Sunday, December 5, 2010

Pattern Giveaway

In September, while visiting Harper's quilt shop in Overland Park, Kansas, I saw some bag patterns that attracted my interest. While ruffle-y, frilly things - especially anything with hearts - are not my taste at all, I found myself picking up and studying an unusual ruffled purse. 
It turns out the purse designer, Renay, works at Harpers, and before I knew it, being the great salesperson she is, I had a "Trixie Bag" pattern of my own!
After considerable deliberation over what fabrics to use in making my "Trixie Bag," my problem was solved when friend Michelle came over and selected them for me from my stash of batiks. How great is my friend? Michelle even cut out the bag for me! That meant I could take it along to my daughter's house to do this...
...and this...
...to make this.
I'm picturing myself wearing it next spring with a denim skirt and plain top. Won't I look girl-y (as much as a 57 year-old woman can look "girly!") while I'm out-and-about running errands?

In case you didn't know, here's a bag/tote tip for you: It's smart to line them with a white or very light-colored fabric. That's so you can find whatever you're looking for when you need to sort through things on the inside. In mine, only the inside pocket is made from a medium value print.
The pattern photo shows the "Trixie Bag" made with a flower rosette decorative closure. I opted to leave that off. With all those ruffles, a rosette would have been over-the-top foo-foo for me.
If you're still reading with me, you're closer to winning a bag pattern for yourself. Thanks to Renay, the designer-owner of Purse Strings Patterns I'm giving away three of her patterns. That means three winners! And the winners get to choose the pattern! Does it get much better than that?

Here's what to do to put yourself in the running:
  • Leave a comment.
That's it!
No going here and there and back again to comment.
No need to become a Follower.
No Facebooking or Twittering.
Not one hoop to jump through!


It would be nice if you'd stop by Purse Strings Patterns so you can think about which one of her 18 patterns you'd choose if you win, but even that's not required. 

The giveaway is open through Friday, December 10, and international friends are welcome to comment too.

37 comments:

  1. Linda, the bag is magnificent - and I reckon I would still keep using it when I am 80! I think of all the bag patterns I have accumulated this is one I would actually make. And one for Shona in Canada too. 2 more sleeps are we leave for our White Christmas.... goodness Im so excited. Merry Christmas

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  2. Ah a giveaway without rules....that's one I'll enter!! What an interesting bag. Happy Christmas!!

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  3. How fun. My cousin used to work at that show when she lived in the area.

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  4. Now that is a gorgeous bag, I could definitely see myself walking around with one of those! I love how the shoulder strap is done, very clever!

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  5. Oh Linda, that bag is just gorgeous! And I'm a frilly person, so would love to make one for myself. Thanks for such a lovely giveaway.

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  6. Please toss my name in for a chance, it's a pretty cute purse and I'd love it. Thanks!

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  7. oooo... I've been looking for a largish tote to take things to Scquilters meetings with - so I think that I would love the Scottsdale Satchel :)

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  8. Thanks for doing the giveaway. I see you are from Iowa, so am I, Ottumwa. Where are you located? Love all the blogs!

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  9. I've already looked and that Scottsdale Satchel is calling my name. :) I'm forever looking for something to use as an overnight bag and that would be perfect! blessings, marlene

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  10. hi Linda, thanks for the invite back, just popping into say hi, hugs, Helen -who did make you jump lots of hoops but it was worthwhile in the end :)

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  11. Linda, your Trixie bag turned out so cute! I'm so glad that you found some "me" time to sew. I'm ready for spring just looking at it!!

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  12. I'd love to make a bag like this.

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  13. Well I love the bag and I'm not a frilly person either but it would look fabulous with anything.
    Funny story, I can never emember them but when I used to work with kids. One child said I wasn't a lady and when I asked why she thought that she said because "you're not wearing any lipstick"

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  14. Isn't it amazing how bright fabric can make everything look so appealing? I have to admit I like the look of the Scottsdale Satchel!
    Cheers from a lurker from Down Under.
    Anne

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  15. Thanks for such a lovely give-away prize (well one of three) I love the frilly look of your bad, loved a couple of other patterns on the website too. great patterns.

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  16. BEAUTIFUL bag ! And great giveaway ... I don't have a quote in particular, but will share that I had been sick and hadn't seen my Precious g'daughter, 8, in 2 weeks ... finally got well enough for her to come over and help decorate the tree. Hubby and I laughed and laughed and cried at all the memories from the past, and the new ones she was helping us with this year. She and her mom used to live with us before mom got married ... and now Precious says "I think OUR tree looks great!" It is indeed OUR tree, and I'm so blessed that she still feels a part of our home as hers... she just sometimes sleeps somewhere else :))) She IS my heart, and I call her Precious, because she is my Precious gift from The Lord!

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  17. I'd love to win a pattern for such a gourgeous bag!

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  18. I popped over from a comment you left on Selvage blog. I love the verse on your banner! Please enter me in your giveaway...lovely bag and especially love not jumping through hoops. :)

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  19. I've seen that bag and have wondered how to make it, would love to have the pattern. Love your blog too.

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  20. Very cute bag Linda...Maybe i'll get to see it in person soon!

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  21. Oh, I would love to make this bag. Please put my name in the draw. I see it is pretty cold there. I used to live in Polk City, between Big Creek and Saylorville Lake. Moved to Nevada to stay warm in our approaching senior years.

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  22. That's a pretty cute purse you have there. I'd love such a pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  23. I think the ruffles are awesome no matter the age. I loved looking at the other patterns too. I heard a silly joke on the radio yesterday that a child had told his dad. What did one casket say to the other? Is that you coughin'? Sorry. I couldn't resist.

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  24. Thanks so much for the chance ~ I'd love to add one of her patterns to my to-do list :)
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

    And to make you smile . . .
    My 3-year old daughter is convinced that Santa lives in the North Cold :)

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  25. Its a very cute bag and I would love to win a pattern. Thanks!

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  26. Thank you Linda, for the chance in your give-away. Love your purse with ruffles, as you say, it will be great ti take out in Spring!

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  27. I can just see you looking all stylish and glam next spring with your new bag, Linda! Please enter me in your giveaway. Having looked at all the bag patterns I just love them all!

    Out of the mouth of babes...I've been reading the Christmas story to Xanna, and we've been opening a door in our Advent calendar each day to see what picture from the nativity is hidden there. Well, she has decided that baby Jesus' mother is not called "Mary", but ""Merry"! I guess it goes with "Merry Christmas"!

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  28. Hi Linda,
    I think the bags are stunning - it would be very hard to choose which of the 18 patterns I like best- very fun and funky...
    I don't know if you will think this is not clean but one of my little ones asked me if I could help him " hooker his coat up" _ It appears he was having trouble getting his coat bag on the hook and he needed help with the " hooker". It was hard not to laugh...
    Thanks for the opportunity to win such a nice pattern.
    Regards,
    Anna

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  29. Hello Linda,

    Wow what a great range of patterns,very hard to choose.
    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  30. What a great giveaway - the Scottsdale Sachel looks lovely and would be great to make I think!
    When my kids were young my husband used to rub their backs before they went to bed - my oldest used to call them "rub backs" instead of "back rubs" - I always thought that was too cute.
    thanks and happy holidays!

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  31. Well done, gorgeous bag and you are never too old for something pretty. I am a bit of a bag lady and have far too many already but I need them all! I would make mine with Kaffe Fassett fabrics, lots of pink. I love pink as much as I love bags.

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  32. Pretty fabrics and frills....
    Am off to look at patterns.
    I have an over 1000 post giveaway also...I think it is hidden.http://five-minutes-of-fame.blogspot.com/2010/11/post-1154time-to-celebtrate.html

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  33. Linda, Your being such a great Santa for us good quilters! I would have to say I would love the Trixie purse just like you chose! It is so versatile all year round! Hope Santa is good to you this year!

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  34. I love your bag Linda, I'm a bit of a bag lady lol. I think it will look great with a denim skirt. cheers, Jan

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  35. Linda, I noticed today on your blog you said you had about 8 no-replies I am not sure if I am one of those, I havent replied before but I want to make sure you have my information! So Here it is I posted on Dec 8
    Linda, Your being such a great Santa for us good quilters! I would have to say I would love the Trixie purse just like you chose! It is so versatile all year round! Hope Santa is good to you this year!

    December 8, 2010 11:38 AM

    Tammie Bivins
    pinkquilter@hotmail.com

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  36. Oh, how fun! I was just thinking that I need to make myself a bag.

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  37. I'd love to win a pattern! My cousin was taking her six-year-old, Eric, from WV to Florida for the first time. After many hours of riding in the car, Eric worriedly asked, "Do you think Florida will be closed?" We figured out really quickly that he had no idea what Florida was!

    Debbie Harmon
    delitfull@aol.com

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