my latest bag. I am so very proud of this one. I absolutley love the style and fabric. It is a great bag for all summer long. Heck even for the fall if you like the colors.
The bag is a double shoulder strap with a magnetic snap on the inside. Two pockets on the inside that are divided.

The liner could have not been a more perfect match. I also used it for the gusset as well. The bag has a flat bottom on it. I added a plastic support in it so it will not sag when you put your things inside.
This is my own pattern and will be available. Great bag!!!
Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Lorete shoulder bag in bright fun colors

This is my latest pattern. The name is Lorete. This is a great style shoulder bag. It is a style that works with just about any fabric you throw on it.
This particular fabric is full of color, bright red, blue, green and touches of gold. If you look close you can see butterflies.
The flap closure is a magnetic snap. The flap itself is a circle. Very cute.
The printed bag is free motion machine stitching. It has a double shoulder strap.
The red bag is just your basic bag with no quilting.
It has two pockets on the inside, flat bottom.

This is a close up of the flap and fabric with free motion machine stitching. I used the red dot fabric to keep the color flow moving to the inside of the bag.
This pattern was very easy to make, it just took a afternoon to put it together. I like that.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Black and white reversable tote bag

This bag is just fabulous. I love the style and fabric. First I have to tell you all about it and how it came to be. First I own a yahoo group " Bags to Brag About" I have over 1000 members who absolutely love making handbags. Well, periodically we have swaps. Where we make each other handbags and give them to each other. For this bag you are looking at is a part of a swap. In the beginning of the swap we exchange a list of questions that tell us just a little about our selves, nothing to personal. Then we send each other fabric, just enough to make the bag. In this case we are all using the same pattern. Well my partner sent me the black with white dots and the white with black dots. When I got the fabric I had no idea what I was going to do with it. So I brewed for a few days and I come up with the quilted strips. It came out wonderful but I wanted to go a step farther.

With that in mind the bag became revers able. LOVE IT!!! The black fabric I purchased. This is the front of the bag when it is turned. The bag has a button closure. The button is big and fun for the front of the first photo, the second is a little smaller, just a little more casual. The entire bag is free motion machine stitching, front and back.

So, the bag has to have a pocket. I made a large pocket that is divided in the center, so really you are getting two. Then I added a Velcro closure. :0)
Well I had extra material left over, I decided to make a purse organizer to go with it. This as well has a loop over a button closure. I think it makes the perfect accessorise to the bag.
On the top of the bag near the handle placement is pleated. This follows through on all sides of the bag, including the revers able side.
My favorite side, I have to say is the stripe quilted side. Top photo. I love it, it has class. It is funny with polka dots, you really can not add a lot to them, they speak for themselves. If you add to much to it, it tends to get a to busy. I think the perfect bag pattern suits the dots well. I am very excited and can not wait to send it on it's way. :0) I hope she likes it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Blue Rose Quilted bag and such...

This is my latest bag. It is my "Stephanie" pattern. The old one is going to be not available as soon as I get the write up done on this one. It is a larger bag and I wanted the directions to be a little more user friendly. So I will hopefully have it completed soon.
The bag is quilted front and back. The only thing changed was the size.
My attempt at fiber art has slowed down for a moment. I have prior obligations that I have to finish first. Such as this pattern and I am also is a swap on my group. Lots of fun. We are all using the same pattern. We send each other fabric that we want the bag to be made of, then from there we do what ever we want. Very fun. I will post the bag when it is finished.
I am currently working with a few quilt stores to carry my patterns. That is another obligation very important to me that has to be finalized. It is very nerve racking, you just never know what the out come will be.
I am always looking for ideas and comments to better my patterns. Looking into better solutions. Al tho lately it has been very very busy, with bags and patterns. I have sold so many in this past 3 weeks. It is getting hard to keep up. Very exciting.
I have nothing really new coming up currently. I just need to finish all the loose ends. Plus summer is here, school is out in a few days. I think I just maybe able to find a little more time in my day! Yeah!