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Monday, October 26, 2020

From the Heart Blog Hop

The winds of change are blowing and our attentions start moving from the fun Halloween festivities, to the approaching Christmas season. Carol brought us together to inspire each other, with ideas for gifts "From the Heart" and with plenty of time to get them stitched.

Thanks Carol!

My "From the Heart" project started out with some fun fabrics I found while shopping online. It's been a year...our ability to go out to shop and touch fabric has been very limited.
I was so excited when I stumbled on these fun fabrics.
A throwback to the Audrey Hepburn days, with messages that speak to my soul!
I knew right away they would be destine to become bags.

For that special BFF...

or the one who loves to share a bottle with you...

or the coffee drinker...
these prints make great gift bags, and something that can be used year round.

With the help of this little pattern...
and I do mean little...it's the tiniest pattern I've ever seen!

Not so, for this roomy 12" X 16" bag. Hosting 2 pockets on the inside
as well as a split pocket on the front.

Just fill them with your special friends favorites...
And let the holiday joy begin!

There are many more of my friends, with fabulous ideas as well.
Visit them all, and make this crazy year end, with something special 

October 26

Creatin' in the Sticks

Ms P Designs USA

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel


Selina Quilts

Cynthia's Creating Ark

Quilting Gail


Ridge Top Quilt

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

That Fabric Feeling

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

 October 27


Just Because Quilts

Day Brook Designs

Karen's Korner

Quilt Schmilt

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Karrin’s Crazy World

Words & Stitches

Vroomans Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

Songbird Designs

Samelia's Mum

 October 28

Just Let Me Quilt



Seams To Be Sew

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Bumbleberry Stitches

Days Filled With Joy

Quilted Delights

Den Syende Himmel

Life in the Scrapatch

Storied Quilts

Kathleen McMusing

Food for Thought 

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'


  1. What a great result with the bags. And a fun way to use those fabrics. You have made a good start on Christmas gifts. They look wonderful.

  2. Fantastic...love the chosen fabrics and they look so roomy.

  3. Adorable bags Joan! I made one that looked like that several years ago, wonder if it's her pattern. Hope you are doing well.

  4. Very cute, really fun and so useful are these bags! This is an idea that can be detailed right down to the recipients interest. And really can be made for any age. It could even be a child’s doll tote or matchbox cars carrier, an art tote, a yarn tote, hand sewing tote, the possibilities are ageless and endless.

  5. Your bags are fabulous and fun! Thanks for making me smile this morning.

  6. Your bags are fantastic and such a lovely heartfelt gift for friends.

  7. Lovin the fabric choice. And "Annie" summed up the bag perfectly. Need to look up that pattern which is just a perfect match to the fabric, you're amazing.

  8. These bags are fantastic! Such a great fabric find!

  9. Oh, I have some fun fabric that would be perfect for this bag! Thanks for sharing!

  10. These are pretty and creative. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Love love love that fabric! What is it called, do you remember? Must have! And that tote pattern is adorable! Great gift idea!

  12. What fun and useful bags, Joan!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that fabric! Both the coffee sentiments and the one about BFFs and matching my level of crazy speaks to me!! I may have to find some of that! LOL Thanks for the inspiration, friend!

  13. Obviously, shopping online paid off with scoring this incredible fabric. Your bags are gorgeous and will make awesome gifts...I love them! You've made me feel the need to go shopping for fabric I probably don't need, but must have to make a bag like that. Thank you for sharing!

  14. What adorable bags, and I love those fabrics. Lucky recipient! Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Cute bags! And a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  16. I like this bag with the built in handle. Something I may try. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I have a friend those fabrics match to a T!

  18. Great bag and fabulous fabrics. Thanks for inspiring us all.

  19. Love, love that fabric, too. Makes me nostalgic - definitely, pre-pandemic!! The bags are great gift ideas and ones that others will enjoy.

  20. Oh those bags. I really should love to be your "take a glass of wine" friend.

  21. Cool fabrics and the perfect bag pattern ~ A winning combo! Thanks for sharing the fun!

  22. That’s very cute and I love he fabrics. It looks like a nice sized bag.

  23. What a great bag pattern and love the fabric.

  24. Beautiful bags and the fabrics are perfect. I think I need to be your friend Joan! 😉. Thank you for sharing the name of the pattern and more inspiration for gifts from the heart!

  25. Well you know me, I love bags and these are great ones Joan! Cute fabric too.

  26. Love those fabric prints and great bag!

  27. The fabric is very cute! Makes for great bags and great gifts!

  28. Great bags and they will be great gifts! I love the fun fabric you had for this project.

  29. You always make me smile. The fabrics are wonderful and the bags a great gift for sure. What a fun gift idea.

  30. Those fabrics are so cool and are perfect for those little bags! Great gift idea! xx


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