|A Magnolia Pearl Handbag|
Where to start???
We currently have Boho Fever at Crazy Quilting International. Boho is a style popularized by Robyn Brown of Magnolia Pearl. It’s a bohemian, hippy style - lots of lace, vintage fabrics (think carpetbags), trims and tassels. It fits so well with the whole crazy quilting thing. Pat Winter started earlier this summer with her boho bags, then Gerry did too when Susie went to visit her (and the barn). They have all taken embellishment to the Nth degree, and each of their purses is nothing short of amazing.
So, last week I was accepted into a local boutique (one of the larger ones in the state, actually). And it is in 5 weeks (or maybe 4 as I write this). Short notice to come up with “crazy quilt purses, farm girl aprons and wall hangings”. Since the acceptance rate versus rejection rate is 1:5, I made it in by virtue of the fact that CQ is still a relative rarity in the boutique circuit. It will be unique.
My mission, therefore, is to turn the Boho style into a QUICK CQ purse. I would like to have between 18-25 purses made by Labor Day. Impossible? Probably, but I will get close. Let me tell you about my preparation and my plan.
Although I did not begin with dyeing lace, I thought the pictures of the dyed lace in the evening sun were lovely, so I`ll show those as I
blather on talk about my plan. In my stash, I have collected a lot of home decorator fabrics over the years: tapestries, velvets, floral jacquards - lots of mid-weight variety and colors.
To supplement it, I visited a couple local upscale furniture stores last week and was able to gather another couple bags of free fabric samples from discontinued fabric lines.
THAT’s when I dyed the lace. Like a scavenger, I raided all my thick (and some thin too) laces. Anything that was too white got a little soak in a dye bath. While they were drying, I ran over to JoAnn’s fabrics to stock up on fusible fleece. The fusible fleece I bought is very thin and supple, but adds a definite strength and stabilizing factor to the focal fabrics.
While I was at JoAnn’s, I picked up some trims that were on closeout, which I also used a discount coupon on. Plus, they will give you a discount on the last portion on a bolt if you take it, so that was my very lucky night!!
And Gerry came to the rescue to fill in some holes in my colorways for me. We send each other “Care Packages” whenever one of us puts out an SOS to the other! :-) Thank you Gerry, they are lovely!
Lastly, I pulled all my supplementary fabrics (velvet, brocade, corduroy - yes, corduroy) and thinner laces, trims, etc, and sorted them by colorway.
Oooh, I see a couple pink bags in my near future!!
Some beaded home dec trims. Glad I stocked up when they were on sale a couple years ago...
So, my first purse is basically a black and gold colorway. There was one rose print tapestry sample fabric in that color, and I had just enough black trims to go with it. Also, I figured if I messed it up too bad and couldn’t sell it, that would be a good color combo for yours truly. Hehe. There is a method to my madness.
All I have left to do is tack on some velvet trim to the back and attach th=e//=/9 (that was my cat Boomer stepping on the keys.... he wants attention)... where was I? Oh yeah, I still need to attach the strap. I’m a little worried about that because the purse is so thick. Should’ve done it in a prior step, but I was figuring out all the other stuff. I might have saved myself a lot of grief, to say nothing of a couple hours time, if I had used a commercial pattern, but REALLY! Who does that?
Here’s a sneak peek of one corner of the front flap.
And here is a sneak peek of the back. That’s the velvet I still have to attach. When I post the completed pictures, I will explain what I did (in exchange for some honest comments and suggestions!!).
And finally, a picture of a little goldfinch I snapped through the front window this morning. We have had a lot of smaller birds this year, which is delightful. Probably because all those darn magpies and scrub jays have stayed away.
Now, I’m off to pay attention to that cat. If I don’t I’ll be sorry at 3:00 a.m.