Wednesday, June 6, 2012

WiP...A Whole New Bag!

Looking for a Pay It Forward? Please check out Pam's here. She hasn't had any response for it as of yet, but is excited about the process.

I've been planning this for a couple of weeks but when I saw Purse Palooza out there, I made myself wait before making it. It got me all motivated! My first bag endeavor for the month is a new beach bag! Check it out!

This is from a free pattern over at Reanna Lily Designs. I used the polka-dot fabrics from a charm swap I participated in with Lindsay over at Craftbuds back in January. I was a little worried that it might be a bit overwhelming but I really love how it turned out. I used solids on the sides with polka-dotted pockets for both sides. I kept one side pocket whole and divided the other into sections.

I used muslin on the inside just to keep it basic. And (though my FMQ is not great) I wrote 'beach' on the both sides. This thing is huge. It's got two large beach towels in it for the picture but it could hold at least two more easily which is perfect for us. And it's just in time for swim lessons!

I also am up to 3 on my Bottled Rainbows. The orange and red blocks are made; I just have to put the scraps on.
Linking up to Lee's!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced   Ellison Lane Quilts

16 comments:

piece peace said...

I love that you made your bag from charm squares. Do you know how many you used by any chance?

Melinda said...

Just in case anyone else is curious, I believe I had 56 charms and it took them all. I used solids behind the pockets, but otherwise the entire outside and pocket fronts are all charms.

sewfrench.com said...

Cute!!!
I've been wanting to make a patchwork beach bag ever since I saw on in Florida for $150.00! Thanks for the pattern idea!

Love the bottled rainbow blocks, too!

Linz said...

That is a COOL bag!! I love it! And I still need to post about the Pay It Forward! I will!! SOON! :)

Love you bottled rainbow blocks!!

SuperMomNoCape said...

What a great bag for taking to the beach... so colourful!

Debbie said...

Very cute bag! Nicely done!!

Connie said...

What a beautiful beach bag! I have that pattern and need to get one made.

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

love the beach bag!! I have that patten on my "to do" list!! Better get at it!

Bree said...

The bag is rad, Melinda! I might have to steal your idea.. we never have anything to carry towels and such in, and I live right next to a beach!

The Thompsons said...

What a beautiful bag - it's definitely perfect for the beach - so bright and cheerful!

Kris from Duke Says Sew What said...

What a great bag! I also like the fabrics in your bottled rainbow blocks, so sweet.

Bethany (Make Me A Quilt) said...

Your bad is ridiculously awesome. I love all the colors!

Mrs.Pickles said...

wow great work!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

great bag...I don't blame you for waiting!!

Leslie said...

this is such a great bag...and those blocks are really fun

Krysta said...

Ive been wanting to make a beach tote for awhile now. I love yours!