I have finished my new 2013 pattern which I am calling a Quilter’s Valise. Valise is an old fashioned French word for a piece of hand baggage. Use your favorite fabric collection to make this bag uniquely yours.
The Valise is medium-sized at 14″ x 14″ x 5″. It is built on an oval base, so it has no side seams, but it does have a front and a back. The three foundation pieces use duck cloth for body and strength. It has an “optional” recessed zipper closure, which I encourage you to include, using ONLY a Coats and Clark 22″ Closed Bottom SPORT zipper for the best success.
There are 10 compartments on the outside that are sized to fit a quilter’s tools. Six of these are pockets with flaps that have Hook and Loop Tape to secure them. The rest are pouches or slide-ins. Inside are three patch pockets. Nearly everything is lined, and the flaps have additional interfacing for body.
The back is a feature block, 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″, surrounded with a 1″ border. You may use my Drunkard’s Path Block as specified in the pattern, or your own orphan block. My “option” for the back is to add more pockets instead of a feature block.
There is a 2-Pieced Band that runs around the top of the Valise with two Strap Handles.
Daryl Perry of Rio Rancho tested the pattern and made many suggestions for improvement. We agree that it
is a pattern for Intermediate and Advanced quilters. It helps if you have worked with zippers and pockets with flaps, and thick layers of fabric. I always use a lot of diagrams and detailed instructions to make the pattern as user-friendly as possible. Don’t expect a quickly made Valise. It will take a little time, but is well worth the effort.
The pattern sells for $10.00, is 27 pages packaged in a 6″ x 9″ plastic bag.