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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Yes, Sir, Yes, Sir, Three Bags...


...finished.

But not full.
Yet.

My niece is expecting baby #2 later this month.
Her precious daughter is 4 years old,
so when I send a quilt for the new baby,




I will also include this little zippered pouch.
I think that when you are 4 years old, 
you need someplace to put your treasures!

This zippered pouch was made
If you are at all hesitant about making one,
this is the tutorial for you!
When you are finished, you'll ask yourself,
"Why haven't I made these before now?"
And you'll jump right in
and make another.

Bag number two is my second attempt 
at trying Noodlehead's Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial,
this time with success!




Was it just last summer
I was participating in a scrappy QAL,
then didn't care for the final project?
Or was it the summer before?
I lose track!
Too often!
Sometimes it's kind of scary.
Anyway, I came across the blocks I'd made,
and they said they wanted to be a bag.
Voila!

I saved the best for last.
Bag number three is a 
Yay me!




Making it was like pulling teeth!   But I did it!




And, you know what?
When I am wintering in Texas,
I bet I make more.
At least two, to give as gifts.
I'm looking forward to cleaning out the bag I use now,
and transferring it's contents
before I go,
(in just over two weeks....YIKES!).

Join me there to see lots and lots of other bags
that have been made, most in the spirit of giving.
Patty has been posting many new tutorials for
making a myriad of useful gifts!
Check it out!!

Thanks for stopping in.
My next post will be another give-away,
so I hope you'll visit again!

~karen

40 comments:

Sondra said...

You go! I agree a 4 yr old has stuff too!!
All extremely beautiful! I know you're getting butterflies to get moving on your fall trip! Be safe!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love that smaller bag - will need to look at the pattern

Jeanna said...

Very clever of you to re-purpose blocks from another project. The four year old is going to love her little pouch and it will make her feel special, I'm sure.

Bernie Kringel said...

How thoughtful to make something for the four year old - her world is going to be turned upside down with a new baby so this is a lovely thing for her. She will have all sorts of treasures to keep in there.

I have never made a sew together bag - all those zippers - yikes!

I have been enjoying the Bag It event - but I have only made one thing so far. Maybe I can squeak in another before the end of the month.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

What awesome bags! You did a great job. I've never done a pieced open wide zippered pouch. Are you watching the US election? Stay safe until you get back home.

I am said...

Hi Karen ,wow you are amazing,i love all the bags ,i have the pattern for the sew along bag but i havent been game enough to have ago,well done my friend xx

O'faigh said...

I enjoyed your post Karen, ideal zippered pouches

Maria said...

Your 4 yr old great niece will love her special pouch.
Love the circles on your baby Quilt in the previous post.

Christine Barnsley said...

All beautiful bags Karen... I especially like the one made from the star block.... so pretty! Your niece's daughter is going to love her bag.... little girls love that colour! Christine x

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

a 4 year old definitely needs a bag to carry all her treasures in. I feel a period of pouch making coming on for you

Karen said...

Love the bags, Karen. We all need someplace to store our treasures! I haven't tried a Sew Together Bag yet, but it looks like an interesting project (and so useful!)

KMTrott said...

You're bags are awesome! Love the colors in the Sew Together Bag :) And of course an excellent use of orphan blocks for #2 :) Safe travels.

Lin said...

All super bags Karen. I love your use of orphan blocks and I have the pattern for that Sew Together bag and really must attempt it sometime. Yours looks great. xx

Linda said...

Great post. Lots to see. You have been busy. Your sewtogether bag turned out great! Aren't they just awesome. Wait til you see how much you can get in it. Love the fabrics. I think I need to make another too. I love that you used an orphan block to make a bag. I must try that tutorial. Your niece will love the bag you made for her. I love things made with my initial too! Two more weeks...poor Janome will be lonely. hugs

Patty D from NC said...

Your bags all look wonderful! Thanks for linking up to Elm Street Quilts Bag It! Good luck on your packing!

Needled Mom said...

I always love Patty's tutorials. Your bags are fabulous. I have been wanting to make one of those Sew Together bags too. I love your fabric choices in it.

sunny said...

I had no idea you were a bag lady! LOL! I'm afraid of zippers, so I haven't tried one. I think I was probably in high school the last time I did a zipper. Yours are lovely. I especially love the wide open pouch.

Lynn said...

I love the bags. I'be struggled with making zippered anything so I'm really impressed. Maybe I'll try again, thanks for the link.

Also I'm doubly impressed with your spiral quilting on your previous post!

Createology said...

Great bag making. Of course every four year old needs her very own bag for treasures. I love each of the three bags and thank you for including the tutorial links. When I ever get my sewing things available I will make some of these. They do make excellent personal gifts. Well done dear...

Louise said...

Great little bags! And you're right, every four year old has treasures that need a little pouch for safekeeping :) It's especially important when there is a new baby in the house, stealing all the attention.

Carrie P. said...

that is so thoughtful of you to make the little bag for the 4 year old.
they are all great looking.

Lesley said...

Your bags are wonderful! You are brave to make that sew together bag...wow! You did an awesome job!

Jo Ferguson said...

I love the idea of including a pouch with a child's quilt. All the bags are wonderful and creative.

Sheila said...

Awesome job on all these bags, especially love the last one, it looks complicated. Proud of you my friend !

hetty said...

Awesome bags, Karen!

Abby and Stephanie said...

Great bags. You are my zipper hero. LOL I've decided to attempt more "new to me" things and to give zippers another chance. Lucky niece to have a talented and giving aunt.

Vickie said...

I've seen those bags around lately and they are just as cute as can be !

Carol S. said...

Very cute bags! I need to get busy and make a bag or two. :O)

desertskyquilts said...

Great bags! I don't have the patience for working through the patterns, but I love seeing them. You did a great job of using scrap blocks for the middle bag, too!

Michelle said...

I love the one with the star -- it really stands out against the background fabric.

Julia D @ Jada's Quilting Adventures said...

Love the bags! Cute pouch! I'm sure the little girl will love it! And congrats on the Sew Together Bag. I haven't attempted that one yet....it's still very much intimidating to me!

Anthea said...

Three beautiful pouches! I love a zippy pouch, & have made many a Wide Open Noodlehead pouch, but am yet to brave the Sew Together... yours all look lovely, well done... your little niece will indeed love having somewhere to stash her treasures

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

We all love pouches and bags, I am grateful today for this post! Yours are all lovely, each and every one. I haven't summoned up the courage (yet) to make the Sew Together bag but I want to do one! I am going to check out the links you've provided, thanks, Karen; Christmas gifts need to be made soon!

FlourishingPalms said...

Ooo. I do love all the pouches you're making. I like that Wide Open Zipper bag. And I 100 percent appreciate the challenges you faced making that Sew Together Bag. Definitely NOT an easy pattern to follow. Still, yours looks fabulous in those bright rainbow colors. You'll take such pleasure in using it. Only two more weeks and you're off?! Wow. How time flies.

Fiona said...

lovely assortment of pouches purses etc.... you are turning into a bag lady???
Hugz

JanineMarie said...

These are so fun--each in their own way. You nailed it with the perfect bag for a 4-year-old. And what a neat idea to use an orphan block for a bag. My favorite is the sew together bag. I keep telling myself I need to make one of those. I really like the colorful variety in yours.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Love the purples and the bags!

Preeti Harris said...

Very impressive body of work...or shall I say bag of work :-D
I have made many bags but not a sew-together bag. Congratulations on the soon to be here new arrival in your family. I am sure they will love the quilt.
Hugs,
Preeti.

Dar said...

I love your zippered pouches and bags shown in this post. Thanks so much for the links to the tutorials too. When I get some time later after the Christmas holidays, I am going to dig in and try making some of these fun bags. Love reading through your blog, which I just discovered. Thanks much.

Crafty Tokyo Mama said...

Lovely bags you've got there, and a very nice quilt! Those sew together bags are a bit hairy, but so satisfying when they are done. Yours looks awesome. So glad you stopped by and visited today!