Friday was a very good post day for me as, not only did I receive the Spring Swap parcel, I also received another parcel from another Emma, the wonderful Bagladee! And what a parcel it was! Back in the autumn, Emma had offered to make me a bag for my birthday, which was in October. I was supposed to source some fabric for it but I couldn't find what I wanted, and then life kind of got in the way and it got pushed to the back of my mind. In the meantime though, Emma had been working on a new bag design and, after I commented on the prototype, she set to work making one for me. I had commented on a gorgeous cloud fabric that I loved, but the rest of it was a complete surprise so when she started showing some sneak peaks on FB I was pretty much beside myself with excitement, as she had picked out the most perfect fabrics for me!
Apologies for the photos, I don't seem to be getting any better at taking good shots of stuff! But you get the gist. It's a fabulous satchel style bag, with an adjustable strap. I don't know what the grey circles fabric is but I absolutely love it, and the pink piping gives it such a great pop of colour. I'm pretty sure that it's an old Amy Butler print - it's certainly one I've purchased and loved in the past. Inside it's lined with the pretty cloud fabric, with some more of the pink and grey prints on a slip pocket, then there's another fabulous print hidden inside a little zipped pocket.
I have to say that the construction of this bag is phenomenal, Emma's done an amazing job! I know lots of quilters also make bags and I've made a few in my time but I don't think I could ever attempt anything as structured as this. I can't quite describe it, it feels sturdy on the outside but softer inside, (guessing some kind of fleecy interfacing?) so everything will be well protected. And there's plenty of room for everything, I seem to end up carrying more and more stuff lately (multiple glasses cases, anyone?) but I know it will all fit in here perfectly. Thank you so, so much Em, I absolutely love it!!!