I'm Baaack (well, mostly)

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I feel like I've lost a month and really I have. I've missed being creative and missed finding out what is going on in the world of quilting, blogging and creating. I've missed each of you, my friends. So I'm back, mostly. Mostly meaning I'm going to take it easy since I'm still working on feeling 100%. Again, thank you so much for your sweet notes of encouragement and get well wishes. Each one is like a little get well card.
I thought today I'd show you these snap bags I made a bit ago. They were so much fun to make. And so ADDICTING! I made 10. I started out following the instructions and then went my own way with sizes. My method to make something new from instructions someone else drew up is to read, and reread the instructions and then think about it and sleep on it. That really works for me when I'm trying something new.
I mostly used thicker weight fabric for my snap bags. I have a little collection of home dec or linen/cotton fabrics so this was a good opportunity to use those. These 3 are from some linen/cotton Japanese fabric and Cath Kidston fabric.
These are from Melody Miller's Ruby Star Rising fabric. The women remind me so much of Freda, my mom. I'm pretty sure my mom had both of those dresses.
Since the designs in this fabric were all one-way designs. I did have to cut a front and back for the bags, slightly different than the pattern since it uses one single piece for both.
I really love the retro flavor of this fabric so I was excited to put it to use. And you know I love teapots and teacups.
I almost used an entire Harbor Freight metal tape measure for my 10 bags. It works so slick.
And I loved how the little prairie points help you open the bags. I have just enough metal tape left over to make my daughter a bag for her brand new Ipad 2. So jealous!!

-nanette
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debbie said...

So glad to hear you are home and doing better. I was glad you had someone to turn to while you were ill, but missed your posts. Cute bags, ruler tape, hmmm, gonna have to check that pattern out. I don't like making bags. and I don't know why. Some kind of mental block I'm sure. I don't change purses, except for a formal event, maybve that's why.
Welcome Home :o)

Melissa S. said...

I pad 2, huh? I don't even have #1! or ipod for that matter. Oh Nanette, I'm so glad you're feeling (a little bit) better. My hubbie was sick for 8 weeks this winter and I know how it is to drag on and on. The little bags are so CUTE!

Amy said...

glad to hear your doing better. I love the bags,I will have to look for this pattern

Rumi said...

I'm glad that you are on the mend.

Love the snap bags. Clever use of measuring tape!

Truffle queen said...

Glad to hear you're feeling a little better! Not rush it! I tried the "tape top" on a little Tag-Along purse - didn't work as well as on the snap bag - too much weight I guess!

Impera_Magna said...

I'm glad you're well enough to feel creative... and hope you're back to 100% very quickly!

PamKittyMorning said...

Ohhh so glad you're back!

Lori Holt said...

Sew glad to see you are feeling well enough to do a little blogging Nanette:)
Your snap bags are adorable! ...and yes I know they're addicting!
We made a bunch of them last time we were at Nedra's..fun.
I have been afraid to cut into my Melody Miller fabric...I love it so.
I think I'll make something for my kitchen with it...(in my spare time...lol)
Keep resting until you are 100%...talk to you soon,
Lori

Barbara said...

Missed you......glad that you are feeling better.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Glad you are getting back to healthy Nanette. I made lots of those bags too, but you have given me some great ideas for fabric and sizes - thank you!

West Michigan Quilter said...

So glad you're back and feeling better. Missed your posts. Those bags are so cute!

Barb said...

I'm so happy you are on the mend - and your bags are gorgeous. Relax and take care of yourself!

Darlene said...

Welcome back - I've missed you. I hope you're feeling much better but don't overdo.

Your bags are adorable.

em's scrapbag said...

So good to have you back! What fun little bags.

Shannon said...

Glad your feeling better. Love your bags. I don't many of these I've made, but like you said they are sew fun and easy. Hey I have a copy of the Quilt & Zo that your quilt is featured in. My friend, Yvonne brought it to me. I will get you to sign it for me while you are in Panguitch. Take care and don't overdue.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Welcome Back!! You were missed. Take it easy this week. Your snap bags are darling!

Muddling Through said...

Love your snap bags, and it is SO good to have you back again. I have missed your creative voice!
Love and hugs, Elaine

Linda said...

Been missing you, Nanette! Good to know you are feeling better. Don't overdo and I hope keep moving forward with your recovery. Your posts are always so fun and colorful. Love your little bags!

Sandi said...

So glad to see you post again and even happier that you are feeling better. Take care and return slowly. Love the little bags. Think I'll look for a cheap tape measure and make some bags. :-)

Victoria said...

These are so cool!! I love the fabrics! Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well but glad you're on the mend! Whoever is getting that Ipad 2 case is a lucky girl! :)

Belinda said...

Hey there girl....long time no see....for you and for ME! So glad you seem to be on the mend!

Your bags are just w-a-y too cute!

AnnieO said...

You were down for the count, woman! Glad to hear you're on your way back to 100%. I generally operate on about 90% :)

Love the snap bags! What a great idea to change the size. This would be a good way to make my daughter a laptop cover. I bought a snap bag at a boutique and love it, but they didn't have any patterns--sold out! Must get one...

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Welcome back - please, yes, go slowly to get to the 100% (is there such a thing?). Love the snap bag pattern and yes, they are addicting.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

So glad to see you are better. Love the snap bags and the fabric, you always have the best collection.

Vicki said...

Welcome back! Your snap bags look great. :)

Linda said...

I used cheapo measuring tapes from the Dollar store and after awhile they broke or twisted inside the casing. I switched to Velcro. I made a bunch with Velcro for my school teacher sons first grade class. The school is all about the environment. All the other teachers loved them. Lined them with rinsable rip stop nylon.

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Missed you, Kiddo! So glad you're almost back. Love your sweet bags...

moosestashquilting said...

She's back Yeah!!!! Hope you get to the 100% rate soon!. I know how if feels to not be there. :-(

I never thought of praire points on snap tape bags. What a stroke of genius you are. Thanks for a great tip!

Corrie said...

glad you're back! such cute little bags out great fabric.

upstateLisa said...

those are adorable!

Jen in NY said...

Hi Nanette! I'm glad you're feeling better, just try to get some rest so you feel 100% soon. :-) The snap bags are cute as buttons! What a great way to use your heavier weight fabrics!

Sherri said...

Glad you are officially back! Love those snap happy bags!

Live Well With Judi said...

Oh Nanette: I talked to Lori on Friday and she said you'd been feeling lousy for so long. I had the same thing my friend and laid in bed for 3 weeks! The only positive aspect was some weight loss. Although I'd never recommend getting sick that long to lose some weight. I'm glad you're on the mend. It's taken me another 2 weeks and I'm still not pushing myself too hard. Continue to lay low and take care of yourself. Hugs, Judi

Busty LaRue said...

Glad you're back and almost back to 100%. I know how crappy it can be, been there this winter. Hope you get back to your regular self soon. :)

CUTE snap bags, too! Love the fabrics you used.

Thimbleanna said...

Welcome Back Nanette -- you've been terribly missed! Those little bags are adorable -- I'd love to make some too.

Lynn said...

Love the bags, I saw the snap parts at a shop recently and debated buying them, you may have inspired me. I really like the way you've showcased some of your fabrics in these. Glad you are back, not much going on with my blog either, winter doldrums for me maybe.

madrekarin said...

Welcome back, Nanette! I hope that you are back to 100% soon. I think you will be with all of those cute bags surrounding you! They are adorable. I need to make some. Hmmm, I wonder if my husband will miss his measuring tape........:)

Laurel H. said...

Glad to hear you're on the mend! Now, you will NEVER believe what project has been in my brain to try this week, once I finish my Brown Bag Quilt (it has a 4/1 deadline)...? Yes, a snap bag!

Kim D. said...

Glad you are back Nanette, your bags are just adorable. I have a couple of the snap bags that were given to me as gifts. What a good idea to make one for my IPAD. I've been thinking about making a bag to carry it in.

Janet said...

Those bags are the bees knees, I had fun making a couple too and even got the bag pattern made with the tape measure. The fabrics you used are really special.