Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Getaway Quilted Bag

Here's the bag I'm entering in the Purse Week contest hosted by A Lemon Squeezy Home

The inspiration behind this bag was to transform a quilting technique into something of beauty and function.

I took 11 pieces of fabric and used the stack and shuffle technique to make this bag.  Six blocks formed the front panel of this quilted bag.  Free motion quilted with metallic thread.

Three stack and shuffle blocks made up the three open pockets on the back panel.  As the name implies, the entire bag was quilted to give it shape while maintaining a degree of softness that's gentle to touch!

The side-views here show two additional open pockets.  They are great for storing your cellphone and car keys.  Notice the pocket in the left photo.  The pocket opening is asymmetrical.  It was designed especially this way to reduce bulk on the seam allowance when all the panels are sewn together. 

Here's the view of the zipper treatment for the bag opening! 

Another reason that I love making my own bag is that I can customize the lining to my specification.  There are three open pockets plus a zipper compartment to store my personal items. 

Bag measurement:  15.5" x 10.5" x 4"
Fabric used:  Japanese and Rowan cotton fabric, Japanese yarn dyed fabric
Leather straps:  24" long

Last but not least..... Special thanks to my quilting teacher, Ms. Wu, for teaching me the stack and shuffle technique and guiding me through the completion of this bag.


  1. It's gorgeous. Love it! I adore your fabric choice. You must've put a lot of thought into its design.

  2. I really love your bag! The quilting looks great.

  3. Gorgeous! Love the design. So many beautiful details to it.

  4. Your bags are beautiful and you add some very attractive additions like your leather handles, zippers, etc. Your FMQ is just perfect for your bag. Great job! Thank you for linking me to your blog.

  5. I love this bag and all your creations

  6. Thank you all for your lovely comments! Happy Quilting!