Hi, I'm Mary - I'm a tote addict. Along with all the other things I'm addicted to like fabric, patterns, notions, fabric, zippers, thread, and I think I mentioned fabric.
I meet once a month with a small group of sewists, and of course in December we have a fun Holiday get together. We also have a yearly pillowcase project for a local girls home. We each make a pillowcase and then we fill all the pillowcases with personal hygiene items. When a girl gets one of these bags, she has a pillowcase to keep and hopefully some practical items she needs.
Can I show you a photo of the pillowcases? I would if it would load - which it will not.
This year we also had a tote bag exchange. I made up my tote, I figure I've made a few - I could wing it.
To be honest, I had the ring of flying geese block already made from a prior swap. The block didn't come in at 12.5", so I just hung on to it. For this tote the block size didn't matter, I just wanted a focal piece that was colorful and fun for my partner.
I used Riley Blake charm squares for the back.
The interior is bright and has a pocket. The handles are sturdy cotton web.
My reading glasses for scale.
Detail of the quilting.
I would like to make a pattern for this bag - as soon as I can make another, remember to write everything down, measure while I'm working and take progress photos - I will do that! I'm figuring not everyone can just make it up as they go. It is a good size tote, sturdy, and nice looking. I need one for myself! Need.
And here is the bag I received. I. Am. Amazed!
It's great when your friends know you so well.
Keep Calm and Quilt On