Fabric Fairy and Fabric Friday Wool

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I'll start off with a sweet little fabric story just perfect for fabric Friday. Yesterday when I got home from work it was late and dark. I reached in my mailbox and felt something kind of soft and fluffy inside an envelope. When I got into the house I looked at the little pile of mail and there was an envelope with a lovely surprise inside.
On the outside of the envelope it said "From the Fabric Fairy". Inside was this beautiful fat quarter with the most whimsical birdie print. I love it! The character of the birds and the sweet colors and design of the bird cages captivated me. Instantly I knew just what I wanted to do with the fabric. But when!??? The fabric is just a delight. Thank you Fabric Fairy, whoever you are! I'm pretty excited to know that the Fabric Fairy visited my house today. I'm too old for the Tooth Fairy (well, hopefully I don't lose any more teeth!) so I think the Fabric Fairy is just what a quilting girl dreams of.
So while I'm at the Bryce retreat I am going to take a wool bag class from Paula and Sherry. Paula and Sherry live in my little town and are some of the founding mothers of our local quilt group. I haven't really had a lot of experience working with wool so I thought taking this class (above) would be a great opportunity. Isn't the bag so cute! I really think I want to make the bag on the far right.These are the materials I've picked out for my bag. I've got all the supplies, I think, except for the plexi-glass piece that will fit into the bottom. (So Paula and Sherry, if you are reading this, please sign me up for the plexi-glass piece for the bottom of this bag. I've called about it only once without success but I keep forgetting to call again. Thanks.)
Here is an up close showing the texture of the wool and the lovely lining/accent fabric. I know the colors are not very spring-like but they are my favorite colors and I love black tweed.I also have this needlepoint fabric that I've been wanting to use. I think it works well with these 2 faux wool/thick flannels. Originally I was going to try to use these materials since I happened to already have them but they really won't work. But they would really make a cute bag, no?
These handles are my favorites. No sewing. They come ready to nail into a bag when the bag is completed. Hammer not included.

-nanette
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38 comments

Thimbleanna said...

Aren't you lucky! Love those cute little birdies! And I can't wait to see your bag(s) -- that looks like a super fun project!

Trisha said...

I love the idea of not sewing the handles on. Are they pretty easy to find?

Lynn said...

Those bags are cute, and the fabrics and the handles you've chosen are perfect. What a great retreat it sounds like. Wow - your own personal fabric fairy - very darling fabric.

kpaints said...

So much excitement! Such a sweet gift from the Fabric Fairy!! And that class looks like so much fun. Love the bag you plan to make, well both will be very cute! Have a fun time.

Simone de Klerk said...

Look forward to see your finished bags!

Needled Mom said...

I'll definitely take the Fabric Fairy!!!! I love what she delivered.

The bags are so cute. You will have fun. I don't think I have seen those handles before, but they sound like a great idea.

Your spring showers quilt on your sidebar is adorable. Do you know if the pattern is still available...or did you design it yourself?

Nedra said...

I love the fabrics you chose for your bag. Perfect for the class you will be taking. And I may have to drop by that class while I am there because I have a feeling we are going to hear roars of laughter coming from the room.

Sandi said...

I love the idea of a "Fabric Fairy". What a sweet piece of fabric she left for you! Those bags are really nice and your fabrics will look great. I look forward to seeing your finished bag.:-)

SueWis said...

I love that piece from the fabric fairy!

The bag class will be fun. Love the pattern they are using and the fabric you've chosen. And those handles are very cool. Can't wait to see your finished bag!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

What a sweet "Fabric Fairy" love what she left you;she sure knows what you like.
Your purse is going to wonderful. Great choice of fabrics!

Rae Ann said...

That blessed fabric fairy! She knew just what to send you to make you smile. I love the fabric myself! So sweet!
The bags are daring...it makes me wish I was going as well. Have a great time at your upcoming retreat. Can't wait to see what you get done. :)

Quilt Hollow said...

Wonderful fabric fairy!! I like when they visit.

Pat said...

Adorable birdie fabric. The bag class will be a lot of fun, I'm sure.

quiltingnana said...

what a great find in the mailbox...the bags are cute too

quiltingnana said...

what a great find in the mailbox...the bags are cute too

quiltingnana said...

what a great find in the mailbox...the bags are cute too

CuteStuffInside said...

I absolutely adore the little birdies! I invite you to enter my Valentine giveaway. You could win a pink, bead-knitted purse, hand-knit by me, with a chocolate bar charm.

S.W.A.K.

rachel griffith said...

yayyy for a visit from the fabric fairy.
:)

p.s. i got a little goodie in my mailbox for you.
i LOVE it.
thank you.

The Quilt Buddy said...

I LOVE the fabric fairy! She has great taste.

pratima said...

How sweet of fabric fairy :)
The wool bags are looking very divine. I like the far right one too. Your fabrics for the bag are so nice. The needle point fabric is amazing too!
Can't wait to see your lovely bag :)

Joy said...

Oh Nanette, that birdie fabric had me squealing with delight!!! It's just GAWJUS!!!!!!!
Lucky you having the fabric fairy call on you ... I've had enough of the tooth fairy too LOL ;o)!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)
PS .... and how fabulous are those handles??!!!!?!

Lurline said...

What a sweet Fabric Fairy - great little piece! Love the bags - am sure you will have a lot of fun!
Hugs - Lurline♥

jen duncan said...

Those bags really ARE terrific..you'll just have so much fun at the retreat! `

Rhondi said...

Those wool bags look great. I'm sure it will be fun making them!
Hugs, Rhondi

sallgood said...

Love the wool bags! I just bought several wool items from Value Village (Savers in UT) that I am washing?drying right now- they will be added to my wool stash for projects unknown!!
(And a visit from the Fabric Fairy is so fun!!!!)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Wonderful wool bags!! I want to make one of those!! Pattern?

Muddling Through said...

What a pretty piece of fabric. And what a nice surprise. Looks like you're going to be having fun learning a new skill set at your retreat. Can't wait to see your new bag!

Muddling Through said...

What a pretty piece of fabric. And what a nice surprise. Looks like you're going to be having fun learning a new skill set at your retreat. Can't wait to see your new bag!

Rumi said...

How sweet of the Fabric Fairy to visit you! Very cute fabric too.

Have fun creating your wool bag. It will be so wonderful when complete!

Jan said...

The birdie fabric is wonderful! Your bags will be lovely! A friend directed me to your blog and I'm so glad she did--it's great!

Kaaren said...

Now those are my kind of handles. Instant bag...almost.

I love the idea of a wool bag and I'm looking forward to seeing your creation. Awesome fabric choices!

a little bit biased said...

I love the needlepoint combo and the bag on the far right is adorable. I don't think you can go wrong with any of these choices.

So what exactly does a girl have to do to make friends with the fabric fairy? J/K.

Momoo said...

Really neat to have a Fabric Fairy! I'm looking forward to seeing the bag you plan to make. Love the handles, nice way to make a project look very professional. Why is it we never want our work to look homemade?

Pots and Pins said...

Really? A Fabric Fairy?!? That's is the coolest thing EVER!!! I'm so jealous!! I love the fabrics - and I love that you get to go on TWO retreats!!! I hope you have a great time! Thanks for showing the handles - I've never even seen them before! xo, The Other Nanette

Sonnja said...

I love the fabrics and the bags are beautiful!
Bear regards,

Beertje Zonn

That Girl said...

Ooooh... you have some of the new Oz fabric! Isn't it pretty! Lucky you having your own fabric fairy...

Jennifer :)

The Speckled Hen said...

Absolutely love the red needlpoint material - I can't wait to see the finished bag. Those handles are awesome - they'd look great on a purse I am working on and sew easy too. Can you share with us on who makes the handles?

Carrie P. said...

Well how nice of the fabric fairy. Our local store has that fabric and I have not bought any because I don't know what to do with it but I love it.
Can I ask what you are going to do with yours?