I have had this project finished
for a couple of weeks,
but couldn't show it until today.
As I have mentioned before,
I belong to a History of Quilting group
and each session, our leader gives us
a challenge project to do, if we chose to participate.
For this session, we discussed the
"Road to Richmond,"
in coordination with the release of Barbara Brackman's
"Richmond Reds" fabric line.
Our challenge this session was to come up with
a project that signified our personal
"Road to Richmond."
It could be anything and made from any fabric.
I moved to Richmond in 1983 from upstate New York,
after graduating from Nursing School.
I packed my bags and headed south.
This is Amy Butler's "Weekender Travel Bag" pattern,
made from batiks.
(I obviously did not use the Richmond Reds fabrics.)
I did things a bit differently from the pattern.
I didn't want a super stiff bag,
so instead of using the Peltex,
I used two layers of batting and quilted all of the pieces.
I quilted and added piping to the end pockets as well.
(The colors are actually deeper then what the photos are showing.)
And do your remember this fun Nurses fabric??
It's the pockets inside the bag!
An unexpected treat!!
This bag was definitely a challenge for me and brought back
memories of my years of garment sewing.
One thing I would do differently is line the handles.
They seem very thin and I'm afraid they won't hold up over time.
Otherwise....I LOVE my bag!