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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Mystery Project Revealed!

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Well its been a few days now and finally all you clever readers started to get it right!

A very good friend of mine, Linda Gargano of Fruition Dolls & Gifts gave me a sewing kit for Christmas. Inside of the kit were all sorts of surprises including button earrings and a paper pattern and instructions from Quilt Plus an online fabric shop that sells DIY sewing patterns.

The pattern was for a project that I was concerned would be too small for my liking so I had to modify it- For example, instead of the prescribed 22 squares of fabric I used 34, which gave me a chance to add some of my preferred fabrics like Heather Ross mermaids and tattoo- inspired fabric.

An inside pocket I made for my mystery project

I'm an autodidact person and a visual learner, so even the best laid out instructions can stifle me. I usually struggle with and dismiss any patterns - instead I simply have to hold, see and analyze something to figure it out for myself.

I had to sew all the squares together, make a lining with an inside pocket, FOLD it in half and start to sew it together.

Inner Liningfolded and inside out before sewing together

Well I'm sure you can start to see it all come together, readers had some really creative ideas. Some of you thought it was a picnic blanket, dooms day device and others a quilt (since quilt techniques are employed).

Quilt Plus has such a great design of how to engineer the pattern of squares into a three dimensional form that I thought it was truly brilliant even with my modification! So HANG ON...

WAIT FOR IT....drumroll please....IT's A HOBO BAG!! Hobo Bag modified pattern by QuiltPlus made by m. diaz HobobagfrontHobobag backpeek inside of the hobobag by m.diaz

I finally finished...uh, hmm well close enough...I still have to buy the leather handles (which QuiltPlus sells!)

I'm so excited about the bag and I think it will look GREAT with jeans!

-Ciao Amarettogirl

Reader Comments (13)

i loooooove it. :nicely done.

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

Oooh I LOVE it!!!!

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSalmezan

It's so pretty! I really like the mermaids.

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

Wow, that looks amazing! And the leather handles will look great on it. It has such a nice shape and I love that you used the mermaid fabric again for the pocket. It seems like so much fun to do, when I have more time I might give quilting a go.

The six week mark I mentioned was for my portfolio, because that's when the admissions are. It's getting closer and closer, but I've been working on it. Today I picked up charcoal again, so hopefully I'll be able to post some new drawings soon. Thanks for taking a look at the paintings and leaving such a great comment.

I hope you'll have an amazing week! Do you already have a new project in mind for after you've finished this?

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Eyed Night Owl

HA HA! I guessed right! :)
It's a very beautiful bag. I would love to make one to myself but it looks very difficult!

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilian

Beautiful! The mermaid fabric totally gives it that little extra something special. :)

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

This bag is amazing!!!! Probably one of my favorite things you have sewn and that is saying alot with the many wonderful things that have been born from your heart, head and hands...

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstainboy21

That's awesome! You are so amazingly creative and talented

May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLibby

Oh, it's gorgeous! Love it!

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOO PRETTTY OMG I ADORE IT!!!! <3

May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRina

Gorgeous! Is it available? ^-^

May 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBunnyKissd

I love love your bad. you did a great job

May 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLi Lian



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