Quilted Tote Bags

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.

Quilted Tote Bags
Again, I used fabrics from the Botanics collection by Carolyn Frielander. Because I love them! It was matching perfectly a large print I had in my stash and that I used for the lining.
Quilted Tote Bags
For the quilting, I used a serpentine stitch (see tutorial I used for programming the stitch). Here is a close-up.
Quilted Tote Bags

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.

Quilted Tote Bags

This time the piecing is only on the front pocket. I tried some 3D flying geese (see this tutorial).

Quilted Tote Bags

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.

Quilted Tote Bags

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.

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