While packing up to move, I discovered 20 unfinished projects in my sewing room. Setting myself a goal of one year, I am working to see how many of these 20 Projects I can complete.
The Berry Sweet Bag. A pattern by the amazing Joanna Figueroa. Amazing. I first discovered Joanna a few years ago when Moda released her fabric line Strawberry Fields, and I have been a fan of all things Fig Tree & Co. ever since. Vintage and retro, yet fresh and full of color at the same time. I love her patterns. I love her fabrics. I want her book.
Emma loves strawberries, and always has, so I knew when I saw this pattern on Fig Tree's website that she would love this bag. The pattern and the fabric sat on the shelf for the last 2 1/2 years. Why? Because I was a Scaredy Cat. Why? Because this bag is quilted, and I had determined that this project would be the project that I would use to conquer my fear of free motion quilting. On my Brother sewing/embroidery machine that doesn't free motion quilt like every single other sewing machine in the history of sewing machines on the market, I might add. But a few weeks ago, I got all the kinks worked out, and I was ready to quilt a strawberry bag.
Fun! The pattern was easy to follow, and the bag came together in a snap. I am so happy to have quilted this bag, but I think my favorite part of the bag is the leaves. Just so cute.
The pattern included an optional template for adding a little felt strawberry blossom, and I knew Emma would want that. Any time you can add a flower, you totally should, right?! And seeing how she loves buttons, I had her choose between three different ones that would work. She chose the ladybug. No surprises there. Emma and I both have a thing for ladybugs.
And is there anything cuter than a ladybug on a strawberry blossom on a Berry Sweet Bag?
Just the Little Girl carrying a ladybug on a strawberry blossom on a Berry Sweet Bag.
That's what I'm thinkin'.