The Bagalicious Plum!

How lucky was I to get advance yardage of the beautiful new Tilda fabric line – Plum Garden?



Because Jo could not contain herself when the rep showed us these lines, we actually ordered the full line PLUS the accompanying tea towel line and the dots and spots!  So we have it all…



I think my favourites though are the combinations of soft and dirty blues, pinks and the musky browns… Don’t they look so dreamy together?




So of course I started playing!  In payment for my advance samples I was to create a project using them to share in a Plum Garden Instagram showcase for the month of July. (mine is showcased today hence I can now show you this)



I had done this stitchery (to test a new stabiliser – more on that soon) and hadn’t used it in a project, and luck had it that the Presencia Fincal Perle #16 thread colours worked quite well with the fabrics… So now I had a use for it! 




As I love to combine many of my loves into the one project (yes a downfall of mine is not being able to do anything simple) I also included a little applique using my HNK applique paper and the gluepen



When it came to designing and making the bag I altered an earlier project I’d designed several years ago. Not having fat quarters on hand I had to modify it to work with skinny’s (that’s what I’d been sent) – which worked well as I could use 8 different fabrics instead of just two – and not being able to choose just two this made it much easier.  I mean, how could you choose just two from this lovely assortment? really?



So there are four on the inside and four on the outer – OH and a 9th fabric along the bottom edge. The bag is very roomy and quite soft, light and drapey. I considered adding stabiliser – a thin one or even a bag foam to make it a sturdy more stand uppy bag, but decided on going just without so its very light and can fold up into a small space for travelling, but be large enough to carry all manner of things.



The straps also tie at the shoulder and are quite long – so you can adjust to fit your height or preference.

There have been some simply beautiful projects already shown in the showcase-  pop over and search #tildaplumgarden to find them…  some are just for inspiration and others are great patterns.



Of course I have created a pattern for the Plum bag – and we have kits in the original fabrics for now you can find over on the website.. and the pattern includes an iron on transfer for your embroidery plus a sheet of applique paper.



And we have the full fabric line in store at Quarter Inch or online also whilst stocks last… I believe our first customer was at the door on opening yesterday to get his fill!

happy stitching

hugs,

Helen

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