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A Crazy Quilted Purse

Recently I posted some pictures of materials that I intended to turn into quilted bags.  After much great anticipation, I finally have something to show!

prototype After cutting up a few shirts and trying to piece them together, I was a little frustrated.  Nothing seemed to lay right and I was ready to give up.  Finally, I decided to keep it simple and start with rectangles.  I cut and stitched and here’s what I came up with.I’m not really happy with the colors, but at least the materials were free!  




On Saturday I went to a ladies’ craft gathering.  I took a crochet project … another bag that I hope to give as a gift.  The hostess is a quilter and has been making these cute quilted coasters.  She’d set up all the materials and the instructions, and I just had to make one.  It turned out so cute that I decided to come home and turn all of my fabric quarters into coasters.  I managed to complete 8 of them before realizing I really did want to see these fabrics become a bag.  


Sunday after church, I came home armed with renewed ambition.  I got online and looked at several Crazy Quilt tutorials.  My biggest problem is that I didn’t have a pattern.  I had to cut, stitch, unstitch, and trim over and again before I finally got a pattern that laid flat.  I lined every panel and the inside of the handle with fusible interfacing for strength.  I had to pin pillow cases together at one point to figure out how to stitch the outside to the lining.  But, all in all, I am pretty happy with the finished product.  


Posted August 9th, 2009 in Crafts.

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