Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Five Hundred and Two Piece Project Bag

Months ago, I was standing in line at the grocery store and caught a glimpse of a yellow and white quilt on a magazine cover. It was a home decor magazine and the quilt was barely visible, but the idea of yellow and white stuck with me. I thought I'd do something with that color combination once Bag It! rolled around.

By the time I was ready to get started, I had no idea what pattern that original quilt used. I knew I wanted a lot of blocks so that it would look like a quilt.  Nine patches and snowballs are easy to make, and I'd already worked out their measurements for this project, so I went with that. Each block finishes at 1 1/2".

The front and back of the bag are identical, with thirty-five blocks on each. My piecing and quilting are a disaster, but I really like the idea. And it's definitely good enough to haul a knitting project around in.

This project used up every last scrap of solid cheddar from my bow ties quilt. So in addition to being cute and sturdy, it's a happy reminder of one of my favorite scrap quilts.

If I had more solid cheddar, I'd think about making a strap and turning it into a purse....but I don't so I'll think about making something similar, but a little larger and with inner pockets. 

Want to make one of your own? I didn't have the time to photograph and write up the steps for a tutorial, but it's easy enough to figure out. Use the measurements and piecing instructions from my Full Blown Quilt Lust mini quilt to make thirty-six nine patch blocks and thirty-four snowball blocks. (The color placement in this one is reversed, but it'll look nice either way.) Each side of the bag is seven blocks by five blocks, with a two inch border. I quilted the front and back to a piece of scrap batting, then assembled them into a lined pouch. Easy -- as long as you don't mind piecing those seventy-five little blocks!

This post is linked to Bag It! and Crazy Mom Quilts


Goofin' Off Around the Block said...

What an adorable bag finish! Yellow is always such a happy color. I love it.

Danice G said...

Very cute bag. The yellow and white are very pleasant :)

sue said...

Ah, cheddar. My all time very favorite Kona color. One particularly weather awful New Year Eve, I cut out a cheddar and white baby quilt also calculated from a picture. Cheddar and White was a great way to start that new year. I love your zip bag and just might take that 1 1/2" block idea as a challenge. Thanks for sharing!

Patty said...

Very pretty. Thanks for linking up as part of Elm Street Quilts Bag It!

kathy said...

....and this is why I don't quilt. I just blogged about my 10.5 inch squares. I can't even imaging 1.5" squares. Awesome project bag. You could easily add a bit of a leather handle with some rivets.

chrisknits said...

Adorable! I love the idea of going small with the blocks.


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