Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2012

Do you know Umbrella Prints? Umbrella Prints is a little Australian textile house run by Amy Prior & Carly Schwerdt. They hand screen print their designs on natural organic hemp/cotton.  I love the look of so many of their designs and their color palettes are just luscious.

For the last two years, I've followed the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition.  Last year I may or may not have been squealing when I saw Nova's entry or this entry by pop-i-cok.  (Go, look at them, you won't regret it!!)  I'm not sure there is any way to top these, but after seeing this bag from LRstitched using a pattern from Michelle Patterns, I thought it would be a perfect way to showcase the Trimmings prints.  I ordered right away and started trying to figure out what neutral to use with the prints.

2012 umbrella prints - trimmings competition


I settled on Tobacco Chambray from the Lisette collection at my Joann's - when it was on sale for more than half off.  I love it ~ it's almost tweedy.

A week ago I made the bag to be sure I understood how the pattern worked.  It's a great pattern, very thorough and just perfect with loads of exterior and interior pockets.  Details on the logistics of bag making are on that post.


Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2012


Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2012


Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2012


Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2012


Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2012


My favorite part is that it came together the way I imagined it would in my head - I adore simple patchwork and it's ability to show a variety of prints and/or solids.  I did some random/improvisational piecing with leftover scraps that worked out being on the front of the front pocket.



Stats:
Patchwork Front:  Umbrella Prints Trimmings, 2 1/2 inch blocks
Pattern:  Messenger Bag Pattern, Michelle Patterns
Exterior Body:  Tobacco Chambray, Lisette collection for Joann's
Interior lining:  Coffee Buzz for Andover fabrics
Nickel hardware:  Michelle Patterns

11 comments:

  1. Super cute Beth! I love it!

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  2. Beth, the bag came out really nice! Seeing it makes me want to make one!

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  3. can't decide which i like better, the outside or that awesome lining!

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  4. The bag looks great! I love how you used the fabrics.

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  5. This is very cute - your improv piecing looks very designer. :-) Love it.

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  6. I knew the fabric but not the designer. Thank you for introducing me to them.
    I wonder if JoAnn still has it? Lovely bag!

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  7. Beth, love the gray chambray and of course the improv work. Beautiful!!

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  8. Hi Beth - What a great bag! I could use one of these myself (looking at the sad state of mine). Love your base fabric choice, it holds all the prints together beautifully. Thanks for visiting me and leaving such a lovely comment. :-)
    All the best. Alisa

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  9. Beautiful bag, I love your choice of fabrics to complement the trimmings!

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