Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rush Hour




Welcome to my day in the Rush Hour Blog Hop!
Kick off your shoes and put your feet up. We've done all the work, so you can just relax and enjoy.
Thank you to Madame Samm of SewWeQuilt for giving us the opportunity to show our creativity. 
Big thanks to Carole of JustLetMeQuilt for being our awesome cheerleader.
Thank you Studio E for the super fun fabrics that inspired our creativity.


For this hop, I designed and made a briefcase.

I had a lovely fat quarter pack, but I didn't have enough of just one fabric to make the outside of the briefcase, so I had to get creative! I made my own fabric using 2" strips with 1" black strips to separate each one. The bag measures 12" x 16 1/2" x 3"
This is the front......

 Inside there are two pockets and a hard bottom.
This pockets is sized exactly for an iPad..... 
 This pocket is for files.......
Leaving lots of room in the middle! 
On the front there is a zippered pocket.....

Inside the zippered pocket are three more pockets....
I love these pockets! I think all the little squares look so good. It is my favorite part of the briefcase. 
These pockets hold a ton of supplies, like a huge scarf!
 This is the back of the briefcase.....  
...where there is more storage for files or papers to grade! 
I used heavy duty webbing for the handles.  
  So there you are! My day is done, but be sure to visit all the other wonderful folks who are posting today.

Friday, September 26

Quilting Quietly ....that's me :)

74 comments:

  1. Your briefcase is magnificent! I love all the compartments that would work for carrying handwork projects. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. This is very innovative in design and use - just a WOW in my opinion.

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  3. Wow! this is super cool bag, I would love one for me ;).

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  4. Love your briefcase in the Rush Hour fabric, so appropriate!

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  5. Your briefcase is very beautiful! Very professional and slick! Well done and thank you for sharing.

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  6. Wow, Mary Pat!!! That is awesome. I love the pockets and the zipper. Looks very professional.

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  7. Love the pic with your shoes..it really shows off your briefcase..this is filled with surprises..and I LOVE IT....looks great with your folders inside...nice touches Mary Pat....you make us proud ..

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  8. Now that is a seriously stylish briefcase; love it!

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  9. What a beautiful briefcase. I love the front.

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  10. You can sew for me anytime!!!! I simply love your briefcase!!! You did a fantastic job on every section of it.

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  11. What a fantastic brief case.... you are going to get tons of compliments when you carry it!

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  12. Yep, that is a conversation starter! Great job!

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  13. Wow! What a great idea. I love the briefcase. I would be proud to be seen in the elevator with that one.

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  14. What a clever briefcase! You have thought of everything, and I agree I love the patchwork pockets, they are perfect!

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  15. This is an awesome briefcase! You did a fantastic job. I love it.

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  16. Wow! That's fantastic, I would love one too

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  17. Such a classy looking briefcase...love it! All those little pockets make it just perfect!

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  18. The perfect brief case for rush hour. Love all the details and your took excellent pictures of them. Fantastic job!!

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  19. That is one of the most attractive briefcases I have ever seen! Great job!

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  20. Wow, now this is a briefcase that everyone could use! What a great design, and speaking of design, I love how you made your own fabric with strips for it. I think it just put it over the top incredible. Those are some jazzy sunglasses I spied in one of the pockets too!!! LOVE IT!

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  21. A briefcase - a beautiful briefcase - we need the pattern! I love this and I know everyone else will too....how about a tutorial? :) blessings, marlene

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  22. Wow, a beautiful DETAILED bag. I LOVE it!!! I'm with Marlene, we need the pattern/tutorial.

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  23. This is AWESOME! You really should write up this pattern and offer it to the quilting/sewing world. If you need a pattern tester, I'm in. hehehehe :-) Thanks for sharing your wonderful creation with us today.

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  24. Well a briefcase was a most creative thing to make. I have seen all kinds of bags, but not a briefcase, you go girl I just love it. You need to do a tutorial on this one.

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  25. I am quite impressed! Making a bag scares me to death...I can't imagine trying to make a briefcase?!! That takes some sewing skills! Very nicely done, my friend!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  26. Love this bag...too bad I've a zipper phobia. Really...this is a fab bag that I would have loved to use for work back when I was an administrative assistant. It would have been just perfect for all those expense report files!! Great results!

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  27. What a wonderful and useful bag! It is as attractive as it is practical. Great job!

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  28. This is one sharp Bag!! I Love all the pockets and the details of your quilting. Looks so nice and roomy too! Thanks for sharing your Rush Hour project with us!!
    Huggs, Nancy

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  29. awesome bag...bags are very popular these days.

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  30. I SEW NEED THIS!!!
    you did a wonderful job of sewing this all up..it looks so professional! AND USEFUL!
    AWESOME JOB!

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  31. LOVE<LOVE LOVE your briefcase! Great job!

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  32. wow this is fantastic. I love all the pockets. thanks for sharing and inspiring

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  33. What a wonderful project! Your design and workmanship are awesome.

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  34. That would be THE perfect suitcase to take with me for the guild meetings, really, so fantastic and so full of pockets for everything! Waoh, that is a great great project!

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  35. What a great project! It is a beautiful work of art! I agree with those who posted before me, that you should turn this into a tutorial! Great work!!!! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  36. I especially like the outer zipper pocket ~ handy for the morning news too. I agree; the little inner pockets are so neat with the individual fabric stitchings wrapping it all together! Sweet and you will get raves from passers-by! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  37. I love your bag, particularly the layered fabric look:)

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  38. Uber Smart of you to design and sew this Fabulous Briefcase. Job well done! Thank you sew very much for sharing and hopping. Creative Rush Hour Bliss...

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  39. That is awesome. I love the pockets too!

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  40. Amazing briefcase! I can tell you spent lots of time in the design phase - you seem to have thought of everything. I love those small pockets for pens, glasses, phone, just perfect.

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  41. Very nice briefcase! So impressive, fabulous job!

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  42. Great design, I love the stripes and how practical it is with a pocket for everything.

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  43. Really lovely project. The fabrics work so well. Well done.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  44. Wow, what a great looking briefcase!! Thanks for sharing.

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  45. Oh Wow! Now that is a briefcase. It is perfect. I love all the pockets. You can never get enough pockets. I myself, seen to fill each one.

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  46. Oh Wow! Now that is a briefcase. It is perfect. I love all the pockets. You can never get enough pockets. I myself, seen to fill each one.

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  47. Ok, some of us aren't nearly as talented as you....we need instructions. It is a really beautiful briefcase, but I am really glad I no longer need one daily.

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  48. How absolutely perfect! I love your briefcase!!! Great job! I would have loved having that when I was teaching school.

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  49. Well done, Mary Pat! Good use of your available fabric too. The narrow black bands really allow the prints to shine. Looks like you thought of everything for your briefcase.

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  50. This is fantastic! I love your use of the fabrics, I hope Studio E is watching ;)

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  51. Wonderful briefcase, not only useful but beautiful too.

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  52. What a great idea. I like the pockets and the black in between the fabrics. The colors and fabric just pop out.

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  53. What a totally cool briefcase!!! I love the way you used the black in between the strips of fabric - awesome!!!! Those pockets are fabulous!

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  54. See Mary, you aren't the only one who is late. :) I love all the fabulous details that you added to your briefcase. It is just beautiful. The little patchwork pockets are just my favorite.

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  55. absolutely an amazing briefcase. well done!

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  56. I like your briefcase very much. And it is so smart with all the pockets. It looks great with the stripes with black in between.

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  57. Wow your briefcase if wonderful. I love how you made use of the fabric. It all goes together very well. Great job.

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  58. Now that's what I call a stunning briefcase. Love it!

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  59. What a great bag. I love the pockets, each and every one of them. The detail for a very practical briefcase is terrific.

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  60. WOW what a beauty. I love all the pockets. It is so organized. Love the way that you put the fabrics together. I am totally in awe of the zippers, and the way you have them on the corners. Putting zippers in is not easy for me at all.

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  61. I'm late coming to the last day of RUSH, but I wanted to tell you that I LOVE your briefcase. It is so professionally made. You should be very proud of it. Thanks for sharing.

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  62. Your briefcase is awesome! Lots of room to organize everything.

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  63. You did a great job designing and making this briefcase! I like the stripes on the front better than just one fabric.

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  64. Wow, You need to make a pattern for this and put it on craftsy for sale. This is great. Job well done indeed.

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  65. Beautiful....great pattern and love the fabrics!

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  66. Your briefcase is lovely. Great job you did.

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  67. Hi!!!! Wow!!!! That is a wonderful briefcase!!!!! I agree that it would be a great pattern!!!!

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  68. How perfect is that for the office? I love it! Thanks for sharing. Notwendy gmail

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