Hello! Here is my latest project for the new fabric line Notting Hill by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter for Riley Blake Designs - my take on the Classic English Saddlebag. Notting Hill is packed with English inspired prints - classic English-style cabbage roses, dainty florals, polka dots, plaids, watercolors, and the cutest tiny Union Jacks, all in a British color pallette. Amy's love letter to London is beautiful and inspiring.
I was inspired by own travels to England many years ago. I picked up a heart Union Jack door clacker, which has been hanging on my doors for years too. I wanted to create something classic English style and incorporate the Union Jack, so I decided on a English Saddlebag design with the flap being made into a Union Jack heart, which I hand quilted. I used the tiny Union Jack print in pink and just had to incorporate the navy blue polka dots (which are classic British) into the bag. I added gold hardware details to make it even more special.
I hope this collection inspires your past or future travels to England. It really is a special place!
Here is what I made: