A Colorful Bag!

So many of us have spent the weekend celebrating Passover, Easter or Rammadan! We now get to turn our eyes to rainbows and the Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop, sponsored by Joan of Moosestash Quilting. I thought of a couple of projects but this little pattern kept calling my name.

I loved this pattern from Giucy Giuce for Alison Glass. I bought it at Quiltcon 2020, and it has sat, unattended for such a long time. This hop seemed the appropriate time to make it. I decided to use some of my Island Batik scraps and the black solid fabric for the project. I knew the black would make the colors sparkle.

Truth be told, it took little time to make the block, which finishes at 4″. I was amazed that making something this small was sort of zen like. I would pick a few colors, trim the pieces very roughly and sew, press and sew a few more. It probably took less than 2 hours except for pressing the scraps that I used! And, as an added bonus, I only took out one or two piece that I inadvertently trimmed.

I loved the block and wanted to feature it on something I would use. I knew Sara at Sew Sweetness would have the perfect bag. I loved the shape of the Bella Pouch and thought a pocket would be perfect!

So, to make the pocket, I added a 3/4″ border. Then, two pieces of fabric were turned on one edge and overlapped, right sides together on the back. I sewed around and turned the pocket inside out. It was so easy (watch for a tutorial on the 22nd). Placing it on the piece was a little harder.

Before I could do that, I needed wanted to add some quilting in different colored threads on the side without the pocket. That was fast and fun – random lines were sewn on the back. Since I had not made the bag before, I sewed half of it together….it was wrong! So, out came my friend Jack the Seam Ripper, and I repinned and sewed it in place properly.

After that, I added the pocket, since I now knew where it went.

I also remembered I had this zipper pull in my sewing things, so I added the iron zipper pull to my new pouch.

A favorite Kaffe Fasset was used for the lining.

I like to give you something on a blog hop, so I made a flying geese block for you in Electric Quilt that will finish at 6″, with fewer pieces. It is a paper pieced block and I print it with colors. If you don’t want the colors, you can choose black and white when you print it.

I couldn’t stop there, and did a little baby quilt in Electric Quilt 8 with 16 bocks and a 3″ border to float the geese. I love this little quilt, and look forward to making it one day.

Please visit the other bloggers who are blogging today and the rest of the week. I am sure there will be a lot of eye candy!

As a reminder, I will be back on the 22nd with my Tips and Tutorials link up….you have the rest of the month (22nd-30th) to link up, I look forward to seeing what tips and tricks you have up your sleeve.

Monday April 18
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Ms P Designs USA
Samelia’s Mum
Kathleen McMusing
That Fabric Feeling

Tuesday April 19
Just Let Me Quilt
Songbird Designs
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Purring Cottage 
Stitchin at Home

Wednesday April 20
Patchouli Moon Studio
Quilting Gail
Quilt Schmilt
Words & Stitches
Quilted Delights
Lynn’s Blog

Thursday April 21
Just Sew Quilter
Days Filled With Joy
Selina Quilts
Karrin’s Crazy World
The Darling Dogwood
Beckys Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Friday April 22
Kathys Kwilts and More
Pieceful Thoughts
Karen’s Korner

Coming Up on My Blog:
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – 4/22
Planview Quilt 
Rainbow Scrap Challenge 
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd – 5/22
Foodie Blog Hop 5/26

Linking Up With:
Wait Loss Wednesdays
Midweek Makers

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  1. lynn bourgeois
    April 18, 2022 / 7:15 AM

    Thanks for the little block Kathleen, and I simply love the baby quilt. Great idea.

  2. April 18, 2022 / 7:38 AM

    Both of your projects are great showcases for the flying geese! Your pouch is really charming.

  3. Joan
    April 18, 2022 / 8:07 AM

    I don’t even know where to start here… I Love Love Love the flying geese block. That tote bag is just perfect to show it off at it’s finest. Thanks for the pattern you shared. I can see me making a baby quilt very soon with it myself! Thank you so much! You rocked my wonderful world of color!

  4. April 18, 2022 / 8:17 AM

    The Bello bag is great! And the flying geese is a nice added touch. Thanks for the FG block.

  5. Karrin Hurd
    April 18, 2022 / 8:24 AM

    Gorgeous bag and quilt! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. April 18, 2022 / 8:44 AM

    What a great way to show off the little flying geese block! You will be able to enjoy it every time you use the bag…I bet that is a lot, since it is a useful and cute little bag! 🙂

  7. Carla
    April 18, 2022 / 8:52 AM

    What a great bag and the pocket is so awesome. I love the colors in your flying geese and the black really does make those little geese sing.

  8. Brenda @ Songbird Designs
    April 18, 2022 / 9:03 AM

    What a fun bag project, Kathleen! I’ve not tried the stretched geese before, but it looks so interesting, and the black really does make it pop! I love the quilt. I do hope you will make it one day!

  9. Vicki in MN
    April 18, 2022 / 9:18 AM

    Nice pouch. So fun that you could try out these geese and then have a very useful project in the end. Love all those bright colors.

  10. inflorescencedesigns7f538ce9d0
    April 18, 2022 / 9:31 AM

    A beautiful block indeed! Soooo TINY! I love it. It looks great on the bag. Thanks for sharing!

  11. April 18, 2022 / 9:51 AM

    LOVE the bits of color you added to that bag! Thanks for sharing the stretched flying geese pattern with us, Kathleen.

  12. Beaquilter
    April 18, 2022 / 9:55 AM

    aww this is adorable! Great job on it!

  13. sewswift
    April 18, 2022 / 10:16 AM

    Oh my goodness, Kathleen, those are such tiny little flying geese. They look incredible and so pretty in the rainbow colors! I love them on the bag! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents in color with us today.

  14. April 18, 2022 / 10:28 AM

    Cute little flying geese, cute little bag! Thanks for the pattern!

  15. Cindy Pieters
    April 18, 2022 / 12:24 PM

    An adorable bag and a great use of the geese!

  16. April 18, 2022 / 1:03 PM

    Well that is a bright and fun block that works perfectly as the pocket. And as you knew, the black really lets those colors shine. 🙂

  17. April 18, 2022 / 1:10 PM

    This bag turned out wonderful! I have sewn that block from Giucy Giuce when they had a Sew Along a couple years back. I did make it into a project, possibly a drawstring bag. I love those paper-pieced blocks. Thank you for the 6″ paper-piece block!

  18. April 18, 2022 / 1:47 PM

    Love the bag and the quilt. Thank you for the block download. I am also posting in this blog hop on the 20th.

  19. Lj Meyers
    April 18, 2022 / 3:27 PM

    Kathleen, I love your little block and the bright fabrics are perfect. Sew Sweetness has adorable bag patterns and this Bella pattern is perfect. Thank you for the download.

  20. April 18, 2022 / 5:32 PM

    I couldn’t believe it when you said it was a 4″ block!!! Oh my! That’s tiny for all those flying geese! BUT it looks wonderful and is perfect as a pocket on the bag! The small quilt is darling! I hope you make it soon! 🙂

  21. Leah
    April 18, 2022 / 8:04 PM

    The pouch turned out lovely. Great place to showcase the colorful flying geese.

  22. April 18, 2022 / 8:12 PM

    What a great block – and so tiny. Your choice of black with batiks is perfect. And how creative to add it to a bag and not just let it be an orphaned block.

  23. April 19, 2022 / 1:35 AM

    That pocket certainly “pops” on the black. Lovely work.

  24. April 19, 2022 / 1:47 AM

    Wow! those are tiny pieces but so beautiful together in the rainbow of geese. And then you attached it to a wonderful bag. There are so putsy to put together. Your lining is perfect for it.

  25. Carol Kussart
    April 19, 2022 / 8:32 AM

    That is one SWEET flying geese block!! Putting on the bag was the perfect spot for showing it off. Thanks for the pattern and I hope to see your flying geese quilt finished some day!

  26. Selina
    April 19, 2022 / 8:51 AM

    What wonderful use of COLOR. That is such a cute block with so much potential. Your use of it in that bag is just perfect, Thanks for sharing the pattern with usl

  27. April 19, 2022 / 11:00 AM

    I love those little geese, and what a beautiful bag! You are right, the black does make them pop. Thanks for sharing the pattern. 🙂

  28. Gwen M
    April 19, 2022 / 11:28 AM

    Love this post, Kathleen! The bag is beautiful! Thank you for the flying geese pattern and the adorable baby quilt layout.

  29. April 19, 2022 / 4:03 PM

    What an awesome pouch, and such tiny pieces….love it.

  30. April 19, 2022 / 5:11 PM

    Oh my gosh – I SO love that little block!!! and that you put it on a bag – it doesn’t get more perfect!!!!! The baby quilt one looks cool too!!!

  31. Rebecca Smith
    April 19, 2022 / 6:05 PM

    The black really sets your colors

  32. April 19, 2022 / 6:55 PM

    It’s a very cute block and you’ve really showcased within your pouch. Lovely!

  33. Colette
    April 20, 2022 / 8:28 AM

    The small flying geese piece is lovely, and I think it is awesome you used it in a project. The bag turned out fabulous

  34. lapaylor
    April 20, 2022 / 12:26 PM

    little iron! so sweet! Love geese…

  35. April 20, 2022 / 3:02 PM

    That’s a very fun bag! I love the lining fabric…good old Kaffe just makes it all come together. Thanks so much for sharing.

  36. Robin K
    April 20, 2022 / 4:34 PM

    WOW! I love how your brain just keeps going. Thanks for the pattern so we can continue in your path. I liked all the examples. I would recommend anyone to follow your blog.

  37. inquiringquilter
    April 21, 2022 / 10:42 AM

    What a cute little pouch! That block is perfect on it. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  38. April 23, 2022 / 1:09 AM

    Hi Kathleen. I’m not sure which I like better; the sweet bag or that stretched geese block/pocket. Thank you for the sweet quilt pattern.

  39. April 24, 2022 / 8:53 AM

    Hi Kathleen! I don’t know how I missed this post the first time. Oh wait, yes I do. I was wrapped up with the littles both Monday and Tuesday. That 4″ inch block (!!!) is just fabulous and turning it into a pocket was a brilliant idea. It looks great on your new bag, and what a cute zipper pull, too! Thanks for linking up for TGIFF. {{Hugs}} a bunch! ~smile~ Roseanne

  40. April 25, 2022 / 1:04 PM

    I love Flying Geese!! Thanks for the download. And your bag is perfect with the pocket. Great job.

  41. April 27, 2022 / 9:08 PM

    How I love flying geese, and rainbow the most! This is a great little block, and I love what you ended up doing with it. Fun to see the possibilities in EQ!

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