A new Union Jack bag + Fabric Fest

Welcome to my stop on the Riley Blake Fabric Fest blog tour. I’m so excited to show off my latest sewing project: a Union Jack bag! I made it this past weekend and I’m quite pleased with they way it turned out. (whew.)
I will be teaching how to make this bag in a class at the Riley Blake Fabric Fest in Las Vegas this fall.

If you’ve been around these parts before, you already know that I’m a total Anglophile. I’ve lived in the UK twice, loved it and still miss it constantly. It’s my dream to go back and live there again at some point. I finished a Union Jack quilt last summer in bright, primary colors. It was fun to try a new version in pastel colors.  I’ve also modified the Union Jack pattern.

This bag was made with fabrics from the new Kensington collection for Riley Blake, due out in July. The prints in this collection are SO pretty and I love the way they play together.

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    June 18, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Beautiful bag. I love the fabrics you used. How different it looks than the usual blues & reds usually found inteh union jack designs. Great job.

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    June 18, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Beautiful bag and fabrics.Great job!!

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    June 18, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I love the bag. Will the pattern be available after the fabric Fest? I also would like to be in the UK. My ancestors lived in London and I still have distant cousins there.

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      amy smart
      June 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Yes. I do hope to publish the pattern later this fall after Fabric Fest.

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    June 18, 2013 at 6:12 am

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend. Your project looks great though!

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    June 18, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Great job with your bag – I love it! Great fabrics too. Would love to take your class but unfortunately I can't make it to Fabric Fest. My Great Loss! 🙁

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    June 18, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I will not be able to come, my Grandkids will be in town with their parents!

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    Il Gufo Creativo
    June 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Wonderful artwork!<br />Great and so lovely!<br /><br />Mary

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    June 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Really cute bag! Don&#39;t you love the new Riley Blake Union Jack fabric? I LOVE this bag!<br /><br />Cheery wave from<br />Bev

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    Art by Rhoda Forbes
    June 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Fabulous tote bag and what a great design. Sounds like you will be teaching some exciting classes

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    June 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Love the fabrics you used for your bag, so pretty is right!

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    Patricia Lessell
    June 18, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I LOVE that bag. It&#39;s absolutely gorgeous.

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    June 18, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Wow girl! You are going to be super busy teaching all those classes. Good for you. I absolutely love your bag. I&#39;m not sure what you tweaked on the pattern but I really like it more than others I&#39;ve seen.<br />If I were headed to Fabric Fest, I would for sure take the class from you for this bag. Sadly, I cannot get there.

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    Sew Nomadic
    June 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Eeekk! Love this bag and the jack! Wish I could go to Fabric Fest 🙁 sounds like a blast!

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    June 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Your bag is so cute!! :o)<br />Wish I could attend your classes!<br />

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    June 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Darling bag! Everything you do is amazing. I&#39;m still trying to convince my sister to go to Fabric Fest, we will see!<br />

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    June 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    The bag is so cute, just love the colors.<br /><br />

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    June 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Love the Union Jack! Wish I could go to the Fabric Fest!

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    June 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I LOVE this bag. I wish I could make it to fabric fest to learn how to make one of my own!

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    Jen Nelson
    June 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    You&#39;re bag is beautiful, I love the fabric you used! I wish I was going to Fabric Fest, maybe next year!

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    Beth Akins
    June 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    It&#39;s a beautiful design!

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    queenie louise
    June 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    What a novel idea to use pastels. Also cute bag to carry just what you need. I like it.

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    June 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Is the pattern available for sale? <br /><br />I took a look at the Las Vegas Fabric Fest — I found the website a nightmare to navigate!

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      amy smart
      June 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I plan to publish the pattern later this fall after Fabric Fest.

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    June 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Your bag is absolutely stunning! I love it. Wish I could come to the Fabric Fest. It looks like there is going to be so much cool stuff &amp; classes.

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    Just Gamma
    June 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    I can&#39;t wait until Fabric Fest I LOVE the fabric for the Union Jack Tote!!

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    June 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Beautiful bag – the colors are perfect! What a dream to attend Fabric Fest…maybe someday!

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    Mom C
    June 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    That&#39;s a great bag. Love to be in your class, still trying to clear some dates. Thanks.

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    June 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Love your Bag!!! It is Awesome!!! the colors are my favorites too!!

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    June 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Such a lovely bag! The fabrics are so pretty! I will not be attending for many different reasons, but I am sure it will be a fenomenal fest. thanks for the inspiration.<br />Have a great day!<br />Liz

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    April (Polkadot Sparrow)
    June 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I love how you made this an accurate Union Jack. I love all those other patterns out there but it always made me sad to see them not be true to dimensions. What you did looks really sharp!

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    June 18, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    I love your Union Jack bag, it&#39;s gorgeous! I don &#39;t think I can go to Fabric Fest because my daughter&#39;s baby is due in August. That&#39;s just too much time to be gone 🙁

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    June 19, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I&#39;m anglo-philing right there with you Amy. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new bag!!!

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    Teresa Stanulis
    June 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Your bag is so creative! I wish I was going to Fabric Fest. If I were, I&#39;d definitely take your class!

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    amy smart
    June 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks so much for the bag love! I don&#39;t consider myself a bag-specialist, so was way excited when it turned out better than I&#39;d hoped!

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    queenie louise
    June 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Saw this yesterday, like it even more today. Really like the color choice.

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    June 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I love your bag. The colors are beautiful.

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    June 20, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I love the bag and I am so glad I signed up for you class! I am way too excited to be going to Fabric Fest!

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    June 21, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Great bag and great fabric choice! I envy all those who&#39;ll be able to attend your class!! I really hope the pattern will be available after Fest!

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    Marcia W.
    June 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Fantastic bag with the unusual Union Jack colors…. Congratulations on your upcoming classes and trip. It looks like it will be lots of fun and interesting classes too.

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    Karen in Breezy Point
    June 21, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Love the bag! It would be so much fun to attend–looks like a fabulous event.

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    Katy Cameron
    July 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Loving your Jack bag :o) Alas, I won&#39;t be attending…

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    September 19, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Cute bag; but if you have modified it, it is not a Union Jack anymore.

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    July 16, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hi, has the pattern for the bag been released yet please? I&#39;ve had a quick look for it, but can&#39;t see it in your store :(<br /><br />Hugs<br />Naomi

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