Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lucky by Lotta (and On Being Lucky)

I was given the opportunity to create something with Lotta Jansdotter's new line, Lucky (yes, yes, I know I am extremely lucky).  These vibrant colors and patterns are right up my alley. I love the jewel tones and those big prints.  I'm not normally an animal-on-my-fabric kind of quilter, but...check out those cats!  


While I think the individual prints are great on their own, I feel like they really sing when they are all next to each other.  So I decided to make a patchwork bag with my Lucky bundle.


I find that I am always in need of a drawstring bag.  Whether to carry my sewing projects on the go, or corral little kid toys or other everyday items, there is always a use for a drawstring bag.  For this project, I used the tutorial by s.o.t.a.k. handmade.  This is the third time I have made a bag with her tutorial.  I used 3 inch squares (2.5 inches finished) and adjusted the lining measurements just a tad to fit the outer panels.  I also used a slightly wider casing for the ribbon (I reused the ribbon from my fabric bundle for this project!).  I highly recommend her tutorial if you haven't already given it a try. I am thrilled with the results. 
Now, on being lucky.  Until recently, I never considered myself a lucky person.  I can count on one hand the number of times I've won something, and I still have a few fingers left.  No, until recently, I have not considered myself lucky at all.  But lately I've started to realize something.  Luck, and maybe happiness, may just be a matter of perspective.  I have a roof over my head, food to eat, healthy and happy children, a creative passion, and good people in my life.  That is only the beginning.   When I think of those things, I realize I am lucky indeed. 


Giveaway!!!  Thanks to the generosity of Windham Fabrics, one lucky person will receive a complete fat quarter bundle of Lucky by Lotta Jansdotter.  To enter, leave a comment here telling me why you are lucky.  Good luck!  
  

Thank you, friends, for stopping by.  


38 comments:

  1. I like your drawstring bag. Thank you for the tutorial.

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  2. "Chance favors a prepared mind!" - I believe that we make our own luck! By keeping an open mind and a willingness to try new things (or as my husband would say trying all the new gadgets and patterns and things quilty!!) I think we make our lives better! Thanks for sharing the bag tutorial!

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  3. Love the tute! and really love the fabric! I so believe in Karma, what goes around, comes around. And yes, we do not count our blessing nearly enough. :) Sadly, I cannot do Instagram, so will miss out on the chance to win once again. :(
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  4. Love the tote and fabric!! I would love to try it!

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  5. Cute tote. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  6. I'm lucky (aka super blessed!) because I have a God who loves me unconditionally and a beautiful family to enjoy this life with. They all support my crazy love for making and giving to others! Thanks for the awesome giveaway, this fabric is gorgeous!

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  7. I feel lucky to have started quilting thirty years ago. It has brought tremendous joy to my life and I love making quilty things for family and friends.

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  8. I am lucky to get to sew with friends! Twice a year I go on a weekend retreat with one group of friends. Then I get together with another group at least once a year. Those times help recharge my battery so that I'm a better wife and mom! Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful fabric!

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  9. I consider myself pretty lucky ! which is maybe another word for blessed ! I'm lucky to be relatively healthy, living in a little town where there isn't too much bad stuff happening, loving my awesome creative quilting time, lucky to have such an amazing quilting community to share with - yep pretty lucky !! thanks for the fabulous giveaway :)

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  10. I'm lucky because I have an awesome husband, who also cooks. I have three beautiful, healthy children. I'm extra lucky my last child was a girl. I'm lucky that life is getting better and better. Now I'm hoping I'm that it being my birthday on Monday, that I'm lucky enough to win this awesome bundle of fabric, because unfortunately my birthdays are usually really ordinary.

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  11. I came thru brain surgery like a champ

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  12. Elizabeth lizzymakesAugust 20, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    A lady saw me at the library this week w my baby and two year old. She said to me very sincerely: you are so so lucky. I suppose she is correct.

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  13. I am lucky to be supported by a wonderful husband; I take care of the house and cars and quilt all day while he goes to work. :)

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  14. I am lucky that I still have my mom in my life, that she lives a few blocks from me and that she's my person!

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  15. I am lucky in that I have a big family that all get along. I have many special friends. I get to stay home and sew and don't have to work if I don't want to.

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  16. I'm Lucky because I am Blessed with a great family & super special friends....that have been with me on a long journey thru surgeries & rounds of Radiation...& healing. I am Lucky to have 2 Daughter's that are learning to quilt w/me too! :)

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  17. Great attitude, great question, and great responses. Today I read a post by Maureen Cracknell in which she said she felt very blessed to have so many people to make things for. I feel the same way--I'm lucky--which is another way to say blessed, I think--to have a long list of quilts to make for people I love. So many good people in my life.

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  18. I am lucky to have a supportive family who all encourage my creative obsession!

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  19. I feel lucky for the same things you mentioned. When reading about other parts of the world, diseases, and atrocities I realize how luck I am to live when and where o do, and that I live it in comfort with health. My kids drive me completely insane most of the time, but I'm lucky to have them, luck they are happy and healthy, and lucky to be their mom. I'm also lucky to have a husband that supports my creativity so much!

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  20. Cute! Those bright colour and the leopard/wild cat is sooo adorable! Thanks for the chance to win. Hopefully we are as lucky as you!

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  21. I feel blessed for the same reasons, my family and my life. Your bag is too cute! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

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  22. I am lucky because I have hobbies that make me really excited- like quilting, running, and gardening. All of them inspire me and get my creativity going! All lucky for great quilting buddies :)

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  23. I'm lucky because I get to be with the people I love most every day. I also have time to spend with them. That's the best thing of all.

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  24. i am lucky because i have been lucky enough to win a few giveaways this year.

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  25. I'm lucky to have my mum who has taught me all I know about sewing and quilting! Lotta is one of her favorite designers- I would love to win and surprise her with this! Sharing fabric and sewing notions is sorta our thing 😃

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  26. I am lucky to have a wonderful family.

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  27. Nice tote! I'm lucky because I am persistent and patient. I'd love to be really lucky and win this awesome fabric!
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  28. I like your tote bag. Fun. Every day I wake up I figure I am lucky, all is well with the world in my book.

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  29. Like your tote. It displays the fabrics very well. I have never considered myself lucky just blessed and very grateful.

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  30. I am lucky because I have the best husband in the world! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  31. Great drawstring bag!
    I'm lucky because I have a great family!

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  32. I am lucky because I have a dear family, friends, a job, and a quilting hobby that I'm passionate about. Thanks for sharing your delightful bag and these lovely fabrics!

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  33. The patchwork bag is so cute! I am lucky as I have a fabulous family, good health and time to sew!

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  34. Great patchwork bag!
    I feel lucky to have two awesome sons studying in our hometown the next two years; good to have them nearby!

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  35. Great patchwork bag!
    I feel lucky to have two awesome sons studying in our hometown the next two years; good to have them nearby!

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  36. Love your bag! I am feeling lucky just because ist our youngest sons birthday. We just love him so much!

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  37. I am lucky with this wonderful family of mine :).
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