Sometimes I am afraid that some people don’t much like home made things, and you never know who is going to be a person who likes them and who is going to be a person who doesn’t. I made a glorious quilt, a prize winning quilt, and the person I gave it to used it to stabilize a rock table. (00)

My Uptown New York niece, when I hesitantly asked her if she ever wanted a quilt, already knew what she wanted, and picked out the fabrics for it from my stash, and wrote commentary – which I returned to her years later – on what the colors meant to her. Surprise surprise!

I hesitate to give these duffels, just more home made stuff, but most of my friends seem to love them. I had made a Hawaii Quilt for my oldest friend from university, and she loved it, so I made her a duffel with the leftover fabric. She loves it!


I have some wonderful friends, they are also long long time friends, and they love to fish. At Christmas, I made a fishing apron for him, and for this summer, I made them a matching bag for gear to take on their boat. (They loved it!)


My sweet niece just had a baby girl, and while I was giving her a bunch of girly-girl clothes, I gave her big brother a big-boy bag for books and toys, with his name hidden (in quilting) on the bag. He loved it!


This one I haven’t given yet – and I am hoping my sweet daughter-in-law doesn’t know about this blog or doesn’t care about this blog and won’t see it before I give it to her next week, full of baby clothes. She taught English in France for a year:


Because I am slow, and because the lady who taught me how to make these is painstaking, and taught us how to line them completely so no seams show, and how to make nice stuffed straps that don’t hurt your shoulders – they take about a day each to make, but they are so wonderful in these days of bring-your-own-bags.


10 thoughts on “Duffels

  1. momcat says:

    I love my duffle! I’ve about worn it out. Took a page out of your book and use it as my airline carryon–and I have done a LOT of airline travel since you gave it to me.

  2. worldquilter says:

    Music to my ears, Momcat. I think we need to do a duffel workshop one of these years so you can teach others to make them, too! I remember making yours; it’s easy to know what colors to use. 🙂

  3. momcat says:

    I need to perform surgery on mine–the zipper lost a tooth the last time I used it-dead center of course, so the zipper doesn’t work at all. I know how to do it–just haven’t gotten to it yet. I think the workshop idea is fabulous. Just say when.

  4. sara says:

    well I love all of them, so I’m just glad that the recipients did, and also sure that the last one will also be loved. just send it my way if not. he he he

  5. worldquilter says:

    LOL, Momcat, I am thinking around January / February of 2011, once I am settled and you need to get away from the rain and wind! 🙂

  6. worldquilter says:

    It is SO good to see you, Sara! I am wondering how you are enjoying your new life?

  7. You are so right about home-made, re-susable bags in this world where they give you a plastic bag at every turn. I have a small, thin, flat cotton bag that I can pop into my handbag so I can just hand it over to the check out operator at the grocery store.

    It’s big enough to carry what you buy on those small shopping trips where you just pop in to get a few essential items. Mine has been so good to me that the handles have worn and I’m currently in the process of making one to replace it. I’ll post a picture on my blog when it’s done.

    I would love to make a duffel like yours – hope you’ll post a tutorial one day.

  8. worldquilter says:

    I learned it from a wonderful woman in Kuwait, Mosaic. I wish she had a blog – she did purses and all kinds of bags, and they are unforgettable. Her sense of color and line and style and embellishment made for some really fabulous creations.

    I am glad to have duffels and bags here, where there is a lot of emphasis on recycling. 🙂

  9. I finally made the shopping bag that I mentioned in my earlier post.

    I’d love to show you – it’s at http://quiltthinking.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/a-new-shopping-bag/

    It’s a lot simpler than your beautiful duffels but it will do the job.

  10. worldquilter says:

    Well done! Love the bags!

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