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Bags, Bags, Bags


I promised I would share what we made at the quilting retreat. I’m very much a beginning quilter, so I hesitate to show what I was working on. But the saying goes, “Save the best for last,” so I thought I’d start with my own project(s) and work up to what some of the experts sewed in another post.

I still have plenty of scraps to work with so I brought the cut out squares and strips with me to the retreat. I only broke two needles this time, sewing through the heavy layers in the corner seams. Less than one needle per bag. Getting better!

Future bags may be a variation of these, maybe with squares on the bottom too. Not sure yet.

What are they good for? In my case, I use one of these bags as a purse because they hold a lot (of my important junk). Most other people might use them to carry books to their book club meeting, carry slippers to a friend’s house when they go to dinner and want to change shoes, carry a camera and a notebook for a hike or photo outing, carry a sandwich and a bottle of water — the list is endless. It just depends on your lifestyle and special needs and hobbies.


Some people at the retreat made much fancier bags than these and it got me thinking about finding new designs for my next bags.

Meanwhile, I made the top layers of two coffee table “runners.” I’ll do a post about those when I get the batting and backing on them and finish quilting the layers together.

In the next post I hope to show you some of the projects the expert quiltersย worked on. Their sewing skills are amazing.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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31 thoughts on “Bags, Bags, Bags

  1. Oh wow! Those bags are great, Anneli! Here in the US, March 18th is National Quilting Day. It looks like you’re set to celebrate. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Groceries! Or a child to carry school things. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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  3. Great job, Anneli! You have much more patience than I do! They turned out very well. ๐Ÿ˜€ Looking forward to your next post or two.

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  4. I love your bags so much – I want one for Monday, one for Tuesday … and so on. Beautiful work! MYBAG is the only one that I have with me now, summer and winter. Soon I have to wash it I guess. You are an artist and you should sell them in the internet!!!

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  5. They look great, Anneli!

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  6. Don’t short change yourself, Anneli. You are a very precise and creative seamstress. Once you “let go” you will sew some amazing projects.
    Your next step is paper piecing. Trust me, it’s fun.

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  7. Love my “Anneli” bag. I mostly use it to carry my large print bible to my study group. It’s a hefty book. Slippers too. Many compliments go your way ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Well done! These are beautiful. I want to take up quilting some day.

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  9. I enjoy seeing projects like those and appreciate the work that goes into them.

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  10. Very nice job, Anneli. I especially like the blue ones. I know you say you’re a beginner, but I’m not a quilter, so these look like a pro did them to me.

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  11. I love the quality and colors of fabric you chose, Anneli! These are both attractive and durable due to thick textured fabrics. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. The bags you’ve sewn are beautiful!

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