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Vote Now: Bags and Purses


It’s voting time for this week’s Bags and Purses contest. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and a pencil to make note of your faves. You can vote for THREE favourites this weekend.

Vicki Welsh is back as this week’s sponsor and she’s donated a great prize for the contest winner and she has a free tutorial for making the super-sized tote bag below too.


If you’ve entered an item in the contest, be sure to read the updated rules and guidelines page on inviting others to vote for your submission.

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday – Monday, October 22nd at 8 a.m. (EDT)
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt
  • Winner announced Monday afternoon/evening

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos and stories below… there are several, so you’ll need to scroll down to see them all. You can also click the link to the slider version to review the quilts in the large format and then return to this page to vote.
  • Underneath the photos, scroll down, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button** beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. You can select up to THREE favourites this week.
  • Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the list of quilt names. Press the vote button.

** Note: If you don’t see the square buttons to vote, but instead see the voting results, that means someone on your IP Address already voted, or that the voting period has ended, or that you need to refresh the page to see the voting options. Shared IP addresses are very common in home or work networks.

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 27
  • Total countries: 8
  • Total provinces: 3
  • Total states: 13

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

A Cute Bag Designed by Ginnie Kelly A Cute Bag Designed by Ginnie Kelly
By: Ouida Staley,
Oregon, USA

It has 4 pockets inside but I added 3 extra ones. It has a adjustable strap for shoulder use or over the chest. I used #10 snaps instead of magnet closures as I was worried about my embroidery machine software.Was a fun bag to do.

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 12"

A Tote for all Reasons A Tote for all Reasons
By: Pam McDonald,
Washington, USA
Blog: Folded Spindled and Quilted

I picked the design for this tote from one of Jo-Ann’s freebies. I made the handles a little wider and added a flower with leaves for the middle instead of layered circles hanging off the tie. I also added three pockets for the inside. This is my first time entering a contest with my crafty items

Quilt size: width: 12" height: 12"

Anne of Green Gables Purse Anne of Green Gables Purse
By: Crafty Tokyo Mama,
Blog: Crafty Tokyo Mama

I had Anne of Green Gables on my mind as I made up this bright green spring-themed purse, using Clover and Violet’s Anne Bag pattern. The ruffled top adds the perfect feminine touch!

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 9.5"

Bag Bag “Poppy Flower”
By: Zlata Ratskevich,
Russian Federation
Blog: ZlataR

Bag is made of canvas, cotton lining. Fastens with a magnetic button. There is an inner pocket, a pocket on the back. Handle length 14 inches. On the front side 3D ​​applique flower cultivation.
In my blog has a story about how this bag is sewn – look under the tag “bag”

Quilt size: width: 3,5" height: 10,8"

Big Red Bag Big Red Bag
By: Rose S.,
New York, USA

I made this from a pattern by Sherri K. Falls of This and That. I altered it slightly by adding a zipper closure and front and back slash pockets. It has 6 pockets on the inside and is nice and roomy to carry just about everything you need. I love-love-love these fabrics!

Quilt size: width: 12.5" height: 11.5"

Big Tote Big Tote
By: Astrid Bueter,

It is a Big Bag in differnt Fabrics. I use this bag as a weekender.

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 29"

Blooming Bag Blooming Bag
By: Marjory Peck,
Arizona, USA
Blog: Pecks Pieces

I needed a new purse, so I put my love of pink and 3D flowers to work to create this purse. I also love unique shapes so I added some of that. This is what the outcome created.

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 10"

Cat's Meow Cat’s Meow
By: kc,
Texas, USA
Blog: Sew~Write Creations

This little kitty cat iPhone case was modeled after a friend’s real-life kitten. It’s made out of fleece and flannel and the zipper is where the phone is inserted. I embroidered the face & paws and used reverse applique for the stripes. A band of Velcro keeps it securely attached to her arm.

Quilt size: width: 4" height: 6"

Country Garden Tote Country Garden Tote
By: Tammie Pruitt,
California, USA

I made this tote bag for my daughter so she would have a large bag for the baby stuff.

Quilt size: width: 13" height: 17"

Dazzling Tote Bag Dazzling Tote Bag
By: Cheryl Hartzog,
Florida, USA
Blog: Quilts and Art By Cheryl

I made this a few years ago to carry my photo albums in when I went to PA. to visit .The bag is made with Taffadas, netting, lace, cotton flowers and beaded all over.
I also entered it in 2 quilt shows.

Quilt size: width: 14" height: 12"

Dresden Sunflower Bag Dresden Sunflower Bag
By: Paula Coleman,
Kansas, USA

I made this bag for a friend’s birthday present. I fell in love the fabric colors!

Quilt size: width: 25" height: 30"

Floral Patchwork Quilted Bag Floral Patchwork Quilted Bag
By: Maya,
California, USA
Blog: Passing Precious Time

The modern patchwork design on the bag was done carefully so that both sides are identical. It has a magnetic closure and two inner pouches – one with a zipper and the other with Velcro. The two-sided handles are made with the pink lining fabric one side and patchwork on the other side.

Quilt size: width: 12.5" height: 11"

Frog Bag Frog Bag
By: Charlotte,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Char’s Photos

I made this in a craft exchange with a friend and in return got a knitted dissected frog! So cool :) This was from a kit but I don’t remember the details. It was a few years ago and I think I’ll have to dig out the patter so I can make one soon for myself.

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 15"

Karina Bag Karina Bag
By: Marina Bettin,

This bag was created “by mistake”, when I wanted to do a present for my brother’s girlfriend. Inspired on my own bag, after I made the two panels, I realized that they were too short. Then, I decided to add a piece of jeans that I had among my scraps and the rest is history! My best creation ever…

Quilt size: width: 17" height: 12"

Le vote rose Le vote rose
By: malice,
Blog: M.Alice

J’ai fait ce sac avec un journal célébrant les 40 ans de droit de vote des femmes en Suisse

Quilt size: width: 15" height: 10"

Mariner's Compass Mariner’s Compass
By: Maria Kievit,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Clothes and Crafts

This tote was made earlier this year for a swap. I machine quilted in the ditch around the compass, and it became one of the 4 pockets on this purse. I like my totes nice and big, and I actually made separate sides for it.

Quilt size: width: 17" height: 20"

Mini Bow Tuck Mini Bow Tuck
By: Marilyn Smith,
Nova Scotia, Canada

Made for my mom for Mother’s Day, this is the first bag I have ever made. Lots of fun and certainly a change from making quilts.

Quilt size: width: 12" height: 8"

Musical Reversible Quilted Tote Musical Reversible Quilted Tote
By: Katie Wiseman,
West Virginia, USA
Blog: Katie’s Quilts and Crafts

This is ONE tote. . but includes a photo of all 4 sides. It’s reversible, and quilted. This tote uses all of my own gradated, hand-dyed fabrics. This tote was the result of Kim’s Craft Apple’s “Project Quilting” with the theme “making music.”

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 14"

My Grommet Bag My Grommet Bag
By: Geraldine Pritchard,
British Columbia, Canada

This pattern is from Indygo Junction. I made it in an evening class. Fall is my favorite time of the year, can you tell?

Quilt size: width: 12" height: 10"

my sister is a bag lady my sister is a bag lady
By: Kathy Yount,
North Carolina, USA

I made this bag (pattern by “The Creative Thimble”) that my sister fell in love with and immediately claimed as hers. She has totally worn this one out–plus 2 others. When she asked for a 4th bag, I told her she would have to help me make it and we are currently working on that one together.

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 15"

Phoenix Phoenix
By: Linda Harvey,
Pennsylvania, USA
Blog: Uniquely Yours Creations

My purse, The Phoenix, represents rebirth, renewal and immortality. It is also a very colorful creature of gold, scarlet, purple, blue and green which I translated into my hand painted and dyed fabric.
Designing the purse, adding embellishments is the most enjoyable part of the process for me.

Quilt size: width: 7" height: 5"

Quilted Apropos Pack Quilted Apropos Pack
By: Shannon Maciejewski,
Michigan, USA
Blog: Quilting for Sanity!!

This is the Apropos Pack (www.studiokatdesigns.com) I made to enter in the American and Efird Out of the Box Challenge. They sent entrants three spools of thread and a zipper to use in a “quick gift”, and I decided to really showcase the threads, so I quilted this diamond shaped plaid fabric myself.

Quilt size: width: 7" height: 4"

Red Tote Red Tote
By: Debi R.,
Nevada, USA
Blog: Desert Longarm Quilting

This tote was made as a quilt guild project. I like the color red and I like black complements. This tote has many large pockets so I can carry many things! I sewed large buttons on the bottom of the bag to reduce wear and tear. This project was loads of fun!

Quilt size: width: 20" height: 16"

Rose Tattoo Rose Tattoo
By: Canary Created,
Michigan, USA
Blog: Canary Created

This is a cross body bag that I created using Alexander Henry Contigo fabric. I isolated the Roses on the fabric to make this beautiful purse.

Quilt size: width: 9" height: 7"

Scrappy Little Bags Scrappy Little Bags
By: Regina,
Blog: Reginas Quiltblog

Every patchworker knows: there’ll be scraps, scraps and more scraps… And because I cannot throw away anything I make new fabric out of srappy little stripes: 1 to 3 cm wide!!! And from these new fabrics I sew little bags and purses!!

Quilt size: width: 6" height: 8"

Simply Amazing Bag Simply Amazing Bag
By: Judit Balint’s Handicrafts,
Blog: Judit’s Handicraft

This is a 100 % handmade bag which is made from felt materials in beautiful matching colors. It has two different sides with many appliques ( houses, flowers, hearts) and a internal pocket. It has bamboo handles, golden color metal feet and a magnetic clip.

Quilt size: width: 17" height: 15"

Twirly tote Twirly tote
By: Marsha Clark,
Pennsylvania, USA

I used the June Taylor template to make this bag. I had fun learning how to do free motion flowers on it. Fun !!!

Quilt size: width: 12" height: 12"

Bags and Purses

  • Karina Bag (18%, 125 Votes)
  • Bag "Poppy Flower" (17%, 120 Votes)
  • my sister is a bag lady (16%, 114 Votes)
  • Big Red Bag (15%, 108 Votes)
  • Simply Amazing Bag (15%, 102 Votes)
  • Cat's Meow (13%, 90 Votes)
  • Blooming Bag (13%, 88 Votes)
  • Scrappy Little Bags (11%, 79 Votes)
  • Rose Tattoo (9%, 63 Votes)
  • Phoenix (8%, 57 Votes)
  • Anne of Green Gables Purse (8%, 57 Votes)
  • Dazzling Tote Bag (7%, 48 Votes)
  • Red Tote (7%, 47 Votes)
  • My Grommet Bag (6%, 41 Votes)
  • Twirly tote (5%, 36 Votes)
  • Le vote rose (5%, 33 Votes)
  • Frog Bag (5%, 32 Votes)
  • A Cute Bag Designed by Ginnie Kelly (5%, 32 Votes)
  • Floral Patchwork Quilted Bag (3%, 24 Votes)
  • Mariner's Compass (3%, 22 Votes)
  • Mini Bow Tuck (3%, 22 Votes)
  • Musical Reversible Quilted Tote (3%, 19 Votes)
  • Big Tote (2%, 16 Votes)
  • Dresden Sunflower Bag (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Country Garden Tote (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Quilted Apropos Pack (2%, 12 Votes)
  • A Tote for all Reasons (1%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 702

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Next Week’s Quilt Contest

The theme for next week’s quilt contest is Dots, Checks, Stripes. You are free to interpret the theme as you see fit. Your quilt may represent the theme in the design and/or in the fabrics chosen. Any quilting style is acceptable. Please submit quilts of any size that are completely finished, i.e. quilted and bound.

To enter the weekly contest, read the rules and guidelines, then submit your photo by next Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:00 p.m. (EDT). Voting will start shortly thereafter and last until the following Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT).

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This post was published on October 18th, 2012. Post topics: Quilt Gallery, Special Features. Post tags: .

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  1. […] to everyone who entered last week’s Purses & Bags quilt contest. Thanks also to Vicki’s Hand Dyed Fabrics for sponsoring the contest. […]

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