Design Wall Monday

I’ve kept busy sewing/crafting, but don’t have a whole lot to show for it!

I had a kidney stone that was too big to find its way out and in the wrong place to zap, so that laid me up for a good part of November.  I’m feeling pretty close to 100% and full steam ahead…

I’m meeting a high school girlfriend Arlene for brunch today, and thinking back, we’ve been good friends for 50 years!  Wow, I didn’t think I was even that old!  We don’t usually do gifts, but it seemed in order this year…

Swoon Bonnie Arlene done

so I made her a Swoon Bonnie Bucket bag.  Swoon patterns are by Alicia Miller, and you can find her patterns HERE.  Also note that she generously has some free patterns as well as patterns for purchase.

Arlene is a decorative painter, and is best know for her paintings of lace.  Robert Kaufman licensed some of Arlene’s designs back in 2007 and created a line of fabric.  This fabric is perfect for purses!  I added some special details:  metal feet, Chicago screws to secure the connector and the handle,

Swoon Bonnie Arlene connector

a key on a chain, just for fun,

Swoon Bonnie Arlene key 2

and I included a piece of the selvage on the inside that has her name on it.

Swoon Bonnie Arlene selvage

Bad picture, I know, shooting into a bag!

I have a baby quilt on the Gammill for great-nephew Peter, and that’s about it for now.

Linking to Judy Laquidara’s Monday post…be sure to pop over and see what others are up to this week.


3 thoughts on “Design Wall Monday”

  1. Lucky friend! If she isn’t thrilled to pieces, I’ll send you my address! I’ve never tried to sew through a heavy material like that, but I’m pretty sure my machine would protest. You did a lovely job.

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