Tote project

I don’t enjoy any sewing other than piecing for quilts.  So, this was unusual for me.  I wanted to make a bag to carry my quilts in instead of using free ones I’ve gotten from vendors.  I couldn’t find a pattern I liked.  I have books and magazines with patterns, not to mention the free ones on the internet.  Most of them were too complicated for what I wanted.  I took bits and pieces from multiple sources and came up with this.

 

 

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It’s very simple.  Not pocket or zipper.  Being a long arm quilter, I had to put it on my machine to quilt it.  Which was easy enough except for the design choice I made.  The digitized design had directionality (is that a word?)  and negative space.  I managed to remember to flip and mirror images in relation to the center motif of the fabric.  However, it left a little gap where the repeats met in the center.  This probably doesn’t make any sense to you.

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I’m very happy with the finished bag.  I can take it to the Home Machine Quilters Show in Salt Lake.

Some of my favorite links

Blocks:

When I was working on my improv quilt, I didn’t always know how to sew certain blocks.  Gen X Quilters has put together a nice block library. You’ll have to scroll down to see all the photos.

http://www.genxquilters.com/p/quilt-block-library.html

Binding:

Missouri Star Quilting is a wonderful resource if you haven’t checked out their Youtube  video.  https://youtu.be/0vCWpxBRs20

Quilt Labels:

Here’s my favorite way to make labels.  I use EQ7 instead of Word because I can add borders.

http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/2010/07/a-quick-quilt-label-method-and-a-giveaway/

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