Friday, January 5, 2024

My Bag of Many Colors

In late September, I started a project to deal with my scraps. From all my solid small scraps, I created square-in-a-square blocks and then assembled them together into 4 panels. The process of composing these panels was truly enjoyable. I used By Annie's foam batting and then quilted straight lines using red thread. As the quilting began, I was a bit concerned about my choice until the quilting lines got closer together and suddenly the texture felt just right!

The bag construction itself was made up as I went, including the pockets I added to the lining. One side has a large zippered mesh pocket, divided in half. The other side is an open pocket with a slot for pens and pencils.

There is a removable inset that brings color and some stability to the interior of the bag. I went with leather handles and I really like the look of the handle. I do wish they didn't have pre-drilled holes because sewing them on by machine would have been more secure.

This bag was my last finish for 2023!

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. What a fun bag!! This might actually make running errands fun! :)

  2. This turned out beautifully! Visiting from Quilting JETgirl's Favorite Finish linky!

  3. Beautiful way to use up scraps. I love it when everything clicks on a project, like when the quilting density got just right for you here. Thanks for linking up withe Favorite Finish!

  4. What a fabulous's a colorful block party for sure!

  5. I love this bag of many colors! Tote bags are so useful and it's doubly wonderful when you have sewn your own.


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