I LOVE the Phoebe bag (see: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=415264.0#axzz2QXx6Jzto , http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=418643.msg4955389#msg4955389 ) . . . but did you know that Artsy Crafty Babe had a bigger version, named the "Ruby." I didn't either. . . until now. The Ruby is not only bigger, but it includes two variations. It is a big bag and uses a lot of fabric. . . I usually use smallish bags, and I usually buy small pieces of fabric. What's a girl to do? Well I cut up my old couch cover (It had worn thin in the middle, but the sides were still in great shape), and I came up with: . I love the texture of the fabric - it looks great without any embellishment. For the inside, I used left over fabric from a quilt I made: . The pocket is made from the rounded part of the lining that I cut out.
I am in love with the Phoebe bag (free at: http://artsycraftybabe.typepad.com/tutorials/phoebe_bag.pdf ) AND I love re-purposing old clothes. This time I used a Creepy Carnival t-shirt from Shirt Woot.com. The color is WAY off in the picture, but you can see the wavy, vine-like quilting at least.
I quilted the back to look like cut wood. Again, the color is way off.
The color is more accurate in this picture. It was lots of fun to make.
Yeah, I know it isn't Valentine's Day, but I finally finished my Love Bug Quilt, and I am too happy and too impatient to wait to share.
Each block is 5" square. The blocks came from The New Quilting & Patchwork Dictionary by Rhoda Ochser Goldberg - a book I picked up in 1989 or so, before I made my first quilt. I just fell in love with those little insects. I machine pieced, hand quilted it (finished while watching the tele last night). Here are some close-ups of the the individual bugs:
They aren't perfect (some of the points got cut off) and I wish I had come up with a better border idea than just put on binding. . . but I still like it. A lot.