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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Gradations Bag from Modern Mix

I have a new project to show today... not the usual.  I made a little bag for summer.  Usually I prefer a leather, store-bought bag (with the exception of this, I hardly ever use bags I've made), but when i saw this pattern I fell in love.

The pattern is from Modern Mix, a quilting book by Jessica Levitt.  I found it on sale at Connecting Threads.  That's a great price - I paid quite a bit more at a local quilting fabric shop.  There's a review of the book on StashBooks here, which shows a bunch more projects.

ANYWAY, I really love the projects in this book.  They really are modern and "Mix" refers to mixing prints and solids.  I do think it makes for a cleaner, less-busy look than all prints.  The project I made is the Gradations Bag.  I love the graphic impact of the bold stripes.  I mixed them with a natural linen/cotton for summer instead of the dark color shown in the example.

The example from the book:

Magnet snap - love this.

The back:

Had to show off my decent matching at the bottom seam. :-)

Inside pocket - there's just one, but it's a fairly small bag, and it would be easy to add more if you prefer it that way.

Fabric covered cardboard bottom.

Ok, it's time for a revelation.  My mom was here when I bought the book and started working on this bag.  She didn't "get" it.  I think she thought it was an interesting design with the gradually changing color, but she was not a big fan of the bag.  I thought "ok - not everyone has the same taste - the world would be boring if we did, yadda yadda yadda."  Fast forward to having it finished and carrying it around, and I've gotten not one compliment.  A bit odd given I have friends who look for my new creations.  I'm wondering if I have very unique tastes and it's really just not an attractive bag.  My feelings aren't hurt - I still love it, but it just seems odd to me.  Such dramatic problems!  :-)


marysews said...

I like your colors better!

Lois Evensen said...

I agree with Mary. I like your colors better, too. Very, very nice bag. I'll bet you'll sell plenty of those if you put them in your Etsy store. Perhaps you have already done that. I'll have to go take a look. :)

Shirley A.W. said...

I love this!!! How do I bribe you into making one for me!? :)

Margaret said...

:-) I absolutely LOVE it! The prettiest colors!

Margaret said...

Oh, and Mom says we would both like much do you want? :-) and SHe wants some sailboat/lobster pants for dad and Carl....she said tell her how much! Cause you are that awesome!

Kathryn said...

I like it - it looks pretty and summery in the colors you chose. I don't think I'd have the guts to walk around with it, but we all know I'm just a stick in the mud anyway!

Sue said...

I like the greys and blue/greens together. Your bag is much nicer than the one in the book. It is a lovely bag and I would compliment you if I met you!

Uta said...

A great, very pretty summer bag. I'd be sure to say something nice :)

Trisha said...

It's a great bag. Pretty color combo, and it looks like it's a nice size too!

Anonymous said...

It's not that I didn't like the bag, I was just a bit surprised at your fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants method of measuring, marking and prepping the fabrics. It turned out very nice. Love, Mom