Saturday, July 19, 2014

Tote bag fun

On a recent road trip I stopped in a quilt shop and saw a fun fabric line that would be perfect for my SIL. It is called Bee My Honey by Moda and since she loves bees and the line was in colors that she likes I decided to pick up 2 charm packs and a bit of yardage. But frankly I had no idea what I was going to do with it. Should I just send her the fabric or make her something. She is my long distance quilting buddy and good friend and is always making quilted gifts for others so I decided that I wanted to see something for her. But what? Since I knew she was interested in starting more handwork projects I thought she might like a tote bag and accessories that she could store her handwork project. And here is what I came up with. A Charm square tote from Sewn Up by Teresa Down Under, a little zippered bag, and a pincushion. The pincushion was made using the bee design and pincushion pattern from Raspberry Rabbits, Fellowship of the flowers.

The package was received yesterday and it seemed to be a hit. I also sent the extra charm pack and fabric so she can have some sewing fun too.

And when I was sorting through the charm squares, I realized that the fabric line had two different colorways, one with red and one without. Since my SIL loves red she got the red colorways. But my favorite is aqua and there were enough charm squares that I made a tote and accessories for me too! The navy dot fabric is from a different fabric line and I had enough for the 2 sets. I just pulled the aqua and lining fabric from my stash. The pincushion and needle case are from a Bird Brain Designs pattern that I have had sitting around for years.

So fun to have a few finishes for a change!

I also got caught up with my Quilt Doodles Mystery BOM. This month was a row of cups of hot drinks. It was cute but since I am making this for my little grandson I thought a row of mittens might work better. I drafted the mitten row and sewed it up and am very pleased with the results.

Here is the quilt so far. There are still a few rows to go and it will be fun to see what August brings.



Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

are you still making Love Entwined? or like me have you put it aside planning to get back to it one day?
love the line of fabric that you show.

Dolores said...

Nice change with the mittens. I may change mine - but then again, maybe not. My cups are not all alike so they are changed anyway.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Your totes are wonderful!! Using the charm pack to make them was such a great idea. and the pin cushions are beeutiful :) . That is such a fun Christmas quilt, the snowmen with their carrot noses are such characters.

Barb said...

what cute totes! Love the 2 different color ways.
Love the pin cushions, what a cute pattern.
Your row quit is coming along nicely

Barb said...

what cute totes! Love the 2 different color ways.
Love the pin cushions, what a cute pattern.
Your row quit is coming along nicely

Karen H said...

Great totes and accessories - no wonder your SIL was pleased! I particularly like the navy and aqua bag with the needle case and pincushion!

Jill said...

Lol...I happened to land on your blog, and when I saw your version of quilt doodles BOM, I thought, ohmy gosh....I missed a month!!! Adorable mittens! This is a fun and easy quilt along, can't wait to finish it!