What am I about to say is going to make me sound like my grandfather, but so be it. It seems like every year we get less and less snow around here. And sadly, more and more ice. It started raining on Saturday (complete with thunder), but it is so cold outside it just freezes on everything. Ice storms are scary, and thankfully we still have power. I will take 18 inches of snow any day over this funny business.
Of course that means we have been housebound again for days on end. When I first saw the Scottie dog fabric at Hollyhocks I just knew I had to have it. I finally managed to scrounge up the remaining yard and a half in our JoAnns* a few weeks ago, and it has been sitting there calling to me ever since while I tried to decide on what style bag to make.
It takes a long time to browse a half million bag photos on Flickr you know! When I saw this bag again at Mint Basil , I knew I found the winner.
I used even more of those 5 inch squares from that fabric swap for the patchwork strip. I decided at the last minute that I needed some kind of trim on the front, and I had a tiny piece of green velvet ribbon that was *just* long enough. And no bag is complete without a vintage snowflake brooch, is it?
Not wanting to waste any of those precious 5 inch squares I made a patchwork strap.
It's cuter than I expected, but it took me an entire day to make. That's roughly the same amount of time as it took to make the flannel quilt. Whew. Bag making is tough stuff. LOL
*If you go to JoAnn looking for the dog fabric look in the juvenile apparel section. The ladies at our store never have a clue what you are asking about if you ask them, and I had to hunt high and low (literally) to find it.