Kimberly's Sac

Looking for a fast and easy purse pattern? The Fat Quarter Shop as an adorable patchwork sac pattern that's perfect! I love having a cloth purse for use in the warm weather. It can be toted in all the outdoor activities and if it gets dirty--just throw it in the wash! Carefree and easy, that's the only way.

Find the pattern for this bag at The Fat Quarter Shop here. I liked the idea of being able to use some of my fabric scraps for this project. As I planned my fabric selection I had the thought to also use some orphan blocks I had laying around. My thought was to keep the same patchwork cutting sized given in the pattern and substitute orphan blocks if I had anything that fit. Turns out none of those were the right size :( but it gave me an idea!

I have been wanting to try my hand at Wonky Flying Geese blocks and had seen a great tutorial about this on the Why Not Sew blog. This small project was the perfect place to try out this new technique. 

I followed pretty much everything Erin of Why Not Sew did but since I am always in a hurry I cut a few corners. Here's a quick look at how I made my Wonky Flying Geese units using freezer paper. For the original (and very good) instructions visit the Why Not Sew blog post for a great tutorial.

My Wonky Flying Geese Blocks

On the Kimberly Sac project there are large rectangles, small rectangles, and a square. I added together the large rectangle and square for the size of my pieced Wonky Flying Geese across the bottom of the bag and kept the same large rectangle size for the vertical rectangle that folds down on the flap. These Flying Geese sections simply replaced the shapes on the pattern and didn't change anything for the finished size of the bag or how it was assembled. 

The Fat Quarter Shop has a great video to accompany their pattern. See how easy this pattern is to make here.

I made my sac using the new Art Gallery Fabrics denims and quilting cotton from several different AGF fabric lines and Pure Elements. The palette of the finished bag will transition nicely into fall and has a rugged, artisan look to it. I even had a vintage wooden-toggle button for the closer--perfect!



Aurifil for AGF

Sewing is not only about what fabric you use but also about the quality of thread you use to stitch it all together. That's why Art Gallery Fabrics has teamed up with Aurifil threads to bring you first quality threads packaged in fabulous thread sets.

A few months ago, AGF decided to rebrand their Aurifil boxes to better showcase the identity of each AGF designer and have a unified look to the box sets. Each designer has a large and small spool box of threads hand picked and curated by the designers for the color and thread weight. 

Since I now have three fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics I decided to put together boxes that would coordinate across all three collections--Gossamer, Sketchbook, and Coastline. My "Color Story" boxes have a very useful selection of colors in a variety of hues for all those sewing projects.

My large spool box is all about machine sewing whether that's garments or patchwork quilts. The large box contains 12 large spools of 50 weight cotton thread with 1422 yards on each spool. These babies last a long time! My small spool box I think of as my accent thread set. It contains 5 small spools of 50 weight cotton in playful colors, perfect for topstitching and 5 small spools of Aurifloss that are perfect for hand stitching, embroidery, and quilting. 

February seems to be the month of giveaways and the new thread sets are no exception. Here's another reason to get on Instagram because you can only enter the giveaway there. Follow Art Gallery Fabrics and the ten talented (me too) AGF designers for a daily chance (weekends excluded) at winning designer thread sets and a curated fat quarter bundle of mixed prints and coordinating solids to get you started sewing with your new thread sets! Read more about the giveaway on the AGF blog.

As part of the #AURIFILforAGF promotion, each AGF designer created a small project to show off their threads. These projects will be part of a traveling show to introduce the new box sets to shop owners and sewing enthusiasts. I decided to highlight the Aurifloss accent spools in my small set and hand quilted stitches on my paper-piece Kaleidoscope wall hanging. 

Kaleidoscope by Sharon Holland

Kaleidoscope by Sharon Holland

For this month of love and giving, I am adding my Kaleidoscope pattern to my Free Patterns page. This is a nice beginner paper-piecing project if you've always wanted to give this technique a try. I love the scrappy color wheel look of this energetic wall hanging and how I incorporated some prints from all three of my collections along with a few Pure Element solids. I finished the quilt with simple straight line hand quilting using in the five different floss colors from the small spool set to accentuate the rainbow of colors and echo the lines on the blocks.