February Sew-Together Bag Clinic

Have you ever admired the Sew-Together bags of some of our crew? How everything nicely fits in the zippy pockets and pouches, and stays together for travel! But they’re intimidating to think about making, let’s be honest. Mine sat in a WIP pile for a year. There, I said it.

Well, that extra push you might have been waiting for is coming at the February meeting, and her name is Kirsten. For those of you who don’t know, K is basically a pro at these bags – and a great person to help coach you through your first one, so that’s exactly what we’ve asked her to do. Interested in tapping into her expertise, here’s all you need to do:

  1. Buy the Sew-Together bag pattern. Craftsy is the easiest place for a .pdf download, but there should be paper copies available online and from some brick-and-mortars in the area if you want to call around.
  2. Get your supplies! You’ll need some interfacing and zippers in addition to your fabrics – so make sure to plan ahead. There are some great online resources for zippers if you want something special (here and here), in addition to local big box stores.
  3. We highly suggest you CUT, label your pieces, and INTERFACE BEFORE the meeting. Sure, you could do this at the meeting, but you’ll want to make the most of Kirsten’s presence at the meeting – IMO, that’s not cutting out rectangles and fusing interfacing.
  4. Try the pattern! Yes, give it a go. This is a great way to challenge yourself, and an even better way to come with specific questions. You might surprise yourself with your progress, and you’ll have a better shot at completing the bag during the meeting if you get a head start. As a point of reference, Kirsten spends about 2 hours on each bag she’s made, and she’s done a lot. She will have several bags in different stages to show us some of the trickier steps, but think about how much more you learn by doing! We don’t want anyone to come in with too-high expectations, so we’re throwing this disclaimer out there now that you might (probably) won’t finish your bag without starting before our meeting.

Full Supply List Sew Together Bag Materials List:

  1. Exterior fabric: 1 fat quarter
  2. Lining fabric: 1/2 yd
  3. Pocket lining: 1/3 yd
  4. Binding fabric 1 fq or 1/4 yd
  5. 1/2 yd fusible lightweight interfacing
  6. 18″ x 22″ piece of fusible fleece
  7. 18″ zipper
  8. Three 9″ zippers
  9. (I do highly recommend cutting the exterior fabric piece 1″ longer than the pattern’s measurement on the longer side)
Per Kirsten  – Sew Together Workshop supply list:
  1. Sewing machine and basic supplies (thread, seam ripper, scissors etc.)
  2. Zipper foot for machine
  3. Walking foot if you have one(not essential, but makes things easier)
  4. Iron
  5. Elmer’s School Glue and thin glue tip, recommended
  6. Sew Together Bag pattern and materials
  7. Ruler (at least 12″ long)
  8. Cutting mat
  9. Rotary cutter
  10. Removable marking pencil/chalk/ink
  11. Wonder Clips or pins



UPDATE: Modern Trees Table Runner: November Workshop


(update includes adding “a free motion foot” – click here for update)

Hello All!

Here is the supply list for our November workshop being taught by Michelle Hart: Modern Trees Table Runner (click here) and will also be posted to our Resources page.

Full instructions will be printed and available at our meeting.  Please remember that our meeting in November will be on Saturday, the 19th at Mulqueens (on Main) in Mesa, AZ


One last minute spot open for the Libs Elliott Weight of Love workshop tomorrow from 9am-3pm. The workshop is being held at Sew From The Heart in Scottsdale. Cost for members is $80.

May Mini-Workshop – Bloomin’ Quilt As You Go Panels

After the May meeting there will be a May Mini Workshop where we will be learning to make Bloomin’ Quilt as You Go panels! These panels are great to use for pillows, wall-hangings,  and bags. Using strips of fabric (this can be a good scrap buster as well!) we will stitch and quilt our way out from the center of the panel.


Supplies needed:

  • Sewing machine in good working order that can straight stitch
  • Backing fabric (These panels are ideal for pillows and bags so it is a good opportunity to use a a fabric you aren’t in love with or an inexpensive muslin) [9″-15″ square suggested]
  • Batting (a little smaller than your backing)
  • Assorted strips of fabric 1″-2.5″ wide (amount depends on size panel; ~20-25 strips of assorted prints/colors)
  • Thread (This can be thread intensive so bring plenty. Can also be a good option to use up those random spools with not much left on them.)
  • Scissors
  • Iron & pressing surface (optional)
  • Rotary mat and cutter (optional)
  • Glue basting glue (optional)

​Need inspiration for fabric selections? Check out our guild Pinterest board for ideas. These can look really spectacular with a color gradation. Remember that Scrapbooks ETC offers a discount on purchases made the day of the meeting for attendees!

Have you used this technique before? Bring in your examples to share with the group. Have other ideas for mini or full workshops? Start a post in our Phoenix MQG group in the MQG Community and let’s get talking!

Duration: 90 minutes

Cost: None. If there is a desire for kits of the backing and batting leave a comment or email secretary@phoenixmodernquiltguild.com and those can be provided for a small fee.


October Workshop RSVP Only is Full!

This workshop is full so if you aren’t already registered for it, you don’t need to read further.  If you have already reserved your spot for the workshop, here is a reminder of what you need to bring because piec-lique workshop is coming up soon–October 5th at 12:00 at the Chandler Police Station (250 East Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225).   This class will focus on easy curved seams based on her New York Beauty pattern, as well as techniques for circles, Drunkard’s Path, and improv curves.

The fee for this workshop will be $20. Payment will be accepted at the meeting by cash, check, or credit card. This fee will also provide you with a kit which will include the patterns/templates, a CD with a PDF book with complete instructions for making the block to reference in the future, and a blank sheet of high quality freezer paper to use for the class.

Additional supplies will also be needed. Click here for the supply list.

Equipment needed:
Sewing machine
A single needle plate for your sewing machine
Size 75 machine embroidery needles
Piecing thread (beige or gray)
Basic sewing Kit
Hard pressing Mat
Regular spray starch. (No spray sizing)
Freezer paper.
Medium stencil brush (1/2”)
Water Soluble Basting Glue
Permanent marking pen
Serger/Surgical tweezers
Scissors (Paper and fabric scissors)
12 1/2” square ruler
Rotary cutter and mat
Iron: You will need your own (The only one that I find is hot enough to work is a Black and Decker travel iron or a Rowenta travel iron. You will need to purchase one. A must, no other iron works.)
Hard pressing mat
Supplies Needed:
1/2” yard for back ground.
5 different yellows for spires. (10” squares)
1 fat quarter for background behind spires.
1 fat quarter of black for arches.

For those that don’t have every last supply on hand some extras will be available for you to try out.
Cristy and Sharon will also be bringing many of their products with them, so be prepared to shop with them as well!  Sharon’s other designs, DVDs, and other supplies will be available for purchase at the workshop.

This workshop will be held at the Chandler Police Station at 250 East Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ 85225 on October 5th.  Please note we will be starting this workshop at 12:00.  The room will be available to us starting at 11:00 if you would like to come early to set up your machine.


We would like to send another huge thank you to Sharon and Cristy and we are looking forward to a great workshop on Piec-lique!

Please send any pictures you take at the workshop to secretary@phoenixmodernquiltguild.com because I won’t be there and I want to share your good time and great blocks with everyone!  THANKS!