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« on: April 03, 2012 12:55:02 PM »

Ok, so maybe I lied about two of those, but I live in Massachusetts so seeing any of them is pretty unusual, you have to admit...
Inspired by this http://wendigratz.blogspot.com/2011/04/mini-tote-free-sewing-pattern-pdf.html , I made myself a quilted book tote. Or possibly wine...
I scaled things up a little; the original tote is made from 9"*9" squares with 12" long handles, mine 17"*12" panels with 24" long handles. Basically, as big as my fabric allowed...
I regularly walk to the library with Bear so wanted something rugged enough to cope with the heavy histories I'm obsessed with reading, as well as a water bottle and snack. Or possibly for toting two bottles of wine back from the liquor store which is also conveniently within walking distance...
I'd never quilted anything before, and since I'm not the best at straight lines I opted for a bit of free-form quilting. I think it goes with the print pretty well.

C&C gratefully received as always...

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012 01:20:10 PM »

Great job - I think your quilting looks awesome with your fabric!
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012 03:38:18 PM »

Looks great!

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2012 08:16:18 PM »

Whoa!! That fabric is awesome! Your quilting looks great.

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012 08:42:21 PM »

Thank you for the fabulous comments. I'm feeling rather smug right now...
The fabric was a bargainous remnant from Jo-Anns that I picked up a while back when I was looking for lightweight cotton to line my favourite [but indecently holey] jeans. In the end I found a lighter fabric so this remained in my stash waiting for a suitably awesome project. I used part of it in the Monster Pouch swap, but the rest needed something I would actually get joy from. A book/wine tote fits that bill perfectly. The green fabric is the remnants of a $5 flat sheet from walmart that became a circle skirt for St Patricks day. Yay stash-busting projects.
I was so chuffed with the positive comments, and the warm and fuzzy feeling of having achieved something tangible, that I whipped up another book tote tonight (because Bear wanted one of his own). His is dark red with navy lining (these have become his colours; he has padded viking armour and a flag on his playset/clubhouse/fort in the same palette) with the same freeform quilting, and has a clip to attach his library card to. Not that I can find his library card at the moment mind you....

« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2012 08:56:44 PM »

A wine tote? Genius! This would make a great gift... I must attempt soon...

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