Tuesday, October 9, 2012


 At the end of this month, I will be traveling to Houston for the International Quilt Festival.  I am very excited as I have never been before and I will actually have a quilt on display.  If you go, be sure to check out the special exhibit "In the American Tradition" and see my quilt Circus Stars!  You might even find me standing beside it, beaming with excitement.  

I wanted a special bag to carry my IPAD in so that I did not have to carry a pocketbook and would have my hands free for exploring the vendor booths. I found this bag in the McCall's Quilting magazine, May/June 2011.  I have modified it some to suit my purposes.
They had a patchwork front, but I have added fabric stars, using the Rebecca Wat method from the book Fantastic Fabric Folding.

This was so much fun and if you have a  chance, you should give this a try.  Each of those stars started out as a 6" square of fabric, and then you fold and stitch and embellish.  I can't wait to try a few of her other stars.

I also added a magnet to the flap to keep it closed.
I also added a back pocket for my phone. The velcro you see  one of those velcro wrap straps.  It was late, and I could not find my velcro and this was the best I could do.  But I really like it and will probably do the same in the future. The strip is more narrow than regular velcro, comes in fun colors, is not quite as rough and holds great.   
Another zipper pocket on the inside for cash/credit card/license/hotel key etc and I am set to go.

Thank you to my daughter for teaching me this technique.

I lenghtened the strap so that it fits from my right shoulder to my left side, which leaves my hand free to check out those goodies in the vendor sites.
The only thing I would do differently is I would make the bag 1" longer as my Ipad does not go all the way into the bag.  Its not a real big deal as it only sticks out a little over the top and the flap covers it, but it would be nice if it fit all the way in.

If you are going to be in Houston - look for me - you'll recognize me by my bag and my big smile of excitement! 



*karendianne. said...

Wow! That is so cool. I could use one of those. Thanks for sharing. I love the happy fabric, too. Houston here you come!!!!

Thimbleanna said...

Very Cute Teresa! Congratulations on your quilt in Houston -- I hope you have a wonderful time -- you're going to love it!

Carrie P. said...

congratultions on having your quilt in the show. I have not been to Houston. maybe one day. Your bag is so pretty. Have a great time.

Purple Pam said...

What an attractive bag. Very nice. Have fun at Houston.

Candace said...

Very cute, I'm making one too, but mine is a little plainer. Hope it's half as cute as yours.