Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WIP Quilted Patchwork Weekender Bag

A couple weeks ago, I came across a quilted patchwork Weekender Bag by Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson
I fell in love with it the minute I saw it and knew that I needed to finally take the plunge and make the notorious Weekender Bag by Amy Butler. This bag is kinda the Holy Grail of bags and definitely has a reputation for being hard to get along with due to all of the layers of peltex, interfacing, cording, etc that are involved when making it. 

I have always loved the look of this bag, but the reputation and horror stories had me pretty much sworn off making it, but when I saw Elizabeth's bag and the method that she used to make it by quilting as you go onto cotton duck cloth, I had a change of heart. 

Apparently I am not the only one either- from what I have heard of Sewing Summit and seen on a few blogs, it looks like Elizabeth sparked a quilted weekender craze and there is now a quilted weekender bandwagon! Check out these fabulous bags by  Laura and Amber!

Two weeks ago, I raided my scrap stash and even dug into a few fabric piles that I had been saving for a rainy day and came up with my color palette- red, aqua, and yellow. 

It hasn't been a fast process by any means, I just add a little each night and am finally finished creating my patchwork panels so now I am ready to start assembling my bag now...Duh, duh, duh... I am hoping to make it out in one piece! Wish me luck!

Here is a sneak peak of what the the main and pocket panel are looking like together! I am excited to see it finished! 

I plan to finish it over the weekend since I am headed to Nashville next week. This is the perfect bag to take along on my trip! :) 

Stay tuned for more pictures to come soon once I finish it!


  1. Oh I love this:):) I have bookmarked so much from your blog in my "to do" folder, I will never finish:) seems like I add something every time you post!!! Thanks for sharing so much on your blog!

  2. I totally understand that craze. That patchwork version is just amazing! Looking forward yours too.

  3. oh how cute love the pattern/colros you used

  4. Love! I've wanted to tackle this bag as well but the horror stories have kept me away. Hadn't seen the patchwork version...I may have a change of heart!

  5. I'm working on mine as well, but now I want a matroyshka one! Love everything about yours!

  6. Hi there, just popped in from Freshly Pieced's WIP Wednesday to see what you were up to and how glad am I that I did?! Such pretty work - I'll be back :)

  7. Super cute! I just got my pattern in the mail today. I'm going to make a patchy version too.

    Love you piping!

  8. I have that pattern as well. I haven't made it for the same reason. I'm excited to give this version a try. Cant wait to see yours finished!

  9. Oh, I love it!! Your fabrics are so pretty and what a great color combo. I can't wait to see this finished - it will definitely be getting pinned!!

  10. Love the fabrics! Definitely brave to try it after you heard so many horrors! Good luck on the rest!

  11. Oh my goodness! Everytime I see one of these I love it a little more. Yours is awesome! And thanks for linking to my post. I'm making another one next weekend... crazy right?!

  12. THe bag is looking great, and who doesn't like Amy Butler!


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