Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Hampton Gardens Project Tour

Playing with Lila Tueller's newest fabrics for Riley Blake Designs:  Hampton Gardens!  Look at these luscious lovelies!
"Hampton Gardens" by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake Designs
I really like this combination of fabrics - and wanted to make a project that could feature all of them!  Lori Holt's Crazy Quilt Paper was a super-easy way to cut all the pieces in a "controlled random" but quick kind of process.

* One 10-inch Stacker (42 pieces, 2 to 3 of each print in the line)
* 1 yard fun print for lining - Cut a 28" x 39" rectangle, 1 yard lightweight interfacing (optional)
* 3/8 yard for handles - Cut (3) 3-1/2" x width of fabric strips, joined together end to end.  Trim to make a 106" loop, then press lengthwise in half, bring the raw edges to the center line and press again, then fold in half again and topstitch.
* 1 package Crazy Quilt Paper
* Zippers, 24-26" for the top and 7-9" for pocket (optional)

These papers have a waxy side which can be ironed to fabric and sticks long enough that you can get good cuts without having to pin or worry about the papers slipping off.  It's the "Stack * Slash * Switch *  & Stitch" technique, and the papers made it really slick.  I used one sheet for each stack.

Stack 'em,

Press the Crazy Patch Paper to the top (or bottom) of the stack.

Slash em, 

Peel off the papers, then Switch 'em,
and Stitch 'em!

This bag uses 15 Crazy-Patch blocks.  I squared 12 of the blocks to 8-1/2" and cut two of the blocks at 6-1/2" x 8-1/2" for the bag bottom, then added some flying geese for the end panels.  Those are made with a simple flying geese technique using a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle of prints (16 total) and (2) 2-1/2" squares of background for each unit (32 total).  

I assembled my bag as pictured above and quilted it directly to some Soft & Stable foam-like interfacing. 

Then I trimmed the bag and added straps.  I think I could have added these straps while it was still on the longarm!  Next time...

Once that was done, I folded the bag in half and stitched the sides, then boxed the bottom to make the bag's shell.  

Then I added a zipper and boxed the top corners too.  I had to sacrifice the top flying geese unit but it encloses the zipper nicely.  

For the lining, I fused some lightweight interfacing to give it a little body, then added a zipped pocket before sewing the sides and boxing the bottom and top.  I made some adjustments to the size a little because the quilting took in the size of the bag.

And it's done!

It may have to wait a while to go anywhere... but it will always remind me of this crazy, unexpected time of our lives we're experiencing right now.

Look for Hampton Gardens fabrics and Crazy Patch Papers through online retail quilt shops!

Happy Quilting!

More Hampton Garden projects:
Damjana's DIY Storage Bags @ AppleGreenCottage
Karly's May Day Quilt @ Paisley Roots
Sarah's Happy Scrappy QAL quilt @ Piccolo Studio
Julie's Irish Chain @sewblissful insta
Lila's RBD Blocks


  1. I love it! You are making the most of your time off Tabernacle Choir. Who knew we wouldn't have a Normal Conference in April. Glad they are making the changes to protect everyone. We are blessed to be in Nebraska still. I look forward to watching General Conference with the Elders and Sisters here on Saturday. Sunday we'll stay in the apartment.

  2. Ok, where can I buy the pattern and stuff!!! This bag is just gorgeous!

  3. I LOVE THIS!! Thank you for using my Hampton Garden fabrics! Your bag pattern is gorgeous

    1. Thank you, Lila! I'm always inspired by your lovely fabric designs!


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