my lovely pattern testers

Several weeks ago, I put a call out on the interweb for some pattern testers for my brand new sewing pattern - the Zippy Bag.  I was amazed by the enthusiastic responses!  They graced me with lovely photos and inspired me with their creativity.  Isn't it funny how different the same bag can look when everyone chooses their own unique fabrics?  Love it! Here's a few photos for your enjoyment, along with the names of the testers who sewed them....

Ashley's lovely black, white, and yellow purse

Juanita's "Fine Whiner" purse - ha!

Juanita was ambitious and made two purses!

Maria from miacreates.blogspot.com made this beautiful bag with a leather strap!

Nancy's bag makes me think of pink lemonade... mmm...

Shannon's bag reminds me that fall is just around the corner!

Judith's colorful purse - this would go with just about any outfit!

Judy made this gorgeous Asian inspired bag.

Kim's bag - love the fabric combination!

Brand New Pattern... the Zippy Bag!

I'm so excited to introduce my latest pattern -- the Zippy Bag!

This little lady is larger than she appears.  She's been known to carry my bike lock and water bottle around town in the main compartment, and my keys, wallet, phone, and chapstick in the two handy-dandy zipper pockets on the exterior.  She's smaller than many of my other bags, but when you don't need to bring the whole house with you, she's the one for the job.

I loved sewing this one with David Butler's Parson Gray line.  The palette is neutral enough to coordinate with a lot, but the patterns are interesting enough to give it a little excitement. 

She's off to the printer pretty soon, and in no time she'll be ready for you to snaggle up in my Etsy shop, or at  your local quilt shop. (What, they don't carry my patterns? Silly. Ask them nicely for me, would you?)


a lovely little display at Stitchology

Everywhere I've lived since really getting into sewing, I've been blessed with wonderful sewing and fabric shops.  When I lived in Logan, Utah I drove up to the tiny town of Preston, Idaho just for Suppose.  In Denver, Colorado I loved visiting the ladies of Fancy Tiger.  When my husband and I moved back to Albuquerque after spending five years away, I was pleased to discover that several new quilt shops had popped up, among those is Stitchology.

 I've mentioned the sewing shop Stitchology a couple of times, both here on the blog on on my Facebook page.  I guess when you find something good, you just want to shout it out for all the world to hear!  Well, I know a lot of you who read this blog aren't from Albuquerque, and you may not have plans to visit here anytime soon (although you should... it can be magical). BUT, I still want to say that Stitchology is a great spot to go for a variety of fabrics -- I love that she sells all kinds of fabrics for garment sewing, including knits, lace, tweeds, etc.  Of course, this is along with all of the wonderful quilting weight fabrics as well.  Melisa, the owner of Stitchology, is SUPER knowledgeable about everything that she sells, and she is quick to share her know-how with anyone who needs some sewing advice.

Anyway, Melisa was kind enough to allow me to display several of my finished products in her front window over the last month or so!  It was really hard to get good pictures -- tricky lighting + iPhone camera + amateur photographer didn't quite get me the results I wanted.  Oh well, the display itself turned out lovely even if my photos aren't!


Sunburst Sling bag

NEW!! This is my still unnamed bag, still in the works. Help?!

Button Flap Purse

Pleated Tote

Pocket Tote

Pocket Tote

Pleated Tote

I forgot to get a shot of the super cute bunting that we strung across the front windows.  It's made with my leftover advertising fliers from Quilt Market.  So cute -- I'll have to get a photo of it next time I stop in.  Which will undoubtedly be, like, tomorrow ;)

a Sunburst Sling sewing class!

Melisa from Stitchology was gracious enough to ask me to teach a class at her shop on my Sunburst Sling sewing pattern.  We had a lovely, small class -- which was perfect, because the bag requires lots of itty bitty steps.  Check out these gorgeous bags! 

Dee made a lovely black, white, and red little number  It's a great example of how the pattern can be dressed up a bit based on the fabrics you choose:

 Lucinda created this fun bag with a summery, light hearted color scheme. I like her decision to not make everything super symmetrical:

 This was the sample bag on display at Stitchology to entice people to sign up for the class!  I love the fabric combo here...

And just for fun, here's another photo of the Sunburst Sling pattern made by my friend Lindsey. I love the Joel Dewberry fabrics on this one!


sewing pattern testers wanted!

I am overwhelmed with responses from my call for pattern testers! Thank you for all of your eager emails, it brightened my morning to know that so many of you are interested.  I have enough testers for this pattern, but please feel free to email me with your contact info anyway and I may need your help with a different pattern in several months :)


It's that time again.... I'm in need of pattern testers!  I'm wrapping up my latest bag design.  No big reveals today, but here's a sneak peak:  

Zippers, anyone?

Anyway, if you are interested in being a pattern tester, please email me as soon as possible at: jengiddenspatterns@gmail.com