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Monday, June 24, 2013

Carry on

In this case, it really is a carry-on! 

 I decided yesterday that I needed a new carry-on bag for our upcoming vacation.  Seeing as I'm working for the next couple of days, and then leaving basically from work to catch our flight, I had to get this made today.


While I had decided I wanted a duffel bag, and had a pretty good idea of how I was going to make it, I still did a little browsing last night and came across this site - 16 different duffel bag patterns.  Lots of ideas, but this is the one that was closest to what I was looking for, so it became my starting point., although ruffles and dance are not my thing :)


Awhile back I acquired some linen remnants, which I decided would be perfect for my needs.  This morning when I was out running some errands, it hit me - I should use that polka dot linen and the red linen I used in my disappearing 4 patch with a twist tutorial just to add a bit of interest to the bag.


 Now, if I didn't take my usual quilting approach, this bag would have taken me about 3 hours to make.  But, since I don't do anything the straight forward way, I did do my usual quilting - in this case a few feathers with matchstick quilting,
fmq feathers

some divide and conquer, playing with different fills - some crosshatch, some pebbles, a little McTavishing - you get the idea. 

About 3 hours worth of free motion quilting on my domestic machine, but I think it was totally worth it.  I used fusible fleece, and then after quilting I ironed on a woven interfacing, in lieu of doing a separate lining (lack of time!)  Some cotton webbing, a repurposed belt buckle and I have a new carry-on, which is far more attractive than my old one!


This was a fun project to work on, and I enjoyed the freedom of not worrying about what goes where with the quilting - I decided as I reached each spot.  While not a large duffel - finished size is about 8"x8"x16", it will be perfect as a carry-on with a few necessities - book and EPP diamonds to keep me occupied - and a snack or two!

Carry on quilting!


M-R Charbonneau said...

Wow. your quilting is gorgeous, Janet! Great duffel!

Beth said...

The quilting is just fantastic. No one else will have a bag like yours. Enjoy your trip.

elle said...

SUPER! That'll certainly carry you through any situation! :)

Calicojoan said...

Whoo hoo, you will be the one with the "bestest" bag on the trip! Great job!

sherry said...

will be the best dressed bag on your flight

Maggi said...

Lovely bag and it will never get mixed up with anyone else's

Poppyprint said...

Uhm. You decided yesterday that you needed a duffel bag? You're amazing. Where are you going on vacation? Have a fabulous time!

Vicki Miller said...

gorgeous quilting as usual - you are amazing

Holly said...

It wouldn't be a Janet bag if it didn't have amazing quilting! Love that matchstick quilting! Have a wonderful vacation!

Unknown said...

Unbelievably cool Janet. Fanciest duffel ever!

trudys_person said...

I love your bag Janet! Have a great trip!

Renate said...

What a wonderful way to enjoy your new duffel bag...a vacation!!! As always the quilting is impeccable.

Renate said...

What a wonderful way to enjoy your new duffel bag...a vacation!!! As always the quilting is impeccable.

JB said...

How stylish and practical. I wonder how many comments you received on your trip?

Anonymous said...

You quilting just blows me away! maybe in 20-3- years I will come 1/10 as good as you. You have inspired me to head off to my next WIP which is to be machine quilted.
Tks for such a beautiful blog.