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C’est Belle!

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That is the Frenchy Bag.  It’s one of my few successful attempts at following a pattern, and it’s an Amy Butler, of course.   I’d seen the bags on her website and love the little pleat in the front, plus it’s nice way to work two coordinating or contrasting fabrics together.  The beauty of it is, if you’re using home dec fabric, you don’t have to line it.  The one above is tote size, but I’m itching to try the pocketbook size.  Maybe this weekend…


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Autumn Crafts

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I’m coming to terms with scraps.  Since I can’t seem to throw any sort of usable fabric away, I needed to figure out something to do with scraps.  Above are photos of a fall/autumn themed cloth napkin and a little stuffed frog I made using leftover bits of fabric and scraps.  Also in the works are bee napkins- a yellow background with a bee print and coordinating black rickrack trim- those are getting wrapped around the fresh loaves of chocolate chip pumpkin bread I baked tonight and given to very deserving people.  I have designs for a Christmas table runner and a Thanksgiving table cloth- applique’d and embroidered.  Photos to come if I can ever finish it all with the 24 bags I have due.

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The Amy Butler Addiction


I wasn’t into her fabric until I borrowed In Stitches from the library.  I renewed the book and had the worst time taking it back.  Within a week I bought the book, ordered a zillion of her quarter yards online, and began to almost idolize her designs.  The above squares came later and will be a quilt for me, eventually.

When the Sew It Kit came out I was beside myself with excitement and bought it immediately after the release.  Had I stopped to read the reviews I would’ve realized that it’s just a smaller version of In Stitches with 3 or 4 new projects.  You’d think this might put her on my shit list, and while I was disappointed at first, I’m still fanatical about her patterns and designs.  I’m crossing my fingers that she’ll come out with a bag book in the near future featuring all of her cute bag patterns.

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