Thursday, October 13, 2016

reusable grocery bags

Have you seen the craze for reusable grocery bags on pinterest and IG?  They're definitely the way to go if you don't like the plastic stacking up.  

After some research, I found that I liked this pattern made by "michellepattern" the best:

Michelle's Patterns PDF Grocery Bag Pattern

Michelle's pattern has 3 different options.  The finished sizes are:

small - 12" x 10" x 4"
medium- 13" x 12" x 5"
large- 14" x 14" x 6"

The medium is the size of a grocery store bag, but I prefer mostly large for the grocery store, and a few medium for heavier items.

(both medium)

 The bottom of the bag is sewn in such a way that it opens up. (large)

The great part of this project, is that you can use all those cute fabrics that you bought a long time ago but never put into a quilt because the design in the print was too big.

I've been trying to think of other uses for such a cute bag.  You should definitely keep one in your car!

And you should make them for your kids and grandkids for halloween bags, matching their costume, of course.

Or for a ballet bag.  

Or put them in a basket by your back door so you don't forget them.

What else do you use bags for?  I feel like I'm becoming a bag lady!

and the winners are . . .

Thank you for your comments last week about Jean quilts, Tiffany, your prize is on it's way!

Well, I finally won something at the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  You can see the outcome of the contest here.  My win is at the very bottom in the fine print, under the General Prize Winners (you may have all gotten one for all I know :).  I'm not even sure which entry it was for, probably Outhouse, it got the most hits.

It's always so fun seeing what the other quilting bloggers are into.  There were some really cool quilts this time.  Most of my favorites were in the Modern Quilt category:

 This is a great log cabin variation.  (click on picture for link)

 Birds on newsprint

Very cool free motion quilting.  Click on the picture to go to her blog to see close-ups.

And I had some favorites in the Scrappy Category:

This dim light affect is very nice.

I love this modern design, created by the up and coming Svetlana of SOTAK.  I pretty much love everything she does . . . it just comes natural for some people.

Happy Thursday.