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Sunday, January 24, 2010

OPAM (One Project A Month) for January...Charm Party Tote!!!

What a busy time I am having at the moment...January quickly slipping by...quite a few swims and beachwalks being done at our local beach, especially in the heat we have been having!!!
One day whilst at my local patchwork shop Steph's I saw this bag...thought how cool is this...and immediately signed up for the class for this Charm Party Tote bag...
After all a gal can never have enough bags...and as one lady in the class said...
she is till searching for the right one!!!


This pic should be much further down...
one of the bags made in the class in the Rounnerie range of fabric by French General for Moda...inspired by old French reds and naturals...a peek into rural life in 19th century France...
Having admired this fabric for a while now I also signed myself up to do a workshop for a tablerunner made out of this gorgeous fabric...
Bolts of the Au-th-entic range of fabric by Sweetwater for Moda on the shelves...

Jelly Rolls...Charm Packs...

I am really into fabric with writing on it...

My Charm Pack bought a little while back...had to have it when I laid eyes on it...but not really knowing what I was going to make with it...
the black fabric is for the handles...

This being my first workshop at Steph's I started to get organized during the week...
and what fun this was...I used these oh-so-cute pins that I received from Carol as part of the Advent Swap...

Pincushion made and sent to me by Janey...

the fabric I chose for the lining of the bag...

all in the basket ready to go on Friday morning...
even the little white bag received by me from Sigrid for the Angel Swap

Sorting the squares for the front and bag of the bag...

the 2 lighter squares are the pockets for the inner lining...
the darker square is for the outside pocket...

inside of the bag...

Vintage buttons received by me from Carol...I thought I would use one of these...

Playing around with different buttons...


and finally chose the large buckle like one...by Beutron and priced at 1/6 which now would equal to .15c!!!

here's the back of the label for the button/buckle...

back of the bag...

and the front...and I'm over the moon with my new bag!!!
I think it looks pretty cool!!!
Now I'm all set for a day of shopping tomorrow with JoJo!!!
And while I'm at it...Happy Australia Day!!!

22 comments:

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Absolutely perfect D... love the colours too.
You'll be able to whip up a few more when you need to get out of the heat.
Lucky you, sandy beaches, we've a lot of white too in the form of snow.
Enjoy the bag.( I have that Moda French General charm pack and it would make a great bag too for my knitting, thanks for the inspiration).
Susan x

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Dzintra
How clever you are... I was going to comment on how much I liked the first bag and the charm pack and then I see you have this lovely tote!! Too clever...

Happy Australia Day to you also... not sure what i will be up to as yet but hope the weather is not as hot as it has been the previous two day... Have fun xx Julie

Simone de Klerk said...

Dzintra ~ what a lovely bag! Everything looks great to it. Wish I could just come over to touch it and see how it looks on me ...
Enjoy your shorter summer days!!!

Stina said...

It is just wonderful... love it too.. ;o) the fabrics are so right..:o)

Kath said...

How gorgeous is that!Well done for such lovely work. I am real envious now :D

Cattinka said...

I love the fabrict you chose for your bag, it really looks nice. The red version is nice also, it would be very hare to choose between the two.
KATRIN W.

Zuzu said...

I love these fabrics!!! I cannot find anything like these in the little town near me, OR the big city near me. Guess I'll have to look on the web.
Gorgeousness! Have fun at the beach w/ your new, sweet tote!

Hugs,
Zuzu

Mrs Quilty said...

Your bags are beautiful! As a matter of fact, I make those bags and sell them! Well, I try to! I've sold quite a few! They are so easy to make and always come out differently! I love the colors you choose, especially the red and white! It's fun to be creative with them!!! Very nice~!

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Dzintra,

Love the bag...looks fabulous. I love that range too, though I possess none of it (may have to remedy that :D)

BTW read your welcome to Holland...its great and was one of the first things we heard about during our parent classes learning about autism at Irabina (early intervention). It is sooo true, and the tulips are truly delightful :)

Hugs, Sharon

Maree: said...

Great job on the bag...love those fabrics.
cheers

Notjustnat said...

Wow, I'm not surprised you have been busy!!! All that eye candy of fabrics and bags, I can see you are really going to be busy with them for awhile - Have a great week Lov Nat

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

This range of fabric is popping up everywhere...it is just so nice and the bag is gorgeous Dzintra...well done on the finish...Peg OPAM 2010

Fer said...

Great bag! I like the red version too.

You're right, a girl can never have too many bags!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dzintra! I AM SO LATE! WHat a gorgeous array of fine stitcheries! BRAVO! What fun you must be having down under! Oh, I can't wait to get my hands on something artist to do!!!! Bisous, Anita

Pooch Morning Glory said...

dzintra
that is the COOLEST bag !.... and you made it , which is even cooler.

you rock
~laura

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Dzintra
You know in my previous comment i meant to say 'I see you have MADE this lovely tote' but i'm sure you figured that out... i've regressed from mistyping to just leaving words out.. hahaha

WEll anyway... back to say HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!! xx Julie

Sandi Butler said...

I just adore your new bag, Dzintra, it is lovely. That range of fabric is really nice.

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

What fun you're having Dzintra! I love your jelly roll and charm packs! And the French General is an amazing place, isn't it!? Those little pins from Carol are to die for, and I agree... a gal can never have too many bags! LOL xxxVicki

Mildred said...

That bag is adorable. I hope you and Jojo had a fun time shopping. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week dear friend.

June said...

I am so excited to meet you. It's always great to meet another mom with a sweet one...and any friend of Suzan's is a friend of mine. I love meeting other fabric lovers. I buy a lot of Moda fabric too. Now if I would just sit and sew it up instead of just collecting it. Your bags are lovely.
hugs

Micki said...

The bag is just wonderful! I love the colours that you chose, and the pattern is so unique.
I wish that i could see it in person!
Micki

Terry said...

Dzintra Hi
First thanks for your welcome to blogging.

You and Nat are both making bags. I love the fabric you choose. Sort of mid-town manhattan. The French Lt. definately for a stroll on the south bank.

Happy Stitching
Terry

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