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To Market, To Market… via Norway

March 2nd, 2010

One last Olympic/Vancouverage mention. TWO actually. First… I can’t thank everyone enough for all the kind and enthusiastic comments on my Vancouver post!  I wanted to email everyone back and thank them, but I messed up my in-box juggling between my laptop and my desktop (a common occurrence in my little corner of chaos).  A special thank you to my Canadian commenters… THANK YOU and I was so deeply touched!

Second.  Did anyone else drink the Curling Kool-aid?   I went nuts over it.   NUTS I tell you… NUTS!  I even found myself shouting “hard hard hard hard…” as I was Swiffering my kitchen the other day.   There’s just something about curling that appeals to me so much.

1. There’s strategy (though I prefer strategery).
2. There’s skill and teamwork involved.
3. You get to play with friends and chit-chat while playing.
4. You get to yell things like “hard, hard, hard, hard…”.
5. Dazzling team uniforms!!!

I got swept up in the Norwegian Men’s Curling team pants… The Pants. Who knew obnoxious golf pants could be cool!

Photo credit: Associated Press/Yahoo Sports

I decided I wanted a piece of the Loudmouth pie - and made a Norwegian Curling Pants Market Bag. I used my Better Homes & Gardens - Quilts and More Fall 2008 “To Market, To Market” bag pattern (page 50 if you have the issue) with a few minor modifications.
Norwegian Curling Pants Market Bag
The To Market, To Market pattern is available online free at BHG’s All People Quilt. I don’t know if you have to sign up to be a member first… but you’ll want to be a member anyway!

I used Moda’s new Minick & Simpson’s Bar Harbor layer cake “slices” to make my outer bag as well as the liner. I used some yardage from my stash for the casing and strap - which just so happened was some Minick & Simpson Prairie Paisley.  Who knew Laurie and Polly’s Americana could also be so Norwegian-ishy…  Norwegiacana…  Norde-cana.

Grab the pattern/instructions at BH&G’s All People Quilt here.
Modify the 19″ x 15″ x 5″ bag pattern instructions to make a 20″ x 16″x 5″ bag.

+-+-+-+-+-+- Modifications are in bold.-+-+-+-+-+-+
From blue polka dot, cut:
2) 3½ x 39½” strips

From tan print, cut:
2) 3½ x 41½” strips

From brown print, cut:
2) 3 x 26½” strips

From tan print, cut:
1) 3½ x 42″ strip

Outer Bag
From red print, cut:
2) 20½” squares

Follow materials needed, cutting and piecing
directions below to make two 21½” quilted bag units.

From muslin, cut:
2) 20½” squares

Follow materials needed, cutting and piecing
directions below to make two 21½” liner units.


6 RED PRINT layer cakes/10″ squares (for bag)
7 BLUE PRINT layer cakes/10″ squares (for bag)
8 TAN PRINT layer cakes/10″ squares (for bag)
10 ASSORTED PRINT layer cakes/10″ squares (for liner)
½ yard TAN PRINT
25 x 25″ BATTING (I used Warm & White)

From 6 RED PRINT layer cakes/10″ squares, cut:
24) 3½” squares

From 7 BLUE PRINT layer cakes/10″ squares, cut:
26) 3½” squares

From 8 TAN PRINT layer cakes/10″ squares, cut:
16) 3½” squares
8) 3⅞” squares - cut diagonally once
1) 4¼” square - cut diagonally twice

From ⅜ yard WHITE SOLID, cut:
16) 3½” squares
8) 3⅞” squares - cut diagonally once
1) 4¼” square - cut diagonally twice

Assemble pieces as per illustration to make outer bag unit.  Make 2.

I quilted in-the-ditch directly on to my batting (with no backing), and then trimmed off excess batting.
Norwegian Curling Pants Market Bag

8) 10″ squares
8) 10″ x 2½” strips
2) 2½ squares from left over scraps
Make 2 “9-patch” units (as per photo).
Norwegian Curling Pants Market Bag

A modification from the original pattern, I made the strap shorter so it’s “invisible” and tucked in quietly inside the casing. Just enough room from grabbing as you fill your bag.
Norwegian Curling Pants Market Bag
Uff da!

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53 Responses

  1. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    The bag is darling! But I really think you should have made some the pants. Wow - they are something.

  2. The fabulous bari allegedly said:

    you crack me up, and that bag is adorable!

  3. The fabulous Rachel Lynn allegedly said:

    I love the bag!

  4. The fabulous jenny b harris allegedly said:

    Love the bag! Much less scary than the pants would have been. You might have ended up on that mean website again!

  5. The fabulous Lissa allegedly said:

    You crack me up!!

  6. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    Those pants are something!! I must have missed that! I love your bag commemorating the event. Curling is cool. And your bag is darling. What a great thing to remember such a special world wide event with.

  7. The fabulous ~Michelle~ allegedly said:

    Dude, I didn’t realize those pants were so readily available!! I was trying to figure out how to make my hubby a pair for Halloween this year - maybe I won’t have to now!

  8. The fabulous Cyndi allegedly said:

    I think you should do a whole blog design theme around it… imagine the whole page taken over by pink and turquoise harlequin pants! WOO-HOO!

  9. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    Oh my that is just too funny…my oldest daughter loves pants like these and always has, I suppose she is ahead of the trend lol…hopefully gonna make that bag this weekend!

  10. The fabulous Robin allegedly said:

    I have to admit– the pants were awesome! I’m lovin’ your pants-inspired market tote. Too fun! :)

  11. The fabulous rachel allegedly said:

    ohh. emm. gee.
    only you dude.
    only you.

    me loves it.

  12. The fabulous laurie allegedly said:

    I will have to link to this post and send it to all my family. Imagine, M&S fabric and curling in the same post (our dad was Canadian). Being so close to Canada, we grew up watching a Windsor Ontario tv station. On Saturday afternoons in the winter there would be curling. It was hypnotic to watch. I couldn’t really understand the nuances of the game, just that it was like “darts on ice”.

    Great bag!

  13. The fabulous Sherri allegedly said:

    Love this bag! Definitely Norwegianishy!!!

  14. The fabulous V and Co. allegedly said:

    i don’t know…i think you need to make the pants to go with the bag for market. i’m just sayin…if you are going to go for it…go all the way. i.dare.you.

  15. The fabulous Natalie VV allegedly said:

    Cannot get over your sweet skills.

  16. The fabulous Bridgette allegedly said:

    The pants; somewhere between crazed golfer and M.C. Hammer.
    The bag however, fabulous.
    And wouldn’t Pam’s straps be darling?

    No, I am not a stalker:)

  17. The fabulous MARGO allegedly said:

    really cool bag. great colors pop on the diagonal.

  18. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    THAT COULD NOT BE CUTER. Just wait till
    Laurie and Polly see it. They love fashion~

  19. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Only you could get quilt inspiration from ugly pants. You’re amazing!

  20. The fabulous Linzee allegedly said:

    Love the bag and love the source of inspiration!

  21. The fabulous Sheri allegedly said:

    Love the bag. lLve your posts. I’m so glad I’m not the only one with a slightly tilted sense of humor. Haven’t watched men’s curling yet. I’m having sinus surgery this week and will do all my catching up next week.

  22. The fabulous KathiD allegedly said:

    You are scrumptious.

    And incorrigible.

  23. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    Love the new bag and OMGG I could so wear a pair of those pants. Are they not the coolest??? lolol
    I’m glad you had fun Monica. But I think you have fun wherever you may roam.

  24. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    Have you had to replace the handle on your Swiffer mop yet?

  25. The fabulous Kristin L allegedly said:

    Great inspiration and a super cool bag!

  26. The fabulous Leslie Schmidt allegedly said:

    The bag is so cool, but I really loved the curling. My husband and I tried it and it was a lot of fun up until I slipped on the ice and landed on the handle of the rock. I may have cracked a rib, but I definitely got bruised!

  27. The fabulous badlandsquilts allegedly said:

    Oh how super cute & clever…think I’ll have to make one of these and see if it gets me out of eating lutafisk!

  28. The fabulous Pixie's Belle allegedly said:

    Fabulous bag! Obnoxious is cool, always!

  29. The fabulous Marise allegedly said:

    Hehe funny story! And very cute bag. I was wondering how those red fabrics would look combined with eachother and white, now i know :-)

  30. The fabulous KathiD allegedly said:

    I have one more thing to say.

    Pants on the ground! Pants on the ground!

  31. The fabulous Marta Baratella allegedly said:

    i LOVE

  32. The fabulous Helene allegedly said:

    LOVE the bag! Almost as much as I love our great silver curling team. They are so cute in their clown pants :P

    Unlike most of the other curling teams in the olympics the Norwegian team are amateurs and without any sponsors. At least the publicity from the pants landed them a sponsor contract :)

    Helene from Norway :)

  33. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Ok so if you made the pants in a crop length maybe you could get by with them…or maybe not!
    We watched all the curling here too, just a bunch of Olympic nerds in SoCal.

  34. The fabulous Diane allegedly said:

    Your imagination always amazes me! How great to combine Norwegian curling fashion into such a cool, useful tote bag!?!

    Thank you once again for your inspiration and for the directions to make our own souvenir of the Olympics;-}

  35. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    Cute! Love the inspiration :-) John and his younger brother got matching loud pants for the golf invitational here last year. Anything for attention! :-D

  36. The fabulous Robyn allegedly said:

    Love the bag! And, yeah, I became a Curling Stalker. I tried to look away but I got hooked. Not as hooked as I am on Hockey, but close. Thanks again for your Vancouverage. It was right up there with Colbert’s. You. R O C K!!

  37. The fabulous Nancy in Arizona allegedly said:

    You are a smile waiting to happen. I am thrilled at your take on the curling pants . . . cute stuff! You never cease to amaze me . . . thank you for the info so we can make a curling bag as well . . . you continue to be just the best!
    Nancy in AZ

  38. The fabulous Jen in NY allegedly said:

    We totally got into curling too. My daughter asked every day, “Is the sweeping channel on?” Did you see that segment on how they make the stones? It was really cool!

    SUCH a cute bag. :-)

  39. The fabulous Anne Heidi allegedly said:

    Oh I think I need to make me one of these bags… Being Norwegian and all…. Did you know the curling team presented the King with a pair of “clown pants” of his own? He turned 72 during the Olympics, so it was their birthdaygift to him :-)

  40. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    OMGorgeous bag!! Mr. ACQ and I LOVED the curling! It’s a mix of sports, relaxing, and funny. The Norwegian pants were awesome. And I see your red mittens! So jealous!!! Can I wear them at lunch? x

  41. The fabulous Sabine allegedly said:

    Die Tasche ist wunderschön, liebe Monica!!
    I love the pattern and the beauriful fabrics you used.
    Have a wonderful day,

  42. The fabulous blop allegedly said:

    Love it!! Definitely need some of those pants…maybe capris to go w/the bag!! You will be a STAR @ Market!!

  43. The fabulous Kasi allegedly said:

    LOL! You are truely AMAZING! I can’t believe it!!!!!!! At first I was tickled with your blog about the pants, not bothering to scroll down (interrupted more like), then I came back and scrolled down. OH! MY! GAAAAAAAWD! Was all I could say!!!!!

    OK..back to playing dollies. I’m the “Mommy” (go figure!) and I have to change her diapers (aren’t I already past this stage?) and read to her. (:s

  44. The fabulous Kasi allegedly said:

    Excuse me…I was tickled ARGYLE!

  45. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Monica, You totally rock!! You really caught Olympic fever bad. We were also curling junkies here too. Who would have thought those pants would have caused such a stir, much less been the inspiration for such a cute bag?

  46. The fabulous Laurie Miller allegedly said:

    So very cool!!!

  47. The fabulous Evelyn allegedly said:

    Monica, that is so FANTASTIC! You amaze me. :-)

  48. The fabulous jaybird allegedly said:

    a bag inspired by pants.. i love it!!!

  49. The fabulous Busy Little Quilter allegedly said:

    You’re too cute!!!

    I love this!

  50. The fabulous Wenchequilts allegedly said:

    Wow, another one! I just made my version of “goldpants-tote” and sent it out to in my newsletter for Northern Quilts (norwegian quilt pattern business). It is a bit bigger than yours (and the pattern will be relaunched in the next newsletter,- (norwegian text only). May I link to your blogpost from my blog?

  51. The fabulous Randi allegedly said:

    Love the post. You totally crack me up……Keep it comin’ girl!

  52. The fabulous Mom Wald allegedly said:

    This bag ROCKS, er… CURLs, oh whatever, it’s really, really AWESOME!

  53. The fabulous brigette allegedly said:

    VERY cute monica.
    please make mine in black and white. and then add a splash o’ pink. then i can give it to my daughter as one of her christmas presents.. and fill it with a beach towel and some sunscreen!!
    :is so excited to have another christmas present out of the way!

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