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Make a Duffle Bag with Melissa Corry

Welcome back to the Quilt Goals 2023 challenge! In January, I invited you to set a quilting goal that will bring you a little outside your comfort zone. It’s a good way to challenge yourself, learn a new skill and add something special to your quilt practice. Some quilty friends are sharing their projects with us each month on the blog. Let’s dive in to see what Melissa Corry is making for #QuiltGoals2023!

The Get Out of Town 2.1 Sewing Pattern from ByAnnie makes for a cute duffle bag! We love how Melissa’s turned out!

Making a Duffle Bag

Melissa shared, “I am so glad I took on the 2023 Quilt Goal Challenge from my good friends at Fat Quarter Shop. I make a lot of quilts (like over 50 a year) so when I was trying to come up with a good Quilt Goal Challenge I was really stumped.  But then I came across the idea of making something quilted that wasn’t a quilt…and I planned to make a Duffle Bag! I went into this project with next to no bag making experience.  And I can say, I learned a lot along the way. I am so grateful to my amazing MIL, Barbara, for walking me through some of the more indepth directions and helping me with terminology that went over my head. The process was a bit of a roller coaster, but by the end, I could independently work on it and am just thrilled with the finished product.”

“I used the ByAnnie Get Out of Town 2.1 Pattern and it was full of wonderful illustrations and instructions. And now, the big question is, will I make another one? This was an experience, and I can share that while making the bag I could be quoted saying “I will never do this again” several times. But now that it has been a few weeks, I am considering more duffels.  Especially because my girls all love it and want their own. And besides, at least I have a clue what I am doing now, and like everything, the second one is always easier, right.” 

You can learn more about her experience making a duffle bag by reading Melissa’s blog, and see more from her by visiting her on social media (@happyquiltingmc). You can also check out her books Charming Baby Quilts and Fast & Fun Lap Quilts if you’re still looking for some quilt goal projects of your own!

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We are sew happy to have eight wonderful bloggers making projects to challenge themselves. Each month on the blog a different quilter will share with us part of their journey to achieve their quilt goal. Be sure to follow them for inspiration and check back on the blog the 4th Thursday of each month to see their projects and keep up with the fun with #QuiltGoals2023 on Instagram.

February 23: Pat Sloan (@QuilterPatSloan) is sewing Tula Pink’s Butterfly Quilt.
March 23: Melissa Corry (@HappyQuiltingMC) will sew a duffle bag.
April 27: Sherri McConnell (@aQuiltingLife) will make an orange peel project.
May 25: Jemima Flendt (@TiedWithARibbon) plans to teach a friend to quilt.
June 22: Robin Pickens (@RobinPickens) will try her hand at cross stitching.
July 27: Wendy Chow (@the.WeekendQuilter) will make a quilt-as-you-go project.
August 24: Christopher Thompson (@the_tattooed_quilter) will make a bed-sized quilt.
September 28: Shereece Nicole (@SewHookedOnTreasures) has set her sights on a t-shirt quilt.
October 26: I’m going to sew a clamshell quilt!


  1. What a BEAUTIFUL Job! It really ramps the “Sew-Jo” when you take on a hard goal & finish it.

  2. I made the Mini Patchwork Duffle by Knot and Thread Designs in January. It was so much fun! I used it for a weekend away to attend the Journey concert in Lincoln, NE. It was perfect!