Today's guest blogger is Angela Smart. She made a wonderful tote bag in memory of her Mother. Angela doesn't have a blog so leave her comments here and I will forward them to her, I know she would love to hear from you!
Hi everyone!I’m Angie from the UK and this is a real first for me as I don’t have my own blog. I’m so excited to be here, but very nervous too – please be patient with me!
When Sha mentioned arranging a few projects to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness month, I was itching to get involved. I’m sure everyone’s been affected by cancer in some form. My mum died at 60 and I miss her so much. She never got to meet my little girl who’s just turned 4.
I wanted to make a little something in memory of my mum and to honour all those touched by this dreadful disease. I’ve been meaning to make the Wrap it Up bag from Penny at Sew Take a Hike for ages and this seemed like the ideal opportunity. My mum was brought up in hard times and was a good homemaker, we used to ‘make do and mend’, recycling and reusing whatever possible.
Project decided, now to choose the fabric. I knew immediately I wanted to use some of the ladies print from Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Rising. My mum was married in 1963 and this print really resonates with me and brings to mind her wedding photos. I’ve teamed the print with some plain pink linen for a simple statement, completed by the lovely pink ribbons that Sha sent to me. My mum always had fresh flowers in the house when possible, so I chose to line the bag with the Roses print from Erin McMorris’ Weekends line.
The pattern’s great and easy to follow. I need to concentrate a little more on what I’m doing – I pieced the outer fabrics thinking I’d accounted for seam allowances but found that my lining fabric was an inch longer – oops! I’m glad I noticed before I started stitching and it was easily sorted.
I’m really happy with how the bag turned out. It has a cute snap strap that means you can roll it up and keep it in your handbag. Only, um, I can’t find the safe place that I put my pack of snaps in!
Thanks Sha for letting me share my project J
Thanks Angie for showing us that adorable tote bag. Its perfect for a Mom who was married in 1963, the fabric is so fitting.
Today's web site is the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. You will find all sorts of female medical issues addressed there.
That ends the Breast Cancer Awareness week. Please remember to check your pair and go see a doctor at the first hint of a lump. Better safe than sorry.
I hope you enjoyed this series. Come back tomorrow for more Kate Spain fun.