• Carry everything with style in super-easy bags for every season, occasion, or outfit
• 10 fat-quarter-friendly projects include small and large purses, totes, and zippered pouches
• Huge idea gallery of 101 bags to inspire your own designer originals
• In-depth chapter on handles and closures
If "You can never have too many bags" is your motto, M'Liss Rae Hawley has just what you need: every kind of bag, from cute little children's purses, to handy pouches that make packing for vacation a breeze, and elegant evening bags for hitting the town in style. Add your own personal touch with handles and embellishments: appliqué, quilting, embroidery, buttons, beads, ribbons, and trims.
Review By: Penny Haren, Checker Newsletter - October 13, 2008
"M’Liss Rae Hawley has created ten styles of purses and totes - all made from fat quarters - which means they are easy to cut, easy to kit, and affordable! This book is truly a shop owner’s dream! The fun begins after the basic bag is constructed. M’Liss shows each bag finished with a variety of techniques, embellishments, pockets, and handles - the possibilities are truly endless! There is a teaching opportunity in every bag! Consider having your customers buy the book and use the ten patterns as a base for ten classes - each one focusing on a different technique. Incorporate a needle-turned applique block into the tote bag; teach a free-form machine quilting class while constructing the cube purse; demonstrate basic sewing construction when inserting a zipper in the cosmetic bag…. And, your students will leave the class with a finished project - wouldn’t they love you for that! Then you get to play with handles! Braids, beads, bamboo, embellishments - even zippers - add an element of fun! No two bags need to ever look the same!..."
Review Anna Crafts - December 1, 2008
“Turn your fat quarter stash into fabulous new bags with help from M'Liss Rae Hawley. The possibilities will carry you from daytime practicality to nighttime pizzazz with the fat-quarter-perfect patterns: a carryall, ribbon purse, three tote bags, cube purse, origami bag, cosmetic bag, shoulder purse, and saddle bag. Create bags for travel, kids, and everything in between as you learn to master handles and closures and personalize your bags with embellishments, appliqué, quilting, and embroidery. Hawley includes a gallery of 101 bags to jumpstart your creative juices. You'll never purchase a bag again!”
Review By: Laurel Harper, How-to-Quilt.org - January 1, 2009
"I have been eyeing this book, 101 Fabulous Fat-Quarter Bags with M’Liss Rae Hawley: 10 Projects for Totes & Purses- Ideas for Embellishments, Trim, Embroidery & Beads- Stylish Finishes - Handles & Closures, ever since the author, M’Liss Rae Hawley, came to our local Joann store and promoted it. At the time, it was still a couple of weeks away from publication/release. It is now available. When she introduced the book, she also had some of the bags that appear in the book. It looks like it will be worth getting. The bags were gorgeous!..."
Review On track! - January 1, 2009
“From a small cosmetic bag to large carryall tote, this book shows you how to make ten different totes and purses from fat-quarters. This book is well written with clear instructions. What makes this book stand-out from others though is the abundance of sample bags made not only by M'Liss Rae Hawley herself but also by members of her quilting group. Each sample bag says something about the person who made it. Looking at the different versions of each bag is like seeing a mini trunk show and is very fun. This book also has a very nice section on bag handle ideas and how-to-do-it advice for making those bag handles. If you are looking for a fun way to use up some of those fat-quarters, this might be the book for you.”