I’ve been quite busy in the past months and I’m starting to miss this space. I have a few projects that I finished recently and that I want to share. So, I’ll try to write more frequently. But first, I wanted to share some quilted tote bags I finished in February.
The first one I made was for a tote bag swap at the Montreal MQG.
I finished my bag just in time for the Mtl MQG meeting and came back from it with a great bag made by my friend Cinzia. I now used it to carry around my WIP projects.
I made the second bag for my grand-mother’s birthday.
This time the piecing is only on the front pocket. I tried some 3D flying geese (see this tutorial).
The quilting was inspired by the Stacked Triangles quilting design I saw in the book Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. It was fun and quick to do.
Like for this previous bag, I constructed both bags based on Elizabeth Hartman’s tote bag pattern. Except this time, I made the tall bag. And contrarly to her, I didn’t use the quilt as you go technique. For the first bag, I first pieced the exterior panels then quilted it. The second bag has no piecing at all, so I just quilted a fabric panel of the size needed. I really enjoyed making those projects. After you make your first bag, the others are much quicker to assemble.