Wednesday, January 2, 2013

With what will you fill your bag?

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

"Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; 
it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright"

The follow Christmas totes were gifts to the women in my family. The pattern is one of many available from Stephanie Prescott at A Quilter's Dream. It is called the "Half Moon Bay" bag.

The first tote featured below uses fabric my sister brought back from a trip to Africa. I modified the pattern slightly to make each side unique and to practice my free-motion quilting skills in the small blocks.

These are the inside pockets. Again a great space for more free-motion practice.

My mother-in-law, also a quilter, received this batik beauty. In this case I followed the pattern exactly. It is a wonderful and easy pattern utilizing 6 fat-quarters and fusible fleece as foundation. That's it!

For my mother- this lovely floral blue and yellow bag. Many ideas for my free motion quilting practice were collected from Leah Day's blog The Free Motion Quilting Project. Her ideas and online tutorials have opened up a new world of  "creativity without fear" to me.

 The other side is where I practiced some more free-motion quilting.

So, in 2013 with what will you fill your bag? New patterns, fabric, classes, skills? 
I'm still deciding, but will let you know as the year plays out. 

Happy New Year and Happy Quilting!


  1. Very nice indeed. I hope to see you soon and catch up on person.

  2. Thank you for your kind words on my blog - you are the Queen of the Quilted Bag, for sure!!! My goodness you did a lot, and I'm sure they were all deeply appreciated both for their beauty and for their usefulness. I also wanted to let you know that now I can focus my attention on the Storm at Sea which reluctantly and realistically had to be deleted from the "finish for Christmas" list.

    1. Thank you, Noel. The ladies loved their bags and I'm making on for my big birthday quilt show and auction.....keep posted here for details. Meanwhile, I'm teaching a sister bag to this one in January and February at the Joyful Quilter. Come one down if you need another project! I'd love to see you and Michele (who I happen to know is also "local"). Peace and Happy New Year!