This is one of the projects I am working on right now.
I'm taking these Crown Royal Bags and turning them into quilt blocks.
I had a special request for a 108x108 quilt commissioned from these bags and denim. If you have not seen or felt one of these bags, they are made from flannel.
Here's what I came up with--it will be like a trip around the world with alternating purple and denim blocks. Each row of denim will alternate light and dark.
How do you like the finished quilt? Yup, I like my grid paper and my old fashioned #2 pencil. Nope, I don't have a computerized design program.
I figured out how to break down the bags to get the maximum amount of usable fabric.
First, I carefully cut a slit in the drawstring pocket channel and extract the gold cord then slice off the pocket.
Slice off the serged edges:
I squared up the front with the name at 4 inches wide (the maximum I could get above the curve), pieced on the back below the name to make a strip long enough to center the embroidered name. The side portion yielded exactly two 9.5" long pieces so that was the length I trimmed the center strip--ending up with a center strip 4 x 9.5. Then, I attached the bag side strips to the outer edges of the block making it a finished 7.5 x 9.5.
I had just enough gold drawstring cord to frame the block 3/4 inch in from the edge. I just used a zig zag stitch to attach the braid. When they are assembled, there will be a nice gold frame 1/2 inch from the seam on the blocks.
I like it!