Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In My Garden

Red Fanal Astilbe
The  Astilbe with  Cosmos  growing beside it.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Review- The Better Bag Maker

Basic Bag
I purchased 'The Better Bag Maker' by Nicole Mallalieu to continue my exploration of bag making. This book has 11 projects, and comprehensive sections on techniques, tools and materials.
The projects are graded as beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate and confident. The instructions are straight forward and are accompanied by how to photographs and illustrations.
There are tip boxes scattered through the book that are just as important to follow as the step by step instructions.
All the pattern pieces are full size. The book retails for $26.95.
I made the 'basic bag' project (pictured). The instructions were easy to follow and the bag came together without any problems. I used a quilting fabric with Pellon SF101 interfacing and a calico lining. It's a large tote (measures approx. 12x13x7") that has become my favourite bag for taking to the pool and other family outings.
My favourite detail is the internal base support which prevents the sagging bag look.
a book for anyone interested in bag making.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

In my Garden

Rhododendron and Roses

There is a lot of pink in my garden this week. Rhododendron in the foreground and a pink Knockout Rose bush in the background.