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Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags taught by Tara Rebman

Add spontaneous piecing to your bag of quilting tricks and make a beautiful patchwork tote designed by Tara Rebman.

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Category Quilting
Type Accessory
Style Casual
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What materials did you use? Scraps from my stash -- quilting cotton, batting, stabilizer, and some outdoor fabric for the base.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I would have used larger scraps, kind of made them too small based on the potholder I made first. I didn't have enough of my chosen fabric for the lining, so I pieced it -- which worked out better than expected. I cut out the handles portion to about five inches down from the top, then I used the same fabric for the lower portion. I tried both kinds of pockets, one on each side. I did not interface the patch pocket (forgot until it was done), so it's kind of flimsy, but still works okay. I measured my iphone and made a seam to fit it, so the pocket holds up okay. The zipper pocket is very easy. I should have used a more colorful zipper, but I only had navy blue on hand. I used my serger to seam the sides. I should have used the sewing machine first on the really thick outer portion, as it slipped on one side where the bottom pieces meet. So it's about 1/8" off. (I'm not one that would purposely keep those sides unmatched). I put a monogram on the flap. Next time I'll try FMQ on the whole bag. I loved using the glue on the binding. I used Elmer's school glue. Need to be careful about keeping it within the the binding. I got a little on the outside of the binding, which is black. It's washable though.

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10/12/2013 Flag

I love it. I know you said you used your scrap stash...I want your scrap stash..the colors are beautiful and so well balanced to the black. Gorgeous!

10/17/2013 Flag

Wonderful bag! I am so impressed with your work! Congratulations!

10/22/2013 Flag

I really like this. I also love your quilts.

10/26/2013 Flag

Pretty bag!

10/28/2013 Flag