PPC27: Australia Bound


As you might recall from our last post, with the completion of this sample, most all of the little nips and tucks are pretty much finalized and as we go forward from here, we’ll be creating show samples that will eventually be on display at the International Quilt Market & Festival in Houston, TX later on this year.

So are there no “tweeks” left to fix?

Well not exactly… but most all of the little adjustments left to make involve more accurate notch placements and the like.

So with that… let me give you the quick tour!

In this picture you can easily see the new zippertop arrangement. I like these standup zipper panels best because it increases the storage capacity (by ~1″) in the main compartment. By comparison, the recessed zipper panels that were featured (by necessity) in our last post actually would REDUCE the storage capacity by ~1″.

I’m also happier with how the side walls look done up in the same fabric from top to bottom and if you look closely, I made the D-ring Tabs much longer this time. And actually, the way we’re adding the D-ring Tabs this time is an all-new design strategy that I’m VERY satisfied with. (I hope you are too!)
I modified the interior lining pieces for this sample to take better advantage of the spaciousness this design offers! As already stated in previous posts, an iPad can easily fit in here leaving room for much more! There’s also a zippered pocket on the inside for safe storage of valuables like key fobs, passports and the like.
And lastly, here’s the signature feature of this design, the drop-down, twist-lock secured front storage area. There card slots for 8 credit/loyalty cards as well as a few other easy-to-reach items like a lipstick, a pen, and even sunglasses it you like.

And here’s a few answers to the questions we most often receive
when we’re working on a new pattern design!

  • What are the dimensions? the dimensions of this bag are 8″ tall X 10″ wide X 3″
  • Will my iPad fit inside? yes, my iPad Air easily fits in the main compartment of this bag.
  • What will the name of the new pattern be? I don’t yet have a name for this design, but I’d love to hear any suggestions!
  • When can I purchase this pattern? right now, I’m looking toward an early September release of this new pattern.

And now… a word about this fun fabric. It’s called “Animals of Australia and its from the ‘Gondwana’ collection by Oasis Fabrics.

I do not generally work in browns tones but I was sold on the richness of this brown along with the other complimentary colors. I combined it with two nice batiks and I like the final result.

It was my plan to carry this Australian fabric on our website, and luckily I did manage to procure 1 bolt of the aboriginal print (but sadly not the two contrasting colors, although it doesn’t strike me as it would be hard to find suitable substitutes)! If you like it and can envision it in one of your projects, you can get more information by clicking HERE!

And now, it’s YOUR turn!

If you have comments you’d like to share or questions you’d like to ask about this design in general or this sample in specific, please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.

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  1. Barbara Ballard on July 9, 2022 at 7:25 am

    With each post about this pattern, I get more excited! Can’t wait for it to come out!

    • Kat on July 9, 2022 at 5:17 pm

      That’s music to my ears! and i can’t wait to show you even MORE! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Don on July 9, 2022 at 10:17 am

    I’m drooling. Thats real cool!

    • Kat on July 9, 2022 at 5:18 pm

      That’s high praise coming from you Don! Thanks

  3. Charlene Samanich on July 9, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Iโ€™m really liking this design. I keep making new bags, the sling and wallets and with each one, my husband says, โ€œyou need another oneโ€, my answer is โ€œbut of course!โ€ Canโ€™t wait to make this one!

    • Kat on July 9, 2022 at 5:19 pm

      And you seem to be getting braver and better with each bag you make Charlene! Your husband has the right idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Ann on July 11, 2022 at 8:37 am

    This looks like a Dream Bag!! I can’t wait to sew one up— room enough and yet compact. I am excited to see it released.

    • Kat on July 13, 2022 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you so much Ann! I’m excited to release it too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Juanita Vega DeJoseph on July 15, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Looking good! Just be my first attempt at making one your bags! Since the fabric is from Australia consider naming it the Walkabout!

    • Kat on July 15, 2022 at 5:40 am

      Great name Juanita, but since we
      re already using that name for our wallet pattern, it would be might confusing to our customers. but keep the suggests coming! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Lisa Dianne on July 15, 2022 at 9:24 am

    I am patiently waiting for this pattern to come out. I canโ€™t wait for the International in Houston since I have relocated here. Thanks so much for the time you take to make these patterns.

    • Kat on July 15, 2022 at 5:40 pm

      You’re going to LOVE International Quilt Festival! Prepare to be overwhelmed! (And thanks for the kind words!) ๐Ÿ™‚