Friday, April 24, 2009

Easter Parade

I was anxious to attend our family Easter celebration for several reasons this year. Of course, it would be wonderful to catch up with all the folks I haven't seen for a while, but I also knew that I would have some lovely models for these new Prairie Gothic projects. 

Willow models the first in a series of everyday "Go" bags... just big enough for your phone, a wallet and the car keys. It folds almost like a little grocery bag, except the base is round and covered with the same striped fabric as the strap. The grommets and tie (notice the button finish) make the contents easily accessible. But the coneflower is definitely the star of the show.

My beautiful mother-in-law, Ellen, was wearing daffodil yellow, a perfect match for this petite shoulder bag with a yo-yo flower accent. The design features the border print from the Night Life fabric.

Gorgeous Gretchen makes the scene in this dramatic fitted vest (McCalls #5186) with "double spiders". The large design makes dramatic symmetry in the front and the back. 

The back of the vest has a contrasting tie for a shapely fit and to emphasize the dancing teasels. 

Olivia models my favorite bag, in fact, it is the bag I use everyday. It has a convenient front scoop pocket lined with rick-rack and inside pockets for my cell phone and a lipstick. But my favorite detail is the row of felt "dingle ball" beads, from the Art Girlz. I'm putting those dingle balls on everything these days!!!

Next we have two versions of The X Bag pattern by Four Corners Design, made by my friend, Linda Teufel, editor of Dragon Threads. This sturdy design creates outer pockets by overlapping double panels of coordinating fabrics. Here she has combined the Teasel and Lace fabric with an older Sassaman favorite and finished with a bias ribbon in the Midnight Stripe.

Next she combines the Midnight Sunflower fabric with the purple Dots and the Dusky Stripe as the matching trim. This pattern provides a nice opportunity to rummage in your stash for some of those sublime and unexpected fabric partners.

Last of all, this cute Strawberry Teasel shoulder bag with a deep flap and yo-yo ornament will brighten any day. I can imagine it with a 50's summer party dress... full skirt and boat neckline!


Anonymous said...

The spider vest is calling my name. I am gonna have to plunk down some money for these fabrics.

jen duncan said...

Your fabrics are so amazing for these "fussy cut" projects. I'll never forget how terribly excited I was when I first saw your line three years ago in an OKC quilt shop. I took a fat quarter of EVERYTHING, but of course; as I know now-- I couldn't use them to their full advantage in those odd and small cuts. I still love them, but next time will buy smarter. :-)

B Mills said...

Jane I love your bags esp the pom poms ! I took a class with you at Asilomar a few years ago & have never looked back - came back home to London,quit my dead end job,got my head together & now earn my keep crafting.My husband is thrilled to have ME back so thankyou !

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful array of items you show here with your lovely models. My favorite (though it's hard to choose one) is the bag that Olivia is holding. The ArtGirlz felt beads add a nice touch.

I have some of your fabrics and I have a bag planned for the first of several projects.

Diane J. Evans said...

Okay, Jane -- I simply MUST have some of these gorgeous patterns, especially the beautiful vest design. Where do I buy the patterns? Can't wait to get started (I already have the fabric, of course . . .).


Nana B said...

Like Diane I want to know whose patterns you used. Especially the bag/purse patterns. Would it be possible for you to do just a little post with the names, we can find out where to purchase, unless they are all in your store. Thanks much.