Well… we must be in the homestretch now!
Because it’s that time again! It’s time to show you what our testers created in the process of testing our pattern instructions! Many of you know that one of my favorite parts of the pattern development process is the testing round. I just LOVE seeing what our testers are inspired to create, especially since each one of our testers has their own individual style and several have a real flair for the dramatic!
Let’s see what our testers whipped up for this cycle of Purse Pattern Chronicles!
(And don’t forget, if you’d like a closer look- you can click on each individual picture to see a larger image)
Let’s kick it off with a look at the HipBag Hybrids created by Diane Rhodes (of Monroeville, PA). That’s right… Diane actually made TWO test bags and said she loves the design so much that she’s making plans to make two more as gifts for special friends! And as usual, I would’ve know that EITHER of these bags were “Rhodes Originals” at first glance, because if there’s two things Diane loves including in her projects and that would be intricate piecing across the color spectrum!
|First off, Diane pieced a flower into her bag front AND flap. The bud is closed when the bag is open, yet open when the flap is closed.||This exterior reminds me a lot of stained glass and I love the surprise pink interior and the polka-dot zipper lends a touch of whimsy to this bag!|
Diane got a lot more adventurous with the exterior for her next HipBag Hybrid and I must say that this very well might be my all-time favorite bag Diane’s ever made up with our patterns!
|Is this piecing incredible or what? This picture also shows off Diane’s matching Card Cozy, which she made just for fun! Diane reported that she absolutely loves this bag and is making plans to create MORE!|
Next up is this delightful study in polka-dots by Lori Gates of West Henrietta, NY. I really like the color palette Lori chose for her test sample. If this picture had been shot in some other location that the staircase when Lori usually takes her pictures, then I might not have been able to guess that she had made this bag!
|Here’s a peek at the back side.||And don’t our new tan & white striped zippers with gold flourish compliment this look perfectly?|
And even though the fabrics that Beth Revere of Council Grove, KS chose for her testing sample are NOT part of a collection, they look like they were destined to be together! Beth said that the focus fabric is called “Big Poppy” from “Poppy Collection” by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller. She fell in love with it at first sight then shopped high and low to find complimentary fabric for it. The black print is “Interplay” by Nancy Heffron for P&B Textiles and the binding and lining is from the “Painted Solid” collection by Carrie Bloodstone for Such Designs.
|Beth said she was very excited about how her bag turned out! Her daughter was the proud recipient!|
And our last tester to report in was Shannon Maciejewski of Almont, MI. The exterior fabric she used for her tester bag was actually 2×4 rectangle scraps from quilts she made for her two boys and since these are all black & white prints, this exterior is one that I’m very drawn to!
|Shannon commented that she really loves her finished bag and…||that this was the 1st ever time that she’s made her own bias tape!||I especially love this pop-of-red lining that Shannon chose!|
So that’s how the testing rounds played out for this cycle of Purse Pattern Chronicles and aren’t these bags fantastic? Our testers really outdid themselves this time and I couldn’t be happier with their work!
And now it’s YOUR turn!
Our testers perform a great service for us (and in turn for YOU) in the process of making their test bags. I can’t imagine publishing a new pattern without their input, and if you’d like to leave them some love in the “Comments” section” below I’m sure they’d appreciate it. And if you have any questions about the testing process in general or this new design in particular, I’ll do my best to answer them!
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