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Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags

with Tara Rebman
Add spontaneous piecing to your bag of quilting tricks and make a beautiful patchwork tote designed by Tara Rebman.
Learn the theory behind the quilt-as-you-go technique by working your way through a charming potholder before creating the “Tinker” patchwork bag from blocks you create on the fly. Tara shows you how to use scraps from your stash to build out from a single square using a freehanded approach that celebrates the uniqueness of each quilted bag. Whether you prefer straight-line or free-motion quilting, your extemporaneous blocks will blossom as your bag comes to life. Add a simple pocket or follow Tara’s instruction for a painless hidden zipper pocket. Learn how to add material to the bottom of your bag for extra durability and box corners for extra stability. Finish off your quilted bag with a magnetic closure and eye-catching bias binding. Or hand-sew an invisible binding for extra sophistication.
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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Getting Started

  • Meet Tara and learn the quilt-as-you-go-technique on a potholder - the perfect project to get you started!


Lesson 2. Tinker Tote Preparation & Stitching


Lesson 3. Creating the Bag Bottom


Lesson 4. Pockets


Lesson 5. Flaps


Lesson 6. Assembly


Lesson 7. Bias Binding


Lesson 8. Variations

"I have never been good at bags, and I generally find the written instructions for bag patterns confusing and frustrating. This is not so with the QAYG Patchwork Bags class. Tara is such a wonderful instructor and she makes it easy to understand what she's talking about. I really enjoyed the video lessons and I made two potholders and a bag already. If you love making bags, or even if you've struggled with bags in the past, I recommend signing up for this class. Thank you Tara for sharing your talents with us!"
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Oklahoma City, OK

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