Hex Bag and Swap

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It is pretty silly to start a new project when I have a long list of other things I need work on. I never had ADD as a kid or adult until I started making quilts as a passion. Now it seems I have a hard time concentrating on some projects. I've always been a finisher, and though and I don't plan on changing, it does seem I am less focused on that goal sometimes.

That said, last weekend I started a new bag. And it is finished! But I suppose after this I'm back to my list. I thought it would be fun to make a hexagon bag since I've seen several hex bags in my Japanese patchwork books. Here is the front.
Here is the back. I quilted around the hexagons 1/4" from the seam line. I am a scrap lover so I picked out oranges and turquoise from my stash. Some of the fabrics are small feed sack pieces.
I had some thin leather straps that have been calling my name for some time. I'm not sure the fastening is very sturdy though so I won't be carrying bowling balls around in this bag.
I made the sides and bottom in accent colors. Orange and turquoise have been fun colors I've been enjoying lately.
So I told you I about the fabric I got at the Quilting Cottage on Saturday. The lining and accent fabrics are the oranges I picked out to go with this bag. I finished the tulip top off with a bias binding. I really enjoyed making it but it was kind of labor intensive and not for the faint of heart. I think I'm afraid to really use it. I don't want to muss up the loveliness. I may just hang it and enjoy looking at it.
Here are some of the things I sent to my swap partner, Lorraine. I changed my mind so many times on what to make and what to send. I think if you have been in a swap know that feeling. I wanted to make something I would have fun with but she would enjoy, too.
At least one item had to be hand made. I made this table topper with a teapot theme. It was fun to pick out the fabric and put this mini quilt together.
I had Michele at Calico Daisy machine embroider the teapot in the middle. She does great work. The table topper turned out vintage teapotish.

Alert! Go see Dawn's finished "All Dressed Up" quilt and Susan's started one. They are so cute.

-nanette

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48 comments

Jackie said...

OOOOO Nanette, I love your Hexie bag!! I just began a Grandmother's flower garden quilt. Hexagons were calling my name and I have always wanted to try English paper piecing. So I purchased the die set from AccuQuilt and voila fabric hexies and paper hexies in no time at all. I am enjoying having a hand work project. Love to sit at night time with hubby and do this. But I never thought to put them in a bag, what genius! I just love it! I think I would do the same thing, look at it for a while first then use.

jacquie said...

your fabric choices make your projects so special. i LOVE the inside of this bag. cute, cute, cute, inside and out!

Sherri said...

Okay...so I HAVE to have a hex bag...I LOVE it! Nanette, you are amazing! Are you going to make a pattern? Because I will buy the first one...yesterday!!!

Sew Many Ways... said...

I have admired your blog for a long time, but this is my first time commenting. I just love this hexagon bag. The fabrics are beautiful. I belong to the Great Hexagon Quiltalong blog and love seeing new things to do with hexies. I have a hexagon tutorial on my blog for paper piecing...I was wondering if you paper pieced this or did you machine sew it? Thanks for the inspiration!
~Karen~

ElizabethandJeff said...

I LOVE the purse. I am obsessed with hexagons lately. I can't get enough. I've made several GFG blocks and yesterday I bought some inklingo hexagons that I could download. I made one flower in about 1/2 hour. I'm in love. Hopefully this momentum will take me through a whole quilt of hexagons.

I love the table topper you sent too. I just love vintage fabric. I am going to be attempting a scalloped border soon and love looking at them as I plan.

Sandi said...

The Hexagon bag is really cute. That gift you made for your tea swap partner is awesome!! You two really treated each other to a great swap!

Katy said...

a hex bag? Oh my - you are awesome, I NEED to make a hex bag - NEEEEEED to (which, in short means, please make a pattern)

Purple and Paisley said...

oh wow!!! on the hex bag...it's wonderful! and the little quilt you sent your swap partner is, too! ☺

Annette said...

Wow! Your bag is gorgeous! And the mini quilt is so sweet. Lucky Lorraine.

quiltingnana said...

absolutely love the hex bag

Dionne said...

your hex bag is fabulous, and I really LOVE that table topper.
Cheers,
Dionne
PS - I have been diagnosed by my family as having QADHA (Quilty Attention Deficit/Hyper-Activity)by virtue of extensive project list!

jabeybaby said...

Wow!! That bag is awesome, I love it!! The fabrics you used are adorable! That table topper is super cute too!

MichelleB said...

I love your hex bag! So cute. The colors and fabrics are fabulous. I just love that Hello Betty polka dot.

Carrie P. said...

Everything is just lovely as always. I just really enjoy reading your blog.

Nan said...

That hex bag is gorgeous! I love the way you put fabrics together, Nanette - such fun and very pretty.
The gifts you sent to Lorraine were adorable. I love the table topper, and I bet she does too!
I think I need to go sew now.....

Susan said...

You are ready for spring with your new bag. Orange and blue go nice together. Hexagons are in my future but a long way off.

Kaaren said...

Love the bag and love the fabric too! I'm sure your swap partner is "over the moon" with her gifts.

I think a little bit of your fabric choices rubbed off on me yesterday. I really stepped out of my box after visiting a quilt shop in Vermont that I think you'd really love Nanette. Comtemporary fabric choices to the max!

Naturally I had to buy some which I've shown on my blog. So much fun!

Eileen said...

mercy! Is that ever adorable! Orange and turquoise are some of my favorites too. I love how you mixed up some of those funny bunnies in the bag. Everything is so perfect. And the table topper you sent to your partner.. WOW!!!! She is the luckiest gal!

Christina said...

super cute bag!

Sarah and Jack said...

I am positively swooning over the hexes.

lifeinredshoes said...

Nanette, I follow you too. You create such beauty, I always sigh and think to myself...someday.

Fiesta said...

I love the table topper. I am making a trivet for my daughter with that same design.
I love your hexagon bag. I made one with kaffe fassett fabrics and 'till this day people want it.
It took so long to make so I will never part with it. I love the vintage look of yours.

Dawn said...

Oh Nanette!! Your bag is....I can't even think of the right word...soo cute!! Put that on my list of future patterns! LOL!!

Des said...

a list? what a concept. no wonder i wander around the house thinking..........'uh what was that next great project i was going to get right to work on???'

did you just totally make up that hexagon bag?????? i saw a cute little wallet like one moons ago but the whole site is in finnish or something. but it's on my list....in my head. that's why i can never remember.

you rock!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Love your new bag! you must take it out - have to show it off :)

Candace said...

Nanette, the bag is to die for! I've seen so many hexagons projects lately - I'm now dreaming them! I guess that means it will be another project on my long list! I hope you come out with a pattern for the bag - I want one! And I love your comment about ADD and making quilts - they really do go together!
Cheers!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Nanette, you never cease to amaze me. I love the hex purse, but I agree I would only take it out for special occasions. Way to pretty to get a smudge on it! Your goodies for Lorraine wonderful, I adore the table topper, love the fabric choices and the border and scalloped binding, I am sure she was delighted to receive such wonderful treasures! Job well done!

Trisha said...

Love your hexagon bag! It is so cute! The fabrics really make the bag! You've done it again, Nanette, though none of us are surprised.

Nedra said...

Everything you do is so cute! Love the hexagon bag. I just realized I now have less than a month until your visit. Counting the days...

oodlesandoodles said...

The combination of fabrics in the hexagon bag is just amazing. I was about to say it's my most favorite thing you've ever made, but then I saw that little quilt ... love it all as always! Barbara

potsandpins said...

That is one dang cute bag! Did you hand-piece the hexagons into one big piece of fabric?!? I just love it - with or without a bowling ball! And lucky you to get such wonderful things from your swap partner - well, I don't know who's luckier, you or the partner you sent that darling topper to! Oh to be you for a day! xo, The Other Nanette

Joy said...

Ooooh, your hexy bag is adorable, almost like an "I Spy" bag!!!
Love the goodies you sent to Lorraine too, I bet she'll be so pleased with those :o).

Jenny said...

Oh I love, love, love the hexagon bag!!! Wow that is cute. You did great and again I love your swap stuff too!

Thimbleanna said...

What a great bag Nanette! I know just what Japanese designs you're talking about and it's SO fun to see them Americanized! LOVE your fabric choices!!!

Momoo said...

I've never seen a hexagon bag before. Yours is really neat. It does look time intensive. The binding is sharp, but I bet it took a lot of time.

Darlene said...

What a sweet bag! So much work!

sarahmurray said...

OMG...one look at that hex bag and I almost died. It is THAT fabulous. And I LOVE what you made for your swap partner! I know she'll treasure that little quilt. x

Mimi Sue said...

Cute, cute bag. Love the lining fabric. Mimi

Catherine said...

Fabulous bag!! Hexagons seem to work for just about everything!

Simone de Klerk said...

Such a lovely bag!
And I love the table topper you made for the swap. Lucky swap partner (O:

*karendianne. said...

What a GREAT bag! I love it. And that little table topper is just too cute. And I'm noting that fantastic scalloped border, too. Great job with that.

Lori Holt said...

Nannette-
That is one cute bag! It's SOOOO you! I just love making hexagons too and I've made alot of them in my lifetime for different things here and there, I should have made them all in the same size and put them together-
I would have a nice quilt by now:)
The leather handles are way cute and I don't think that you need to worry about them not being sturdy-after all, you only need to carry your iphone, credit card, keys and maybe a hankie!
Lori

Robin said...

I'm in love. That hexagon bag is fabulous!!! And the table topper is gorgeous. It looks like it was such a fun swap to do. :)

pratima said...

Wow!!! your bag is amazing! I love the bunnies and other cool things peeking out. The lining is sooo sweet!
Loveee the table topper with your signature fabrics. Soo cute!!

Beth at Aunties said...

The Hexie bag is beautiful!!!! I love it! So is the table topper. I think I want my Natalie to show me how to make a hexie bag:-)
Isn't that why we have daughters? :-)

another amy said...

Oh, Nanette. You've outdone yourself! That hexagon bag is adorable. Love it!

Lady of the Cloth said...

That bag is just TOO cute, I want to make one! My list of things to do (quilt things) is getting way too long though. I'll never live long enough to make all the things I want too. You have the cutest fabric. I'd love an hour in your quilt closet! Carline

Anne said...

Hi Nannette. I love this hex bag and am working on an Easter basket for my daughter. Well now it is going to be a hex easter basket. But I am having trouble finding a 4" inch hex template. Did you find your template locally. If so, where? Thanks for your feedback.