Two Claires Are Better Than One

Lazies, Look at this scrumptious Claire Handbag ensemble made by Lazy Girl Cathy Rosynek.  Just beautiful. Cathy used the City Blooms fabric line from Benartex for this dark blue and limey green collection.

Cathys Claire

Shown above, Cathy’s collection includes a Claire Handbag and Wonder Wallet from Lazy Girl as well as a cell phone and glasses cases from other sources.Together, these four pieces make a smart collection.

Here’s Cathy to tell us more:

Joan, I love your patterns and have enjoyed reading your blogs – they have given me a lot of inspiration. The City Blooms purse and accessories were made for my younger sister Suzy’s birthday. My first Claire was done in black and red, shown below.


I initially made the red/black collection for Suzy, but then I decided I wanted to keep it for myself and make a different one for her, with some personalization. The monogram was just a simple one, but added just the right touch to make it hers.

This was only the second wallet I made from your pattern – now I’m hooked – every purse gets a wallet!

The cell phone case was an embroidery design done entirely in the hoop from DigiStiches. The glasses case was an easy project from Ready Set Serge by Georgie Melot. All this thanks to your inspiration!

Thanks again for selecting my project from all the other wonderful ones posted! Please keep those patterns coming!

Lazy Notes
Take a look at how Cathy used fabrics for these ensembles. Cathy chose four fabrics for each group. The fabrics are a terrific combination of strong graphic designs which are different in scale but relate quite nicely to each other. For instance, in the red/black collection, the wavy striped fabric is used for the Wonder Wallet cover, glasses case lining as well as the lining of Claire. Did you notice that ‘X’s in the black and white fabric are set in wavy lines, too? It’s a perfect tie in. The small floral print at the center of Claire is the feature fabric for this ensemble, yet we see the least of it. I consider it the feature because it ties all of the pieces together and has all of the colors from all fabrics.

In the green/blue ensemble, we can see that Cathy fussy cut the strong circle print for Claire and the cell phone case. On Claire, the cut circles are symmetrical at the seams in on the front of the bag. One big circle is perfect for the cell phone case. Great job, Cathy!

Home for Cathy is Eagle River, Alaska (just north of Anchorage). She grew up in Alexandria, VA but has lived in AK for 25 years. She says that if you get a chance, you need to visit this beautiful state. Here’s a photo of a moose right outside her bedroom window!


Thanks to Cathy for sharing her beautiful creations with us! Cathy, there are thousands of us who would like to be your gift-receiving sisters.

If you have questions/comments for Cathy, please comment here at the blog for her.


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23 Responses to “Two Claires Are Better Than One”

  1. Anita — September 14, 2009 @ 8:38 am

    Beautiful Claire Bags Cathy. Great job.

  2. Jennifer — September 14, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    Cathy, you have such a great eye for putting together color and patterns! Your sister is a lucky woman 🙂 My sewing table has been covered in paperwork for a couple of weeks now. Today I am inspired to clear it off and put the machine back in it’s rightful place!

  3. Penny — September 14, 2009 @ 9:36 am

    Oh my gosh those are wonderful Claires! What a great eye you have, do you need my address in Virginia LOL…….

    Penny in Chesapeake

  4. Dorothy — September 14, 2009 @ 10:01 am

    This is so beautiful ! I am cleaning up my sewing, computer room today for sure.
    Learning to put in a zipper today, I have made a few cell phone bags, given them all away because I am not cell phone savy but they make great camera bags.
    Thank you so much.

  5. Bobbie — September 14, 2009 @ 10:32 am

    I LOVE the ensemble! BUT, the top picture on the page that I see, is yellow, black and grey, not the dark blue and limey green as stated. Is there ANOTHER page I go to in order to see the City Girls ensemble????? Just wondering . . . . .

    • Joan Hawley replied: — September 14th, 2009 @ 11:06 am

      Hi Bobbie, The top pic is the blue/green collection. If the colors are a bit off, it could be the color settings on your monitor. Joan

  6. Rose Bagwell — September 14, 2009 @ 10:52 am

    You do such beautiful work and your ideas are endless. I love your colors, the way they
    look together, I would have never thought of putting some of those colors together and yet they look so good.

  7. Judy — September 14, 2009 @ 11:16 am

    Looks gold and gray to me – and beautiful.

  8. Linda — September 14, 2009 @ 11:22 am

    Well I’m seeing the same thing Bobbie described. It is gold with a black and gray. I suppose it could be a very dark navy blue instead of black, but I don’t see how a lime green could show up as gold.
    In any event, it is lovely.

  9. CleverQuilter Jean — September 14, 2009 @ 11:32 am

    Oh my! The mix of designs and colors is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing – love eye candy in the morning…

  10. Bonnie — September 14, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

    Just found this web site over the weekend from an ad on facebook. Love, love, love it! Ordered some patterns too. Love this ensemble. Very classy! Now I need patterns for a cell phone case and eye glasses case! I also collect moose, so I loved the photo! Thanks Joan!

  11. lynne — September 14, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

    Loved Anchorage – just got back from AK. Visited several quilt shops in different ports. Loved Rushin’ Tailor and also Abby’s Reflections….beautiful country. Rained the whole time. I’ve been wanting to try these patterns and you just made up my mind. Lynne in Aiken, SC

  12. Karen — September 14, 2009 @ 5:10 pm

    Beautiful fabric choices! I’m also seeing gold, gray, and black, but I’m sure it is just as lovely in green and navy, my favorites! ou did a great job of designing the whole collection. You are a wonderful sister. Could you teach my sister to sew…
    Kingston, MA

  13. Cathy — September 14, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

    Thanks to everyone for the great comments! Until I started making Joan’s purses this summer, I was a quilter and would agonize over fabric choices. This is so much easier since the fabric requirements are much less and so I can easily try a number of fabric combinations. I really have fun buying fabric now! And yes, the first Claire purse is a very dark navy, almost black.

  14. Sue Potts — September 15, 2009 @ 1:52 am

    What lovely presents for your sister. Just as an aside, your sister and I have the same initials – SM! Sooo, if she doesn’t like these, for whatever reason, I will certainly be a very happy recipient! -:).
    For the colours – I see a beautiful gold and charcoal grey. Your fabric choices are excellent!

  15. Suzy — September 15, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    I hate to brag, but I am the lucky sister that was the recipient of the purse! (It is navy and lime green and I LOVE it). I am fortunate to not only have the purse, but to have such a wonderful, thoughtful and talented sister. But Cat, now that I see the black and red one you kept for yourself, I’d like to put in another order for Christmas! See you in October – love you!

  16. Sheila Perl — September 21, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

    I love the initials on the bag for your sister-so elegant!
    Beautiful fabrics!

  17. Kathy Cook — September 24, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

    You’ve inspired me to get out my fabrics and work on some bags. I’m like the others I see gold and black and thought it was a perfect asian theme. Lovely what ever color it is. Don’t you have another sister,(or maybe two,one with the initials KC)?
    Keep up the good work.

  18. Rebecca Nations — September 28, 2009 @ 8:55 am

    Love the lime/blue bag combination of fabrics! And the motifs around the initials are perfect for the fabric choices. Where did you buy the embroidered motifs? Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Wanda — October 5, 2009 @ 5:38 am

    Hi Joan,
    I love your arts, everything is beautiful,
    I warmly greet,

  20. Sally Rosynek — October 14, 2009 @ 12:11 am

    Hey..Aunt Suzy…I’m thinkin’ her favorite daughter-in-law should get priority for Christmas!! LOL
    And, Cathy…your son would like to patent your creations and make some money off of you!!

  21. Ila — November 10, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

    For MORE great in the hoop projects like the cell phone case, go back to DigiStitches – she has the best I have seen anywhere, and they are so EASY!!

    Begin looking under Mom Stuff – and then check out her Samples;

    Ila in Maine

  22. Eileen — January 22, 2015 @ 6:32 pm

    I have only just found this!
    Please can anyone tell me where Cathy got the pattern from for the glasses case and mobile phone case.
    I absolutely love these bags.