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  • Writer's pictureGail Abbey

Sunschein Bag

My daughter is an entrepreneur. She built her own successful business, InKind Design from the ground up. She has the idea that I can do the same with my quilting. That's what she had in mind when she built me this website, and had my Stitch & Time labels printed. And I think that's what she had in mind when she recommended to a friend that I might be able to make a camera bag for her. Marcie is a professional photographer, and she was looking for a quilted bag to protect her camera. She's not just any photographer. She specializes in portraits of children with special needs and their families. Her photos are incredible and I have tremendous respect for her. Check out her Sunschein Photography website to see examples of her beautiful work.

The bag has six exterior pockets and a zipper top. Marcie loves sunflowers, so I searched for the right sunflower fabric to accent her bag, and finally found it at Tumbleweed Quilt Shop on Cape Cod. For the body of the bag, I used heavy upholstery fabric, and it's lined with a soft butter yellow quilted fabric. The backing on the top and exterior pockets is green upholstery fabric. There were places that I needed to stitch by hand because the thickness of the fabric was too much even for my magic machine. This is a sturdy bag! I hope it lasts Marcie a good long time. I was happy to do this for her, and will donate the price of the bag to Embrace Kulture, an organization we are both passionate about that serves children with special needs in Uganda.

I think I may be too old to make Stitch & Time a successful business. I make one piece at a time, with a lot of thought and love. It's slow work, and very tough to put a price on. I'm content to make gifts and projects to benefit worthy causes. I hope my daughter isn't too disappointed in me!

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