Saturday, June 9, 2012

Quilted Totes

So, my old sewing machine isn't quite as bad as I remember - I really miss having an auto thread cutter and some other features but I'm still able to sew!

This week was all about bags and pillows.


Some patchwork stripes (I used the quilt-as-you-go method.)


While I was quilting these, I didn't cut the thread at the end of each quilting line - I just lifted the pressure foot and the needle and turned the panel around.  This method is probably old news but I just discovered it today and was really happy to cut down on the number of long threads.

Here is a bag with patchwork squares on one side:




and The Ghastlies on the other (can you guess who this one is for?)



And finally, inspired by all the recent dresden posts:


I'm not sure why but it has an 80s vibe to me (definitely not intentional!)


I also finished the binding for the patchwork pillow - now I just need to get the right size pillow insert (this was "borrowed" from a pillow off my couch.)



Oh, and I guess if I was going to use a stuffed animal in a blog hop post, I should have chosen a bunny and not a bear so what about this guy?!?




23 comments:

  1. These are all stunning! Wowee!

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  2. They are all wonderful. I really favor the last two bags. An 80's vive...nah! You are totaly in for spring fashion with that bag!

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  3. Such cute bags, Beth! Love the way you quilted them!!

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  4. Lovely bags you've got there, Beth! Great job with the quilting too!

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  5. All adorable! BUT...that first bag made me gasp with its gorgeousness. Beautiful colors! Makes me want to get up and go to the fabric store right now! thank you for sharing :)

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  6. Great bags, good size too they will be well used no doubt!

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  7. I love the first bag soooo much.
    I totally want to make it - can you point me in the right direction of a tutorial for such a bag?
    Gorgeous quilting too.
    And a great tip about not cutting the thread - I will try that.
    xxx

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  8. Very cute bags! Did you get a new machine? What did you get?

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  9. I love those!! YOu have inspired me to get busy on some bags...when I get back from vacation!!

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  10. I am with Liz, I totally love that first bag and want to know how to make it!

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  11. I am loving all of these projects!!! Beautiful work:) I am with Liz and Sandy..any tutorials or patterns to purchase?

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  12. My you have been a busy girl :) I love all these projects...you have a great sense of color and design!!

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  13. The bags look great! Awesome idea to not clip the thread, but to turn and carry on. Love the Dresden plate =D

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  14. What pretty tote bags. I especially like the prints you chose for the first one.

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  15. love your bags! You have a good eye

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  16. I love your bags! The colors are fabulous! Beautiful :)

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  17. Your bags are fabulous. You have given me much inspiration :-)

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  18. All of these are so cute, I love the bright colors! The totes are my favorite!

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  19. Love the heart bag! All of the them are just super sweet.

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  20. Great colors for your patchwork. Love it all!

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  21. I so need to craft up a tote! I like your tight quilting :-D

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  22. Oh, how I love a quilted tote bag! I think my favorite is the dresden. So pretty!

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