If any of you are quilters, and have been on a bus trip that takes you to new stores where they sell cool stuff, you can probably relate to moments of weakness, insanity, or just optimism that brings you to purchase items, figuring you’ll make them into something for someone at some time. I bought Amy Butler’s In Town Bags pattern
at Bear Patch Quilting in White Bear Lake, MN. Then, at a later stop at Fat Quarter Quilting in Coon Rapids, MN, my friend E and I purchased some cool fabrics so I could make a bag for her (wicked smart) daughter J as a Christmas gift. Then E and I got lost in All About Yarn, which was a couple doors down. Yes, we optimistically purchased items there, too!
Here is one Smart Handbag from Amy Butler’s pattern. Click on the image for a larger view.
As I started to cut out the pieces of J’s bag, I decided to make a second Smart Handbag for another smart chickadee in my life, my niece K. My sister tells me that K and I not only share the family jock gene, we both share a love of a certain baseball team, and admire people who play catcher. I figured this would be an appropriate use for the fabric I have been saving for years.
Again, click on any of the photos for a larger view. I’m hoping that these gifts are well received. I sure had fun making them. I might need a Smart Handbag of my own.