Sunday, July 24, 2011
Vintage Patchwork Messenger Bags
My generous friend, Darlene, gifted me with this vintage postage-stamp quilt top and I have made a couple of bags with it.
I wanted to try something new - the "sketchy" stitching that is oh-so-hip-and-trendy right now. I stitched a face and added a little color with pencils.
Working with some vintage patched "dresden plate" blocks, I arranged everything on the patchwork, added some detail with trims and buttons and finished it as a messenger bag.
Here is the back. I added a "Grandmother's Flower Garden" block and some free-motion stitching.
After standing back and taking a good look, I wasn't sure I liked it. The problem, I think was actually the face. Too "pretty" for the whimsical patchwork. Also, I had covered up one of my favorite parts of the plate block - the bright yellow center with black primitive stitching.
So I made a second, similar bag:
Instead of the face I added an embroidered bluebird and a little message. (The first bag also has a message, did you notice?)
I DO like this one more.
I have never been the "hip and trendy" type!