|Guess what I made with Kona...|
Hello and welcome!
If you hopped by here earlier this week to see what I had made for the
Wake Up to Kona Blog hop,
you know that I'd been thwarted from sharing due to a misbehaving Blogger. Things still aren't working properly, but after trying countless things (from trying html, to Picasa, to Flickr... to get my photos uploaded), I found a circuitous route that is making it possible to share my pictures here on my blog (finally!).
Thanks to each of you for not giving up on me and for cheering me on with your encouraging suggestions and for your sympathies as I struggled with techie troubles. You are the best!
If you've visited my blog before, you're probably aware I love to sew with scraps. I'm also pretty crazy about colour and bags. Yes, you guessed right, I combined all three!
Let me introduce you to the
Initially, I thought I would sew a quilt or a pillow for the hop, so I gathered some fat quarter and half yard cuts, but the more I looked at those yummy Kona colours, I knew I had to made a bag. Once I finished sewing the pink patchwork version, I found myself buying more Kona because I loved the results so much. I HAD to make another. Does that ever happen to you?
I'm so happy with how these turned out and have to thank Mother Nature for warming up enough so I could take some outdoor photos (even if it was snowing like crazy at the time!). The colours are just swoon worthy and I'm pretty sure I'll be making more of these (after all there are so many more wonderful Kona colours I've yet to try... ;o).
|A bag full of pretty yarn! |
I love that patchwork pocket pieced from scraps best, but it's even more fun with a ruffle, don't you agree? Not only are they pretty, these bags are practical. I'm all about a bag that is useful and this design is my all time favourite. I have been refining this design for several years and can tell you that it has been "road tested", tweaked and given two thumbs up.
|A second bag full of pretty yarn! (I'm not telling how many skeins are in there. ;o) It seems I have a growing yarn stash.|
|See how neatly my Fold'n Roll Shopping Bag gets tucked away behind that pocket? Keeps it ready for anything you need to carry and looks good while it waits. ;o)|
Maybe you don't like ruffles?
Try adding faux piping for a different look, like I did on this eye popping version in Kona Chartreuse (faux piping and binding are Kona Espresso).
|Again, I couldn't resist some scrappy patchwork for the pocket .|
Folded up and ready for use!
I can hardly wait for my next shopping trip and my first chance to use these new bags.
I won't be able to keep from smiling with so much colour to enjoy.
Yay for Kona!
|I used Kona Bubble Gum, Bahama Blue and Chartreuse are the main fabrics and assorted Kona scraps for the pockets.|
Want to sew your own?
I'm excited to tell you that the pattern to sew your own version of the
is available (click here) as a PDF download.
I'm also going to give away a PDF copy of my pattern, to one lucky commenter on this post (so make sure I can reach you by email). The giveaway will close at midnight of Jan. 21st and I will announce the winner the next day. Good luck!
Thank you so much for stopping by so I could share my Kona project with you. I feel like dancing in happiness that I got to participate in the Kona fun!
Thank you to all my fellow blog hoppers, as well as Carol and Madame Samm for being so understanding (I apologize for giving you an extra schedule change). It's an honour to be included with you! Now I'm going to catch up on all the great projects you're sharing...
Come and join me ...
Sew Me Something Good (that's me!)
P. S. Don't forget that during the hop (which ends Jan. 21st), you also have a chance at some amazing giveaways at
Believe me, you won't want to miss these
(goodies from Amanda Murphy, Aurifil Threads and Robert Kaufman). Oh, my!
P.P.S. Missed a day on the hop? Don't worry, you can find the full and up to date schedule with