The Katydid Bag

Hi everyone! Today I’m pleased to show you my Katydid Bag, as part of the Safari Moon blog hop to showcase Safari Moon by Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery Fabrics. Frances is my good friend and came to visit me here in Chicago last summer. What she can do on the computer is seriously out of this world. She does motion graphics for NBC, and whenever I see a commercial on TV that I know she’s done for one of the NBC shows, I get all giddy and jump up and down. Ha.

Safari Moon is her first line for Art Gallery Fabrics. It’s full of bright colors and a great jungle theme. You can find it right now at Fat Quarter Shop, Stash Modern Fabric, and more!

I used these fabrics to make the Katydid Bag, which is a pattern that you can find in the March/April 2014 issue of Gen Q Magazine. There it is! I took that photograph in -40 degree weather. Can you see my red nose? lol.

This pattern was written for my best friend Kim. She called me up a few weeks before we were going to Fall Quilt Market last October. She had made a New York Beauty quilt block (12.5″) and none of my current bag patterns were appropriate to showcase the block (they either had straps, pockets, or a flap that would cover part of it). So she needed a special pattern just for her. I think I was in the middle of making 3 things for Tula Pink’s booth, which I only had 1 week to work on, but because I love her so much, I did. And I named the bag after her daughter, Katy. So, here’s Kim’s Katydid Bag from last October. Personally, she did a better job on her bag than I did on mine, but Kim is just perfect that way. 😉 Well, the folks from Gen Q saw her bag at Market, and since the pattern for it had not been publicly released, they wanted it for the magazine. Only they did not want a plain bag. Oh, no. Because they had seen Kim’s fabulous bag, they had to have one with a star block on the front too. Except I had to make my own, brand new block. Never having drafted a foundation paper-pieced star before, I silently mimed strangling Kim (haha, just kidding) and gave it my best shot. Oh, and it was due right after Christmas. 😉

One of my favorite parts about the bag is the recessed zipper, and the method used on this bag is super easy peasy. There is also a zippered pocket down inside the lining of the bag.

I used the same store-bought handles from Joann’s that Kim used on her bag. They’re pretty snazzy.

Aren’t the fabrics just gorgeous in the star? So pretty and bright. They really work together well. Frances has done up some pretty cute projects to show everyone her fabrics. My favorite is this apron, but I also love this Larkspur Top.

I also used Safari Moon in another project. I’m working on my second book right now, so I can only show you this tiny sneaky peak of this one…I used the fuchsia print from Safari Moon for the lining, so it really makes the bag pop (which…you cannot see the pop from this photo, lol!).

Here are the other stops on the blog tour! I hope you’ll check them out!

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