This is the last of our designer challenge projects made with Nel’s new line, Katharine’s Wheel for Free Spirit fabrics.
We really hope you have enjoyed the finished blocks and projects as much as we have and that you are inspired to go out and buy some Katharine’s Wheel for yourself!

Today’s post is from Elisabeth, let’s see what Elisabeth has come up with….

I fell in love with Nel Whatmore’s new line Katharine’s Wheel the second I saw it on the Fat Quarterly Blog and was incredibly happy when I was chosen for the Designer Challenge. As soon as I had the fabric in my hands I realised that none of the ideas floating about in my head were quite right as the big, bold flowery designs would lose some of their charm if I cut them up into small pieces. Thinking of the Catharine Wheel fireworks I drew some lines coming out from a centre circle but then decided to go for a curvy spiral instead to really showcase the gorgeous fabric. A few versions later I ended up with two cardboard templates that I used to cut out the eight sections, four of each.

I sewed them into quarters first, then halves and then the two halves together, making sure the points all met.
After I finished the first block I decided the stripy fabric stopped the flow and made a second one.

I then decided to pair those two blocks with some green Kona (I don’t remember what colour it is) and turn them into a bag.

Stripy handles and a stripy pocket to keep keys or a mobile phone within easy reach.

Finally a bit of the selvedge to remind me of the challenge.

Thank you so much for letting me work with these fabulous fabrics, I’ve loved working on this challenge and hope I fulfilled the brief.

We definitely think you fulfilled the brief, Elisabeth – that bag is gorgeous!!!!