Quilted Market Bag from Annie's

By now, you probably all know how much I love a good bag. When Annie’s Craft Store got in touch to see if I wanted to try out a free bag pattern they’re offering, of course I said yes!

Quilted Market Bag Pattern from Annie's on Crafty Staci #marketbagadventures #marketbag #totebag #freesewingpattern

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From now through July 14th, you can get the free pattern too! Click over to Annie’s Facebook page, and find the bag that looks like the one below:

Quilted Market Bag from Annie's

Once you join the Annie’s Quilting Group, you’ll be able to download the pattern. All you need to complete it is a charm pack, lining fabric, muslin, and batting. The charm pack and yardage I used to make mine is a line called Orchard by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns for Moda. It was perfect for a market bag, but I’ll admit, there were LOTS of other fabrics I loved for it too. I might have to make another one! 😉

Annie's Market Bag on CraftyStaci.com

I found the pattern easy to follow, but I do have some tips of my own to share, in case it helps you when you’re putting yours together:

  • Lay out your squares before sewing so you can choose placement.

Pieces laid out for Market Bag from Annie's on Crafty Staci
  • Don’t forget the straps.

Pieces laid out for Market Bag from Annie's straps on Crafty Staci
  • The lower three squares are the bottom of the bag, so place your least favorite or duplicate squares there.

  • Press your seams in opposite directions every other row. That will make it easier to match up your corners when you sew the rows together.

  • Place the lower three squares by matching the seams. The raw edges will overlap the seams by 1/4” on each side.

  • Since this is a small project, have fun with the quilting. I used an asterisk pattern. I also like the meander on the example.

Quilting on Market Bag from Annie's on Crafty Staci
  • After you turn the bag right side out, press the folds to help the bag have the correct shape (two seams on each side, the four sides on the bottom).

Market Bag in progress on Crafty Staci
  • Be sure to leave the full 4” for turning right side out. I accidentally shorted myself by 3/4”, and it was a tight squeeze.

  • I don’t often baste, but I did baste the straps in place. You have to put them under the bunched up bag, so they really need to be held in place well.

  • I cheated a little when I was sewing the straps. Rather than turn the edges under 1/4”, I stitched them with right sides together and turned right side out. Either way will work just fine.

Straps for Market Bag from Annie's on Crafty Staci

I really like the size of this bag. It’s big enough to hold plenty of market goods, but not so big it’s unwieldy to carry.

Market Bag from Annie's on Crafty Staci

Make sure to click over and get your free pattern before July 14th. If you make one I’d love to see it! In addition to playing along using #marketbagadventures, tag me @craftystaci too!

Tessellating Diamonds Quilt Pattern Giveaway

When I received an email from Annie’s Craft Store recently, offering to let me give away one of their patterns on my blog, I happened to be sitting with a couple of ladies from my quilt guild. So, rather than try to make the decision about which one I’d offer on my own, I let them choose. They both thought this Tessellating Diamonds quilt pattern was pretty, and looked fun to make. I think they’re right, so here we go!

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Tessellating Diamonds Quilt from Annie's Craft Store

This pattern uses a pack of 2 1/2” strips and some solid black fabric. If you haven’t tried strip piecing before, this would be a great place to start.

Tessellating Diamonds Quilt at Annie's Craft Store

There are three ways to enter to win this digital quilt pattern. You can visit my Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram pages. You’re not required to follow or comment on any of those (although you’re definitely welcome to 😊). Be sure to click on each entry method within the entry box below to make sure your entries are recorded.

And the fine print:

Giveaway begins Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 6:00 am Pacific and ends Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 11:59 pm Pacific. Prize is one DIGITAL copy of the Tessellating Diamonds Quilt Pattern from Annie’s Craft Store. Giveaway is open to anyone over the age of 18. Only one entry per entry method per person, for a total of four entries. Winner will be chosen at random on May 23, 2019 and will be notified via email. Prize will be delivered digitally by Annie's Craft Store.

Good luck!

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