Quilt Market Samples and a Lazy Challenge

Lazies, Eye Candy Alert – pretty pics to share. Although I’m not attending Quilt Market next month, I have been working on some samples to send to the show and have two little beauties to share today. I’m also hosting a challenge in my Yahoo group and have details at the end of this post.

‘Freebird’ Claire Handbag
First up, this scrumptious orange and brown cutie is a Claire Handbag all dressed up in ‘Freebird’ by MoMo from Moda.  My goodness, every piece of this collection warrants drooling.


Remember, on Claire, the front and back play the ole’ switcheroo with the two main fabrics so the back view is different. And the inside is a feast of fabrics. I love the orange/brown/green mix and including the cool, crisp blue is a snappy addition to this palette. The collection is not posted online yet, but you can peruse Moda’s fabrics here.

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Back and inside views of ‘Freebird’ Claire Handbag.

‘Metro Mirage’ Miranda
Next up is a Miranda Day Bag all dolled up in ‘Metro Mirage’ from Marcus Fabrics. It’s a beautiful festival of fall colors centered around the Jacobean style print on the light background. You can see the whole collection here.


Optical Delusion
Not that it matters a lick, but when I was putting this beauty together, I thought of it as a white bag due to the main print. However, the green plaid at the bottom of the bag makes it feel like a green bag. Early on in my quilting adventures, it was explained to me that what ever color I choose for the inner border around the main part of a quilt is probably the ‘color’ I’d think of the quilt as being. In other words, it’s a defining element. That same thinking seems to apply here with the placement of green. Although there is more of the main print, the green defines the bag for me. What about you? Do you think of it as white or green?


Here’s an inside view. I used the feature fabric for the Bag-E-Bottom sleeve to tie the inside and outside together. Aren’t those diagonal stripes fun? And the warmth of the pocket fabric makes me want to go play in a pile of leaves. I guess I’ve got Fall Fever.

Wardrobe Rescue Challenge
I’m hosting a Wardrobe Rescue challenge in my Yahoo group. Love to have you join us there or simply play along on your own.

The challenge
Rescue a garment from your closet or mending pile and refashioning it for use in a purse.

Buttons and button holes, pockets, finished seams and hems, collars and cuffs – all could be incorporated into bag designs as the finished details they already are.

When – now through the end of October.
Where – officially in our Lazy Girl Designs Yahoo group only.
Rules – use what you have for part of the project, tell us about it, post a pic at the Yahoo group.
Lazy – use Lazy Girl patterns or not.
Prizes – winners determined by me, prizes include patterns and fabric.

I hope to share some entries here on the blog after the challenge. As for me – I already know that the orange sherbet colored linen top in the repair heap has been there so long that it’s out of style. It’s begging for a life as a Lazy. And goodness, it’s long sleeved – plenty of fabric to work with!


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24 Responses to “Quilt Market Samples and a Lazy Challenge”

  1. Jeannie — September 28, 2009 @ 7:11 am

    I think it looks white to me but it’s beautiful no matter which!!
    The Claire looks awesome in those colors!

  2. Penny — September 28, 2009 @ 7:12 am

    I am not sure of the green and white thing I would just call it MINE! LOL. Love love the fabrics!

    Penny D in sorta fallish Chesapeake, VA

  3. Elizabeth G. — September 28, 2009 @ 7:35 am

    Can you also make this bag without using quilted fabric? If so, how ? Thank for all your great ideas,

    • Joan Hawley replied: — September 28th, 2009 @ 7:41 am

      Hi Elizabeth, You can use fusible batting for either of these projects. Claire has no ‘quilting’ but just a little topstitching through the layers. Miranda does have quilting, but again the fusible batting would eliminate the need for quilting. Joan

  4. Debbie — September 28, 2009 @ 7:45 am

    Having the whole fabric line to choose from must be heavenly……

    I think the bag is green, and usually green isn’t my color but that fabric is yummy.

    Going to have to do some thinking on the challenge…… maybe I have an idea……

  5. Jean Zeiler — September 28, 2009 @ 8:19 am

    Joan, My eyes first went to checking out the beautiful print on the white, but then my eyes focused in on the green. The green seems to bring it all together into a beautiful bag, like an elegant frame on a picture. Jean

  6. Jane E — September 28, 2009 @ 8:36 am

    Your claire handbag is delicious looking regardless of the colorway you use. Fun, cool and practical. Beautiful design. Thanks Joan

  7. Robbie Foster — September 28, 2009 @ 8:45 am

    Love both bags, but the second one says white to me. Eyesight (and hence, color differentiation) isn’t wonderful, so maybe that’s why.

  8. Linda — September 28, 2009 @ 9:12 am

    Thank you so much for the information, I didn’t realize that the secondary color could make such a difference. I love the bag, it says green to me.

  9. Linda King — September 28, 2009 @ 9:31 am

    I love the bags, the colors are awesome, I have never made a bag, but now you have me itchin to make the Claire Bag, I have bought a stash of fabric quarters, where can I get the pattern?
    Linda King

  10. Margaret Breeding — September 28, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

    I have ordered Lazy line of purse patterns like Claire, Cloe, Miranda, your wallet, etc. and can’t wait to get started on them.

  11. lisle — September 28, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

    I asked my son–he didn’t even hesitate to tell me it’s a white bag. I had more difficulty, though… ;^)

  12. debbi Blair — September 28, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

    Just love the Metro Miranda! Awsome colors combo. I’ve doing color and pattern combos like that for years and people look at me like I’m nuts, but when the finished project (mostly quilts) comes thru.. They just look at it with awe……hmmmm. Love you stuff! Keep up the good work! I have most of your p[atterns for the bags. My fav being the Sassy and wonder wallet. I make them for gifts for my quilting friends

  13. Miranda — September 28, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

    I love the fabric choices for the Miranda–what a stunning bag. I would pair it with a green outfit, so I guess it’s green to me.

  14. Charlotte — September 28, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

    Joan…just love, love, love, love, love the Miranda, guess I’ll just have to completely duplicate that one!!

  15. Judy — October 5, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    What booth at Quilt show?

    • Joan Hawley replied: — October 5th, 2009 @ 8:37 am

      Hi Judy, The samples shown for Market will be in the fabric company’s booths. Check your Market guide when you get to the show. Lazy Girl doesn’t have a booth at Market this time. Joan

  16. Sheri — October 5, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

    This is drop dead GORGEOUS!

  17. Cynthia — October 11, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    I love the green/white Miranda bag. I am calling it “green”. Your talents with color/print are amazing. I could spend hours just browsing and sometimes do. I have made several bags as gifts for the last 3 years and cannot reecall “never” getting a second request.

  18. Alice Faye Elliott — October 18, 2009 @ 1:05 am

    Wow, those are beautiful bags! You are surely blessed with a talent for chosing fabrics that work together. I just love those bags! I have a Miranda pattern just waiting to be made. You gave me the nudge that I needed to get started after seeing your bags. Thanks! Keep up the great work, and I will post pix when I get my bag done.

  19. chicagoquilts — October 30, 2009 @ 11:35 am

    Hello Joan.

    Even though this is the last week of the challenge, thats a great idea. We all have things we will never wear again. If you donate them. they get resold. I am sure to look in my closet for things I am not using. I can think of a pair of leather pants and a leather skirt. I dont know if I can make my self cut them, but I know I cant fit them. I a grandma that still likes her young clothes. But I know I can put the rotary to some of those blouses that wont fit. A great idea, if nothing else I can use some of it for practice fabric for my free motion, and crazy quilting. Then donate it or trash it. But to get more miles out of near antique clothes, fantastic.

  20. Sue — May 11, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    Love the Miranda Day bag – just finished one for my daughter and now she wants another in the college fabric. One thing I did was put some BLING ! on the purse flap — she loved it. Also, I put a cellphone pocket highter up on the inside of the bag so she can get to it quicker —- thought I would drop that little hint. Love the bags.


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