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Married to Tony mother to 2 children Lucas 23, Gemma 26 & her boyfriend Sean. Carer for 2 crazy Jack Russells. I'm dyslexic so excuse any mistakes. The Stitching Room is where I spend my time playing with Clarice (my camera) and Bernie (my sewing machine). Come on in and see what I'm up to.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

With a little bit of encouragement

Lorraine has been encouraging me to write a pattern for a bag that I have made more times than I care to think. I have made them as gifts........ I have a couple of these bags with stitcheries on the side, all the girls at work have one. I have always just made it from a hodge podge of notes. I decided that I would give it a go and have found it very challenging. Lucas & I have had fun making a cover I have learnt a little about Adobe so in all it has been a learning curve. I am dyslexic so I have always found it easier to make things than write how to make them.

My Bag

My Bag

I have put instructions for 2 bags in the pattern the second bag is quilted, I have done some free motion quilting on mine.

My Bag

Free motion quilting

This is what happened to the appliqué I did recently......it ended up in another bag.

Happy girl applique bag

This is what Lucas came up with as a cover.

My Bag Pattern

I don't profess to be a designer but I thought I would offer a copy of the pattern as a give away. Just leave a comment and I will pull a name out of the hat next Tuesday.

91 comments:

Sue said...

Well done on the bag pattern Leanne. You and Lucas have done a fantastic job.See you in Loxton.
Cheers Sue

Leisa said...

Good on you Leanne, your pattern looks fantastic. Very clever! The bag looks as though it would be a very handy size for carting bits and pieces around. Love to be in on the draw!

Kris said...

I think your pattern looks brilliant! Well done. (Very professional!)

Chookyblue...... said...

way to go girl.........

Sarah said...

Congratulations Leanne! Pattern writing is certainly not easy.

Kerry said...

Congratulations on your pattern writing success!! It is a lovely bag and I would happily carry any of them.

country log cabin quilter said...

The bag is darling! I could definitely put that pattern to good use!

ingridk said...

These bags look awesome and well done on writing the pattern, I love the cover designed by lucas too.
I'd be interested in getting a copy of your pattern even if I dont win!!!!!

nicolette said...

Congratulations. The first pattern of many I hope..!! You and Lucas both did a great job. Love the bag with the appliqued house and snail!

JLynnette (Aunt Jo) said...

Congratulations! I hope this won't be the only one.

That bag is delicious!

Linda said...

Congratulations Leanne, see you already have an offer to carry them in a store. How exciting for you, I hope it's a total success in the stores.

Isabella said...

What a wonderfull bag. I would love to win a copy of the pattern.

Jacquie said...

Congrats! So professional. I would love for your bag to be my first attempt at bag making! I remember that applique...it looks fantastic on the bag!

Sweet P said...

The bags are great and the cover design is outstanding! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Excellent pattern Leanne - looks most professional! Hope it will be the first of many.

Nancy said...

great bag pattern....would love to be in the draw...

Louise said...

This will be the first of many, I bet! Congratulations!
I'll give you my email so you know where to send it when you pull my name! LOL! louise.sjodin.short@telia.com

Stina said...

Woo Hoo...Leanne...congratulations...Good luck to you...I love the bag...well done!! Great job your son did!!!
Take care

Alex said...

Your bag looks great! It would be very useful for me, loved to try and make one...

ozjane said...

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Kim said...

I especially like the bag with the roses on it. This is the perfect tote for my daughter to carry her knitting around in. Very useful and so very pretty. No small wonder that folks go for your designs, you offer so many fun ideas for decoration to suit everyone.

Cicero Sings said...

Very cute bags ... I like those first two ... so colourful!

To answer your question about coyotes ... they are no threat to livestock. They mostly eat rabbits, voles, mice, the odd wild duck, lacking those, the odd little dog or cat or chicken. Wolves on the other hand (and we have those too) can take down a calf though ranchers mostly worry about cougars where calves are concerned.

Momma Roar said...

I cannot even fathom how one sets out to make a pattern. I enjoy working from the pattern, but I know I cannot go backwards. It would be a fun skill though. The bag (plus your embellishments) is simply adorable! I'd love to win the pattern! :D

Blessings,
Leigh Ann

Teresa said...

OH, do count me in. I love the bag!

trashalou said...

Not a designer? Pshaw! triffic work there missus!

May Kristin said...

Leanne, this is great! Congrats to you! I love the bag and, and Lucas and you did a great job on the cover for the pattern! Good luck!
Look forward to more patterns from your "Stitching Room"!
Take care!

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Oh wow! Your bags are gorgeous and you are DEFINITELY a designer to come up with those beauties! Looking forward to seeing some more patterns soon please - and you'd better get an Etsy shop so that people can buy your pattern if they don't win it!

Lucy xxx

Lorraine said...

well done Leanne!! I am not good at making bags (which is why I signed up for the bag swap with Linda..LOL) great pattern.....I would come to the class at Hetties but will be away the first week....hope you will be bringing a couple of the patterns with you next week....well in case I don't win one! LOL

Anne Davis said...

Hi Leanne
Hope you're bringing some patterns to Loxton with you! I remember seeing your bag last year. Well done
Anne

Nic said...

Your pattern looks great Leanne and so does your bag.

Pat said...

WOW Leanne!! You did a great job. Love that snail!

Jodie said...

The bag looks great, I would love to win a copy of the pattern. Jodie

Michelle said...

Congrats on your first pattern! Thanks for a fun giveaway...

OzRose said...

Fantastic Leanne!! Looks like you and Lucas have done a wonderful job :) Love the colours and patterns on all the bags you have shown. Would love to be in the draw thanks :))

anne said...

Way to go girl. This could be your first baby step to a new career. Good luck. Happy stitching.

Renee said...

Congratulations on your first pattern! And I love the jumping child appliqué - very cute.

Anonymous said...

What wonderful bags and the cover for the pattern is SUPER....great job to all involved. (For some reason, I can't get onto my blogger account, so I have to be anonymous, but.....I am Pat in Long Neck, Delaware, USA....in the unlikely case I win and you need to contact me....use email pjcasad@hotmail.com).

crafty things said...

Congratulations on your first pattern. The cover looks great. Would love to be in the draw.

Riches Stitches said...

A very usable bag design and what a difference different fabrics make to the overall look. One looks fun and bright and the other looks elegant and romantic. Well done on the pattern writing.
Regards
Jane 8)

Anonymous said...

I would love to make your bag- it's so cute! I would love to win the pattern!
Linda Kay
lindahenzler@sbcglobal.net

Kathy said...

The bags are beautiful... ...and good on you for putting pen to paper. Such a HUGE achievement!!
I'd love to win a copy of your pattern - the first of many I'm sure.

periwinkle said...

well done to you and Lucas - on a scale of easy, medium hard where does this bag fall? I just love the little person jumping :-).
lisa x

Helena said...

I love the bag and the pattern looks wonderful! Go on!

Maree said...

Congratulations Leanne on having a go, what a Great Bag I would certainly buy a pattern from you,looks easy enough to make....Hope I win one that's even better still.
cheers
maree

Alison Boon said...

Me,me,me. Oh no wait I can't sew, so not me. They are really beautiful. I really like the applique especially the snail.

Tina D said...

Hi Leanne, How Absolutely Fabulous - the bag is gorgeous and certainly lends itself to all kinds of embellishments. Would love to win a pattern! Tina D.

nicky said...

Leanne,
The bag is beautiful and I am so glad that you made it into a pattern. I am even more glad that you didn't let your dyslexia prevent you from undertaking the task! You are an inspiration to people all around the world and a reminder that there are many things you can overcome if you persist.
Best wishes!
Nicky

Christine said...

Wow, Leanne. Fantastic pattern. You should be very proud of yourself.
Christine

Annie said...

The bags look fabulous Leanne! I especially love the quitled one with the free motion stitching.

Roseanne said...

I have just finished a bag that I made for my SIL . I love the bags that you have been making . you are very clever designing this bag your self. Come over and look at my blog

Michelle said...

The bags look great.
Congratulations on having a go. You are a designer.

Candace said...

Your bag looks great, and versatile, I'd like to be entered.

Karen C said...

great design, versitile and practical, i like it

Bev Cooper said...

Congratulations Leanne a great achievement to do this with your dyslexcia. You must be very very proud of yourself. I love the bright colours you have used on your bags. Congrats to Lucas as well. Happy stitching

Kylie said...

congratulations on putting it all on paper. it looks great!

aysezhu said...

Nice bags. The girl apliqué is great.

Congratulations for you first pattern.

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

What a gorgeous pattern for such a versitle bag. I have so many ideas for it. Thanks for such a generous offer.

hamilton/panayotou said...

I love the quilted flowered one - please put my name in the draw.
pat in Greece

petitescroixetbidouilles said...

Congrats to you and Lucas, the bags are very beautiful, and I can say that you're a great designer and hope that this is the first pattern of a long list !
Have fun and enjoy !

XXXDomy from France ;-)

corry said...

Congratulations Leanne, those bags are awesome!

Jenna Z said...

Oh neat! That looks like an excellent all-around bag!

Kathy said...

Looks fantastic Leanne. You and Lucas should go into business.
Cheers
Kathy

anne said...

Sleepover, sleepover at Dragonfly Crafts, check it out.

Laurie said...

I love bags! It's hard to write patterns but based on the tutorial you did for the thread catcher, I'm sure that it is great.

Anonymous said...

I love this bag. Just came across your blog and loved the rose bag. I'm just starting to sew again and this would be a fun project.
Eileen Van Dyke

Wendy said...

Congrats on the new pattern, it's simply delightful.
Count me in

Jane said...

Your pattern is great, I am glad your friend talked you into doing this! I especially love the one with the roses!

quiltygal said...

Congrtulations great bag will we be able to buy it? at Hetties?
Lucas did an excellent job on the art work..love to be in the draw
Claire

Kathy said...

Pick Me! Pick Me! I love bags. These are adorable and I would be honored to get the pattern to make one!!

Great job!

Lise said...

wow Leanne, these are beautiful work and designs...keep up the good work and I too would purchase the pattern...thanks for sharing...Lise

The Cicillian's said...

I just love your bag. I would love to get the pattern.

debbie said...

Hi Leanne, well done on writing the bag pattern, it looks great. Please pop me in the draw.

Kerri said...

Those patterns are awesome. Keep designing
Kez

Lesley said...

Those bags are beautiful and the pattern looks really professional!

I love your appliques :)

xxxx

Char said...

Hi Leanne...what a gorgeous bag!! I sure would love to have this pattern...thank you for such a great blog too. I visit often...
Char

Leah said...

Ooh - well done! The pattern looks great, and it seems like such a versatile bag :)

Anja´s Wunschpunsch said...

Hello Leanne,

your bag is wonderful.

Greetings
Anja

jane l said...

my midnight net surfing brought me to your blog. i am addicted to craft blogs,i think your bags would make great library bags,i would love to be in the draw.

Judith said...

It is beautifull. I would love to be in the giveaway

Andrea said...

Fantastic bag, I'd love to win the pattern.If I don't win (and I never do)then can we all buy the pattern? Andrea x

MarmiteToasty said...

wow..... great bags, you are truely talented.....

popped over via orginally soul pumpkin :)

x

gertie said...

Congrats on producing your first pattern! The bag is lovely and I would love to make one just like it.

KernowWitch said...

Well done Leanne...the pattern cover doesn't look like a first attempt at all, very professional..The bags are beautiful. Good luck...Hugs Chrissy x

Jane in WA said...

Your bag pattern is gorgeous. Congratulations & well done to Lucas on the cover design.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the generosity. The bags look great. All the local supermarkets here are bringing in a charge for plastic bags, so a couple of these bags would be just what I need. Please include me in the draw. Janine R.

Dutch scraps said...

I absolute love your bags! Youcan never heve enought of them.
Inge

mellyandrosie said...

Good on you Leanne!!! I just love that one with the bright colours and the applique house - yummo!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Leanne, I love your blog! I also love your pattern, great job. Barb from oceanwavesquilts@typepad.com

blueberrylane said...

Both the bag and the pattern look very professional Leanne...fantastic job !
Umm I must confess to still not having finished my little thread holder even though I could use a dozen !

carmen said...

I love your "bag" I have 3 nices one sister and 3 d/inlaw I have been thinking about making them a bag, but have noe find a fabric/fun patten to do so, if I don't win could you advise me were to buy the pattern..
Lucas did an excellent job on the art work..love to be in the in the draw. Carmen , congratulations on your beatifull "craft". Carmen

losri said...

I love your bag... all of it : colors, pattern... very very nice... I hope you can give me the pattern if it is possible...
Thanks a lot