It all began when summer weather came early, and summer weather always calls for a summer purse. The Chess Bag was a kit I picked up at Road to California from a booth run by By Hands, USA. I’ve purchased from them many times (I have yet to make the Totoro Bag I picked up in the Before Times, but is no longer sold).
The kit also appealed to me because they sewed up the hard part for me: all those teeny chess board squares. I thought the back looked as good as the front.
I quilted the chessboard squares to batting, but it was too floppy, so then I quilted the whole thing to ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable, which gave it more body. I did parallel lines, but had to raise the quilting shank because it was so thick.
I used some scraps from the kit and made two interior pockets. Can’t have a summer purse without pockets!
I love the silvery color of the background against the russets, deep greens and blues in these fabrics.
I couldn’t sew on the handles as neatly as she did, so appliquéd on some squares to cover up the mess.