Unfortunately for me there was no other pattern that would work...sigh...so Sara said "I have an idea..." and The Katydid Bag was what came out of my inability to conform and my having the best friend in the world!
Now, if you know Sara, you know that she has been CRAZY busy with not only her business but other stuff too. I sent her a message telling her NOT TO design a new bag and that I would make something else and this one can wait. I woke up to an email saying " I know you told me not too but I love you too much". GAH! And she named it after her mini me Katy that LIVES with me so I could not be totally pissed.
Sara sent me the pattern with all the directions I needed. There were limited photos which made me consider biting my nails again. I am so very visual and need lots of actual photos, with Sara's instructions, I did not need the usual picture for every step.
The only adjustments I made to the original pattern were the handle holders were bias folded and I changed it to make holders that were flat on either side. I also needed to sew with a 1/4 in seam instead of the 1/2in suggested. I wanted for my compass points to show.
I made the front panel using the pattern on Quilting on the Square . I want to make them all. Really great patterns. I made the block scrappy using many different designers including Kate Spain, Heather Ross and Joel Dewberry. The lining fabric is Alexander Henry Mirabelle, one of my all time favorite prints. I would do a happy dance if they would send me 20 yds of that print! The background fabric is from Joann's. It is not 100 percent cotton and is more like a microfiber. Stretched a bit more than I would have liked but the fact that it is a perfect black made up for the slight difficulty in handling. For the interfacing I used the recommended Pellon sf-101 and Annie's Soft and Stable. The thread used was my trusty Aurifil. I used 50wt for the topstitching and quilting and the 40wt for the bag assembly.
The features of this bag are what make me want to make another. The recessed zipper is easy and creates a finished look.
SO MUCH ROOM!!!! If you have even been with me anywhere, you know I carry a ton of crap. Still not sure what it all is but it is ALL in my bag. This one will meet my needs for sure!
The pattern called for two zippered pockets. I chose to do one. I only had this one fab vintage pink zipper from Lindsay to use and well, it is just perfection. Do not be afraid to do zippers. It is easy and the method Sara uses is one of the most simple. If you are doing it for the first time, try it out on a scrap first. Get comfortable with it and you will be a pro in no tome!
Inside is a fun bit of Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt. It looks so great with the Alexander Henry Mirabelle
I am not even sure when Sara plans to release this pattern but when she does...GET IT!!! It is easy and AMAZING!!!! If you are going to Quilt Market please look for this bag, it will be there with me :)
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