Thursday, September 30, 2021

Island Batik and byAnnie Round Trip Duffle Bag

Island Batik Ambassadors have been busy making bags this month with patterns, notions, and hardware supplied from byAnnie com.

And of course using lovely fabric supplied from Island Batik. For this challenge we got to pick the bag pattern and fabrics we wanted to play with.

 I chose the Round Trip Duffle Pattern and fabrics from the new Butterfly Blooms fabric line by Kathy Engle hitting stores now.

I had the perfect person in mind for this bag and her favorite color is purple so I went for a couple different shades.  

The fabric for the lining of the bag comes from the Island Batik Foundations line and is called Bubbles in Periwinkle.  The bottom cream fabric is housing an acrylic stabilizer which was also provided from  This helps keep the bottom of the bag nice and firm.

Annie provided the turquoise zippers which pop against the butterfly print.

I originally picked four different Aurifil threads for the bag, but ended up using only three. A darker turquoise thread turned out fantastic as top stitching on the cream contrasting fabric and the lining fabric, so I saved the yellow for another project.

I usually don't get a photo of the needles, but I wanted to show them off for sure this time around. These Schmetz Microtex needles handled all these layers with no problem.

I really enjoyed making each part of the bag from start to finish. It was fun to see the little pieces come together. And that Soft and Stable interfacing is some fun stuff. Perfect for bag making.  I made the carrying strap and pad first and was super excited how it turned out and the rest of the bag was just as fun, watching it grow from piece to piece. 

And here are more photos taken outside just because I liked the bag so much I took a lot of photos.






When I got the light box out to take pictures of the fabric the cats thought I got them out a new play place.

It was a bit of a struggle to get a photo. The thread was just too much fun for them.

And they were just too cute to kick out of the box.

But eventually they had to go because I needed a photo.

Happy Quilting!



  1. Your bag came out beautifully! Perfect fabrics together. And the kitty pictures. They made me smile. My cats would do the same, given the opportunity. Haha!

  2. Great job, and the cats getting in the action is so cute. Love the fabric you picked.