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Reel Time Quilted Knitting Bag

Remember when I said I’d have a finished project to share soon? Well I’m back with a different project than I was originally working on, but today is my Reel Time Blog Tour date and I wanted to finish something to share with you besides just the fabric. I really enjoy blog tours (as I’ve said many, many times before). Getting to test out the latest quilting cottons with a deadline in mind is really fun for me. …even though this time it was a deadline that nearly ended in disaster!


When Brigitte, the woman behind Zen Chic, contacted me looking for quilters to sew with her new line for Moda, I said Yes Please! even though I’m primarily a garment sewer. The collection is called Reel Time and when I saw the preview I was drawn to the versatile geometric prints and the wide variety of colors.


I wasn’t exactly sure how much yardage I’d receive so it was a bit of a surprise when a full Reel Time layer cake showed up on my doorstep. That’s 42 pre-cut squares of fabric, 10 x 10 inches in size. I’m sure I had the Deer In The Headlights look as the garment sewer in me mulled over what to make with so many little squares.


My original plan was to sew a dress and use the layer cake to cut out some floral/leaf motifs for this semi-elaborate appliqué treatment to the neckline and skirt hem. …it was a disaster from the start! Long story short, absolutely nothing was working out according to plan (i.e. couldn’t get the dress to fit, couldn’t make the right size motifs, …couldn’t actually do any appliqué etc etc), and by yesterday afternoon I was borderline full panic mode as I sat with no finished project in sight and less than 24 hours to write about Reel Time.


The one thing keeping me sane was the fact that I wasn’t obligated to share a finished project, only photos of the fabric itself, but I wasn’t going to let my Delusions of Floral Appliqué Grandeur get the better of me. No way! I sat moping at my sewing table, staring at those squares of fabric while trying not to freak out. The power of Zen (Chic!) must have been on my side because a moment of enlightenment soon hit me like a ton of bricks.


The conversation in my head went something like this: “What can I make for the Reel Time Blog Tour. …Reel Time …film reels …black and white …movie motifs …the collection is all about movies …I love movies! What do I also love that I tend to do as I watch movies? I knit! Knitting! I SHOULD MAKE A QUILTED KNITTING BAG!!!” Duh! Why couldn’t I think of that a week ago?!


I may have even shot one index finger up into the air in the classic Eureka! manner as I came to this conclusion. After a fresh cup of coffee, and indeed finding my zen, I cranked out this bag in just a few hours. I definitely text my friend Erin and demanded an air high-five for my accomplishments when I was done 😉


Even though I was originally drawn to the green and orange prints in the collection, I ultimately went with the classic black and white look in honor of my favorite old black and white films (like Arsenic and Old Lace!). I used a variation of the bag pattern I designed back in 2012 (when I sold items at craft fairs regularly) and looked to my Hop, Skip, Jump quilt for the inspiration on how to free-hand cut the strips and piece everything together.


I love a good knitting bag. They were a staple accessory for the mid-century crafter and I’m excited to add a Lucky Lucille Original to my vintage collection 😉 I’m SO pleased with how everything turned out, especially knowing how much love I’ll get out of this project bag, and also knowing how nearly I didn’t have a project at all!


Well there’s nothing left to do now but RELAX (finally) and kick off the weekend with a good movie and my knitting! Don’t worry though, I’m not going to let that dress pattern get the better of me even though the appliqué is a lost cause. I’ll finish it in time for Spring For Cotton! That’s another deadline that’s quickly approaching…


Here are the rest of the stops on the blog tour if you’re looking for a little weekend project inspiration 😉
4/11 – Lynne at Lily’s Quilts
4/12 – Nettie at A Quilt is Nice
4/13 – Erica at Kitchen Table Quilting
4/14 – Lee at Freshly Pieced
4/15 – Amy at Diary of a Quilter
4/16 – Nicole at Modern Handcraft
4/17 – Me! Right here 🙂
4/18 – Kelly at Live. Love. Create.
4/19 – Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar


p.s. I’ll leave you with an outtake of Lucille being a ridiculous ham dog, as per usual. She did that to herself haha! Luckily she stayed put long enough to snap a picture. You’re welcome 😉


  • Oh my stars, could Lucille be any cuter? I rather think not! 🙂 You both look sensational in lu-teal (re: your wonderfully nice comment on today’s post). I think it looks stellar on you, dear gal. Us fair skinned, red or dark haired lasses (usually) suit teal and aqua superbly.

    ♥ Jessica

  • diane beavers

    Rochelle, your Hop, Skip, and a Jump pattern is aces on the Quilted Knitting bag. I’m an orange girl so this collection just makes me skip and I’m falling for the low volume greys, blacks and creams too. Garment sewist I’ve been for life but getting pretty creative w/those little 10″ squares these days. Thanks always for your inspiration. Lucille is def lucky (and so so cute).

  • Great job! I think the bag is a great use of the fabric pieces. Also quilted bags are very popular right now so I think it’s a great project. The fabric is very nice as well.

  • Rachael-Lynn

    Love it!!

  • floral feather

    Wow love it – the black and white looks great!

    • Thanks! I’m pleased with how it turned out. Black and white matches with all yarn colors so it was good accidental planning on my part heehee 😉

  • Victoria Anderson

    Wow, good job! That looks like a great bag, just be careful or Lucille might steal it!

  • What a great bag! I’m so glad it worked out for you in the end. And your pets are so adorable!!

    • Thank you!! Yeah I think they help add a little something special to the bag. Or something lazy. It’s hard to say 😉

  • I just said today that I never wanted to sew a bag, buuuuuut this is majorly cute!

    • Thanks! I usually feel that way too. I think the word “purse” sounds …gross, but this is a project bag so it’s different right?! 😉 😉 Honestly this was SO fun to make, especially since all the piecing and quilting was done “wing-it” style – a major relief after a week of never ending nearly-there-but-not-quite bodice muslin-ing (UHG!!). I’ve been toying with the idea of releasing this bag as a pattern… who doesn’t need a project bag for knitting?! It’s a double bonus if you can stash bust at the same time. …I might be on to something.

  • You really pulled this one out of the ‘bag’, Rochelle! LOL! Honestly, I shouldn’t be allowed around nice people with the jokes I make. Ha! Great job!

    • Haha! Aww Sarah you tell exactly my kind of jokes 😉

  • Michele T

    I see that your furry friends were very relaxed throughout the process!!! Lol Your knitting bag turned out great and I am loving this fabric collection.

    • Oh I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed that haha! They’re either really lazy or really thoughtful, trying to send me calming vibes. …I’m thinking the first option lol 😉

      I do love this collection for how well all the prints play together, and as much as I usually go crazy for bright colors, I’m really digging the black and white!

  • Oh, we air high fived for sure!!! 🙂

    Question about the quilting (and sorry if it’s a dumb one), did you cut the pieces and then quilt them together or did you quilt everything at the end when it was done?

    • Not a dumb question at all! I did all the piecing and quilting for each bag shell piece separately, then I stitched them together to form the outside of the bag. So I basically made two itty bitty quilts first, then turned them into a bag. The lining and everything else was assembled afterwards 🙂 …I should have taken photos of that whole process but as you know I was sewing well after dinner when I had no light bahaha!