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The Bag Lady’s Scrap Quilt


Just back from a four-day quilting retreat, I have to show off what I accomplished.

The challenge this year was to make a quilt from old scraps. I got the top (the flimsy) done except for a bit of border trim. Once I get that done, it will be time to put some batting and backing onto it and start quilting to hold the sandwich of flimsy, batting, and backing together.

I had pre-cut fabric for making bags last year, in case I ran out of things to sew. The first bag I made this weekend was the light green one with strips of dark green. It had been a while since I made a bag and I forgot to put pockets on the inside of the lining of the green bag. So I guess it can be a book bag or something like that.

The others all have pockets in them. The smallest bag has a Japanese design in the center; the other side has a different design on it.

Here it is again, turned the other way, so you can see the back. It’s also a Japanese theme but this time a floral design. The bag is a bit narrow, but one of the quilters suggested it would be practical for bringing a bottle of wine if invited out for dinner.

The next post will have some of the work done by other quilters at the retreat.

If you’re still in a Valentine’s Day mood, it’s not too late to check out my website for more about my books. They are all about love and drama, three on the west coast of British Columbia (The Wind Weeps, Reckoning Tide, Marlie), more love and drama on the Baja Peninsula (Orion’s Gift), and a love triangle in postwar Europe (Julia’s Violinist).

As Adam Sandler said in one of his movies, “Love, love, love.”

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38 thoughts on “The Bag Lady’s Scrap Quilt

  1. I can’t even imagine how much work that is. Just wow.


  2. As Jaqui said, the amount of work put into creating this must me huge. Beautiful work Anneli! ☺️

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  3. Beautiful quilt in the works! I think I’d go cross-eyed!! I don’t think I would have the patience required for that quilt!

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  4. Wow! And I can’t even sew a button. Very nice, Anneli.

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  5. Beautiful work, Anneli. Your quilt in progress looks amazing!

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  6. The flimsy is beautiful and the bags too! You are very talented.

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  7. I love that bed cover. Very beautiful……….
    Keep-on quilting 🙂
    Cheers !


  8. While looking at your large quilt, my eyes got crossed. Its a beautiful quilt! And the bags are very pretty, each of them. I admire your patience and fantasy.

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  9. Fantastic! 4 days of intensive sewing – what finishes!

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  10. Wow! These are gorgeous. You’re very talented, Anneli.

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  11. What a beautiful job on those bags. I’m a fan of those earthy colors, the browns, and the green one, too. I’m always looking for something light to carry my laptop or tablet in. Those look good for such a thing.

    Glad you were able to enjoy a getaway for quilting.

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  12. For me the word quilt was new vocabulary – now i know, thank you.

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  13. Welcome back! Your work is incredible and beautiful. I know I wouldn’t have the patience (much less the talent) for quilting. I guess you could say I have patience for words, but not thread, unless it’s threading words together. ;-0

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  14. Beautiful Anneli! I especially like the bag with cream and beige leaves. Did you remember pockets in that one? I use the gorgeous bag you made for me constantly. Always has something tucked in and a safe place in my den. Lovely workmanship.


  15. Yes, it has side pockets. I only forgot to do pockets on the first one. all the rest have them. Glad you like them and that you still like your “old” one.


  16. Such beautiful makes! Your quilt is spectacular even before it’s finished!

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  17. Really like all the work you did on your retreat, Anneli. The bags look beautiful and sturdy too, and the fabrics are gorgeous. The Japanese back and front is so elegant. And that quilt is astounding! All those little pieces, oh my goodness the patience it took to figure that all out and sew it together. Fun title, too. Impressive.


  18. My mother-in-law is a tiny woman and she liked the small bag. I had hoped this would be the case so it is now hers. Otherwise it would have had to serve as a wine bag for me to take to dinners out. Thanks for checking out the posts, Jet.


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