A Quilt as You Go Tote

I realized I haven’t blogged yet about the tote bag I made last month for the Sewing Summit! At the very last minute, as I was running around stressed out, trying to get everything done for my class, packed, kids ready for me to leave town…I decided I just needed to make a handmade bag for my trip. I didn’t have time to make a Weekender like everyone else, but I knew I could make a Jane Market Bag. I’ve had this pattern for awhile and the totes are so easy to put together. They hold a lot of stuff and make great teacher gifts. *hint* *hint*

QAYG

I decided to make a quilt as you go (QAYG) version. This technique is fairly new to me. Recently some of us made quilt blocks for a special quilt for Penny with QAYG and I fell in love right away. It takes awhile, but wow is it worth it! You can find a tutorial for QAYG in the form of a quilt along here.

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I made a couple changes to the bag (both intentional and not). First, the bag is about 1″ smaller all the way around. That was the unintentional change. I should have started my QAYG with a larger piece of batting. Opps! That’s ok though, the bag still works great.

The second change was I left off the outside pockets. Because I was QAYGing, I didn’t want those to take away from the look of the sides. I also left out the option for a flat bottom (made with interfacing or cardboard). I like my tote bags all floppy like.

Tote

I highly recommend this bag pattern. It’s very easy, even for beginners and the bag comes together very quickly. And you never can have too many bags!

Welcome daMommie Cases!

Happy Friday! Today I’m very pleased to introduce you to my newest sponsor, daMommie Cases. When I started emailing with shop owner Tonya, I got really excited. It turns out we have a few things in common. Tonya’s husband’s aunt taught her to sew 18 yrs ago when she was on bed rest with her daughter. (My mom taught me to quilt when I was on bed rest with my son). Tonya is an I.T. Specialist by day and the only female on her team at work so sewing is her way of relaxing. (I worked in I.T. before staying home with my kids and was also one of the only women in the bunch throughout college and my teams professionally). See, I think we must be kindred spirits.

Tonya offers a variety of great handcrafted items in her shop: E-Reader cases, iPad cases, portfolios, business card holders, and more.

I think these would make awesome Christmas gifts! I love the modern, sleek designs and Tonya’s fabric combinations as well.

How cool is this – Cordurory!

I know you will enjoy browsing Tonya’s shop. Thank you for your continued support of my sponsors!

Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang ~ The Fresh AG Tote

Fresh AG Tote ~ Pattern for the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang

Today I’m so excited to be able to share my first project as part of the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang, the Fresh AG Tote!

I designed this tote with summer in mind, perfect for taking to the park or the pool. It’s a simple pattern for beginner bag makers as well. You can find the pattern over on the Art Gallery Fabrics blog and also the PDF download on their pattern summary page (if you don’t see it there right away, it will be there soon – just go to the blog post).

Now for the giveaway! Want to win all the Art Gallery prints I used on my bag (minus the solids)?

My rules:
• Leave a comment on this post

Art Gallery’s rules:
• Subscribe to the Art Gallery Fabrics blog
• Follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Pinterest
• Like Art Gallery on Facebook (optional)

I will pick a winner Friday evening, July 27th.

And don’t forget to add photos of your finished project to the Fat Quarter Gang Flickr group. Happy sewing everyone!

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Closing comments to pick a winner!
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The lucky winner is #124: Martha said “Love your tote:) awesome!”

Congratulations Martha! I will be emailing you for your address. Thanks for commenting everyone!

A New Summer Bag!

241-Tote

Sometimes you just need to make yourself a new bag. Last Friday was one of those days. I always love Anna’s patterns so I decided on her super hip 241 Tote. It’s an instant download when you buy it ~ love getting things immediately!

241-Tote-Hori

I have been hanging on to this Ruby Star Spring fabric by Melody Miller for quite some time. It’s a cotton/linen blend and I thought it would be perfect for a bag. I paired it up with two Essex linens – Sand and Putty. I’m always a bit intimidated to work with linen because of all the shifting but the Essex linens are really nice and behave (most of the time).

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The pattern was great to follow, even for those of us that are 3-dimensionally challenged. 😉 Here’s a view of the other side of the bag.

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I used another Ruby Star Spring print on the inside and you can see there is also an magnetic snap enclosure.

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Can’t wait to take this bag out on the town!