To begin this post, we must travel back in time to the last week of June. I was getting ready to go to Quilt Hawaii and just after that was over, I flew to the mainland for three weeks. As I was running around getting things ready I decided I wanted a different computer bag for traveling. We have a large-ish black bag that has wheels, but I didn't want to drag that around. I also wanted something with some pockets to hold my Kindle, ipod pouch, and a small purse, so I only had to carry one thing. Oh, and it should be cute--not just another black bag. Apparently I was asking for a lot.
So I shopped. I found a Vera Bradley bag that I sort of liked, bought, brought it home and discovered my computer wouldn't fit, and returned it. I squandered hours I did not have to find a bag. Finally my friend Sandra loaned me hers so the pressure was off.
Then I went to Quilt Hawaii and took the Superior Threads School of Threadology. One of the instructors was Annie and she has many patterns for bags, including this one:
This is for a "Carry All" as well as a slimmer case just for the laptop. I also found this pattern:
What is really spectacular about Annie is that she also sells the "finishing kits" containing all the hardware you may need for each pattern. Please check out her website here. At any rate, I bought both patterns and finishing kits and fabric for the projects was on my list for shopping on the mainland.
I must say that finding a fabric/fabric line that I really liked and that would go with the black hardware was sort of tricky. Or it could be that I was having committment issues, but it was a struggle. Finally, I found something that was okay. I thought it felt a little "Vera Bradley-like" but I still got it, mostly because it was red which is my favorite color. When I got home, I put the stuff in a pile of my USOs (Unstarted objects.) You may remember from last week, that I made the cute humpback whale quilts. I started wondering if I could incorporate one or two into the bags. I pulled fabric, paid a little visit to The Fat Quarter Shop to order some more and Ta Da! I came up with these:
Here is the carry-all/tote
These projects came out so neat! Do you ever make something that comes out so cool that you can't believe you made it? I'm so excited! Now I want to travel again, so I can use them! Again, I can't say enough about Annie's patterns, and I still have some more, so be watching for more projects in the future.