Hello and happy Tuesday! I probably should have been doing a million other things to get ready. But yesterday I finished up a couple of new quilted bags in Harper’s Garden fabrics for our booth at International Quilt Market later this week. I had plans to make several other items, but things just got too busy. So I had to narrow down my list. One of my new finishes is a new-to-me pattern, and the other is a tried and true favorite that I’ve made several times before!
The Midi Bag
After attending and teaching at a lovely quilt retreat a couple of weeks ago, I was determined to make the patchwork bag on the right in the photo above. Two women attending the retreat had matching bags from this pattern made in our Walkabout fabrics, and they were just darling.
I knew the bag would be beautiful in our Harper’s Garden fabrics and set out to find a copy of the pattern when I arrived home. The pattern is the “Midi Bag,” and it’s the “little sister” to a bag pattern I’d seen before but never made, the “Mondo Bag.” While I’ve always liked the Mondo bag…it’s really large, and this size seemed perfect for our display. I put the finishing touches on it yesterday and am really happy with how it turned out!
I can definitely see myself making another of these bags in the future, especially now that I know how the pattern goes together. It’s a really useful size for transporting just about anything.
The Open Wide Bag
I also made a new “Open Wide” bag in the largest size (the pattern comes with three sizes). I love using this largest size as a packing cube when I travel, and now I have three of them! The other two sizes are very useful as well–the middle size is a great packing bag for smaller items, and the small size is perfect for carrying items in your purse or car. (You can see my review of the pattern in this post where you can also see all three sizes together for comparison).
I love how the navy floral worked as a perfect accent for the large green floral. I had my fabric quilted with Soft & Stable, but it’s easy to do cross-hatch quilting yourself. (You can see my tutorial for cross-hatch quilting here).
The Sew Together Bag
The final bag in my trio of new quilted bags is the Sew Together Bag. (Pictured in front of the Open Wide bag above). I’ve also made several of these bags before (over a dozen at least). And I love them for their versatility in storing lots of sewing and quilting notions. I made this bag a couple of weeks ago, and you might have seen it on my “What’s in the Bag ” post. That post has a video where I share what I store in some of my favorite bags. (See the post here).
These are absolutely the final projects I’ll finish before heading out of town tomorrow. But I’ll have a lot to share next week when I return. I’ve also pre-scheduled posts for tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday. Happy quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!