Quilted Tote Bag


The last couple weeks before the baby, I got on a bit of a bag kick. The first of these was a tote bag for carrying and/or storing portable projects, such as my English paper piecing hexies.

I used this tutorial as a starting point, changing the dimensions and the pattern to suit me. (I started with a flat piece 13.5″ x 26.5″, yielding a bag 10″ x 11.5″ x 3″.) I also increased the length of the handles to 22″, and used only a single layer of interfacing, 1″ wide, instead of the 4 layers you end up with following the tutorial.

I didn’t add any pockets to the tote, but I did make a little pouch with a snap closure to go inside, just big enough to hold scissors, thread, a seam ripper, and any other little tools I might need for a hand sewing project.

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The fabric for both is Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz (which I love!).

I’m currently working on a slightly more ambitious beach tote with pockets and some fancy touches, but it’s slow going with a newborn in the house!

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Cathedral Window Pillow


As promised, in addition to my cathedral window wall quilt, I also made a pillow. After all the time spent on the quilt, I was shocked when I finished the pillow in less than 3 days, about 8 hours’ working time. It really helps to only have 9 window panes. 😉

The fabric is green tea kona cotton with windows of Canyon by Kate Spain from Moda. This particular pillow is a housewarming gift for my youngest sister, who just graduated college and is moving into her first apartment. 😄