Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ethel and MJ


Most times I make prototypes before cutting into "the good stuff." 


I love playing with vintage textiles so the center panel is a piece of vintage tablecloth and the pink is osnaburg.  I used a sweet vintage doily and a yo yo and button for the flower.  I really like the flair shape of this bag.


But since my dearly departed fraternal twin aunts, Ethel and MJ, were not demure I used black and white polka dot and houndstooth corduroy.  To reflect their personalities each got a pop of color.  Corduroy or not, this is a simple and fun bag to make.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

21 comments:

Vicki W said...

Ooohhhhh black, white and red!

Jeanna said...

I love those bags...and I am fortunate to have THE BOOK which includes the pattern.

You have done an amazing job with the book and folks should know that it is CHOCK full of patterns. They can't go out and purchase the great treasures individually for the price of the book.

Hope you have a great weekend Stephanie!

Ulla said...

This is such a sweet and romantic version of the bag! Calls for a wide skirt and pink or green ballerinas. The doily is a perfect addition to the flower. For a matter of fact outing, take one of the black and white bags.

Needled Mom said...

I love the vintage fabric in this version, Stephanie. It is lovely.

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

Wonderful! I love the prototype as well as the 'real thing'.

September Violets said...

Your vintage bag is gorgeous, and I love the flower detail, the centre panel, and the colours. The B&W bags are so eye-catching! You've really shown how you can really change the look of the bag just through your choice of fabrics. Your aunties would be proud ;) Wendy x (and now I'm curious about what stylish ladies your aunties were!)

Lynn said...

All three bags are just wonderful. I love the vintage prototype. Another versatile pattern. In the book the bags just jump right out at you. The houndstooth and black and white fabric are striking and really fun.

em's scrapbag said...

Love the pop of color with the binding and flower!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Very nice bags! Love the pink and red with the B&W! :-) Have a happy weekend!

Candace said...

I just see see Ethel and MJ in their spring version of the bag. They would have been so delighted to see themselves in your book, too! What a great idea to inset that pop of color in the handles!

Cardygirl said...

Love all the versions!

Char said...

So pretty, makes me want to dig out my Osnaburg and make something.

Annemariesquilt said...

A wonderful new bag Stephanie !
I love your work :-)
Take care and have fun ..

Melody said...

Gorgeous design

Chriss said...

Love them, very stylish.

Houseelf said...

Both styles suit the bag really well- one is more for Spring or Summer and the black and white would be good for Winter.

Cille said...

Judging from your bags your aunts must have been a lot of fun :) I agree the shape os really good - perfect for a laptop and papers even. I always bring my pc back and fourth from work and really do not like the traditional pc bags. This would be much more fun.

pratima said...

What a beautiful tribute to your aunts! Both versions are delicious! Your styling is pretty fantastic too!

KaHolly said...

Hi Stephanie. I've been away and without internet for two weeks, so am catching up. Just loving all your beautiful pictures and delightful posts. These bags were two of my favorites from your book.

AMcIntire said...

I love the use of the vintage table cloth as the quilt. Note to self: think out of the box more.

Solstitches said...

It must have been a pretty tablecloth but now it's even prettier as a bag.
I really like the handles and the decorative stitching down the front panels.
Margaret