Have A Latte With Travel Bags

Shoulder Hand Bags With Coffee Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

Black Coffee and lattes flow pretty freely in our home.  A few years ago, we got a cappuccino machine and my husband slowly perfected the art of making lattes, cappuccinos and espressos at home.  I drink pretty light black coffee, but my espresso drinks would keep a spoon upright.  I have a pretty big selection of tea too.  There’s of course also chai latte.  I love them so much more than carbonated drinks.  No wonder I perked up when I saw this blog hop theme!

 

 

Crossbody Hand Bag With Coffee Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

Purchase Coffee Chemistry Pattern

 

This Coffee Chemistry block had been collecting dust in my cabinet for a while.  That’s the caffeine molecule found in coffee and tea.  I knew I wanted to make a bag with this block from the very beginning, but the perfect coordinating fabric eluded me until I found the coffee bean fabric.  When the fabric arrived, I worked out a pattern for crossbody bags, which I am very fond of.  The pale green coffee bean fabric compliments my green block so well.  I added the blue zipper for a little punch of colour against the brown adjustable strap.

 

 

Crossbody Hand Bag With Coffee Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I also added a back pocket along with an inside pocket. I’m hoping for a trip to Sweden in the very near future.  Coincidentally, the book fits perfectly in the back pocket.  I have been using this bag since the day I made it.

 

 

Shoulder Hand Bags With Coffee Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I also needed to make a bag that was a little larger than the green Coffee Chemistry bag.  Last week I was feeling very sleepy all the time due to combined doses of allergy and cold medicines.  As the coffee in my cup diminished, so did my energy level.  Mimicking that, I drew a Coffee Meter quilt pattern.  I then promptly proceeded to make the block followed by the bag, using a cream version of the coffee bean fabric this time.  I love the yellow-orange zipper against the grey strap, it is one of my favourite colour combinations.  I also added a set of grey buttons, which I had handy, at the base of the straps.

 

 

Shoulder Hand Bags With Coffee Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

There is extra room in the back pocket, even after I put my iPad in there.  I don’t carry very large bags, this one is a perfect size for day trips and air travel.  Along with my usual content, I can easily carry a couple of books, a water bottle, my sketchbook etc. in this one.

 

 

Shoulder Hand Bags With Coffee Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

The Sweden guide book tells me that Fika or “to have coffee” is a very integral part of the Swedish culture.  I am excitedly looking forward to exploring that culture.  These are my first self-designed bags and they are definitely going to come along with me.

 
-Soma
 
 
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Impromptu Sewing – Coffee Meter

Coffee Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

 

I love the bright-coloured wildflowers of Spring.  In Southern California the season is short and I used to make the most of it by taking day trips to see them.  Sadly, due to extreme hay fever, the beauty of wildflowers has been all lost on me since I moved to Northern California.  Although I love to be outside A LOT, I now have to restrict myself to the indoors during Spring as much as possible, even with constant medication.  On top of this, I also got a bad cold (again!!) with a sore throat last week.  The cold and the allergy medicines together are making me so sleepy and that I am constantly feeling like a drained battery.

 

Coffee Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

So I have been depending on caffeine more than ever to get anything done.  A drained laptop battery gave me the idea for this Coffee Meter quilt pattern.  I promptly drew it, drafted the pattern and made the block.  The block makes me giggle, probably because I always overwork my laptop which is also in need of a new battery.  The poor thing runs out of juice so quickly, now I know how it feels!

 

 

Coffee Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies

 

I am dusting off the old Coffee Chemistry block for the blog hop as well.  Remember this one?

 

 

Lunar Eclipse April 4th, 2015

 

 

Getting up in the middle of the night to watch and take photos of the recent lunar eclipse probably increased the need for coffee even more!

 

 

Happy Caffeinating…I mean Sewing!
-Soma

 

 

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