Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Mamma Mia! I did it!

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Yay! I finally got to see Mamma Mia! What a fantastic film! It definitely lived up to all the publicity and to everyone's enthusiasm. It had everything! Abba music, beautiful scenery, colourful (and how) costumes and backdrops, Colin Firth (!), a great spirit, lots of laughs a few tears (from me - what a softie!) and a happy ending! Magic! I can't wait to see it again.
I didn't think I would be able to do it but your faith and encouragement spurred me on and........I did it! The mile a minute bag is finished! Just in time for the Festival of Quilts!

What do you think? This is the first bag I've ever made. If I tell you the blocks are approx. 4 inches square you will have a rough idea of the size. I had the option of backing it with Timtex but I chose to use a lightweight wadding type fabric for the interlining as it would be easier to sew (apparently). I think another time I would use a stiffer lining as it's very floppy. The actual lining is a lovely bright red from the fabric I dyed last week.
I am absolutely delighted (and exhausted!) to have completed this project in a week so I will be showing it off tomorrow ;o)). If you're going to the Festival of Quilts have a great time. I'll be back with lots of pics!!
Have you noticed there are a lot of exclamation marks in this post? I think I'm a bit excited!!!!!
PS Apologies to Gina for "borrowing" her Mamma Mia picture.


Gina said...

No problem... I borrowed it from Google! So pleased you enjoyed the film. I've seen it twice and loved it. "Winner takes it all" raised a tear from me... and the Mum/daughter getting ready bit. Guess I'm a softie too! But mostly it was laugh out loud funny - so joyous!
Your bag is fantastic - definitely worthy of a day at FOQ - have fun and don't spend too much.
Gina x

Helena said...

I love it! Oh wow, what a lot of work! Will you be able to use it? I'd be scared of using anything I made in case I ruined it. Or lost it.


sharon young said...

What a lovely bag, Julie, fantastic bright sunshine colours! I wish I was going tomorrow as well as Friday.
Have a great day.

DILLY said...

Ohhh hav luvly flower on too!

Dilly like!


B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Ooo aLOT ov Bears cud fit inside that bag!!!

If yu hav time, pop over to my blog today- charnse to win a prize!!!

Guzzisue said...

looks great!! knew you would finish it in time, have a great time at the show, I'm heading down on Saturday.

Lesley said...

I knew you'd finish it :)

Your bag is beautiful Julie and will be perfect for all that shopping at the Festival of Quilts!!


silverpebble said...

Your bag is lovely - I'm in awe of anyone who makes something so functional but pretty too.

Very envious of you seeing Mamma Mia - I don't get out much nowadays because tiny pebble wont take a bottle! Arrgh. Glad you had such a lovely time.

Genie said...

Lovely bag, have a grt time at the quilt show and say Hi to everyone, I see quite a few of you bloggers are going. look forward to seeing pics.

artisbliss said...

What a wonderful bag, good for you! Won't you look stylish with that over your shoulder. The little flower just sets it off.

Glad you enjoyed the movie, too.

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Your bag is amazing but I'm incredibly jealous that you and it are going to the Festival of Quilts!!!

So glad you loved Mamma Mia - it's really fun isn't it? I've seen it twice already and can't wait to go again!

Lucy x

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Mummy haz since sed that the bag is ownly abowt 8 inches big, but that's ok, I'm an 8 inch Bear!

Julie said...

b.t.bear (esq) - Hi Bob! Mummy's right, you wouldn't get lost in the bag. Maybe I should take some of my beary friends with me when I go to the FOQ. Do you think they'd get dizzy swinging about in a bag?

Dot said...

I am enjoying catching up on your blog Julie and seeing so much color! I think you have done an amazing job on your firsst bag. And the colors are so vibrant and bright too.

Dot said...

P.S I have seen the movie Mama Mia three times and loved it more each time. And one can NEVER have too much of the delectable Colin Firth :)