October 9, 2009

I asked Dana which quilt should be my quilter’s choice for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival put on by Amy of Park City Girl. Immediately he said, “Shopping Bags.”

Shopping Bags by Kay Mackenzie

Shopping Bags by Kay Mackenzie

The bag popped into my head a number of years ago whilst tromping the aisles at Pacific International Quilt Festival. It must have been the heavenly combination of quilts, fabric, and shopping!

It took awhile for the concept to get from my head to a design. Yes, kids, each bag has set-in seams in two places. That did not deter me. I used freezer-paper templates and sewed carefully, and they came together just fine.

Shopping Bags detail

Shopping Bags detail

It was gobs of fun rummaging through my stash for fabrics to make the fronts, sides, and backs. For the sides, I chose fabrics where I could use both the back and the front, to add to the illusion of a folding pleat.

After the bags were all sewn together (by machine), I turned over a quarter of an inch all around the edges and pressed. I chose a swirly background fabric and made my best stab at an artistic arrangement. In fact this may have been my very first quilt to come even close to being an “art quilt.” I just wanted them to hang there in space and overlap and float in and out from each other.

Once the bags were arranged, I basted them down and stitched the turned edges like appliqué, changing threads to match or blend with each fabric.

I went to the craft store to get something for the handles. I made my choice and as I was standing in line I saw the manager. Susan!” I yelled. “Whaddya call this stuff?” “That’s rat-tail cord,” she replied. Who knew. I couched the cord into place using one of those curve-bar thingies for placement.

Get this… I totally forgot to leave enough background fabric at the top for the handles. I quickly figured out that the topmost handles were going to stick up off the quilt. A happy accident… I get comments on how creative and clever this is.

Along with a different version of the quilt, the Shopping Bag block pattern was published the Fall 2005 issue of American Quilter magazine.

Hope you like Dana’s choice! Visit Park City Girl every day through October 16 and get a ringside seat for other bloggers’ quilt picks.

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


60 Responses to “Dana’s choice”

  1. dee on October 9th, 2009 8:48 am

    This is the most amazing one I’ve seen yet. Such wonderful playfulness and colors. Great job. Thanks for showing it.

  2. Mary on Lake Pulaski on October 9th, 2009 9:00 am

    Kay, I absolutely love Dana’s choice for the Quilt Festival! This quilt is so fun and colorful it just makes me smile looking it all over for the great fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kaye Prince on October 9th, 2009 9:02 am

    This is such an interesting design and looks like it was so much work! You did a really great job!

  4. Anne D on October 9th, 2009 11:23 am

    WOW what an amazing quilt

  5. Chase on October 9th, 2009 12:59 pm

    This is an amazing quilt!

  6. Anne on October 9th, 2009 1:09 pm

    What a creative quilt! The handles really make it fun!

  7. Kelli on October 9th, 2009 1:48 pm

    No Way! That is amazing! Great idea and beautifully executed.

  8. Marge on October 9th, 2009 2:05 pm

    Love your shopping bags, they remind me of the floor at a quilt retreat after the ladies have all been shopping!

  9. Carol Hansen on October 9th, 2009 2:34 pm

    Fabulous idea. Love how it turned out.

  10. Sara on October 9th, 2009 4:01 pm

    Beautiful quilt – very interesting…

  11. Janet Brady on October 9th, 2009 4:53 pm

    Wow! It’s amazing how much depth and dimension you managed to get out of a two dimensional surface. Great job!

  12. tirane93 on October 9th, 2009 7:00 pm

    what a cool idea! this is a really special quilt.

  13. cara on October 9th, 2009 9:58 pm

    What a great quilt. Seriuosly combines all my fav things!

  14. KarenN on October 9th, 2009 11:09 pm

    What a wonderful quilt!

  15. jo on October 9th, 2009 11:14 pm

    wow – that is a work of art!

  16. Carrie P. on October 10th, 2009 6:29 am

    Wow! what a really neat idea for a quilt. I bet it was fun picking out each fabric for each bag.

  17. Paulette Doyle on October 10th, 2009 8:03 am

    Amazing quilt! Amazing give away! Thank you!

  18. Rhondi on October 10th, 2009 9:58 am

    I absolutely love your quilt! The idea is great, the colors are wonderful. It makes me smile! And all those set in seams…yikes!!

  19. Vivian on October 10th, 2009 1:08 pm

    What a wonderful quilt! It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Ditto to every other positive thing others have written before me. This is just too cool! I started smiling as soon as I saw it & I still am.

  20. Natalia on October 10th, 2009 1:10 pm

    Love it, so creative!

  21. Katie B on October 10th, 2009 1:54 pm

    I love this quilt! Such creativity and talent.

  22. granny lyn on October 10th, 2009 3:24 pm

    oh, you did a wonderful job! so meticulous and “fussy”! this one must have been soooo much fun, with all the happy fabrics, too! love it

  23. Quiltluver-Karen on October 10th, 2009 6:36 pm

    Fabulous quilt design. Such a beautiful quilt.

  24. paula, thequilter on October 10th, 2009 6:53 pm

    I just have to sit and look at this amazing quilt

  25. Madeline on October 10th, 2009 7:42 pm

    What a fun quilt! I love the shopping bags.


  26. Judy Z on October 11th, 2009 4:48 am

    Your shopping bags quilt is so cute. No surprise there, I love ALL your quilts.
    Judy Z

  27. Rene' on October 11th, 2009 7:34 am

    What a fun and cool quilt!!! Love it. I can see how it would be fun to pick out all the fabrics for the shopping bags. You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Heather on October 11th, 2009 8:40 am

    so fun. . . thank you for sharing your inspiration for this quilt.

  29. Jill on October 11th, 2009 10:11 am

    I love this quilt. What a fun way to use some of those prints you just love, but can’t find a way to use. Very creative.

  30. Catherine on October 11th, 2009 1:21 pm

    Oh that’s so cool! A lot of work but so worth the effort. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Miri on October 11th, 2009 2:01 pm

    Brilliant! Simply wonderful in every way…

  32. marie Saborio on October 11th, 2009 2:15 pm

    Wow Wow Wow what else can I say.
    Great Job

  33. Vicki on October 11th, 2009 2:22 pm

    Awesome quilt, I’ve never seen anything like it and I love that!

  34. Carin on October 11th, 2009 5:27 pm

    What a great quilt!

  35. Anna on October 11th, 2009 5:53 pm

    What a fun quilt- Your bags are all so cute-
    I bet it was great fun to make.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Warmest regards,

  36. Zarina on October 11th, 2009 6:09 pm

    I love the quilt since it shows my two favourite passions – quilting and shopping.

  37. hetty on October 11th, 2009 7:28 pm

    Great idea! It makes for a really fun quilt!

  38. Marilyn on October 11th, 2009 9:41 pm

    What a neat quilt! Great idea!

  39. Sue Abrey on October 12th, 2009 12:41 am

    A fantastic, fun quilt. I love it.

  40. linda Moran on October 12th, 2009 4:51 pm

    Very clever!!!

  41. Lemon Tree Tami on October 12th, 2009 8:16 pm

    Great looking quilt, very cheerful! The top row of handles are a fantastic “accident”. I wonder if they’d hold the weight of the quilt? Then it’d look like the bags were just hung up on hooks or pegs, same as any other shopping bag. :-)

  42. Serena on October 12th, 2009 9:30 pm

    Very very beautiful!!! Wow I think it’s so much fun to look at.

  43. Rose Marie on October 13th, 2009 2:08 pm

    This is absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !

  44. Deana on October 14th, 2009 10:02 am

    LOVE IT! I even linked to this quilt from my blog so others may see it.

    This quilt is just too much fun — might just have to make me one.

  45. Amy - parkcitygirl on October 14th, 2009 12:16 pm

    So fun Kay! Thanks for sharing :)

  46. Kathy Link on October 14th, 2009 4:36 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this in quilting before. What a unique idea to create shopping bags as a block. Your work is very lovely and so are the fabrics. I enjoyed reading about your quilt.

  47. christine collins on October 15th, 2009 4:00 am

    I’m a real “bag lady”, your quilt appeals to both the bag collector and conversation print collector in me.

    LOVE IT!!

  48. Marty Mason on October 15th, 2009 5:23 am

    Love all your shopping bags…they are just waiting to be filled with lots of quilt fabric aren’t they!!

  49. Judy on October 15th, 2009 9:36 am

    What a unique, creative approach to quilting. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing.

  50. Kendra on October 15th, 2009 2:09 pm

    I’m in awe.

  51. Patty on October 16th, 2009 9:18 am

    This quilt is amazing. I love it.

  52. Marika on October 16th, 2009 10:11 am

    I like it the quilt very nice.

  53. Lisa on October 16th, 2009 7:16 pm

    I love this quilt and how it looks 3D! Beautiful job. Thank you for sharing :-)

  54. barb vedder on October 17th, 2009 7:43 am

    i love this!
    hats off to you!

  55. Kay on October 19th, 2009 8:48 am

    Thank you one and all for your warm and wonderful comments.

    Hugs in return,

  56. Jill on October 19th, 2009 10:20 am

    What an awesome quilt! Any chance of getting a copy of the pattern? I absolutely love it!

  57. Casey on November 29th, 2009 9:57 am

    This is amazing. It’s a brilliant quilt.

  58. Christine on May 25th, 2010 9:39 am

    I just love this design, how fun!

  59. Shirley Teabo on November 2nd, 2018 2:41 am

    Could you please send me a copy of the patten for the quilt – if a charge let me know. st@verizon.net.

  60. Shirley Teabo on November 2nd, 2018 2:41 am

    Could you please send me a copy of the patten for the quilt – if a charge let me know. steabo@verizon.net.