I love quilted totes and purses. And home sewn ones are the best because they're unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. This weekend I received the beauty shown above from my friend Norma. She has designed several styles of quilted purses, and named them for her daughter, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters. This purse is the "Hailey" model, and we picked out the lively fabric at a wonderful shop in Trenton, FL... Suwannee Valley Quilt Shop. We met there for lunch at the small cafe, and enjoyed a bit of shopping, too. This purse has one handy pocket outside, and more inside. A beautiful, useful, thoughtful gift!
Then there's this fall tote I made using a free pattern for the Zest Tote Bag from JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts.
Smaller projects are fun to make or receive, too. My quilting friend Freda from the Country Road Quilters in Ocala made these two, shown below. I received them in one of our Christmas gift exchanges. The smaller one is a credit card wallet, and the larger is a jewelry pouch. You can't see inside, but there are many small pockets for various size jewelry pieces. Freda also made a luggage tag and sewing caddy which were included with the gift.
Plus I've got an impressive collection of tote bag and purse patterns waiting their turn to be stitched. So there will be more fancy bags to sew and show.