Striped Bag

Just piecing together some fabric for a new bag. I have not really decided on a shape yet, but I just wanted to start. Likely not the right way to start, but I had to begin somewhere. Normally, I do some research, and often come across tutorials I’d like to try.

Elizabeth Hartman provides an interesting piecing idea on making quilted patchwork panels for a structured bag here. What I really liked was the idea to use canvas scraps to add sturdiness and structure.

For the bag front, I’m using a home dec weight fabric from IKEA called Annbeth multicolour. I’m also using Kona (a deep purple and dark teal) for the bottom. Here are digital swatches: 








You can get the Kona from Fat Quarter Shop, or from Sew Sisters


Update: Irie Chopsticks Quilt


I managed to finish all 70 blocks for the chopsticks quilt. The shot above shows the pieces I started working on this morning. 3 hours later……


Not all the triangles are perfect, and need to be trimmed before piecing the rows. I decided to play with placement, and resorted to the living room floor (no design wall).

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Right now, they are all in a pile on the sewing table. I decided to leave it alone for a bit, and have turned to a sewing project – a new tote for work, with a pastel striped upholstery weight fabric from ikea. More on that later.