PPC27: Knock Me Over With a Feather


I’ve just got a few more samples to show you before we publish what will become our next new pattern! So, am I still making changes to this design? Sure I am! Because the truth is… I never really stop making little changes to a new design. Heck… if I waited until I couldn’t think of any way to improve a new design then I’d never really publish ANYTHING. Such is the life of a perfectionist I guess…

So with that in mind… let me show you my latest sample!

Seems like there’s been a WHOLE lot of “peacock feather” fabric on the market in the past two years and I’ve certainly used my share of it! ๐Ÿ™‚ But there’s an abstract quality about this selection from Northcott Fabrics, but I’ll tell you more about it at the end of the post.

As for this sample, even though the vast majority of components are now in their “final state”… I’m still making tiny little tweeks to the welts in the dropdown Wallet area. I want this welt to lay perfectly flat when the Wallet is closed and even though the situation is almost perfect in this sample, I’m striving for perfection and that might not happen now until the next sample!

And since I’ve rarely had the opportunity to showcase my all-gold zips in one of my show samples, I thought I’d take advantage of this color scheme and take opportunity to do so this time.

And speaking of the color scheme… I toyed with the idea of using royal or navy blue for the side panels (in addition to the bias tape), but then I found this ultra-interesting striped-effect fabric and even though there were a few pink areas in it that had nothing to do with the peacock feather fabric, I decided to be brave and give it a go!

Since I only utilized the green-striped areas, it was an exercise in wastefulness, but who know when you’ll see these blue striped blocks show up in the future, right?

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.
  • When can I purchase this pattern? right now, I’m looking toward an early September release for this new pattern. if not sooner.

And finally, here’s a BIG announcement…

after much trepidation and knashing of teeth,
I’m FINALLY ready to announce that the name of this, our next new pattern is…

“the Katalina Shoulder Bag

I think I’ve mentioned numerous times how hard it is to come up with a name for a new pattern so I thought I might take a moment to explain the logic behind the name, “Katalina”. And in this case the logic is obvious & yet, maybe not so much.. So let me break it down for you…

If I spell it for you this way… “Kat-a-Lina”, maybe you can see my reasoning?

The “Kat” part is no surprise, right? … but here’s the deal… the “Lina” part of this name references my incomparable sister-in-law whose work behind the scenes for the past 8+years allows me to focus exclusively on the creative side of the business. In addition to handling all of our order-fulfillment duties which can be extremely time-consuming, she also packs up all of our patterns & labels all of our zippers & hardware for wholesale & distribution orders. In short, it would be awfully hard for me to run this business without Lina, and she would be next to impossible to replace since she also functions as a first-line critic and friend.

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, and ESPECIALLY if you have a name suggestion for this design, please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.

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  1. Barbara Ballard on July 25, 2022 at 6:52 am

    I love the reason for the name. I know you can’t do this all on your own. I’m loving this pattern more each time I see it.

    • Kat on July 25, 2022 at 4:49 pm

      What a kind thing to say! I’m so glad you like it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kat on July 25, 2022 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you Barbara! And I love hearing this!

  2. Beth on July 25, 2022 at 7:34 am

    I too love the reason for the name. Your pattern is lovely!

    • Kat on July 25, 2022 at 4:51 pm

      And that’s a lovely thing to say! Thank you so much!

  3. Sharon McKinney on July 25, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    What a nice tribute to your RIGHT-HAND, “Girl Friday”. The latest sample is a knockout!

    • Kat on July 25, 2022 at 4:51 pm

      She is all of that and MORE! And thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Charlene Samanich on July 25, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    I love the name and the reason behind it. Ah, Iโ€™m so looking forward to September, the release of the new bag and I should be back to sewing and quilting again after having two hand surgeries (both right and left).

    Do you ever do any shows in the NorthEast? Iโ€™d love to come to one if it were local.

    • Kat on July 25, 2022 at 4:54 pm

      Is it Carpal Tunnel? If so YIKES! Hand surgery is disrupting. Wishing you all the best! As per our shows, about as far North as we have ventured is Pittsburgh and also Lancaster PA. I dont see us visiting those spots anytime soon, but we do go to Hampton, VA every year. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Chris on July 29, 2022 at 11:25 am

        Love this bag. Itโ€™s so cute in peacock pattern. What is the purpose of the grommet in the back of the bag? The name is clever and perfect.

        • Kat on July 29, 2022 at 12:25 pm

          Thanks for writing Chris.
          The grommet on the back is a totally optional feature so many folks may choose to omit it, but we’ve had several requests for this feature along with a large outside pocket for folks can listen to music or podcasts and the like while traveling, or in airports and still keep their phone safe and secure within the pocket. The earbuds would proceed out from the grommet and the phone stays in the pocket.

      • Pattie Cockerham on July 30, 2022 at 1:45 pm

        Love it and the names is sewvpurrfect.i only wish I could get it now. I will hopefully be trying out some of yours patterns before the International Quilt show here in Houston and maybe get it then keep up the great work

        • Kat on July 31, 2022 at 8:38 pm

          Thank you so much Pattie. I hope to see you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Cathy on July 25, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    What a beautiful bag! I canโ€™t wait to get the pattern.,

    • Kat on July 26, 2022 at 9:33 am

      I’m getting anxious to release this pattern too! So glad you are interested! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Alma Lou Annab on July 26, 2022 at 7:49 am

    The name is delightful! Great to have a relative who shares the work!
    I love the concept. All the fabric choices are beautiful. The latest bagโ€ฆwho doesnโ€™t like peacock feathers? And the contrast is brilliant! Very tasteful.
    What to do with the extras? Iโ€™ve discovered that straight strips..2-4โ€long, make great scrunchies! Or little humbug or pod bags. Great for hiding odd change and other stuff.

    • Kat on July 26, 2022 at 9:34 am

      You made my day Alma! Thanks so much for the kind words! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Bobbie Lacoy on July 26, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Love, love, love this bag!!! I will definitely need the pattern!!

    • Kat on July 26, 2022 at 5:21 pm

      Yippee! I love hearing this!