I have been saving this beautiful fabric for ‘something special’ for nearly a year now, stupid I know! I got a whole range of fabrics from the V&A quilting exhibition, produced by Liberty of London as limited edition prints. It was Lizzy’s birthday coming up and I wanted to make something for her rather than the baby as I know little Beatrix has been getting all sorts of prezzies.
My sister has a a bag like this for her knitting that my Grandmother made, I love how simple it is, perfect for keeping your latest knitting project with you when you’re on the go. I’m not sure why I didn’t deserve one, perhaps I’ll request one for my birthday. Anyhoo I used one of the Liberty fabrics and then two plainer complimentary fabrics from my stash. I didn’t want to have too many patterns as I wanted the Liberty one to stand out and to do justice to it’s beauty. I lined it with plain cream fabric as it makes it easier to find whatever you have knocking around in the bottom: stitch markers, stitch holders, embroidery scissors etc, without fumbling around in the dark.
I did the patchwork and the lining on my machine but I underestimated the amount of hand sewing needed for a project like this, mine isn’t as neat as I would like but it’s good discipline, imagine the people who hand-quilt massive pieces for double beds? Crazy!