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February 17, 2019
Lined Drawstring Backpack Pattern is here! from A Beautiful Day - O Zi Frumoasa


Do you need a drawstring backpack?
My new pattern might help you to sew one or more.

This Lined Drawstring Backpack is a charming one, perfect for everyday use.
It has a stylish look and a practical structure. Its three big pockets (one exterior zippered pocket and two interior pockets) make it the perfect bag for school, sport and outings.
I've told you about it here and here.

Lined Drawstring Backpack pdf pattern-Mihaela Alexandrescu

The pattern consists of 28 pages of easy to follow instructions and 83 color photos and diagrams, plus printable templates if you want to applique a retro truck.
I'm sure ...

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Lined Drawstring Backpack Pattern Sneak Peek from A Beautiful Day - O Zi Frumoasa

I am so happy when I have to make bags or pouches but it takes me a long time to choose the fabrics and almost every time I think I don't have the right ones. 

When designing a bag, first of all I think to be useful: to be spacious enough, but not too large, to have as many pockets as possible, placed as handy as possible, to be worn as comfortable as possible. After all these I look for the aesthetic aspects of the shape.
Two years ago, a friend asked me to sew two drawstring backpacks ...

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January 30, 2019
Nail Polish Bottle Zipper Bag Tutorial from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

You know how they put displays in the checkout line so that things will jump into your cart? The Dollar Tree had glittery red vinyl pencil cases and as soon as I picked one up I knew I wanted to cut it apart and sew something with it. It came home with me. 


It took half the drive home for me to figure out that I was going to make a zipper bag shaped like a nail polish bottle, and another couple of days to figure out that I'd need a second red glittery pouch and a black one ...

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January 28, 2019
A NEW GAME BAG from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Hello Quilters!  I hope everyone is staying warm and getting lots of sewing done, especially if you live in the Midwest where you should not be outside anyway.  I hope to get a lot of sewing done these next few days because it looks like we're in for a long haul of cold snowy weather here in Michigan.  I do have something to show you.  I made this bag for my granddaughter, who obviously went to Michigan State University.
A few years ago I took a class at the Attic Window Quilt Shop from Vickie S. where we made ...

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January 4, 2019
2019 Finish-A-Long Q1 Hopes and Dreams from 120 Blocks

Yes, I am participating in the 2019 Finish-A-Long. Maybe you noticed that from the badge in the sidebar. Although the link-up for this doesn’t go live for a few more days, I wanted to get this posted because I want … Continue reading

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January 2, 2019
A NEW YEAR ANOTHER BAG from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

 Hello Quilters!  I hope everyone had wonderful holidays.  I certainly enjoyed seeing all my family.  I did want to show you the bag I made for my daughter for her iPad.  I love this pattern.  It is quick and easy.  I can't tell you how many I've made.  You can get the pattern when you buy a kit at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  What is especially nice about this kit is that you can make it in several different sizes.   Be sure and check it out when you are at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I'm ...

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December 31, 2018
Last Quilty Project for the Year from Indigo Threads

 It's the end of the year, and I've got one last blog post for 2018.

I hope everyone had a happy Christmas and have been enjoying the holidays.  On the 20th we watched our granddaughters dance in their ballet school's Nutcracker selections.  They both dance on-point now and they each had their first solos!  A very exciting time for them!

We had a great time Christmas Eve at our oldest son's home with his family, and then a quiet day on Christmas, just the 3 of us at home.  It will be a quiet New Year ...

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December 30, 2018
Frank is FINISHED! from The Cozy Quilter

Today is the last Slow Sunday Stitching day of 2018.  In April, I started a counted cross stitch project,  Fountain Glass, a stained glass window designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  This past week, I finished the last few silver outlining stitches and this picture is done!  


This project represents a lot of time spent stitching in the car, in the gazebo and on the couch.  




I now have three counted cross stitch pictures finished and waiting for framing.  (two FLW windows and the snowmen) I will make getting these framed and up on the wall a priority in the new ...

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November 15, 2018
How To: Mini Scrap Patch Bag from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Hello quilters! These Mini Scrap Patch Bags make excellent gifts – they’re fun to give as a bag, or to gift small items to add an extra special touch. They’re also an excellent way to use scraps from your stash! With the holidays in mind, we’re sharing a step-by-step tutorial and video with you on this fun and easy gift idea.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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November 12, 2018
Design Wall Monday - November 12, 2018 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Today is Veterans Day in the United States.  There are, according to the History Channel, 16.5 million living veterans who have served in at least one war, and 5.2 million living veterans who have served in times of peace.  Thank you to all of our veterans for your service and sacrifice.  While visiting our daughter last week, I made replacement oven mitts for some I made for her a few years

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October 10, 2018
Over Night Cinch Sack Free Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

Cinch sack tutorial – learn how to make a simple cinch sack with a fun rag fabric tree on the front. The pictures will guide you from start to finish.

The front of the bag features a cute Christmas tree made with strips of green fabric. It’s so quick to do and adds a bit of texture to the bag.

The bag is fully lined, with ribbons to hold the straps at the bottom.  For the straps, you can use a rope or ribbon or make them with fabric. Any and all ways are cute and work great!

Materials Needed ...

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October 4, 2018
BLOG REMIX – Simple Zipper Bag from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Project Remix Simple Zipper Bag

We’re shaking things up on the Jolly Jabber! We are bringing life back to our old projects with Blog Remixes! Every other Thursday from today until November 15, we will be throwing it back to one of our tutorials with new fabrics, notions, tips and tricks to inspire you to make your next project. Whether you’ve seen this project before or it’s your first time, there’s a remix project for everyone. This week’s remix is the Simple Zipper Bag we did with Sherri McConnell back in 2016! This project is a great way to use ...

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Fat Quarter Shop Simple Zipper Bag Remix from A Quilting Life

Fat Quarter Shop Simple Zipper Bag Remix

Hello and happy Thursday!  Back in March of 2016 I visited Fat Quarter Shop headquarters for the first time where I filmed some fun video tutorials.  One of my favorite projects was a zipper bag project I’ve since made many times.  Today, Fat Quarter Shop is sharing my fun video and some brand new versions […]

The post Fat Quarter Shop Simple Zipper Bag Remix appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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September 24, 2018
Two Take-Along Bags from MMM Quilts

Check! Another one of this quarter's goals have been accomplished. My list is here.

First though, if you haven't visited my Happy 5th Blog-iversary post where there is not one but five giveaways up for grabs, be sure to do so. You have until midnight tomorrow night to enter.

Both daughters requested I make them another makeup bag using Lazy Girl Designs Take-Along bag. When I was finishing up Dayna's, I did a mental count and I do believe these two are number 7 and 8 using this pattern!

Here is Brianne's:


And here is Dayna ...

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Two Take-Along Bags from MMM Quilts

Check! Another one of this quarter's goals have been accomplished. My list is here.

First though, if you haven't visited my Happy 5th Blog-iversary post where there is not one but five giveaways up for grabs, be sure to do so. You have until midnight tomorrow night to enter.

Both daughters requested I make them another makeup bag using Lazy Girl Designs Take-Along bag. When I was finishing up Dayna's, I did a mental count and I do believe these two are number 7 and 8 using this pattern!

Here is Brianne's:


And here is Dayna ...

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September 20, 2018
BLOG REMIX – Kimberly Sac from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We’re shaking things up on the Jolly Jabber! We are bringing life back to our old projects with Blog Remixes! Every other Thursday from today until November 15, we will be throwing it back to one of our tutorials with new fabrics, notions, tips and tricks to inspire you to make your next project. Whether you’ve seen this project before or it’s your first time, there’s a remix project for everyone. This week’s remix is the Kimberly’s Sac Project by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts! Joanna designed this bag so that it’s ...

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Gift Ideas for Retreats & Quilting Friends from A Quilting Life

Gift Ideas for Retreats & Quilting Friends

Hello and happy Friday!  I hope your week has gone well and that your weekend will soon be off to a terrific start!  Today I’m sharing some great gift ideas for retreats & quilting friends.  This is something I’ve struggled with over the years.  It seems I’m always trying to find the perfect gift for […]

The post Gift Ideas for Retreats & Quilting Friends appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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September 11, 2018
Trick or Treat Carry Along Bag Sewing Tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

The season of all things spooky and trick or treating is almost upon us! We are back with another sewing tutorial and this time we are making the Trick or Treat Carry Along Bag! Great for storing candy, goodies and much more, this little bag is sure to be a hit this Halloween. We used the Dot Dot Boo! collection by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics for our bag and we even have a complete Trick or Treat Carry Along Bag Kit with all the materials to make the bag!

Fabric Requirements

Here’s what you’ll need ...

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September 10, 2018
Summer's End... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


Our Bartlett Pear tree is giving

us a big harvest this year...


We collect a box full each morning...




2 canner loads to process each day...




14 jars of pears a day.

We will enjoy these over the winter months.



Our Gravenstein Apple tree has also kept us busy:


3 pies came out of the oven today.




I try and stitch whenever I get the chance:


I have been working on this curved piece

sunflower quilt this summer.





I have been finishing up tote bags

from all of the messy painted canvas

that was painted earlier in the year.




We ...

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September 7, 2018
Canvas Tote Bags.....Rivet Handles from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full


I have decided to try attaching the handles

to my tote bags with

Double Cap Rivets



I have sewn handles by machine

and also hand stitched them to the bags.

I wasn't happy with either method.





The double cap rivet gives a clean finish

on both sides of the bag.



I have never done this before,

so I was a little nervous punching holes

into the first canvas bag:


It worked!

The rivets give a nice, clean look to the bag

and hold the leather handles on securely.





Close Up view of rivets





I am in love with double ...

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