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Dritz Mystery Box Challenge + new quilted bag

A few weeks ago, Jennifer of Ellison Lane invited me to participate in the Dritz Mystery Box Challenge. To participate in the challenge I would be sent a “mystery box” containing a variety of Dritz sewing tools and notions and then get to create something using at least five of those tools. 
This is the box that showed up at my house. Whoa! Look at all of those goodies! It was fun to see what was available and get my wheels turning. Who out there hasn’t used some kind of Dritz sewing notion? They’ve been around for almost 100 years. I remember my mom using them when she sewed and when I first started taking sewing lessons in my neighbor Pam’s basement when I was 10.
Dritz has a fantastic new site, www.Dritz.com where you can see the wide variety of their products as well as find tutorials and patterns for using them.
Here are a few of the Dritz products I used for my project. I’ve had a specific bag project in mind for a while and this finally gave me the push to make it.
I got these mini charms of Robert Kaufman prints last spring at quilt market. While I was there I saw Lee Chappell’s amazing bag she made with a similar palette and had to do something like it. So this bag is a shameless copy an “homage” of Lee’s beautiful style. My bag shape is different, so it’s not a total copy, but I definitely need to credit her as my inspiration.
The sewing clips came in handy for assembling the bag.
A few other fun new-to-me notions that I used were the Swivel hook on a tab for keeping track of my keys, the awl for making holes for the grommets. I have to admit, grommets have always slightly intimidated me so I’ve never actually used them. This was a perfect way to push me out of my comfort zone and just try it! 
I used the handy grommets and tools tutorial to walk me through it, got out my hammer, and success! I felt so empowered. Why did I wait this long? (All of you who have successfully used grommets for years are chuckling and those who are like me, and feeling intimidated by them, let me be your grommets-empower-er!) 
And here is the finished bag. I brought it with us on our family Fall-break trip to Capitol Reef National Park. I think it coordinates nice with the scenery.
I will be writing a tutorial for this bag in the coming weeks so you can make your own, if you so desire.
Dritz notions prize pack from ellison lane

In more fun giveaway news this week, Jennifer at Ellison Lane has three more boxes of Dritz supplies to giveaway. To enter, visit Jennifer’s giveaway post here.

You can see the other items created using the Dritz Mystery Boxes by visiting these bloggers:

Jennifer at Ellison Lane – 10/13
Amy at Stitchery Dickory Dock β€“ 10/14
Caroline at Sew Can She β€“ 10/15
Heather at The Sewing Loft β€“ 10/16
Amy at Diary of a Quilter β€“ 10/17 (here you are!)

I hope this provides you with some fun inspiration of your own to pick up some fun new notions and try something new!

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25 Comments

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    Rike Busch
    October 17, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Dear Amy,<br />that&#39;s a real BIG mystery box you got! And your bag is beautiful!<br />Greetings and have a nice weekend!<br />Rike

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    Kendra Watson
    October 17, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I need my own &#39;homage&#39; now! Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

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    Betsy
    October 17, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Amy, I love the bag

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    Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
    October 17, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Beautiful bag Amy! So fun to see what you made. Thanks for being part of the series! πŸ™‚

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    randi--i have to say
    October 17, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Such a great bag!

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    Carol
    October 17, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I can hardly wait for the tutorial, I love your bag so much. So beautiful with the red rocks from your vacation.

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    Lana
    October 17, 2014 at 7:49 am

    What a great looking bag!!! I would carry that everywhere too! <br />Will you be coming to Houston for the Quilt Market?

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      amy smart
      October 18, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      I will! Will you be there too?

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    Brandy Pettit
    October 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Thank you for the empowerment, grommets are something I&#39;ve been avoiding too. Love your scenic photos!<br />~Brandy

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    Becki
    October 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Love your bag. I am not so much a &#39;designer&#39; as I am a &#39;follower&#39;. I wouldn&#39;t have thought to cut the mini charms into smaller widths to use in the contrasting &#39;stripe&#39; of fabric. My husband and I were going to Alaska in July, and I&#39;d made a backpack for the trip. I&#39;d already used the backpack on my trip to Paducah, and was fairly happy with it. The day

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    Diane
    October 17, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Love the bag and would like to learn to use grommets.

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    Mara
    October 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Very cool bag, I haven&#39;t tried grommets yet, but they are on my to do list.

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    Dixie
    October 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Very cute bag – creative!!!

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    Debbie
    October 17, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Love your bag!

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    A Quilter's Mission
    October 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    what a beautiful bag, Amy! This is such a great color pallet.

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    paperscissorsink
    October 18, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Cute bag! I

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    Melissa Corry
    October 18, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Amy, your bag is so cute!!!! Love it!!!

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    OhioLori
    October 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Loooooove your Quilted Bag!! It is Beautiful!!! Awesome job!

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    diane
    October 18, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Such a cute bag amy. I think it&#39;s safe to say you met the challenge.

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    Farm Quilter
    October 19, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Love your bag!!! It does go perfectly with the fabulous scenery in Capital Reef National Park!!! What an awesome place to stage your pictures πŸ™‚

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    Dovile G
    October 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Such an amazing bag! I love it. It&#39;s just a suggestion, but maybe, you would like to make a tutorial for this bag. I just love how your bag has a bow and all that colorful fabric. Such an amazing design. And the scenery brings every beauty in your amazing bag.

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    Thimbleanna
    October 20, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Wow Amy — I LOVE it! I&#39;m so glad you conquered your grommet fear — I love anything with grommets — I think they&#39;re so cool and they&#39;re PERFECT on your bag!!!

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    Jodie Zollinger
    October 27, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Beautiful bag Amy, and beautiful photos!! Certainly will try to get my hands on those cool clips!

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    MaterialGirlQuilts
    October 31, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Perfect bag…can&#39;t wait for the tutorial!

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