Moda Acreage Fabric Line by Shannon Gillman Orr Blog Tour

It's my turn on the Acreage blog tour.  This is a new line for Moda Fabrics by Shannon Gillman Orr.  When Shannon asked if I would be interested in making something scrappy it was like a dream come true.  I just love this fabric line!  With the heat that we are suffering here in the midwest and the fact I'm thirty minutes one way from a grocery store I needed a bag to help keep things cold that were supposed to be cold when I got home.  So I knew what I was going to make with the fabric, a scrappy, patchwork insulated grocery bag.  The great thing about this bag is your can play with your favorite quilt blocks, shapes, or techniques you've been wanting to try.
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A few years ago I was at a meeting and our "gift" was an insulated bag.  I've used the life out of that bag.  It's a mass produced bag made cheaply but it does a great job of keeping stuff cold.  I will share a full tutorial of this bag in the future but today we are talking all about the fabric.



I'm pretty sure I ended up using at least on piece of each fabric in the box I got.  I started by picking some of my favorite fabrics in the collection.  I cut those into 2 3/4" strips and then used a ruler to cut isosceles triangles.  There are 110 triangles on the front of the bag and another 110 triangle on the back of the bag.  I love isosceles triangles in quilting.  They are easy to sew together and they make a dramatic impact.  I made a quilt at Christmas as a gift using the triangles.  I hated giving it away, I fell so in love with it.  Now I have my own triangle project and I'll get to show it off all the time.

I was trying to figure out just what to do for the sides.  I was looking at the fabric I had leftover trying to figure something out when Paul suggested I make string blocks.  This was perfect because I had gotten some strings.  Of course I saved those because I can't throw any fabric away.  The inside of the bag is yellow because I had several big pieces of it left.

This fabric really spoke to me, as you can see I used ALL of it in my bag.  It has a very nostalgic feel while using bright modern colors.  There's some country there with the plaids, a little 70s with the big flowers, a little 60s with the sunburst, and the clothespins just make me think of my grandma.  There is a lookbook where you can see all of the fabric.


I just love the way the bag turned out.  It's a great way to show off all the fabrics that are in the Acreage line.  Now my ice cream will still be ice cream when I get home instead of milk.  I have nothing against milk but peppermint chocolate should be frozen not liquid.

Be sure to share this with your LQS and let them know you would like to buy this when it is available in September.

Monday July 4th Sally Keller of Sally’s Angelworks
Monday July 11th Anna Marks of Crazy8Farms
Monday July 18 Brooke Sellmann of Silly Mama Quilts 
Monday July 25th Melissa Shields of Quilting Room with Mel (You Are Here)
Monday August 1 Michelle of Island Life Quilts 
Monday August 8 Jayme Christensen of Finding Sweetland
Monday August 15 Briawna Hugh of Purple Poppy Quilts 
Monday August 22 Peta Peace of She Quilts a Lot
Monday August 29 Lani Padilla of Simply Fresh Vintage
Monday September 5 Loryn Litchty of Sweet Sassy Strong
Monday September 12 Jemima Flendt of Tied With a Ribbon 
Monday September 19 Anna Boundy of Said with Love
Monday September 26 Staci Barrett of A Vintage Fairytale
Monday October 3rd Blog Tour wrap up by Shannon Gillman Orr of Eva Blake’s Makery

NOTE: I lost power last night while finishing up the post. I was sure I would have it back by now to put photos in this. I was wrong. I will get this updated ASAP when the power comes back and I have access to them.

We have graphics!!  The graphics are always the last thing I do for a blog post.  Last night while I was working on this post we lost power.  I figured it would come back on fairly quickly.  When 1:45 rolled around I went to bed thinking it would come back on by the time Paul left for work.  I would just get up and put the photos in then.  At 6:30 we still didn't have power so I found a spot in the house with a bar of service and posted the post.  The storms are over, power is restored, and we have a full blog post now.  Thank you to everyone who came back to check out the finished post.

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About Melissa Shields

Mel is a 30 something year old quilter, attempting to balance her old school roots with today's trends. When not sewing or shopping for a new sewing machine Mel enjoys reading, reality TV, and Nascar.

3 comments:

  1. Your tote looks fantastic. It's too nice for just grocery shopping, it makes me want to head to the beach.

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  2. Beautiful fabric, and a great idea! Sounds like a match to me.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  3. Such gorgeous fabrics! They're almost too pretty to keep as just a bag-- I may make a top out of a couple!

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