I was down in the DC area sometime last spring visiting my friend Adam. Adam lives with his fiance Jen who although I have only met a handful of times I do enjoy. So I saw she had some cloth grocery bags. They were quilted material with patterns of realistic looking fruit on them. She said her mother had made them. I thought what I great way to combine something neat and waste less plastic.
When you quilt the fabric yourself it takes time, patience, and vigilence because it wants to gather. You think what happened I started out with two squares the same size.
Also I still do not know the correct term for the thingamajig that helps to create parallel seams but I did manage to procure one.
Turning handles you have quilted yourself takes effort, tweezers, and builds blisters. Turning handles from prequilted fabric (i.e. quilted when you bought it) is a quick and painless process.
So I have made small ones and big ones, I have branched beyond fruits and vegetables to baby animals and baseballs. Here are some examples.
Sometimes I use the bags for groceries, sometimes knitting, and sometimes books. basically what I consider necessities.