Monday, February 24, 2014

It's Our Day!

Yes, it's our day on the Spell It With Fabric Blog Hop!  We couldn't be happier!
That's right - we're the Queens of the Day! (pass me a tissue, please)

And it's because our letter is Q…….. What else can we say about the letter Q (No, really what can we say?).  Let's see…. we have a lot of Fat Quarters….. Quesadillas are always great…..  We've never eaten a quince…... We have even known a few Quarterbacks…..
Jim Harbaugh

 Of course, there are always Quilts.  Quilts to make. Quilts to give. Quilts to collect.  Quilts!  That's all I have to say about the letter Q.  Except for this - our block.  Here is the link to the block directions.
As usual, I couldn't follow directions and made my block a bit different.

This is our block - made into a zippered bag.  And this is the back.


And this is the inside with who knows what in the background.

There are many, many ways to make a bag like this.  If you don't believe me go to this Pinterest link for zippered bag tutorials.  You can pick any style or size you like.  How I made mine was to sort of wing it (wish there was a word for totally making things up that begins with a Q).  As I mentioned in a previous post, I looked at all my Japanese books with their beautiful hand made bags and looked at the graphics.  I had to only look at the graphics since I cannot read Japanese.  It was kind of liberating, though.  Just Wing It!

I made another bag yesterday.  I've taken a few more pictures to show you my process.
First I went into my scrap box and rescued some unused blocks and made two rectangles identical in size.
Next, I cut backings and batting identical in size and layered the batting, backing (right side up) and top (right side down).  I stitched around the circumference leaving a 3" section open so I could turn it right side out.
Once I turned them right side out, I stitched up the open section and then quilted them.
Next, I cut two rectangles for the zipper stops.  I cut these 2" x 3".

Press 1/4" all the way around….
And then in half.  Make 2. 
Sew one around the end of the zipper and then cut your zipper, if needed, to the correct length of your bag and sew the other just above the zipper thingy.  (Yes, you can cut a zipper!  Who knew? No really, I didn't know.  I never learned to sew clothing because I couldn't work a sewing machine when I was younger.  Just ask my old home-ec teacher or my Girl Scout leader.)
Taking a tip from my Japanese books - I sewed each side of the zipper onto the back side of the teeny quilts using a herringbone stitch.  Use whatever stitch you like.  

This is what it looks like on the front side.  Now, open the zipper.  This is IMPORTANT. Take it from me who had to learn the hard way.  Open the zipper and then put the right sides of the bag together and whip stitch the edges.
I am whip stitching the edges together, making sure to sew the lighter edges (this will be the outside of your bag when you turn it inside out).
Because you were smart and had your bag unzipped, now you can turn the bag right side out.  Now it's ready for all your treasures.
Oooh, looky at that fabric in the background.  More about that later.

Now to what's important!!! Comment on this post and you could win lots of stuff.  I mean Layer Cakes™, Jelly Rolls™, and Fat 8th Bundles of Grant Park fabric!!  Winners will be posted later in the week.


Laurie




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Debbie Rosa said...

Love your fabrics! I currently working on midwinter reds and would love to have Grant Park

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Sonja Pritchard said...

Love the little bag, going to try my hand at one this afternoon! The grant park range is lovely.

Stitches said...

I love your Quirky "Q"..thanks for the chance to win some great give aways..

Twyla said...

Love your little bag, so cute, love the new fabrics!

Pat said...

Love the little bag with the letter on the front. I like to make bags as gifts for the girls in the family. Thanks

Sue Bennett said...

Love the bag. Grant park is gorgeous fabric. Thanks for sharing with us. Working with Midwinter Reds right now.

suebennett1975@gmail.com

Lori said...

Love those little bags! So cute!

Betty said...

Your little Q block is adorable.

B. J. Woodlee said...

What great give aways. Thanks for opportunity to win.

Michele K said...

The bag looks so cute!

susan said...

Thank you for the zippered bag tutorial and the chance to win.

ozone3 said...

Love the bag!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

susan said...

Thank you for the zippered bag tutorial and the chance to win!

Barbara said...

Hahaha...love that you didn't "follow directions". Your little bag is so cute. And wow...Grant Park is gorgeous! Thanks so much for a chance to win some. Have a wonderful day!

Allison said...

Thank you for the instructions on the small bag. I'll have to try that. And thank you for the chance to win Grant Park. It is just beautiful!

Vicki said...

I love your little bag, and your tutorial. I will definitely remember to unzip the zipper at the right time! (I also belong to that "club" who forgot it once.) Thanks for the chance to win some of your wonderful fabric!

Elaine said...

Amazing little bag, love your handquilting!

Southern Gal said...

I love your Q answers!

Michelle said...

Love the bag tut. Also love Grant Park. Actually I love ALL the fabrics you design!

Béa said...

Love love love your fabrics !

QuiltLady said...

Love your bag and your hand quilting. Thanks for a chance to win.

rebecca said...

Fun tutorial. I might even be able to make one now!
Crossing my fingers for the prizes!!

Jacqueline said...

Polly hooked me with hooking and you sewed me up with your fabric and quilting patterns. I love how your work flows together.

Thanks for a chance.

Rosemary Youngs said...

Love the little tutorial on how to do the bag, especially the zipper. Thank you

Sandy said...

I am a "Material Girl" and love your fabric lines. If I won I would definitely be queen for a day!

The Paisley Studio/Sarah McNamara said...

Great tutorial and great fabrics! Sarah

Laurie in Iowa said...

Thank you for the bag tutorial...it looks fantastic!

christineschoon said...

You made such a nice bag!! Thanks for the tutorial!! Love your new fabrics..I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

Colleen said...

I just adore that little bag. AND love browsing through my collection of Japanese bag books too! FUN!

Mayleen said...

Love the hand stitching on the bags! Thanks for the chance to win in the giveaway.

Teatime Creations said...

Very pretty fabric prints. Love the bag pattern. Thanks.

Staci said...

Enjoyed your "Wing It" tutorial--and what a good way to use rescued left over blocks! Currently making a little table runner with Midwinter Reds--Love that stuff! Grant Park looks like another big winner! I'm eager to see more of it!

Janice said...

Cute bag! And the fabrics are gorgeous! I always enjoy reading your block - love your "quirky" sense of humor :0

Strlady said...

Your block is VERY original. My favorite. And your bag tutorial is great. I love how you finished the sides and whip stitched it together. That makes so much sense. I'm definitely making one. Thanks!

Ellee said...

Love your Q bag and many thanks to you for your zipper bag tutorial. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Carolyn Boutilier said...

Great fabrics.I have midwinter reds for a star quilt I have just started. Thanks for all the prizes. Would love to win one of them.
Carolyn B

Sewing Mom said...

Love your creativity! Thanks for being part of the hop.

Have you tried Quiche? It's actually a pretty good Q food. =)

Sue said...

Love seeing your progress photos of the zippered pouch. I have a fear of installing zippers, and appreciate the encouragement. ;)

Love your Q and that you did your own thing with it. :)

Janet said...

The little bags are cute! Thanks for the mini-tutorial. I'd love to win the Grant's Pass bundle ... gorgeous stuff!

Thanks for the chance!

Susan Smith said...

WOW! Thanks for the tutorial for the little bag! Can't wait to make it! I would love to win some Grant Park....

Linda Cates said...

Love what you did with the Q. Thanks for the tutorial!

Kellie from Indiana said...

Thank you for the pouch tutorial! I always thought they were hard too but they arent really. I would love to win some fabric to play with, thanks for the chance!

Donna said...

Grant Park is lovely. Since I started quilting I have found "Q" to be my favorite letter - "Quilt" away!

Sarah said...

I have so many of your collections. I'd love to win some Grant Park as well!

Margaret said...

I love your fabrics and your tutorial on that bag is great. Thanks for sharing

JennyLeeandMe said...

I love Grant Park! Thanks for the tutorial on the zipper bag. I didn't know you could cut a zipper either. I was one of those can't sew people. I'm finally learning to quilt at 48!

martha said...

Thanks for the tutorial on cute bag! Love your midwinter reds and excited to see Grant Park

Pauline Gudas said...

I love this little bag. Can't wait to have some time to make it. Thanks for hosting this giveaway

Margaret said...

I love your bag and the fact that you did it by hand! It's wonderful! Love your fabric too and love the chance to win some!

Heather B said...

Love your new fabric! I need to learn how to sew a zipper so I can make cute bags!

Margie said...

Love the bag AND the fabrics! Great tutorial!

floyquilts said...

I love you creative Q block and your fabric. Thanks for the chance to win a prize.

Gail said...

That zippered bag is lovely; thanks for the simple directions to make one.

susiefloozie said...

Thanks for walking me through your zippered purse! I also didn't learn garment sewing because my parents didn't think I should spend time in home ec classes when I could be taking college-bound classes such as Latin, Geometry & Algebra! I think I can now make a ZIPPERED purse ... I've always shied away from zippers .... too scary1 Thank you!

tpott said...

Thanks for the tute! Did you know you can sew over the zipper also. I found out in my Bernina class, it still made me uncomfortable (I thought the needle would break). ;-> Toni Anne

SheilaS said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I have NEVER been able to put in zippers so perhaps I need to try again with your instructions. Cute bag!

Gail said...

That zippered bag is lovely; thanks for the simple directions to make one.

Jamsamily said...

Love the bag tutorial, you can never have enough bags you know! Thanks for the giveaway.

Dolores said...

Merci. I like your appliqued Q and thanks for the tutorial on the bag - a great scrap buster.
The word verification even had a Q in it.

gigi said...

Love your fabrics! Thanks!

lovetostitch said...

Who doesn't always need one more little bag? I love that it's scrappy! I really like the font of your curvy Q also. Thanks, Laurie!

Christa Marcotte said...

Great tut on making your pouch! Great fabric,too!!

Linda said...

Love the little bag, you can never have enough of them. Love Grant Park as well.

Kay said...

Love, love, love your fabrics - I have a layer cake just waiting to be "consumed"!

Jodi Connors said...

I love Midwinter Reds, one of my favorites, but Grant Park is just gorgeous! Thanks for the quick tip on the the little bags, Oh and thanks for the Q, now I can finish my word for my room. :)

Blessings,
Jodi Connors
mtnfamily2013@yahoo.com

Deb said...

Interesting construction technique. I'll have to try it.

Cheri said...

I love Grant Park. And you make the little bag look so easy! Thank you!

Sally M said...

Fun little bag! Thanks for sharing the letter Q

Debra Crumbaker said...

Oooh, I really liked your Q zippered bag and the tutorial. Of course, the patchwork one was really nice too. So much to decide - which one to make???? Just look around in my sewing room and that should tell me which scraps to use. Thanks for the cute "Q" block too.

Hanke said...

thanks for the tutorial, nice bag!

Grace said...

Love, love, love your fabric and creative inspirations ... :)

Kay said...

Thank you for a cute tutorial. Love the fabrics too! xx

Marianne said...

I like your 'Q' block, how appropriate! Thanks for the chance.

Sylvia Anderson said...

I know I'm dating myself, but I used to love watching 'Queen for a Day', back in the day! The quirky Q bag is so cute and innovative. Either you're from the Chicago area, or once lived there, as do my hubby and I. It's a great city, but right now wish we were somewhere warmer and free of snow! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Nancy said...

I LOVE IT!!!

Nancy said...

Love,Love,Love Your letter P, the directions to make a little bag, and your new fabric. Nancy P.

Connie M said...

Cute bag! Love the bundle of fabrics!

Debbie Rogowski said...

I love that you stepped out of the box with your block. It makes the Q look more whimsical. Great tutorial also. thank you

Julie said...

Love the bag....and the fabric line!!!! Thanks

Siobhán said...

Your quirky Q is fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win!

Gloria Martin said...

Love Grant Park! Would love to make some little zippered bags like these to practice putting in a zipper! And just to give away to friends and of course, one or two to keep.

dortha said...

Thanks for the zipper tutorial. I might could put one in like that.

Chris said...

Oh! Grant Park has my favorite colors!

pojeda said...

Love the cute bag tutorial! Love your fabrics also! Thank you for the chance to win this give away!

Please send response to email:

pojeda50 @ yahoo.com

Lila Retzer said...

OMG, a bag tutorial I can follow. I can make this small bag.thanks.

Brenda said...

Love the fabric. Thanks for sharing your block.

Sherrye said...

Love the bag! Adore the fabric! Thanks for the giveaway...

Rebecca said...

So pretty! Perfect for summer, which is coming I hear.

Janet M said...

I like the extra stitching you added to your zip bag.

Anne Manly said...

I would say your little bag is definitely "quirky"! And absolutely appealing - esp. now that you've shown me how to do the zipper thing - and I have my fair share of leftover blocks to put to good use now. Thanks always for the inspiration.

James Dodson said...

Grant Park is beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity! I'm also going to try making the bag today.

Slice of Pi said...

Great tutorial! And great idea to do with your block! Thanks for the chance!

Vicky said...

Love your Q. This blog hop has been a fun one!

Becky S. said...

I love your Q block and the pretty zippered pouch!
Thanks for the chance to win.

Brenda Peplinskie said...

Of course, quilts is the most important word that starts with Q!!! Love your fabric and would love to win some!! Fingers crossed!

quilter said...

I love your fabrics! My stack of Midwinter Reds is waiting for the perfect project!! Thanks for the tutorial.

Gloria
gyates625@bellsouth.net

Verna A. said...

Sewing with zippers scares me, but you make it sound so easy! I could really use a bag like this--thanks!

Monica said...

Thanks for the quick bag tutorial. Zippers are always a challenge for me.

debra said...

Always different and unique-lovre the fabric blog hops are great thanks for the chance to win

EmileeHope said...

I have really been enjoying this blog hop, thanks for a chance to win some fabric!

Mary Wolter said...

Thanks for the little bag tute! And the fabrics line is yummy.

Willa said...

Thanks for the tutorial for the bag. I love making them and that is just what I would do upon winning fabric! Fabric is beautiful. Your blog quirky and fun.

Yea! I got a Q...........Quintessential! Quickly!

Janet said...

Cute bag......might have to tackle.....jmh

Darlene Luker said...

Love the little bag. Adding it to my list of to do's..thanks!

Darlene Luker said...

love the bag and the fabric!! thanks!

Nancy said...

I have always loved all your fabric lines, patterns, books, and including rug hooking. Sure hope I win your fabric giveaway.

Lou Ann said...

Love the fabrics, you can't have too many of those little bags.

Jacklynn said...

Thanks for the chance to win some of your lovely fabric!

Deb said...

I love your fabrics and am working on Nantucket with Midwinter Reds right now. I would love to win some Grant Park fabric!!

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Your fabrics always make me smile. They evoke memories of happy picnics and parades in my youth.

Karen said...

I love making little bags. I've never hand quilted on them, though. What a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful fabric!

ana s. said...

What gorgeous colors and thank you for the tutorial.

Mary Caldwell said...

Love the quirky Q~! Thanks for the chance to win - Grant Park is beautiful.

Diane Andres said...

I love the bag - how cute. And the fabric line is excellent - I have many project ideas on the horizon... :)

Deborah H. said...

Grant Park is scrumptious and so is your little zippered bag. Thanks for the chance to win!

Deb G. in VA said...

Love your little bag! Thanks for the giveaway!

krisgray said...

It is so great to find ways to use leftovers! Grant Park is lovely, as are all your collections. Thanks for the chance!

Cynthia H said...

Thanks for the tutorial on the cute bag!

Sherry said...

I have sewn for years and never made a little pouch before. Thanks for sharing your great tutorial. I have a mini charm pack of Winter Reds that I should use to make one. I love the new fabrics!

mdghall@clearwire.net said...

Love all of your fabrics. The quilt and little bag for quick gifts.

Travelschus said...

Love your wonky Q block! I have been looking at Grant Park on line for a couple weeks and would love to get that fabric under the pressure foot of MY sewing machine!

Missy Endres said...

Love the bag! Thanks for the chance to win.

Samantha Scherer said...

Love the zippered bag, might have to try it this weekend. Thanks for the great giveaway too!

DebrafromMD said...

I love your fabrics! I can't wait to get ahold of this new collection.

LonestarWizzz said...

Can't wait to make this quilt! Thanks for the cute bag ideas.

Dee said...

The bag and your fabric are amazing!

Gwen said...

love your fabrics, block and little
bag tute. Thanks for sharing and
the chance to win.

Kathy Havelka said...

Beautiful! I am so happy to see what you made with your letter. Very creative

Jennifer said...

I adore the use of the herringbone stitch on the zipper! It's such a neat detail. Why have I not thought about that before? Thanks for the inspiration this Monday morning.

Pattie Crum said...

Your Q pattern is so cute. Love all the bag patterns.

Tori said...

Rules are made to be broken :-)

Rosa said...

Fabulous fabrics.I`m working in several projects but my goal is to do every month at least four Dear Jane blocks.

Robin Woods said...

I love making little bags out of my quilt sandwiches used to practice FMQ. Hate to see those go to waste!

darlene said...

Your fabrics are beautiful. It looks like you have a lot of fun with your sewing.

Steven and Ginger said...

i love this line Grant Park. I want to make the lone star quilt Lissa featured in the american patchwork and quilting magazine out of your line!

Steven and Ginger said...

i love this line Grant Park. I want to make the lone star quilt Lissa featured in the american patchwork and quilting magazine out of your line!

Mary said...

I like the triangles on the bag. very cute. Thank you for the chance to win.

Mary

kay said...

I love the hand stitching on your letter block and your little bag! Note to self: Must do more of that on my quilts and projects.

DawnB said...

Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway.

Robin T said...

I love your Grant Park fabrics and the quirky Q. Thanks for the instructions on making the little bag !

The Unruhs said...

I like how you did something different with your letter. Love your little bag! Thanks for the giveaway!

Vicki H said...

Love your bag. Thanks for the giveaway.

Susan said...

Love your blog - so glad I found it. Enjoy your post and humor! I've been working on one of your older applique patterns for awhile and love your fabrics/patterns. So glad to find out you have x-stitch too! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win something cute from you!

Dear Faye said...

I enjoy your blog for all the wonderful, funny quips. Love the little bag--hate zippers or rather putting in a zipper!

Nancy said...

I adore that little bag made with scrap triangles. Triangles and diamonds are in thanks to the Sochi Patchwork!

deelish10 said...

very nice web and I adore your fabric line and have some too!

Laura Pendley said...

What a cute bag, can't wait to go and try it.

Christine said...

Your example of the zippered bag is wonderful, I want to make one today. Thanks

pat wade said...

Really like your little bag and Love Grant Park. Sure would like to win

Mary said...

Thanks so much, Your Highness!! Love the bags and appreciate the instructions.

Carol said...

Can't wait to start an alphabet quilt of my own. I like the cute little bag and may have to try making one.

Cathy Weatherford said...

Love that little bag. Gonna try making one of those for me.

Anonymous said...

I love your site!

Pam P said...

I love that little bag! I especially love that you used so many different Minick and Simpson fabric lines - they all work together so beautifully! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies - excited to see the sneak peeks of your new line :)

Anita said...

Love your little bags. Thank you for the tutorial.

Sherrill said...

You just come up with the cutest little projects!! And love your fabric-always so pretty. Thanks for the tutorial AND the giveaway.

Melanie Day said...

Love the Grant Park fabrics and would like to try something patriotic with them! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Aparna Mulgund said...

I love love love your cute little bag. Bookmarked this post and will be making it soon.

Melanie said...

You girls always crack me up! Talent and a sense of humor, what a combo!

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for the chance to win some of your gorgeous fabric!!

Cynthia said...

Your zippered pouch is so cute! I like the face that you winged it :)

Gooba Designs said...

The new Grant Park collection is fabulous! Thanks.

Ruth said...

Love the bag. I just sewed with two ten year old girls and they made zipper bags.

jan in AR said...

Love your little triangle bag.the hand stitching sets it off perfectly. The Grant Park fabric is awesome and thanks for the chance to win!!!!

carolg said...

Ha! I had to figure out how to make a bag yesterday! Dang, I only put the zipper tab on one end. It would have been cuter on both. Thank you for the giveaway!

Terri McBride said...

Great little bag for my sewing tools when I go to classes thanks for the tutorial. Love your fabric.

annmarie said...

Thanks so much - I've been looking for a little zippered bag pattern to hold a little girl's crayons - perfect!

RCWfamily said...

Loving this blog hop....so fun!

Judith Walleser said...

Great fabrics and designs

Renee said...

Grant park is one of my favorite lines...I did buy a little mini charm pack the other day with no idea wha I plan to do with it...just love looking at the little squares of delectable colors! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jan Baker said...

I haven't attempted a zipper yet. I think I will put it on my list of things to accomplish this year. Beautiful fabric, thanks for the chance to get some.

Kerri said...

Great tutorial - thanks!

Tina Virshup said...


i love the Grant Park fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win!

PattiO said...

Q is a great letter and perfect for you.

LKimmell said...

I love all your red, white and blue fabrics.....Grant Park would be perfect in my Sacagawea quilt !

delaineelliott said...

That is a cute and clever bag tutorial. Thanks!

Sunnybec said...

Oh that got me excited when I got to the end, layer cake, jelly roll and Fat 1/8th bundle.. woo hoo. Thanks for the chance.

OzarkCajun said...

Your "Q" is much cuter than the one from Moda!! Love it.

Sharon S said...

Your bags are great. Loving the big stitch quilting.

Camille Mendel said...

Thank you so much for the zippered pouch tutorial and for the chance to win. Love your fabric!

WoolenSails said...

I love what you did with your letter, that is my style, lol. I would say it is perfect for the letter since it is Quirky.

Debbie

lynn jarzombeck said...

Ya Q is a hard one isn't it. Thanks for the bag info. I keep telling myself to whip a few of those things out. Love your Janpanese thoughts.

KittyAnnArt said...

Thank you so much for the tute, I LOVE hand sewing & embroidery - will be making a few of these lovely pouches. MODA fabric & designers R the best!!

SueJean said...

Love your fabric!! Looking forward to seeing Grant Park at my quilt store. Would love to have some of it.

Sandra Dagg said...

Great tute. Like what you did with your Q.Thanks for a chance to win.

Joanna said...

Funny post and love the tutorial. Your way of sewing in the zipper is the best. I love the patchwork on the first zippered pouch.

Anonymous said...

I have enough fabric..........Said NO ONE EVER!! Fingers crossed and hoping to add Grant Park to the mix. Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

That's a wingding of a zippered bag with enlightening instructions. Thanks so much Stephani in N. TX (Tomazec@aol.com)

Kurt Schindler said...


Love how the bag turned out. Do I need another bag? UneQuivocally, YES.

Charlotte

Kigwit said...

Your herringbone stitches are beautiful! Was it hard to stitch through the zipper fabric?

Anonymous said...

Opppps...........that last comment was mine. Sally King.

boluh said...

Great post on the letter "Q" I love what you did with it and the "Grand Park" fabrics are GRAND!

Mary Truax said...

Would love to win a quilty prize. Thanks ladies and good luck all.

Chelle (Dana) said...

Ooh, I love your bags. Thanks for the tutorial. I will have to hit up pinterest like you said. I also love your new fabric line and can't wait to see it in my LQS.

paulette said...

Love the sweet bag and your Q!! Man, the Queen for a Day photos brought back some GREAT memories!! Thanks for that! Your give away is out of this world!! The person who wins this REALLY will be Queen for a Day...maybe even the whole Month!!
Thanks for the chance!
Paulette

Gretchen said...

Love the fabric!!! Really enjoying the blog hop. These letters are addicting. thank you.

Janet said...

I love your zippered bag. A very interesting construction method I wouldn't have thought of. Your Q block is perfect - of course it had to have a quilt on it :0) Thanks for the chance to win some of your lovely, lovely fabric.

Brenda Bartocci said...

This makes me feel amazingly calm and happy. Love the project!

Ann in PA said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. "Grant Park" is beautiful! I must make Quirky "Q" for my sweet little granddaughter, Quinn.

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