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Topic: Pacific Northwest Tote Bag--Friendship and Swaps  (Read 1591 times)
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« on: August 08, 2013 05:18:28 PM »

To me, Craftster means friends and swaps. Those two things come full circle in this tote bag. I met my friend klum78 over 5 years ago on Craftster through a private swap, and now we are good friends and this year we are both officers for our local quilt guild! We're currently organizing a giant Pacific Northwest meetup for various quilt guilds, and part of the meetup includes a fun tote bag swap that klum78 has worked very hard on. We had the lovely chambray fabric donated by Robert Kaufman.





I decided to make my basic tote bag (lined, 2 handles that are long enough so the bag can tuck under your arm, magnetic snap, boxed corners, double sided handles for a peek of fun). For a little extra contrast, I pieced in a few sections of fabric I am liking right now. I also did a bit of hand quilting. For a last little touch, klum78 helped me insert an inside zippered pocket, my first one!





After making the bag, I realized it can be a kind of symbol of weather here in the Northwest. The dark  chambray would be our typical cloud cover, the umbrellas for our rain (although locals don't really use umbrellas, we just duck our heads and walk fast), and the yellow birds and pink chevron for the eventual sunshine and bright days that always come back!



The bag pieces were approximately 16 inches tall x 14 inches wide before seams, boxing corners, etc. Next time I would probably make it a smidge wider and shorter, maybe reversing those measurements. I used medium/heavy weight iron on interfacing on the lining, and low loft batting on the bag shell. I used only one layer of interfacing in the handles, 2 would have been better. I also interfaced the inside pocket, but that probably wasn't needed, it's a bit stiff now.


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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2013 05:30:56 PM »

That looks awesome, Mare!  And woo hoo for your first inside zipper!  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2013 06:03:32 PM »

I LOVE this, Mare!! I like the asymmetry and the grey color with the pops of color. So well crafted, as always!
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2013 06:04:07 PM »

What a great bag, and of course the sewing skill is beyond compare. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2013 06:11:55 PM »

Mare--it turned out lovely!  I am so loving the classic grey fabric with the pops of color...so modern and fresh!

Your skills increase with each project! YAY for your inside zipper!
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2013 07:05:32 PM »

Very cute bag, Mare!
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2013 05:11:48 AM »

it's beautiful!
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I like it very much.
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2013 11:10:29 AM »

I love the piecing and your zipper pocket looks perfect!
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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2013 06:56:49 PM »

Your stitching is so neat & tidy! I love imagining your bag to represent your region...so much thought went into it & just WOW on getting the fabric donated to your cause! Yay on the zipper...they're so dang tricky!  Cheesy Well done!
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« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2013 07:54:23 PM »

It was extra cool about the fabric, the gal from our guild that was going to be in charge of the meetup actually got a fabulous job at Robert Kaufman and moved last month!
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