Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rag Time

So, I'm ready to show you my weekend Zone project~ I made a Rag Quilt Bag. I love how Rag Quilt projects turn out so soft and fluffy. To get started I cut out my squares of denim, floral print, flannel, and backing pieces.



Then I layered the pieces and arranged them into the pattern I wanted.



I picked out a cheerful little button from by button box~



And of course I selected some ric-rac because it is just fun :-)



Then I sewed the squares together to form the front, back, sides, and bottom. When making a Rag Quilt, you sew backwards... the seams are on the outside.


Then I made the pockets, straps and button closure.



I like to add linings to my bags so that I can make the pockets the size I want.




After I put the linings in place I start to assemble the bag. It sort of looks like a little girls dress in this shot...... hummmm that's an idea.
I pinned the straps and button closure in place and then sewed the top seam.

Next I attached the button.....

Then it was time to get Snippy. I can not stress enough that to make a rag quilt, you need a good pair of snips! I tried to make my first project with just a pair of scissors to snip the seams..... My hand hurt for DAYS!! Plus it took at least 3 times as long to complete.


Here's the finished project~ an inside view...


And the front. Now all it needs is a spin in the washer and dryer and it will fluff up and soften.



This is a lap quilt I made this Spring. See how the seams look fuzzy and oh so soft?




This is another bag that I made. I jazzed it up with some embroidery on my machine. I really liked it, but I sold it to a lady in California. I may have to make another one for me.
I have a couple of other projects to share with you, but I will have to wait until they reach their destinations.... I wouldn't want to spoil any surprises.
Warm and happy greetings from the Zone~Rhonda

23 comments:

Tracey said...

How cute!!! Where do you sell these?
Tracey

Liane said...

Wow - those are really neat! I have absolutely no skills in sewing - I like the look of your bags. And I appreciate your song selection for this blog . .
Have a great day,
Liane

Brenda said...

OMG you are so talented. I love it all. I wanna be under that quilt now =)

Cathy said...

I love it! Great tote.

southern queen bee said...

Love your bags. You are so right, you HAVE to have the snips or it will kill your hands...

Sharon said...

Oh my gosh they are so cute! YOu did a fantastic job!

:0) Sharon

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries and Eggs In My Pocket said...

Hi, I found you by visiting one blog that led to another blog that led to your blog!lol. I love your blog...you have just as many farm critters as I do! Your rag quilt things are wonderful! I am going to add you to may favorites so that others can come visit you as well! blessings, Kathleen

BittersweetPunkin said...

Oh Rhonda...you are such a talented girl...good for you!! How lovely your creations are.....nice to see you are keeping busy!

Hugs,
Robin

Kathleen Grace said...

This is so pretty! I love the "Be Happy" buttons:>)

cityfarmer said...

I'm going to start a project tomorrow, but it won't be near this cute.....
AAAAAAAplus, my dear

Michelle said...

What beautiful work! The possibilities are endless..

Michelle

Pony Girl said...

Those are super cute! Fun details! I have never seen anything like them. Wish I was that creative!Have you ever thought of making a cowgirl one? ;)

Meggie said...

Great job, Rhonda! Your projects are soooo cool! Your rag projects turn out lots better than mine. Love your selection and combination of fabrics. Can't wait to see your future projects.

mybellacolle said...

OOhh...my gosh!!
agggh... looooove your blog girl friend!! That music..the background..Thanks darlin' I've really needed a pick me up.. I'm smilin' from ear to ear....=) seriously..
..now to your wonderful creation.. amazing!!! Those are some fun bags!!
have a wonderful weekend!!
XO
~Christine

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love those!! The lap quilt is really great too...

I envy you your wonderful sewing skills...
Hugs,
Penny

Phyllis said...

Hi Rhonda,

I really like the quilt you made in the spring. I've seen these rage quilts and keep thinking I want to make one. I bet they don't take much time at all.

As cold as it is here this week, I could use a nice, heavy quilt!

Thanks for sharing.

Jen said...

I love the bags but I adore the lap quilt. So beautiful!!!!
Jen

Home Interior said...

Hello Rhonda, what an exciting undertaking! Your creation is lovely as it is, and a new look would be super awesome for you .Have a great rest of the week...

Daisy

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Rhonda! Your bags are SOOOO cute! Awesome little touches! LOL about having a good pair of scissors. Ain't that the truth!?

xo
Becky

Linda said...

What cool bags...I love them. The inside pockets are perfect too. Hugs, Linda

bj said...

How adorable...I love every thing you are showing us here. What a great seamstress you are...
xo bj

Christy said...

Those are so cute!

Mrs. Dewey Smith said...

I love these. I'll just never feel like doing all that handsewing on my quilts again. How cozy looking!

Thanks for the great photos and sharing!
Deanna