Did I say the Interwoven Strips were addictive? I have made 39 more blocks since Tuesday, when I should have been doing 101 other things...
Anyway I do also have a finish to share: a bag I mostly made last weekend but finished today. It is for a special friend whose birthday was a week ago (only a week late then). I used the two-way shopper pattern which I bought from The Bramble Patch when I was at NEC in August. I pulled Japanese indigo fabric from my stash and lined it with a print from Janet Clare's latest line which I think is called Nocturne.
The bag is a simple tote but it does have inner pockets and a magnetic snap /tab closure which gives the bag a more interesting shape. Here is an inside out picture to show the inner pocket strip.
I really want to make more bags - Anna Graham's Noodlehead patterns look wonderful - but it is always the bother of getting hold of lots of different supplies, and cutting odd shaped and sized pieces which puts me off with bags. However this was a fairly straightforward pattern and clearly explained so I think I shall make it again.
My theory is that it always takes a long time to make a pattern the first time but that the making should speed up once you know what you are doing - like trying a new recipe; once you have made it a few times (and like it) you may hardly have to refer to the cookbook, but that first time it can be quite challenging.
Anyway I shall be looking in my stash for more bag-suitable materials to make one of these shoppers for myself, and posting this one off to my friend tomorrow. Linking today to Crazy Mom Quilts.
Have a fun weekend and if you are in the UK, enjoy the last blast of sunshine before autumn truly sets in.