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Super Tote!!

I have seen these tote bags on many a blogs and also all around the Instagram community. I love my Weekender so much that I knew I wanted to give this one a shot. It helps that I also love making bags and pouches. Pretty much anything that you can store something in.

Image from Noodlehead

The pattern is by Noodlehead (I also have 1 or 2 more of her patterns) and of course, I used Tula Pink fabrics with some off-white canvas. I debated on what fabrics to use and kept coming back to these. For me, that’s always the hardest part. Once I figure out what fabrics I want, I can normally start working on a project pretty quickly.

This bag reminded me a lot of the Weekender in the prep stage. There was a lot of template cutting and a lot of interfacing. Which, is fine by me. I like my tote bags to be a bit more sturdy.

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After a couple of days of cutting, interfacing, sewing, and swearing, I finally did it. There were a few bumps along the way and a couple of small mistakes, but its all good. Thick bags are never easy and this just reminded me of that.

Here it is:

Super Tote 1

I still need to topstitch my handles. *ahem* Apparently being 32 still doesn’t allow for the understanding of needing to read the pattern carefully. oh well. The zipper works and there are no holes in the bag. I consider that a raging success!! hahaha

Here is the zipper when it is closed. As you can see it extends beyond the bag. I did that so that I could have full access to the entire bag when opened.

Super Tote 2

Once its opened, it is an extremely large tote bag with a few elasticized pockets in it. I almost made these pockets a bit smaller but I wanted to go by the pattern for the first time making it. That’s one change I will definitely do if I make another one for me. When you have the elastic you don’t need a huge pocket because the elastic extends it. These have both elastic and extra fabric. As a diaper bag, this would be perfect (diapers, wipes, etc…). As a tote bag for me, not so much.

Super Tote 3

I LOVE IT!!!!!

Last picture. I had to take some stuff to the Post Office for the hubby and ended up throwing everything into this just to see how well it fit. There are 2 smaller boxes in the bottom with a couple of envelopes on top. It was perfect! I think this is going to be a great bag to not only travel with but to also throw things in if I am headed out for the day or whatnot.

Super Tote 4

As you can see, the zipper section folds down against the inside of the bag and out of the way. Seeing how good this one turned out makes me want to start another one. BUT, I have way too many other things on the list. Maybe once I get thru some of those.

I believe that up next is going to be a Sew Together Bag. It looks so useful and you can never have enough zippered pouches of any kind. I have the pattern. but, as mentioned earlier, now I am stuck trying to figure out fabrics. It never ends….

🙂

Jess

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday!!

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Atkinson Classmate Pattern

After finishing up my Guild Quilt last weekend, I started thinking about what I wanted to work on next. Well, turns out, April Fools Day helped me figure that out!

I was on Instagram perusing and I come across a post that someone had done about an April Fools Day sale at an online quilt shop. I seriously thought that it was an April Fools Day joke. The sale was for 35%!!! You don’t see that in the quilting world. With the price of cotton rising and fabric going with it, the most you see is a daily deal on some sites or 10% to 15% off sometimes until things go to clearance. This was 35%!!! I hopped on over to the website, Little Pink Rose Quilting, and started looking around very eagerly. Lo and behold, I found 2 Tula Pink “Hex on the Beach” quilt top kits!!!! These are made out of her “Salt Water” line and are no longer produced so finding one has been extremely hard. On top of that, they are a bit pricey when you do, but with 35% off?  I did.

Hex on the Beach

Well, I don’t think that I really grasped what I was in for. I mean, these suckers are small. Look, I am not kidding:

Hex on the Beach Hexies

Sorry for the Alien hand. Anyway, there are over 1,000 of these in that box. So, after seeing them all, I decided that I needed something to pu them in. I mean, I can’t just go around carrying the box? That’s where the Atkinson Classmate comes in. Julie and I got this pattern quite a long time ago and while she whipped hers out, I procrastinated. Like always. I am the queen.

The classmate has clear vinyl pockets along with zippered pockets, along with lined pockets behind the pockets. I mean this thing is a workhorse! So, I picked out some of my HIGHLY coveted Tula Pink “Nest” (circa 2008) and got to work.

Atkinson Classmate 1

I didn’t take any pictures while sewing it up until I got to the binding. Those Clover Clips are fantastic for projects like this one where you can’t put pins thru the vinyl. I had some problems with skipped stitches, even after going up to a size 14 needle, and got so frustrated that I quit for the night. I went back to it the next morning, with a size 16 needle, and it was perfect. Sometimes you just have to step away.

In the picture below you can see that the left side has a small zippered vinyl pocket at the top. That has a lined pocket behind it with a pencil/scissors/seam ripper dividers below it. Behind that whole left side is a lined pocket. The middle is a huge zippered vinyl pocket that also has a lined pocket behind it. The far right side is 2 smaller vinyl pockets separated by stitching.

Atkinson Classmate 2

I don’t have a non-stick foot for my machine so I ended up using tissue paper as a buffer between the vinyl and the feed dogs. It was suggested in the pattern and it worked perfectly. On a side not, I LOVE Atkinson patterns. If you have never tried one you definitely should. They walk you thru every step with pictures when necessary.  They make things like this non-overwhelming.

Partially folded:

Atkinson Classmate 3

The D ring on the right side of the picture is supposed to have a clasp on it. I didn’t have one and neither did Walmart so I am still trying to figure out how I want to do the closure. I may have to order a clip and just sew it onto the ring or maybe some ribbon or something. Still thinking about that one. Some people online have said that when it is full, the clip isn’t the best thing so it may be good that I didn’t have one.

Here it is completely folded up:

Atkinson Classmate 4

It even has a nifty carrying handle on top! Once I figure out my closure, I will be filling it up with Hexie’s and templates and lots of good sewing accessories. Plus, this will be fantastic to take on any sewing/quilting trips. Normally my notions end up in a ziplock baggie. 🙂

It felt really good to get this done in pretty much a day. Now, I can mark that off my list and move on to other things. Zippered pouches, a Super Tote, a divided basket or two. I have a pretty long to-do list.

🙂

Jess

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for “Finish It Up Friday“. Go check out all the finishes for the week!!

 

 

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Quilt Guild Shared Blocks

After finishing up the Simply Style Quilt, I was ready to move on to some small things and than I remembered that I had one more thing to do first: put together my guild quilt. Over the past 6 to 8 months, everyone in the guild has been swapping boxes of fabric. So 3/4ths of my blocks are made up by others. I believe I showed my original fabric and 1st inspiration block previously, here. When I remembered that this was on a deadline, I figured I had better get cracking so that I am not rushing at the end of May to get it done. So, I whipped up the quilt top last weekend. 

The blocks all finish at 12″ and when I started thinking about layouts, I ended up picking out a traditional 3×4 layout with sashing in between. The more I thought about it though, the more I wanted to do something different. Why not? Change things up a bit around this place. I figured that since this is a “Modern Quilt Guild” that I should go a bit more modern, so I sketched up a mock layout with on-point blocks and a TON of negative space. I LOVED it! 

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Here are the blocks after sewing them all together on point. I had to whip out some Pythagoras’ Theorem to figure out the top and bottom triangles. I only knew the measurement for the longer 3rd side of the triangle and I really needed to find the other 2 sides so that I would know how large to cut my starting squares. If anyone ever tells me that quilting is easy or doesn’t require a lot of thought, I will smack them. In the face. With a chair. Just kidding. Kind of…

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Once I got all the blocks sewn together with their outer triangles, it turned out to be a super long rectangle. I added some more white fabric to each side and that was it! The left side got 17″ of white fabric…the right side got 34″ of white fabric. I wanted the blocks to be a little off center.

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This isn’t the best picture, it was pouring the rain that day and I have nowhere really in the house that has good lighting. Once it gets quilted I will make sure to have much better photos taken. 

This sucker is huge. Something like 85″x85″. Its a monster. An unintentional monster. Nonetheless, I have no clue what I will be doing with this once it is finished. Not that I don’t like it, it just isn’t my most favorite quilt I have made. We’ll see what it looks like after the quilting. That can change everything. 

I did get a small project done this past weekend. I will get it posted as soon as I am able. I am anxious to show it off. 

🙂

Jess

 

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