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Market tote: Details

In this post today, I wanted to take some time to fill in how I made the Market tote from the pattern in Patchwork, Please.

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Here are the other two post associated to the overall process:

1. Designing and thoughts
2. Finished Product

Purchased Materials + their usage:

  • Sand Essex Linen (one piece – bottom and side exterior)
  • Kona solid fabric (front exterior, and backing/edging of inside pocket)
  • Keepsake Calico Fabric from Joann (lining and inside pocket)
  • Oh Deer by Momo for Moda Fabrics (exterior back)
  • Quilted Osnaburg from Joann (handles)

All the materials here were cut and prepared…ready to start. This project does require quite a bit of fabric. I used approximately $40 to make the bag.

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All the above pieces were chosen to work with the “quilt as you go piecing” I did for the front exterior pocket (shown below). This pieced pocket was completely using scraps from my warm scrap bucket. What is even more impressive, much of this is made from samples I have received when buying fabric or been gifted to me (that is $0).

I had no plan when selecting the fabric from my scraps, I just wanted to keep within the same spectrum of color, with a touch of purple. I finished of the panel by adding binding, which was purchased and machine sewn on.
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I was a little confused by the instructions in the book but I got the general idea and it worked well. Now looking back, it may have simply been to the fact, this was my first bag I had made. I had a lot of fun making the bag….the actual construction (minus the quilt as you go project) took about two hours.

I loved the teal/aqua exterior front solid. It complemented the front pieced pocket and it keeps with my original design to keep it bright and celebrate Spring. Below are the pictures for the completed front and back exteriors of the back.

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Note that I only used 1 exterior pocket even though the book makes two. I decided to use an all over print t give enough visual interest…the Oh, deer! fabric was perfect and kept within the color selection I was using.IMG_7144

To get to this finished product, I made a couple of changes. The bottom you see is very structured and flat. I used a piece of template plastic which I inserted in under the seam folds, between the exterior and the interior lining before I sewed the bottom of the lining together.

The handles are extra padded (at least x2 the requirement in the book), this is due to the fact that I used pre-quilted Osnaburg I purchased from Joann’s. It was a little difficult to topstitch  the top part of the handles since it was thick, but my needle (90/14) worked well through the layers for the top-stitching (with a little appropriate handling).

I would recommend pinning the lining and the exterior to ensure the corners align. It will make it much easier. IMG_7150 IMG_7151

The book does include an elastic and button to close each exterior pocket. I just used a colored elastic hair tie and a antique button I had in my button stash. They can be seen here:
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I would definitely recommend making this tote. It was a fun project, in fact, I plan on making one for myself, since I used this one in our swap on Sunday.

Don’t forget to check out “Zakka Along 2.0::Patchwork, Please” that is starting June 3rd. You can join on flickr here.

Linking up this week with:

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Grocery tote swap at our guild meeting

Today, was the swap for the grocery tote at my modern quilt guild meeting. I mentioned in my blog on Wednesday that I was going to use the market tote from Patchwork, please. I did, and I think it turned out great. I made some changes to my original plan – the main one being the linen color….I was thinking the black dyed essex linen instead I used sand essex linen.

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I  made some modifications to the design/pattern in the book. They were:

  • I only used one exterior pocket not two, I kept the front one.
  • The front exterior pocket was made from scraps and used quilt as you go. I used binding to finish the top edge.
  • I used pre-quilted material for the straps
  • Finally, I used a piece of plastic along the base to add some strength and additional shape.

As, I am participating in “I took the process pledge” (along with 872 others), I will talk through this bag in more detail later on in the week.

In the meantime, don’t forget the “Zakka Along 2.0::Patchwork, Please” that is starting June 3rd. You can join on flickr here.  If you haven’t bought the book I would highly recommend it….I love this book, so much so that June 3rd seems too far away. I can’t help myself just to keep making my way through the book.

Weekend finishes…Chair Bags, Pencil Case, Coffee cup sleeve

I am switching my posts around today, as I am waiting to get photos of the hubby for the our weekly recap and menu plan. So, instead today here are my weekend finishes.

1.  New 3 pocket chair bag (chair pocket) set for my Etsy store. I desperately need a couple of girl sets, so I chose purple to start.  The materials I used for these were corduroy, and home essential fabrics that I had purchased at JoAnn’s.
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2. A pencil case using one of the projects from Patchwork, Please by Ayumi Takahashi. It is a paper piecing project with small pieces. Unfortunately, this one is definitely not perfect, I had traced the pattern onto paper, and with the slight inaccuracies from tracing, then the slight sewing inaccuracies the pencil tops were a little wonky. I would recommend using a photocopier instead of tracing, at least I will next time. I chose not to do the embroidery stitching this time as I thought there was enough color with the choices of the fabric below.

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I used the following materials:

Yellow: Riley Blake, Yellow on yellow Chevron.
Orange: Crosshatch in Tangerine from the Architextures collection by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman.
Green: Metro Living Circles in Chartreuse from the Metro Living Collection from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
Purple: Lizzie House’s Pearl Bracelet in purple for Andover Fabrics.
Blue: Bubbles in Blue from Maritime Modern by Marin Sutton for Riley Blake.
Grey: Essex Linen Blend
Main Pocket: Osnaburg (with Pellon Shape flex for strength….I really need to purchase some neutral linen)
Lining: Lucie Summers, Summersville, Alphabetty Seafoam Fabric.
Ribbon: From JoAnn
Zip: From ZipIt

The back is quilted simply with a straight line.

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If you like this and my pin cushion you should join the Zakka Along 2.0 :: Patchwork, Please Flickr Group which starts June 3rd (I am just loving this book and being too keen which is funny as I am always so late to participate).

3.  I made another hexagon coffee cup sleeve – this one I am keeping. I tried a couple of new things with my design, I changed the stitching I used to join the hexagons which definitely hid the stitches a little better, and I sewed the elastic tie between the layer. I used the Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey for Moda fabric which I used in the above pin cushion. Additional materials you can find in here.

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4. The last project I made, which I did not get photos for. It was a little Easter pouch/pocket that I made as a gift for Sean’s friend. She loved it and all the goodies inside.

Linking up with Plum and June and with Amanda Jean @ Crazy Mom Quilts
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Weekend finishes + April goals

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On Friday, I was super excited as I received my copy of “Patchwork Please! – Colorful Zakka projects to stitch and give” by Ayumi Takahashi.

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Photo from: ayumills.blogspot.com – Pink Penguins, Ayumi Takahashi

I have signed up to the Zakka Along 2.0 :: Patchwork, Please Flickr Group to join others who are making things from the book. As you will see below one of my April goals is to make a pin cushion and travel sewing kit. I decided to give the pin cushion on the front cover a go.

Size: 4 x 4 in.
Materials: Osnaburg Fabric (instead of linen but I used Pellon Shape Flex Interfacing to add thickness and stability), and Sew Stitchy by Aneela Hoey for Moda. I did not have the fabric button so I just used buttons I had in stock.
Technique: Paper Piecing

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I also managed to finish up a custom order for a set of my pot holders. Order was for a green, taupe and wine colored set.

Size: 8.5 x 8.5 in.
Materials: I used Taupe Essex Linen, the wine fabric was from JoAnn, and a Japanese cotton fabric with Vegetables (from Etsy). I used insul-bright as the filler to protect from the heat.

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Onto setting my goals for April, this month I wanted to make sure I set realistic goals. Not that I have been going terribly, I just have a lot going on and I have a whole week away at the end of the month – I am off to San Francisco for work.

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I think, I can accomplish:

  1. Focus on stock for my Etsy Store.
    • Chair Bags (x2 sets)
    • Oven Mitts (x1 set)
    • Coffee Cup Sleeves (x2)
    • Pouches/ Cases (x2)
    • Set of place mats (x1 Stretch goal)
  2. Make a Pin cushion (from Patchwork Please) and a travel sewing pouch
  3. Make a travel baby quilt for charity  (~30x20in.)
  4. Madrona Road Challenge – Mini Quilt

I plan on trying to continue the quilting of my first quilt but realistically will not have it finished this month – targeting that larger project for May.

My General goals continue:

  1. Try to eat and exercise to plan
  2. Blog regularly using my new schedule