Sunday, 11 August 2013

A new take on the Lapin Noir

Tee hee - after writing the blog title, I realised that some people might come here through Google expecting something to do with a black rabbit but No!  I've gone and made another bag!!!!

I really enjoyed pattern testing the Lapin Noir for Sara and after using it a couple of times a friend asked if I could make one for her without the shoulder strap as she didn't want it folding over. After a bit of deliberating, I set about adjusting the pattern: tracing around the pattern for the main body piece of the bag and then moving the original template across by 2.25" to extend the top curve and leave a smaller 'tab' sized shape at the top, which I extended up by 0.5"

The rest of the bag I made up as normal, omitting the strap extenders and tabs. For the main shoulder strap, I measured the width of the tab after I had sewn the side seam and cut a piece of fabric 4 x the width of the tab (less the seam allowances needed for sewing the bag front and lining together, about 4") and then made as per the pattern.

And here we have it - a new take on the Lapin Noir, as modelled by Little Girl!
A Lapin Noir shoulder bag  by fabricandflowersuk

And check out the almost perfect pattern placement on the phone pocket! Although I have to say that it was more luck than judgement!!!

And here they are side by side for comparison...
A clutch of Lapin Noirs! by fabricandflowersuk

This is such a fun pattern to make, I can still see more in my future, maybe with a longer strap so that I can wear it across my body?!

Hope you're all having a great weekend,

S x

Todays sky ● gorgeous blue and overcast at times!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

August Siblings Together Bee Block ✔

I have to confess to being quite excited about working on the August block as we got to play with the fabulous Road15 - I loooooove this range! I know it's fabric, but's just gorgeous!

Collette asked us to make a woven block but to mix it up so that they weren't entirely woven, if you know what I mean?! Each block was made to 8.5" and then sashed with Kona Slate to make a big block of around 18"

And here are our fabulous sponsors who are providing everything we need to make these fabulous quilts.




I'd like to make an extra special mention to Lady Sew & Sew this month as they have very generously donated the wadding. And did you know that they have the best sale on at the moment?! Lots of fabrics starting from £4 per metre, including some bargains on Rowan Fabrics and Designer Backings. Please do go and check them out, and if you're lucky enough to be going to the Festival of Quilts this week then do go and find them at stand E9.

See you all soon,

S x

Todays sky ● blue sky with lots of clouds

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