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EZ Dresden Challenge: A Quilted Beach Bag

dressden beach bag quilted by The Artists' House Angela FlickerWelcome to day twelve of the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild blog hop for the EZ Dresden Challenge.  Have you been following this?

The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild has partnered with EZ Quilting, Simplicity and a host of other manufacturers to celebrate Darlene Zimmerman’s 20th Anniversary designing quilting tools for EZ Quilting. To help them celebrate, Salt Lake MQG is hosting a challenge — Use the EZ Dresden Ruler to create a project, then enter it to win amazing prizes, including a new sewing machine and a photo of your project in a 1/3 page Simplicity advertisement in Quilting Arts Magazine.  How exciting is that?!  Leave a comment, and you could win one of these awesome rulers.  I will announce the winner in a week, on the 19th of June. For more information regarding this challenge, follow this EZ Dresden Challenge link.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag
For the past few summers, I’ve wanted to make myself a really bright, yet simple beach bag.
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Colorful umbrellas, beach balls, and sailboats were my inspiration.

I also knew that I wanted the bag to be deep, to hold rolled towels, and the bag had to have a nice zipper pocket to hold smaller-hard-to-find items like chapstick.  I’m really happy with the results. I can’t wait for our first beach/pool outing, as I think this bag will be perfect and fun in the sun.

.Here’s what my project looked like, right before I turned it into a bag.  I was intentional about picking a bold fabric for the background, as I wanted the sun to play on the dresden pieces, making the background shine through.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag
The collage of images below, show some of my work.  Really, it was quite simple.  I basically laid the pieces out, put right sides together, sewed, ironed the seam allowances open, and repeated until I had one long, snake-like piece. I’m not a fan of raw edges, so to finish the piece off I sewed around it with a 1/4″ stitch, and then used this stitch as a guide to help me iron a 1/4″ under around all the sides.  I then used washable basting glue and lightly glued the dresden piece down before using a zigzag stitch (clear thread) to sew around the entire exterior.  Lastly, I basted and quilted the piece.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag
Here is the finished product.  I really like how the chevron print shines through.
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ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag
ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag zipper inside bag
ez dresden quilt challenge quilted beach bag

Remember, leave a comment, and you could win one of these awesome rulers.  I will announce the winner in a week, on the 19th of June.

For more inspiration and ideas for the EZ Dresden Challenge, follow along with the blog hop:

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Our lucky winner is #9, Jenny C

2012/06/12 at 12:03 pm

Love your bag! Have fun in the sun!

Thanks for your comment Jenny.  I hope you love the ruler!  I can’t wait to see what you create with it!

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73 observations on “EZ Dresden Challenge: A Quilted Beach Bag
  1. Leslie

    What a fun twist on the Dresden plate! This is one project I need to do for myself! Thanks for sharing your great idea.

     
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  2. Julia

    I have really enjoyed you sharing your idea! If only the sun would come out so we could enjoy the beach! Thanks for a chance to win

     
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  3. Rachell

    hi! Nice to meet you, a fellow Utahn!
    What a fun bag! Now that I’m a mom and a quilter, I’ve found that I need lots of bags, so this would be a great project! Thanks for a great idea and a chance to win this cool ruler!

     
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  4. Donna F

    I love the colors you picked! Nothing is better than black & white with bright colors. I can’t wait to put my ideas to use with this ruler.

     
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  5. Michele T

    Well, that was a bit confusing… I put a comment for your beach bag in the wrong post. So, I have to tell you that your beach bag is awesome, thanks for sharing a great idea… and I’d still like you to toss my name in the hat for one of those rulers!! 😉

     
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  6. Tamie

    I’m so impressed to see all the different ways this ruler can be used. Thanks for participating in the tour.

     
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  7. Nancysue

    WONDERFUL beach bag! Love it! Thank you for participating in the blog hop. It’s been fun to see how everyone used their dresdens.

     
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