Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sew-In Project:: Feb 22nd - Quilted Grocery Bag Holder

Hello quilters!  I've got all the details here for the next Sew-In Project, a quilted grocery bag holder for your pantry that will keep all of those grocery bags in one place. If you just want to learn the Magic 8 technique and not make the grocery bag holder, that is okay too, you could use the blocks for something else or make a small doll quilt.


- I will teach you the "Magic 8" method of making HSTs (Half Square Triangles), as HSTs (any way you make them) are a key part of many, many quilting projects and this is a quick and easy way to make 8 at once.  I will teach you the formula to make the HSTs any size you like, so you can use this method for any of your projects in the future. Huzzah!
- We'll also do some machine quilting. You could practice your free motion quilting on this, or do some straight line quilting with the walking foot.

Materials & Fabric:

  • (1) 12.5” wide  x Width of Fabric (WOF) strip of white or solid background fabric (Or (3) 12.5” Squares)
  • (1) 12.5” wide  x Width of Fabric (WOF) strip of feature fabric (dark or medium prints or scraps) (Or (3) assorted 12.5” Squares)
  • (1) 22" x 27" backing fabric (a scrap fabric will do)
  • (1) 22" x 27" piece of quilt batting
  • piecing and quilting thread
  • quilting (walking) foot for your sewing machine
  • basting safety pins or spray ( I can provide pins) 
  • rulers for squaring up blocks (I can lend as well)

*** twill tape and 1/4" (or less) elastic are also required, but I will bring these as well (unless you want to bring your own).

I expect this will take about 1 - 2 hours. You can finish it at the Sew-In or at home. I will provide a tutorial if you want to finish the quilting on your own time. Please stay and work on another project when you are done.

Updated:  Here is a picture of one I have made. Love it!

If you have any questions, please let me know.


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