Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art

Design Wall Monday: 6/16/14


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These are not exactly “on the wall”; more like works in progress.  I assembled all the blocks from the cowboy fabric into a Rail Fence top for the Scrap Basket Quilt Along, and made a back.  I included extra rail blocks and a few orphan blocks.


Christmas gift bags from a couple of years ago.

Christmas gift bags from a couple of years ago.

I also started making shopping bags from the pile of bird seed sacks in the corner of my studio.  I made some of these a couple of years ago as gifts, and have been saving bags ever since.  My reusable shopping bags are getting a little tattered, so I can use some new ones, but mostly I just want to get rid of some of these bags.  I looked on Etsy to see what others are doing, and found quite a few using these bags.  My favorite is Julia, of One Woman Studio.  Her design sense and color and bag choices really resonate with me.  I also stole a few of her construction techniques.  I’m not going to sell mine (probably).  These are just for my own use, and to keep the pretty bags out of the landfill.

This week's bag

This week’s bag

Nylon web is really the right material for handles, but I’m trying not to buy anything, so my handles are denim cut from old jeans.  Very comfortable for carrying groceries.  I measured my favorite cloth grocery bag to get an idea of size, and cut the front and back 20″ square (from two bags that are too small to use on their own for grocery sacks).  I used a strong poly quilting thread that I have a lot of in a lavender color that I don’t use often.  I tried out some of the stitches on my machine that I usually neglect.  I tried to take advantage of the unique properties of the bags, their body and resistance to fraying, instead of the garment sewing techniques I had used previously.  Lots of flat construction and zigzag-like stitching.  The next will be better, and faster.

I’m also interested in other ideas for using these bags.  Do you have any?


What are you trying this week?

I’m linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.

Author: Valerie

I'm Valerie, also known as Scooquilt. I am passionate about fabric and quilting. My quilts are colorful and modern, but grounded in traditional blocks. My degrees are in Fine Arts and Education. I'm retired from teaching and trying to quilt daily. Reading, gardening, and cats are also important to me.

6 thoughts on “Design Wall Monday: 6/16/14

  1. Those bags are so colorful and I love the pictures! I’m guessing it was bird seed? in them originally. I would buy one for sure!

  2. Bird seed sacks? Really? These are fab, but just how much bird seed do you buy?

  3. Very cool bags! How did you come across them?

  4. I love your bags, what a great idea.

  5. Oh, my goodness! I never thought of making shopping bags from those! We have a bird feeder in our backyard and buy bird food constantly. It’s a brilliant idea, thank you!!! Your bags look great! And I also have old denims to cut the handles from.

  6. I would keep a couple of the bags in the car, just on top of the spare tire. That way, they are available to protect your knees and clothing if you have to change a tire. I have a burlap sack for that purpose, but it isn’t very waterproof… Your bird seed bags look like they would do much better.

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