I don’t normally carry large handbags, but Lazy Girl’s new Candice bag was an absolute lifesaver at the big Houston Quilt Market. As I mentioned in the newsletter, she’s perfect for a business trip, with a pocket for my iPad and that all-important cord and power converter. She’s big enough to carry my show paper work or a magazine and had plenty of room for a water bottle and a few snacks. Perfect!
My adventure with Candice started a few weeks before Quilt Market. Since I wanted to use fabric decorated with paintstik rubbings, I had to plan ahead. And, of course, I needed an excuse to use my new Doodles Rubbing Plates. They were practically shouting at me from my work table every time I walked past.
I painted up 2 fat quarters of fabric on a Friday afternoon so they had plenty of time to dry. I like to layer up my rubbings, and that means I need at least 3-5 days of dry time before I can heat-set the paint and start my sewing project. Here are photos of the 2 fabrics that I painted for Miss Candice.
For the first fabric, I used just one rubbing plate and half a dozen iridescent paintstik colors. The fabric is a lovely piece of hand-dyed fabric made by Carolyn Abbott. The graduated color of the fabric adds a little magic to the completed fabric.
For the second piece, I worked with one of the bolder designs in the rubbing plate set. I painted the motif, then turned the plate around and carefully matched up the swirl motif. It worked, but it was challenging at best to get these lined up. I wound up using my window as a lightbox, but trying to place a rubbing plate in just the right spot is not easy. The window-as-lightbox trick worked, but I had to make sure I cleaned all the paintstik color off the window. Let’s just say I’m not in a hurry to try this again soon.
I started my bag a week before I left for Houston. Joan’s pattern calls for a lot of interfacing, so my first task was to get all the pieces cut to size and fused to the right stuff. It takes a little bit of time, but it makes all the difference in the finished bag. I think my next treat for me is going to be one of those nifty presses to save time on fusing.
By noon on Saturday, I had the pieces all properly fused and ready to go. Here’s a quick pic of the front of my bag.
Joan thinks of everything in her patterns. I mean everything. It took me the longest time to figure out why she called for the line of stitching just above the notches at the bottom. I just knew there had to be a reason. Once I assembled the bag, I had one of those “oh duh!” moments. Of course! It’s to keep the stuff in the front pocket from dropping down under the bottom of the bag. Now why didn’t I think of that?
Here’s my lovely Miss Candice. I took a few photos before I headed to Houston. I figured she would be most photogenic before I started taking her off on my travels. I’m a little hard on bags. (My Margo bag is practically in tatters. Still useful, but looking more than a little tired.)
I think Miss Candice turned out great. I chose a different section of the original hand-dyed fabric for the insert and the lining. The fabric actually went all the way to lime green (my favorite!), but that was a bit overpowering. This color was just perfect.
I used the wild and crazy piece for the back. The swirl motif is a lot of fun, but it sat too far down on the fabric to work well on the front. No matter which way I pick her up, Miss Candice draws a lot of attention. I had tons of compliments at Houston, which I enjoy as much as anyone else.
Enter to Win — And Create Your Own Fantastic Candice Bag!
I had a wonderful time making my Candice bag and I’m sure you will too. I shared my recent newsletter with Joan Hawley (Chief Lazy Girl) and she suggested that we give away the key ingredients that go into the making of a really great Candice Bag. What a great idea! If you’re the lucky winner, here’s what you get:
– Candice pattern (the pattern — not the lovely bag pictured below…)
– Bag-E-Bottom size A
– Two sets of rectangular rings (4 rings total) in Glossy Nickel finish by Nancy Zieman for Clover Needlecraft
– Doodles Rubbing Plates (6 designs in the set)
– Iridescent Mini Sorbet Paintstiks
What a fantastic prize!
Enter To Win
– Enter by posting a comment at our blog. Tell me what you think of Joan’s new Candice bag and how you might decorate her.
– One comment per person.
– Be sure you type your email address correctly so I can contact you.
– I’ll pick 1 winner using the random number generator.
– Enter by Friday November 11, 2011, 10 pm Eastern time.
– I’ll contact the winner via email.
– Joan and I will send the prizes off to the winner. Simple!
Want to Learn More?
To learn more about Lazy Girl’s Candice Bag, visit Joan over at www.lazygirldesigns.com.
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