Project Quilting #5 - Grocery Store Challenge

I am going to start out by saying that this challenge has innumerable possibilities.  I thought of so many things I might use like this coveted piece of lettuce fabric I have (don't ask!).  Or rainbow colors for all the colors you are supposed to eat, fruits, veggies etc. On Thursday night, knowing I was going to be out of town for the day on Friday, I gave up the idea of making anything.

Woke up Saturday morning, got out my dresden plate ruler and decided to give a small project a go. 

Every time I go to the grocery store I forget to grab the big tote bags to get my groceries in. They are big and they don't fold down unless you take the time to really make them.  I decided today was the day for a soft fabric market bag. I am calling it "Be Green".

I made a mostly green dresden plate for the greens I love to eat. The fabrics are all from my stash and left overs from another quilt I made last year. I used a dresden plate ruler, made 4 1/2" petals and sewed them into points. Appliqued the center on and then appliqued it all to the bag and topstitched.  Made my own binding for the opening and made french seams to strengthen the sides and binding in the bottom. It measures approx. 14 x 15 flat but when you open it up the sides fold out to 19". This bag holds a lot of stuff!

It has folds on each side that blouse out when you start stuffing. I also like the handles that hook on to the store racks. And best of all..... folds down to a little smaller than a pattern envelope. ;)
I have had this pattern for a long time and finally got it out. I followed it loosely.  Used a pattern, used my stash= makes me happy!

Linking up with Kim at Persimon Dreams Project Quilting HERE
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Kim said…
I love this!!! Great colors - great bag! Glad you decided to give it a go even after you had said "this isn't happening"! :)
What a beautiful grocery bag! Love the dresden. I have way to many boring reusable bags. Nice finish!

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