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« on: November 17, 2009 04:03:45 PM »

I made this bag for a swap a bit ago but never got around to posting it separately. It consists of a lot of firsts for me: first try at patchwork, first handmade totebag, first try at freehand embroidery, and it was made for my first swap. I used this fusible stuff to line it which makes it water-resistant, and also largely impervious to needles: I broke six heavy-duty ones making it.  Roll Eyes
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Embroidered tree side.
Nine-patch side.
And a close up of tree, just because I'm proud of it!

I was heavily influenced by this project from my partner's wist. It's far from perfect, but I really love how it turned out! So much so that it was really hard to give away.  Cry My partner adored it though, so it was worth it in the end!
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2009 09:56:57 PM »

Beautiful.  I really like the look of patchwork, but find it rather time consuming.  Haha, I buy fabric that looks like patchwork, but then I feel like a poser.

Good work Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2009 03:24:01 PM »

It was very time-consuming, mostly because I'm a little OCD. Smiley But I do love the look myself. I keep thinking I'll do more of it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2009 05:04:55 AM »

As the lucky recipient can I just add my two pence in saying its absolutely beautiful! I get loads of compliments on it....thank you so much for finding it in your heart to give it away:D (I know I wouldn't have been able to!)
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2009 09:50:51 AM »

thank you so much for finding it in your heart to give it away:D (I know I wouldn't have been able to!)
It was hard but I don't regret it a bit! Smiley I'm just so happy that you like it as much as I do! (BTW I use my book cover every day! And I've been using the art journal too! Smiley )
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2009 12:49:52 PM »

WOW, WOW, can I just say WOW? I don't think I could have parted with that either. I want to be your partner some day.
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2009 01:21:08 PM »

This is lovely! I really like the colors you picked! So pretty and relaxing. The embroidery is so neat and tidy. I'm not good at that sort of thing so I find it impressive when someone can do it well. Smiley
I know nothing about quilting but I do love the look of quilted projects so I love your bag!
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2009 03:55:13 PM »

Thank you, lovesclutter!
I want to be your partner some day.
Bring it.  Cheesy  I'd love that!
This is lovely! I really like the colors you picked! So pretty and relaxing. The embroidery is so neat and tidy.
Thanks, Eliea! I love those colors and luckily so did my partner. Unfortunately I can see all kinds of mistakes in my stitching, but I'm always my worst critic. Overall, it was really fun to make and made me want to try more patchwork.
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2009 04:14:41 PM »

What I love mostly about swapping is that the recipient doesn't usually see the flaws, only the love and effort put into a project. I will be watching to see what else you have posted now. Your work is stunning.
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2009 04:26:29 AM »

Excellent color combinations, and the tree embroidery is impressive!
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