I blogged here that my June goal was to finish my yoga mat tote bag. Ha. As in start it, more like. And finish. Well, I did it!
Here is the finished quilted fabric. I had to take indoor shots yesterday afternoon as we had quite a run of thunderstorms.
I am really happy with it. I love this Isacord thread, as did my girl, Avril, and I love the threadplay in many of these designs. Many of them are Leah Day's of her 400+ Designs on her blog.
I drew the "om" Sanskrit symbol you see in the second square down, second column from the left.
|This was my view as I quilted it, so the "om" symbol had to be done sideways|
I also quilted my name in the bag, but it is now hidden in the casing and only "ndra" is visible! Like the om, I had to write that sideways too. . . which was a brain exercise in itself! The design in the far right column second row from the bottom is my own, based on a motif in the lining fabric, a swirl in a flame shape.
I got a better picture between storms, but in the front hallway, so you have some natural light. It was just soaking wet everywhere outside, and I wanted to get cracking on making the
damn darling bag.
|This shows the richness of the turquoise thread better|
I used my blue ruler (I feel so much more confident and am much more accurate now, despite having that scary accident with it) for the two straight line designs in the top row, and the diamond design in the second row from the bottom in the picture above. The top square on the far left is one of Leah's, and the other two are based on Angela Walters' Dot to Dot Quilting designs, a Craftsy class I took last winter.
I free-handed the two feather blocks, well, everything is freehand, except for the om. I am really happy with how they both turned out, especially the one with the pebbling all around it.
The om, I traced, and then used an X-Acto knife to cut out the symbols and get the circle as round as possible. I used a Bohin chalk marker, my new favourite marker, to trace the stencil I made onto the black, as well as registration marks for the "brackets" design around the circle.
|It stands up nicely|
I decided to have the lining fabric on the outside of the bag strap, with the black side facing the bag. I LOVE the lining fabric. It's Jason Yenter's "Winter Wonderland" for In The Beginning fabrics. The main fabric is, of course, Kona cotton.
|Looks pretty amazing lying down too, if I may say so!|
I sewed in a small pocket just below the casing I made for the drawstring. Cellphone, car keys size.
I decided to apply a grommet for the drawstrings to feed through as opposed to two buttonholes.
|That Buddha insisted on being in every outside shot!|
|Bella HAD to figure out a way to lie on the new quilted item!!|
I can't make this cat any cuter.
I've written a bag tutorial for the bag, which I will post tomorrow.
Size: 29.5" tall by 22" circumference