Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Day 8 - Wake Up to Kona! My second chance...

Fold'n Roll Shopping Bag (patchwork blue and pink) folded | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Guess what I made with Kona...


Hello and welcome!
 If you hopped by here earlier this week to see what I had made for the
 Wake Up to Kona Blog hop,
 you know that I'd been thwarted from sharing due to a misbehaving Blogger.  Things still aren't working properly, but after trying countless things (from trying html, to Picasa, to Flickr... to get my photos uploaded), I found a circuitous route that is making it possible to  share my pictures here on my blog (finally!).

Thanks to each of you for not giving up on me and for cheering me on with your encouraging suggestions and for your sympathies as I struggled with techie troubles. You are the best!

Many, many thanks to Carol and for Madame Samm for allowing me a second chance to participate. 



If you've visited my blog before, you're probably aware I love to sew with scraps.  I'm also pretty crazy about colour and bags.  Yes, you guessed right, I combined all three!

Let me introduce you to the




Blue and Pink Patchwork Fold'n Roll Shopping Bags | Flickr - Photo Sharing!



Initially, I thought I would sew a quilt or a pillow for the hop, so I gathered some fat quarter and half yard cuts, but the more I looked at those yummy Kona colours, I knew I had to made a bag. Once I finished sewing the pink patchwork version, I found myself buying more Kona because I loved the results so much.  I HAD to make another.  Does that ever happen to you?
(Thank you Jennifer at Dragonfly Fabrics for sending those yummy Konas!)


I'm so happy with how these turned out and have to thank Mother Nature for warming up enough so I could take some outdoor photos (even if it was snowing like crazy at the time!).  The colours are just swoon worthy and I'm pretty sure I'll be making more of these (after all there are so many more wonderful Kona colours I've yet to try... ;o).  



Pink Patchwork Fold'n Roll Shopping Bag filled | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
A bag full of pretty yarn!


I love that patchwork pocket pieced from scraps best, but it's even more fun with a ruffle, don't you agree?  Not only are they pretty, these bags are practical.  I'm all about a bag that is useful and this design is my all time favourite.  I have been refining this design for several years and can tell you that it has been "road tested", tweaked and given two thumbs up.
Blue Patchwork Fold'n Roll Shopping Bag filled | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
A second bag full of pretty yarn! (I'm not telling how many skeins are in there. ;o) It seems I have a growing yarn stash.



Roll'n Fold Shopping Bags - Blue unfolded and Pink closed | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
See how neatly my Fold'n Roll Shopping Bag gets tucked away behind that pocket? Keeps it ready for anything you need to carry and looks good while it waits. ;o)
Maybe you don't like ruffles?
Try adding faux piping for a different look, like I did on this eye popping version in Kona Chartreuse (faux piping and binding are Kona Espresso).
Green Patchwork Fold'n Roll - flat | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Again, I couldn't resist some scrappy patchwork for the pocket .




Folded up and ready for use!




Green Patchwork Fold'n Roll | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
I can hardly wait for my next shopping trip and my first chance to use these new bags.
I won't be able to keep from smiling with so much colour to enjoy.
Yay for Kona!
Trio of Roll'n Fold Shopping Bags in Kona | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
I used Kona Bubble Gum, Bahama Blue and Chartreuse are the main fabrics  and assorted Kona scraps for the pockets.


Want to sew your own?


I'm excited to tell you that the pattern to sew your own version of the
 is available (click here) as a PDF download. 

I'm also going to give away a PDF copy of my pattern, to one lucky commenter on this post (so make sure I can reach you by email). The giveaway will close at midnight of Jan. 21st and I will announce the winner the next day.  Good luck!







Thank you so much for stopping by so I could share my Kona project with you.  I feel like dancing in happiness that I got to participate in the Kona fun!
Thank you to all my fellow blog hoppers, as well as Carol and Madame Samm for being so understanding (I apologize for giving you an extra schedule change).  It's an honour to be included with you!  Now I'm going to catch up on all the great projects you're sharing...
 Come  and join me ...












January 16

















Sew Me Something Good (that's me!)







P. S. Don't forget that during the hop (which ends Jan. 21st), you also have a chance at some amazing giveaways at
Believe me, you won't want to miss these
(goodies from Amanda Murphy, Aurifil Threads and Robert Kaufman).  Oh, my! 

P.P.S.  Missed a day on the hop? Don't worry, you can find the full and up to date schedule  with










114 comments:

  1. So good to see you and your beautiful bags! They are very cool looking bags! I love them in those solid colors. :0)

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  2. I'm so glad you got things figured out! Such fun bags ... I like these solid versions better than the pics in your pattern :) The solids look great in the snow, too.

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  3. So happy you were able to get your photos to load. These bags are just darling - love how they fold up into a pretty little 'clutch' look. Not sure which one I like best.

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  4. Those are really cute bags! It's amazing that a big shopping bag can fit into the little bag. Perfect for tucking away in a purse. :)

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  5. Great idea, beautifully sewn! Nice pattern. Love the ruffles. So happy that you got to share ... :) Pat

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  6. Well worth the wait, your Fold'n Roll shopping bags are fantastic! Thank you for sharing.

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  7. OMG that is so clever and the green one is GORGEOUS (they all are but you know me - I am a green person!!). Well done and yay that you got Blogger to work for you!!

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  8. I am glad you finally got the pictures uploaded. Those look like great shopping bags. Keep up the good work!

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  9. I'm glad you had a second chance. I love your bags. What a great pattern

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  10. I am so happy that you got a second chance. These bags are so lovely. I must make one for myself.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Fantastic. This is a great idea and fun to see something different being made too. Thanks for sharing a great giveaway.

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  12. I really like the size of your bags and they are so pretty!

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  13. Sew glad you were able to post your pics finally. They are lovely!! I love the ruffles!! The colors and the scrap pied pockets are great! What a clever pattern!!! thanks for showing even through the troubles with blogger.

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  14. very pretty, great looking shopping bags,happy sewing

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  15. I'm slowly but surely building up my kona stash but there are so many colours it's difficult to know where to begin!

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  16. Love, love, love these bags. Love the scrappy fronts, love that they roll up, love the variety of fabrics you used. Great hop project!!

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  17. What a clever idea! They would be excellent to make as gifts. Thank you.

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  18. What a great bag! I would definitely do the patchwork pocket to make each one unique and interesting. Like an earlier commenter said, these would be great gifts. My sisters, SILs and friends would all love them.

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  19. What great shopping bags! Thanks for the chance to win the pattern.

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  20. Great bags - make shopping fun. Thanks.

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  21. Those are just the cutest.... and useful too, the perfect combination! Glad you were able to share your great bags and I hope Blogger behaves itself for you!

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  22. Love how your pictures turned out. I thought at first before I continued on that you sprinkled the snow on for the effect and thinking what a good idea. Not thinking that it actually was snowing out. A great handy bag and thanks for the chance to win the pattern.

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  23. I'm so glad you worked it out in the end!!
    Your bags are fabulous - love that green!

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  24. sooooo clever you are and sooooo pleased you get to present such gorgeous shopping bags to us all…Bravo to you….you make us proud

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  25. This is so pretty! Such a cool grocery bag to carry around! Love your ruffle addition and scrappy look

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  26. I'm so glad we got to see your beautiful projects! Love the bags.

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  27. Firstly, congratulations on defeating Blogger! Ugh! I love the shopping bag- very chic! I think the green one is perfect! It's a great pattern!

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  29. Glad you figured out a way because it was well worth the effort and the wait. What an amazing pattern and how beautiful it is in solids!! You are a genius!

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  30. What a great bag! I can't wait to try one! :)

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  31. I just knew your creation would be worth the extra wait! Just WOW! Those bags are each sew pretty. Love that you can make the flap from scraps. Great photos - especially with the dusting of snow! Just WOW!

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  32. Those are some great bags. I love how they fold up. Wonderful job!

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  33. Fantastic idea!! Who hates to carry an ugly shopping...this fixes that problem

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  34. I'm so glad you were finally able to show us your projects! Your bags are beautiful!

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  35. Love the compactness of the bag when not in use. The ruffles are sew cool.

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  36. cool idea. love your projects all of them.

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  37. Oh my goodness, those are so awesome!! I love the green one. Great job on creating that pattern!!

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  38. Oh wow! I LOVE those bags. I think we need one or two for each car in our family! Then we will never be caught without a bag again!

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  39. I'm so glad you got yout blogger working because those bags are adorable and very cleverly designed! svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  40. This post was worth waiting for. These bags are so cute! I haven't ventured yet into bag making, but I should with this bag. I try to avoid mountains of plastic bags by using reusable ones, but I always forget them in the car. I could just fold this up and keep it in my purse. Lovely!

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  41. Oh, I love these! I hope I win!;) Glad you got the photos up too. Thanks for sharing them. vickise at gmail dot com

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  42. I love fold and go bags. I have several I carry with me, just in case I happen to be shopping. Your bags are so cute. I'm going to have to add ruffles next time I make one. Great idea! Love your Kona colors.

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  43. These bags are simply perfect! Even if I don't win your give away I will be purchasign the pattern!

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  44. Oh I am a real sucker for these kind of fold up orojects, so of course I have to try to win one of the patterns. and if I don't win, I will be downloading the pdf for sure! Love it! Rose Marie sewingblogsarefun@yahoo.com

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  45. Everything you made is just wonderful....loving the ruffles.

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  46. WOW... those bags are pretty. I love working with Kona cotton!

    Thanks for being so persistent in trying to get photos to load. It was worth the wait. And thanks too for the giveaway.

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  47. What a fabulous bag! And so handy to carry along anytime, anywhere! Thanks for the chance!

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  48. What a wonderful way to use Kona colours, definitely worth the wait ;)

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  49. These bags look great and so practical. I would love to make one. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  50. What a unique way to make these bags!! I love them. I love that you can make the foldy part out of fabric crumbs. They are spectacular!

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  51. I love your cute bags. That pink one is my favorite, and your photographs are so festive. Glad the weather and technology cooperated.

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  52. What a great idea! Your photos in the snow with the Kona solids are wonderful.

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  53. Nice big roll up bags.
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  54. What a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  55. Seeing your bags was worth the wait. They are a great idea and the front part is super cute. Very nice.

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  56. Your bags are worth the wait! Beautiful, lovely, useful, and filled with yarn...what could be better?
    The blue bag really catches my eye. Might have to try it out since I've been knitting baby hats to help my daughter with her Silver Award project. Making baby hats for Seattle Children's Hospital. Having fun with the little hats and can watch TV at the same time. Not bad.
    Thank you for working with your computer problems (hate those) and sharing your talent with us today.

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  57. What a great idea! Since so many cities, counties, etc have been banning those handy plastic bags, this is perfect to stash in the glove box for an unexpected trip to the store. Thanks for sharing.

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  58. What a great idea! Since so many cities, counties, etc have been banning those handy plastic bags, this is perfect to stash in the glove box for an unexpected trip to the store. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. What a great idea! Since so many cities, counties, etc have been banning those handy plastic bags, this is perfect to stash in the glove box for an unexpected trip to the store. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. Wow!! What a great pattern! Everyone could use bags like that! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  61. The bags look great - love the bright colours!

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  62. What great bags! You did a wonderful job. Love the bright colours.

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  63. I love your fold n' roll shopping bags in the kona fabrics.

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  64. Your fold n' roll shopping bags were so worth waiting for!! Love the ruffles…thanks for sharing!!! :)

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  65. What darling bags. Thanks for sharing.

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  66. Let me just say,that all of your efforts are wellworth the pain! I Love these bags,how creative to add the scraps and ruffles. Thanks for the pattern,Iwill be trying these out,as I just love to sew bags too!

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  67. What a great bag! The pocket is really cute, and it is so good to be able to fold that baby up and take it with you shopping. Great job!

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  68. Love these bags - they are beautiful and such a great use of the range of Kona colors available!

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  69. I just love the colors that you used for the shopping bags!! The pattern looks great too! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!! Keep up the fantastic work!
    Dawn
    array-dawn at cox dot net

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  70. Those shopping bags are wonderful - so colourful! Thanks for sharing.

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  71. These are gorgeous. And so ingenious! I think I'd end up using them for library books.
    The ruffles are definitely my favorite part. :)

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  72. I'm so glad you figured out a way to post your photo's because the shopping bags are fantastic! I love the design! Thanks so much for participating and inspiring us today! Thanks for the giveaway offer too!

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  73. Adorable. Such a great idea. Your color matching is so neat too.

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  74. Love, love, love them! I especially love the fold and roll bags - so cute. blessings, marlene

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  75. Yay to getting around tech problems and sharing. Those bags are cute, cute, cute. I love the pieced pockets best of all. And my fav of the three is the chartreuse one...and that being said from a blue girl! ;)

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  76. I am so glad that I stopped back. What adorable bags! I really love them. Thank you so much.

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  77. sew glad you made it today ... love your bags and thanx for the link to the crafty pattern [in case I don't win yours] 'cause I doo believe I can make this!

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  78. These are the cutest bags ever!!! Love the colors and that ruffle is adorable.

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  79. Great bags! You did a wonderful job incorporating the Kona solids.

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  80. What lovely bags! Thanks for hopping! pbstrand@msn.com

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  81. Your fold up bag looks terrific in all those KONA colors. Those look very useful while being very pretty.

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  82. Love your bags. Such a wonderful concept. Thanks for the opportunity to win the pattern. One is cuter than the next.

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  83. Now that was worth the wait! I love your bag pattern and (definitely) the ruffle makes up sew darn cute. The colors are so fun and I like the improv look. I'd love to win your pattern and will wait (im)patiently! :) until the 22nd!

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  84. Very colorful bags, I love them!

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  85. Too cool! Those are not only bright and cheery, but what a great reusable tote, and convenient! I have to put some of these together.

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  86. What a cute bag project. Love it and glad you were able to show pictures of it.

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  87. These bags are super. I am so glad you were able to get things sorted out to the point of being able to share with us. A cool giveaway. Thanks for sharing.

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  88. Your shopping bags are brilliant! Pretty & practical pattern, thanks for the chance to win - I'd love to make several of these.

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  89. I am so glad you made it. I am at a loss always when blogger goes buggy. I love your bags, they are just so fun. Thanks for sharing and being persistent!

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  90. So glad the Blogger thing got resolved and love your quilted bags. Pretty and practical.

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  91. One way to make shopping fun, so colorful and thanks for the pdf. Keep up the good work.K

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  92. What beautiful bags! And such a clever design, too! I'd like to make a nice batch of these. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  93. First time on you blog.... Love the pillows on your header. I am in LOVE with these shopping bags!! I love them and want to make them. I would love to make them and we will see what kind of time I have on my hands; I am due with my 3rd child on Feb 3. LOVE your work!

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  94. oh my goodness these are absolutely wonderful. I love the ruffled bags. These would sure save on space. Thanks for sharing, for the give a way, for the pattern, and for the inspiration.

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  95. Blogger is such a royal PITA sometimes - I've had it install pictures ONLY upside down or sideways, or only in a certain order (that's NOT the order I want). I think they do it sometimes just to remind us who is in charge (hint - it's not US!) :D I'm glad you were finally able to figure out a workaround - great bags - patchwork makes everything better :D

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  96. I'm glad you were finally able to post your pictures. Your shopping bags are fabulous. Very creative idea!

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  97. What a cool shopping bag!! Jan 22, is my birthday, and that pattern would be a great birthday present!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  98. Awesome idea.And they are adorable with the ruffles. Thanks for sharing. xo jan

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  99. What great Shopping Bags!!! Love them! You did great job on every single one...all different & so cool!!

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  100. I love the bags, such a good idea, and the fabrics and pops of patchwork are so pretty

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  101. Your bag designs is just beautiful! I love the all solids version and the ruffle version too!

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  102. what a creative idea - these look fun to use!

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  103. Wow so cute, I have made reusable bags with strawberry on corner, but there are even better!

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  104. Love the shopping bags. Your use of the fresh powdered snow is an interesting addition to the pictures.

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  105. I love the bag. I don't think quilters ever have enough bags. I love the ruffle and the bias piping options. I can hardly believe that the bag rolls up into that little adorable pouch. I am also a knitter and what a great bag to store a knitting project, too. The Kona solids make a great bag. Thanks for participating and introducing us to a great bag.

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  106. Cute bags! And you made so many in different colors! It is easy to go crazy with those Kona Solids! Thank you for sharing!

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  107. Would love to win your pattern.
    grecomara at gmail dot com

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  108. OMG!!! I absolutely adore these shopping bags! I've got to win these so I can be fashionable even at Kroger! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  109. This bag is so cute! dawnm1993@gmail.com

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  110. Fab-u-lous, Katherine! Love the bags with the Kona!

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  111. So cute! The ones with the ruffles are adorable!

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