I recently took an afternoon class with my local Western Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society to make a shoulder bag from 5 inch squares. I had not made a bag before, but at least had confidence in my beginner's quilting skills to give it a try. If you haven't taken a class at your local quilt shop or with your local guild before, I would absolutely suggest that you sign up as quickly as possible. This is a great way to learn a new skill or way of thinking about the skills you already have (as was my case here). Most importantly, though, this was a great way to meet and interact with other local quilters, share a cup of tea and have a good laugh. The bag is about 15 inches across and 8-9 inches tall (without the handles) and has a patchwork pocket on the front and two larger patchwork pockets on the lining. I chose to use a deep brown lining to match the handles. I am currently using it to cart around my embroidery floss, hoops, etc when traveling and I simply love it.
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