Sunday, 3 March 2013

True Friends tote bags..........

If you read the Stitch-a-long blog you may know I moved to Honolulu to finish my bag before the end of the month.......
well slight correction there - bagS.........
February's project was the True Friends Tote Bag by Natalie Bird from her Red Home book.
What does an idiot do when they are seriously behind the times........they make 2 bags........CRAZY........
Anyway where was I..........Thursday evening I got a call from Jenny.........I was well and truly in the doldrums achieving nothing on all fronts not just sewing........anyway she's a bossy bird  - she told me to unruffle my feathers and get stitching.........I had no chance of getting my bag/s done before the end of the month but I told her I was thinking of moving to Honolulu (end of time zones).....she laughed...........it started to shower rain and it made me a bit better so I got to work..............and then we had 40mls over night my spirits were lifted and I spent the day in the chook shed stitching and sewing and I made the deadline just before midnight in Honolulu...........
To make it quicker I did a running stitching around the edge......makes it look a bit lacey I think...........I like it..........a few omissions here and there but it is done............
This bag will be for me (I think).........a mix of randon fabric, French Generals and Anni Downs Christmastime which worked well together........
the second one below is mainly French Generals..........

the backs.........
Another 2 mls of rain here it's taken hours to get it..........just a drizzle.......I think it's starting to clear......I am very surprised it has stayed cloudy like it has..........
Catch you later..............
Chookyblue

36 comments:

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Looking great Chooky...well done to get 2 finished so quickly!

Jenny said...

Hey good job sewing must be good in Honolulu.....I've head it rains there too. Love the bags.... Saw "Betsylyn" yesterday and she showed her bag off so she has finished even if not posted.

Tracee Perry said...

They both look terrific. I just love the French general range.

shez said...

gorgeous bags Chooky,well done on your lovely finishes.xx

Annik-Snor said...

Beautiful bags, I love them.

Susan said...

You ARE crazy - like you said - no time - but you still get 2 done - amazing girl! They are both so pretty.

wish2stitch said...

Nice job on the bags Chooky. Glad to hear you are getting some of this rain.

Cattinka said...

Great bags. I have to get that book whenever I find it, it has such nice projects in it.
KATRIN W.

Jeanette said...

Both bags are gorgeous. Hugs,xx.

Susan said...

Both beautiful bags, you did well to finish them both. Good news about the rain.

La Pecora Nera said...

wowww two bags? Very nice jobs:-)
Cheers, Emanuela

Cubby House Crafts said...

Beautiful bags chooky and i do love the look of the running stitch!
Lisa

Jenny said...

They are gorgeous

Annie Kingma.Bonnema said...

Mooie tassen.
Groetnis Annie

laurajane said...

I love bags,and yours are gorgeous.A few bits left out or added on ,is what makes them unique.
Love Laura.xx

Noela said...

So glad you finished Chooky and your mood has lifted. What would we all do without our leader. Hugs......

Cheryll said...

Phew... thank heavens for jets!
Nice bags too... :)

Solstitches said...

They are both gorgeous. Someone is going to get a beautiful gift.
I couldn't bear to part with mine so decided to be my own best friend :)
I think you did great to get not one but two done in the time frame even if you did have to move to Honolulu lol.

Margaret

Sandy said...

So pleased to hear that you've had some rain. There is nothing that lifts our spirits more.

Sue said...

Gorgeous bags and twice as nice with two!

Josie said...

Wow.... you should go to Honolulu more often if this is what it does to you. Mind you it might be a bit crowded with quilters from here on in! :o) Gorgeous bags. I love the lacy look of the running stitch too. Hope the weather continues to get cooler and you get more lovely rain.

Christine M said...

Your bags look lovely Chooky.

FloS said...

Waow Chooky !! Do you plan to stay in Honolulu all the year long ? You may have some visits !!!
You have made a really good job with 2 bags !!
You are amazing !
Florence

Salley said...

Prettiness abounds. Seems a bit extreme to move time zones to make them however.
so glad the mojo is returning.

Terry said...

What beautiful bags! I hear Honolulu is quite nice this time of year! LOL

Unknown said...

yay .. your bags look wonderful!! Nice fabric choice also.

So glad you are getting some rain... praying you will get some more.

Sandyn

Anita said...

Love them both!!! Glad you are now living in HOnolulu as I will come visit you there as that is my favourite holiday place LOL
Happy you got some rain too!!

Elins systue said...

Nice bags You have made

Elins systue said...

Nice bags You have made

Deb R said...

A wonderful achievement...I think we all need a bit of sewing mojo lol

Susie said...

Still can't believe you did two!! crazy woman! They look fantastic!

Thimbleanna said...

Yay for the rain! Your bags are really cute - job well done!!!

Berglind said...

You are really ambitious, two great bags! I LOVE French General!! - hurray for the rain :)

Anthea said...

Beautiful bags Chooky, love the Honolulu idea, I must keep that in mind! And your changes to the stitching are very nice.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who makes two of something, even when time is pressing! x

DAWNIE said...

Great work they look great, make sure you catch some waves in aloha land!!!!!

Margaret Stickland said...

I do like craft about friends, great sentiments and ideal presents.