Has this ever happened to you? Someone learns that you are a quilter/seamstress etc. and BRINGS you fabric from a relative, or something? A friend of a friend learned that I had a sewing room, and began bringing me upholstery samples that the interior design store where she worked had held on to for 20 years or so, and they were cleaning them out. Would I like them?? (Oh, sure, I can figure out something to do...)
Well, she brought me about 40 giant black garbage bags full of these little bits and pieces of fancy fabrics (filled my garage), most of which are NOT cotton, and NOT much bigger than 10" to 15", and not really usable in quilts because of odd fabric content. What do you do with them? Can't throw away free fabric, no matter the content!! (There were several samples of leather also, which I had my local fabric store cut into adorable flower embellishments with their AccuQuilt fabric die-cut machine.)
So I came up with the idea to make Crazy 4-Patch blocks (← see "Part I" for the TUTORIAL) and use those to create large panels that could be used to make "Carpetbags" ~ the perfect, glamourous, chic, upcycled bag~ great for toting any sewing or quilting project (I've been known to tote a queen size quilt in my carpetbag so that I can bind on the go).
And now, after hours and hours (and days and weeks and about 5 years) of petting, sorting,
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