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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

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. kaholly

    OH, WOW! Is that ever clever, cute, bright and functional! What vision you have. It has been so much fun to visit everyone during this blog hop and see all of the fantabulous ideas! Well done!

     
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  2. Lyn

    So far, I don’t see one comment that speaks to thw weather! Let me turn the Conga Line that direction. Here in Colorado on this 12th day of June I am drinking my morning coffee, wrapped in a soft worn quilt of grays and blues, my Scotty dog stretched out over my right thigh, and a crisp sunlit vision of Pikes Peak filling the window on my left. It is a purely glorious summer morning on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Considering that three days ago hail the size of ice cubes ripped our trees of most spring leaves, the weather here in Colorado is something of a movable feast.

    Your beach bag reminds me of my native home, Santa Barbara, CA. I love the whimsy of your wandering colors. Send those rulers to me! I want to play.

     
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  3. LJ

    An artist marries an artist!!! Love this bag but it truly is much too pretty to take to the beach. Let’s just hand it on the wall!

     
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  4. Deonn

    Oh, I love the look of the traveling rainbow over the chevrons, great project! And congratulations on being accepted as one of the contributors to Craft Lake City’s “Temporary Museum of Permanent Change” next month – can’t wait to see your cool quilt!

     
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  5. Naomi A.

    Is GOL a term? Because I was literally Gasping Out Loud when I saw your bag. I mean, WOW!!! the solid dresden pieces with the graphic black and white zigzag fabric!?! be still my heart. amazing work, seriously, well done.
    thanks for the giveaway and inspiration.

     
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  6. VickiT

    Wow. This is just AMAZING!!! You may need to put an alarm on that gorgeous bag to stop people from wanting to take that from you on the beach. lol Beautiful job.

     
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  7. Snoodles

    Wow! Let me look again. Wow! I truly love your fabric choices….bright and colorful, and full of fun! Now, that is a beach bag!!
    Thanks for the chance to win the fabulous ruler!

     
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  8. Alexis

    That bag is so cute! I love it! Definitely hoping to win one of the rulers so I can make one. Thanks for the chance.

     
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  9. Page

    I’m at the beach ALL the time b/c my daughter surfs. I was there this morning zipped all the way up past my chin with my hoodied tied tight around my head. It was freezing in So. Cal. (:

     
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  10. MarciaW

    The rainbow of color and chevrons are great looking on your beach bag. Thanks for the giveaway of the ez dresden ruler.

     
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  11. Marina Fluit

    Nice bag and those fabrics are also great! Good idea to make this colorful bag instead of a quilt!
    Greetings from the Netherlands where the weather is not OK for the beach right now 🙂
    Marina Fluit

     
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  12. ritainalaska

    great beach bag, a great bag for any other pupose, too. the dresden path is gorgeous against the b&w zigzag. thanx for showing it off and for the chance to win a dresden ruler.

     
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  13. Barb@Witsend

    The bag is bright and beautiful. It reminds me of the bag we used as a family when I was a kid. It held towels, sunscreen and flip flops! Thanks for sharing a piece of sunshine with us.
    Barb@Witsend

     
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  14. Michelle

    Thanks for the chance to win a ruler. I am excited to try my hand at a dresden project. I like the beach bag idea, thank you for sharing.

    Michelle

     
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