In January I wrote a list of my WIP's - Works In Progress - and checking back I see that I have completed a few of the things I set out to do and I know that I have done some more besides. Plus I have a few on the go right now!
Despite writing a list I did miss some things off. Isn't it always the way. You write a list and then immediately discover five more things to add to it.
One of the things that I forgot to add to my list was this bag.
The plain calico bag came with this book which I received as a gift I think some years ago. You can see their example of the bag decorated with flowers on the front cover.
I didn't want spotty flowers on my bag though. It has taken a very long time to decide what to do. Originally I thought I would have strings of bunting, but the fabric I chose that had bunting on it was the wrong scale for this and would have been a waste of the fabric.
So it was back to the drawing board. I have never done any English Paper Piecing (EPP) but after my recent quilting exploits and reading quilting blogs I decided that I wanted to have a go. I bought some hexi templates for something else that I have yet to show you, and with a recently purchased stack of fat quarters to hand I was all ready to go and embellishing this bag seemed like a great idea.
I needed an easily transportable and easy to work by hand project to take on holiday, and although I did also take some crochet, this seemed like a good idea as I only needed a few things to make it and I could carry everything I needed in the bag itself! Even better.
The pattern is random and is meant to suggest an old well used bag that needed to be patched up! Above is the front and below is the back, although I love both sides equally!
If you were a child in the sixties to early seventies you might remember Holly Hobbie Dolls - they were rag dolls. I didn't ever have one myself, but I had a "nearly a Holly Hobbie Doll" copy who wore a brown patchwork dress - the real one had a dress in shades of blues I seem to remember.
Anyway, these patches reminded me a little of my doll. My doll also came with a bag - now very long lost as is my doll - so I am going to call this my Holly Hobbie Bag in memory of my doll!
It looks a bit creased because I have been working on it and I thought about ironing it, but it is going to be used and will get creased, so I thought why bother!
My favourite detail is this corner which is patched front and back as though it had worn out.
I had to add a flower too!
I am very pleased with the finished bag and although it wasn't originally on my WIP list, it is another thing ticked off and done at last!
What did I originally buy those hexi templates for. To make these! You will have to wait and see more. Aren't they gorgeous though!! Oh, and yes, they are meant to have holes in the middle....