The answers to 1 and 2 will be fully explained soon. The answer to number 3: Because she's sitting at her computer waiting to see when I'll upload this. And because she took the photo of me that I use online.
If you've ever seen fabric that is loud, be sure that I'm in love with it. I have a collection of fabric in colors that make others shrink back in terror. I dove into that pile for my new pocketbook:
It's large enough for file folders and magazines, but I since I hand-stitched the handles in place, I'm trying to travel light with this new bag.
The bias trim doesn't lay as flat as I'd like, I may remove and redo it later. I did the quilting on my new Janome 6600. As a longarm quilting teacher, I haven't machine quilted for years and years. Since this project was small and all straight lines, I thought I'd give my Janome a try. And I would definitely do the next one on my longarm, in case you wonder.