I’ve made lots of bags decorated with machine quilting (actually, I only make bags to show off the fabric embellished with my free machine quilting!). I started making machine quilted bags many years ago when I started teaching – they were a fun and practical way to show off my passion.
Here are some of my first bags.
I love the rounded shape and the shoulder strap ties.
I taught a workshop to make this bag, but the workshop was two days long – with *homework required* in between the two days.
I decided I needed a simpler bag.
Later, I needed a special occasion bag for myself, and made this bag out of silk sateen.
I designed the bag to be easy to quilt, and to show off the machine quilting, but it lacked a bit in the area of sturdy construction details.
I discovered Lisa Lam’s website and blog, and learned the finer points of bag construction from her books and patterns.
I made a bag based on one of her patterns to carry an iPad, and then I had lots of fun (and spent lots of time…..) making a ‘fancy’ bag that I love to carry.
Then I put all that I had learned together…. Stay tuned for the rest of the Machine Quilted Bag story!