My love of hexagons is well known, and I am certainly not on my own when it comes to my obsession. There is just something about this little shape that is appealing in so many ways. So when I came across the Quilted Bags & Gifts book at Spring Quilt Market and I saw the gorgeous bags which incorporated hexagons into the designs I knew that I just had to order it.
I have made a start on my version of the 'Two-way Hexagon Purse' using the new 'Ville Fleurie' range by French General. The main piece is all stitched and I am about to start piecing the bag. I 'cheated' a little by using some pre-cut hexagon papers which were exactly the size of the template in the book......5/8".
As with most bag patterns there is always seems to be a problem finding the right handles and hardware to complete your bag. I am constantly on the lookout........trying to source bag hardware at reasonable prices and this includes ordering in bulk quantities from a supplier in China. The communication pathway isn't always smooth but they are generally very obliging and eager to please which is very helpful. Last night I placed another large order for some new bag handles, shoulder straps,tab closures and more bag handles.......those that are very similar to the ones used in the 'Quilted Bags & Gifts' Book. There are so many gorgeous bag patterns in the book including this one.....
And these are the handles that I was able to order......they aren't exactly the same but they are still very nice.
Now I just have to wait for them to arrive so that I can finish off my bags. It will take them about 3 - 4 weeks to arrive, but in the meantime I will continue to add any new stock to my online shop and will be sure to add the new products as soon as they arrive.