We made the "Multi Tasker Tote."
(photo from Anna Maria's website)
I was excited to take the class with AMH, because I had purchased this pattern a long time ago and couldn't figure out the directions. Now, I've made dozens of bags, so I realise if I had just cut out the pattern and jumped in, I probably could have made the bag with no problems. But after reading through the directions and losing my place numerous times, I put the pattern away.
Because of course, when the Guild announced that AMH was coming to town, I couldn't find my pattern. So I bought another one. And then a pattern was included with the class fee. So now I own three copies of this pattern (more on this later).
Anyway, since I already had the pattern, I was the first to have my bag cut out. And the first to make a mistake:
Anna Maria is such a gracious person, she didn't laugh at me. Much. (All four pieces are supposed to be connected. Good thing I had my cute, pink seam ripper.)
Everyone got her bag either completed or (cough cough) almost finished.
I had left the handles at home, so I finally finished mine today. The outside fabric is AMH's garden party, purchased at Fringe in Salida. The lining is Amy Butler's Midwest Modern, and the handle fabric is from my personal "collection."
The best part of Anna Maria's lecture was seeing photos of her very newest collection, "Field Study" and hearing her talk about what inspired the collection. Lucky me, now that Elder Son has moved to Denver, I have an excuse to visit the Fancy Tiger shop more often. And they have the complete Field Study line!
Really, I was quite conservative. You can see in these photos that I have "checked" the fabrics I now own -- only 12 of a possible 36!
This gives me something to shop for during my Seattle personal shop hop later this month!
To reward everyone for being patient while I knit hats, I promised a giveaway. And what better to give away than an autographed copy of the "Multi Tasker Tote" pattern and enough AMH fabric to make your very own bag?
Here's all you have to do:
- Be a follower of this blog.
- Leave a comment on this post.
- Before Saturday, August 18 at Noon MDT.
- Yes, international entries are welcome.
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