What Shade are You with Cristy Stuhldreher

Hi, I’m Cristy of Love You Sew. I’m a lifestyle sewist who like to dabble in all different type of projects- from quilts to garments, to bags and even embroidery.

Lately, I’ve been incorporating quilting and piecework into more than just quilts themselves. I’ve been experimenting with different substrates and enjoy combining my love of quilting with my love of bag-making. So when I was asked to be part of this blog hop, I knew I would do something a little different…

I was given the green-light to make anything with these fabulous Cotton Supreme Solids. With the durability and bright color saturation of these fabrics, I chose to make the Sandra Saddle Bag by Swoon Patterns. It was the perfect style bag with ample “open space” to use for piecing.

The following colors were chosen:

033 Optical White

290 Putting Green

330 Tickled Pink

125 Silver

433 Gray

102 Celeste

371 Melody

234 Seaglass

030 Navy

Cotton + Steel Sprinkle – Counting Stars Navy

With the size of the bag, I used my die-cutter to make 2″ HSTs and randomly arranged them adding in some faux leather pieces. The leather adds some texture and an extra dimension to play off with the solids.

Both the front flap and front pocket of the Sandra saddle bag are pieced and I quilted them with fusible fleece interfacing to add even more texture.

I chose to use faux leather on the gusset and the back of the bag to keep it more modern. But the back of the bag looked too bare…so of course, I had to quilt that! It’s all about the texture, right??? The quilting was created to mimic the HST piecing and really pulls the whole bag together.

I love how this bag turned out and how I can carry a little bit of quilting with me everyday. Do you have your own quilted accessory?

If you would like to follow along with my other fun sewing projects, you can find me on Instagram here or on my blog, here.
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    This bag is heaven! I love the way you have mixed the fabrics, and of course the quilting. Great job!!

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