Meet Massive Tote.
I joined the Modern Quilt Guild as an individual member last year, in time for the Riley Blake Challenge. Each person received 6 fat eights of great blenders, with the challenge of making anything quilted, plus other RB fabrics and solids. I added to that my own rules — I had to use most of the challenge pack, plus I had to use them on the outside of my tote. I bought a yard of Ashbury Heights by Doohickey Designs for the lining, and added Kona ash, coal, tulip (purple), lilac, azure, chartreuse, camellia (pink), curry, and school bus, plus some faded rose solid from my stash. I also dug some Marguerite by RB yardage out of my stash and used it in one of the pockets. And here is what I had left.
I had a great deal of fun designing and making this tote. It is loosely based on a Moda Bake Shop Tutorial by Melissa at Happy Quilting (another individual MQG member!) and an iconic canvas bag. There is one outside pocket (with a decorative stitch which was a total fail with my walking foot), and the bottom is Essex linen in black with heavy interfacing.
About the 400th time I changed directions on the quilt-as-you-go exterior, I switched to my open toe free motion foot, which sped up the finish immensely. The QAYG panels were 24″x16″, with the base 24″ x 7″, and a 4″ cut-out for squaring the bottom. The lining is interfaced for sturdiness, with 6 pockets — 3 slip pockets on one side, and 2 zip pockets plus a flap pocket (for my phone) on the other. I also added a key loop inside one of the slip pockets. Finally I used the blue gingham to bind the top edge, and added a tab closure.
And because I know you all will understand, here’s a picture of the twisted handle. Yes, I had to rip out 5 rows of top stitching and the seam between the base and the side to fix this. At midnight.
I put three towels inside for the photos, and it’s not anywhere full.
Linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday with Blossom Heart Quilts, Let’s Bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts, and Needle and Thread Thursday with My Quilt Infatuation, and of course TGIFF this week with M-R from Quilt Matters. See you at the linky parties!