Sunday, February 2, 2014

Batik Scrap Tote Bag



Whoops! I started another project! What is wrong with me?? Actually, I had a great assortment of left over batik scraps. I wanted to make something with them since they were too pretty (and expensive) to just discard. I found a great tutorial on the Moda Bakeshop blog. It's the Herringbone Haul it All Tote Bag by the talented Marion McClellan of My Quilt Diet. I think the batiks look great together. I'm hoping it makes a gorgeous tote bag!

Here's how it started:


 
Yup, one long strip made up of 84 "half hexy" pieces! I used Jaybird's Hex n' More ruler I received at Christmas. It's a great ruler. There's so much it can do. Very versatile!
 
I just have to machine quilt the panel and then move onto the interior lining. It also includes a zippered pocket. This may be a bit challenging for me but I'm willing to try it. I'll post more progress as I work through the pattern.
 
Hope you all enjoy the Super Bowl! I don't care who wins. I'm just interested in the food!  Also, heard 6 more weeks of winter was predicted by Punxsutawney Phil. That was no surprise! Heard we're getting another storm Wednesday. Can't wait for spring!!

12 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see the finished bag! Great fabrics; I agree, with such lovely pieces you have to use them up! hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thanks! I really wanted to find a nice project for them. Be careful of the snow storms predicted for this week. When will it end??

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  2. Love the fabric and can't wait to see your finished bag!! Hang in there, Spring is coming! :)

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! It's been a very long winter this time! I need some warmer temps! Guess I've got to keep quilting and knitting!

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  3. Looking good. Look forward to the end result. My SIL sent me three packs of fat quarters for Christmas I now know what to make as a gift for her.
    Cheers Pauline

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    1. I'm hoping it comes out okay! It's a really nice tote bag. Great use of fabric too! I'll see how yours comes out too!!

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  4. Rosemary. Don't even ask what is wrong with you. Everything is RIGHT with you. You are a frugal sewer who is going to get your money's worth out of every inch of the precious fabric you bought. That is how we all get entangled in multiple projects. This is a great project. Can't wait to see the finish.

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    1. Thank you for the support and understanding! I don't feel so bad! I usually do get my projects finished. Just takes awhile! I just hated to waste these fabrics. Love your comment!

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  5. Wonderful project. I was surprised at how many quilters at the quilt show carried their own special hand quilted totes! It was like watching those awesome hats in an Easter Parade. Yours is very artistic!

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    1. What nice words! Lots of quilters seem to use their own tote bags and not use plastic bags at shows. Good for the environment and nice to look at!

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  6. "Whoops! I started another project" That comment made me laugh! Too true for all of us.
    Glad you are already getting use out of that ruler. I have the Sidekick companion ruler if you ever want to try it.

    That's going to be an eye-catching tote.

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    1. I think I have too many projects going right now but it seems I can't help myself!! I wanted to buy that ruler but haven't seen it yet. Do you like it?

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