I was excited when Jen from Ellison Lane Quilts asked me to share a new project to inspire some summer-time sewing. I’ve wanted to make a new bag for myself forever, and this was the perfect opportunity to try something new.
For this bag, I chose Anna’s Go Anywhere Bag pattern. I recently given a charm pack of Lotta Jansdotter’s new prints from her Bella collection by the nice people at Windham Fabrics. The colors screamed summer to me, so I decided to try piecing a portion of the bag using them coupled with a few other fabrics from the stash.
To make the pieced exterior pockets, I sewed the charm squares together to make a panel slightly larger than the pocket lining.
Then, to give the bag some extra weight and body, I quilted the pieced panels onto some lightweight batting. (I did not put a backing fabric behind the batting.) From there I cut out my front and back pocket pieces from the quilted panels and followed the rest of the pattern instructions.
For the body of my bag I used a heavier linen-type fabric I got a while ago at Ikea. (I would love to find some more of that.) The lining is from Denyse Schmidt’s Aunt Edna collection at JoAnn. It was just the right chartreuse to go with the Bella collection. I added a covered button to hold the back pocket closed. Ta-dah! I’m excited to carry my new summer bag around Quilt Market this weekend!
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