Somehow I must have known Liana was going to have a baby girl. I picked up this bundle of Michael Miller Sweet Baby pinks and yellows at a steal of a deal in early January from Craftsy. I knew it would grow up into a quilt; little did I know it would actually grow up into a bag first!
I modified the pattern slightly this time, choosing to quilt as you go. I cut the batting at the recommended size plus an extra half inch all the way around, and marked a vertical line the size of the panel that the pattern indicates you make by sewing together the jelly roll strips .
|Added the strips diagonally, sewing them onto the batting|
|Have I mentioned yet how much I love water soluble blue markers?!|
|Both sides all pieced|
|Extra quilting between the seams and straight lines on the strip and panel|
|It's a general holidays and celebrations print I paired with the solid grey. I was SO tickled to see the menora! Liana is Jewish. :-)|
|Used the blue marking pen to write them first and then FMQ-ed|
|NOOO!! Very bad non-repeatable words in a Canadian accent were said.|
So I redid them, near the top, but allowing enough room for the seam allowance that adding a lining dictated.
Here is the back of the tote.
|There is enough of the fat quarter bundle to easily make another couple of totes. Might have to use yardage (hello stash) for the lining though.|
Liana LOVED it. I had picked up a burp cloth little kit and pattern from my LQS in Leamington, Ontario, A Stitch In Time, back in early December. I scored a great deal on a remnant of terrycloth at JoAnn's in early January, almost a yard for $4. So I used remaining fabric of one of the strips to make a burp cloth to include with the bag.
This is really a great design, and I know I will make it again.
Pattern: Three-Quarter Patch Tote from Craftsy
Fabric: Michael Miller pinks/yellows fat quarter bundle
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch 100% cotton
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Essentials; quilted with Essentials in magenta and white (available at Connecting Threads)
Remember Craftsy always has these fat quarter bundles, maybe not as good a sale as the after Christmas clearance prices, but still really decent, even at the Canadian dollar. We can't buy year-round at those prices anyhow, right?! Here is just one I found with a quick search this morning:
|Riley Blake Wiltshire Fat Quarter Bundle|
Yes there are affiliate links in this post for Craftsy, so I do get a commission off purchases if you go through the links on my blog. PS FREEBIE!! I downloaded this fabulous scarf pattern today from them; remember there is a TON of free stuff on Craftsy, my two patterns just two of those freebies:
Isn't it great? Wish I had some needles and wool to knit this baby on the way home...oh well, good that I don't, so that way I can work on Brady's DVD of his trip, long overdue.
Linking up with:
Crazy Mom Quilts
TGIFF at The Celtic Thistle Stitches
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Fort Worth Studio
A Quilted Passion