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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.blue bag 5589

I love thGreen 6877e 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.

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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.

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Then I put all that I had learned together….   Stay tuned for the rest of the Machine Quilted Bag story!

 

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It has been too long since I have written!

I finished my silver silk wall hanging for the Lowell Quilt Festival in August.  I promised a photo of the finished quilt, so here it is…

I used many different colors of silk thread to make the silver silk sateen top look iridescent, especially in the densely quilted area outside the feather border.  I used trapunto in the center chinese character, ‘tao’ (meaning the path, or the way) and in the feather border.  I’ll post some more photos soon!

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Celtic spirals, circles and swirls a machine quilting workshop by Diane Loomis

 I am working on the class sample for my new machine quilting workshop “Celtic Spirals, Circles, and Swirls”.   This is one of the four mini-workshops I will be teaching at A Quilters’ Sampler™, in  Nashua, NH on May 10 and 11.

I’m am offering four different machine quilting workshops at A Quilters Sampler™.  Each of these mini-workshops is an introduction to a different set of free motion quilting techniques — for your home sewing machine, of course!

Trapunto by Machine

Class sample for Trapunto Machine quilting class by Diane Loomis

Celtic Spirals, Circles, and Swirls

(NEW Workshop!!)Celtic spirals, circles, and swirls machine quilting workshop

Elegant Quilted Backgrounds: Classic Designs for Your Quilt

Elegant quilted background patterns for your quilt

Fabulous Free Motion Fills

Fabulous Free Motion Fills class sample

You can register for more than one workshop – I’ll be teaching different techniques in each class, and you’ll have a more time to machine quilt!  I am not scheduling any more workshops this spring, so if you have asked about taking a class from me, I encourage you to sign up for one of my machine quilting workshops at A Quilters’ Sampler™.

The Eastcoast Quilters’ Alliance 3, LLC, the same folks who bring us The Quilters’ Gathering™ to New England every November, are sponsoring this quilting event.   A Quilters’ Sampler™ offers three-hour mini-classes, luncheon lectures, May Market for shopping, and a ticket to one of the local quilt guild shows or Museum exhibits.  Check it out – there is still time to register for classes!

A Quilters Sampler 2012 quilt classes and events

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I couldn’t stop myself from quilting once I began free motion quilting the feather plumes from last month’s challenge.  The fabric is solid silver, silk/cotton sateen.  Using different colors of silk thread (all #100, both YLI and Superior depending on the color)  made it look like the fabric was hand dyed (although this photograph may not do justice to it).

February Free Motion Quilting Challenge Feather Plumes sampler

I liked the pale lavender thread on the silver sateen best and used it to stitch the feather plumes and the first few rows of echo quilting around them.  When I finished quilting the sampler, the fabric around the feathers looked lavender, instead of silver.  My second favorite color on the silver sateen was pale blue (different shades) but the contrast of the light green silk thread really added movement to the background.

 

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I always get so excited when I finish a project.  (That’s why small projects are so fun!)  I finished the small bag for my niece – I am really pleased with the way it turned out.

Finished small bag

The bag is made of solid cotton sateen, layered with wool batting, and quilted with silk thread.  bag-closure_7974I used a fun printed fabric for the back (which you see when you open the bag) and also in the braided strap and fabric button / tassle.

I spent the longest time trying to decide how to complete the bag with some type of closure.  I wanted the top flap to stay down, and I needed something easy – no buttons or toggles or things to fuss with – Julia is just 7 years old, after all!  And I  just couldn’t bring myself to sew a magnet (or anything else … velcro? ) under the flap.

So I made a fabric button (of sorts) and tassle, and the weight of it keeps the top flap from flying open.   Perfect for a little girl I think.

Although my daughter watched me making the bag, it wasn’t until it was finished and she realized what I was making that she became interested in it.  After I explained that it was for her cousin, I asked her if she would like one.  (What kind of question was that?)  Of course she would like one!  What color?   hmm … the usual color, of course … pink.

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Do any of you listen to Annie Smith’s quilting podcast, “Quilting Stash – the first podcast for quilters“?  I am a great fan and have been enjoying her podcast for years, so I was intrigued with her new online classes.  Especially when I found she is offering a class on her “Quilters Palette” quilt – I have always loved this quilt, and she has never published a pattern for it.  So, I signed up for the class, and it is really fun!  The class includes high quality video instruction in addition to written handouts, and a weekly online chat with Annie.  Check it out – you can follow the link to the Quilting Stash Classroom at the right, or find out more about the Quilters Palette class here.

Dresden Plate block

Dresden Plate block for Quilters Palette quilt

We started the class by selecting fabric for our quilt.  Annie asked us to pick a focus fabric, and then choose 16 fabrics that blend well with the focus fabric, and provide sufficient value contrast for the quilt.  I decided to use all solid fabrics for this quilt.  I have been using solids almost exclusively for the past year, and this gives the the opportunity to experiment mixing solid cottons and cotton sateen, silks, and cotton/silk blend fabrics in a single quilt.  It was a challenge to pick out the fabrics – the range of solid fabrics (and ones I have in my stash) is much smaller than the range of prints today!

The first block we made was the Dresden Plate block.  It uses all of our fabric choices and becomes the fabric ‘palette’ for the rest of the quilt.  The block is sewn together, but not yet appliqued to the background fabric.

Stay tuned – I’ll be posting my blocks here as they are completed.  I hope I can keep up with the weekly lessons!

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