Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A New Fabric Store and a Bag

I wasn't sure what I was going to write about today. 
I didn't know if I would have time to sew.
I went out this morning to do a few errands and ended up at a great fabric shop  called Fresh Picked Fabrics in Placentia, Ca. Let me back track a bit to tell you how I ended up there to buy this beautiful array of fabrics.

Most of the fabrics are for my Hands2Help quilt, one is for a bag I am making and the others are "just because".
The other day I commented on Nicole's blog, which was new to me and discovered that we live a few miles from each other. Then MaryAnn, who lives locally, too, commented on  my comment and we struck up an email conversation. She recommended Fresh Picked Fabrics and now my GPS has a new "marked place"! This store is huge. They have lots of fresh, modern fabrics, a huge assortment of notions, patterns and that really cute, big rickrack. I think I might go back again this week. The staff is so helpful and super nice. I met the owner, Gina, and we started talking about blogging and she gave me some great pointers to improve my blog, how to get sponsors and page views, etc. I'm so glad I went there today. Thanks, MaryAnn!
I did get in a little sewing today and got my bag completed.
I started with this

and three hours later I ended up with this.

Shhh! It's a surprise for someone special.
I used a tutorial I found on a blog I discovered the other day. There are 45 free patterns for bags on this blog. Pretty cool, huh? You really should check it out if you are looking for a bag pattern.
Thanks for stopping by,


Geri Centonze said...

So happy to see you growing and thriving in so many directions...it's your time to shine!

Amy said...

very pretty fabrics! I love the bag, I am sure the recipient will love also.

Annabella said...

I somehow missed this post (?!) - the bag is lovely!