At the Mall of America!
Putting the pedal to the floor!

A plethora of purses!


For some reason, our retreat this weekend in Eau Claire WI turned a bunch of quilters into bag ladies! One corner of the room came prepared just to make purses and they churned them out over and over. Rumor has it, they held one of their friends hostage until she finished hers ... poor thing couldn't go to bed ... but she gotter done!


Here's Chris showing off a new bag from Maple Island Quilts called Wallet and Grommet. She used upholstery grommets from DritzHome. Cleared our vending table of patterns as soon as she showed it!


Little purse organizers that she made from the scraps to coordinate!


Deb was delighted to have completed her first purse ... Everyday Fancy from  This and That ... just needs a covered button to complete it. She sewed in her first ever zipper, too without any problems!


Linda was working on a tote bag using the Kenyan Tote from Sue Spargo. She bought  the hand embroidered patch  at the AQS show in Des Moines from Sue (there's a whole story there ... read about it on Sue's site) and found a fabulous upholstery fabric in an antique store that was a perfect echo.


Tag Along Tote from Atkinson Designs nestled among other bags.


Close ups of a few other bags but I didn't get the names ... there were just too many!


We're loving that Jezebel fabric from Red Rooster! And grommets, too!!

This little ditty bag by This and That is adorable but you really have to pay attention to the tape on the table. Some quilters had boundary issues!

More pix later on some of the non-purse projects that were created at the retreat ... stay tuned.



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Heidi Kaisand

Those huge grommets are so cool.


Your retreat looks like fun. I love all the bags!

happy zombie

A bag utopia! Love all the bags, can't wait to see the quilts too!

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