After such a busy spring/summer teaching schedule, I was desperate to make things. Teaching is a wonderful thing that I get to do, but I am happiest when I am creating. So, this summer I finished my Metro Medallion, Just Call Me Modern and I wanted to make my Carry All Tote pattern again. This project was meant as a gift though, so it was a lot more fun to make. I planned on making 4 totes, but I am a huge under-estimator (is that a word?) when it comes to the time it takes me to do things. I forget to factor in every day life, which is wonderfully crazy.
Anyway, I sewed some jelly roll strips together. This fabric line is Bright Sun by Sherri and Chelsi of A Quilting Life. It is by far my favorite fabric line they have designed and is perfect for a fun summer time tote.
I sewed the strips together then loaded them onto my machine with 2 layers of batting and a muslin backing. I quilted a fun free motion flower-swirl-pebble design and I really love how the texture shows up. I used a cream colored Glide thread for the stitching.
Once the quilting is all finished, then you have to cut out all the pieces for the totes. This part is hard for me because I hate ruining the beautiful quilting. I make sure to sew a stay-stitch around each piece so that my quilting stitches don't come out during assembly.
After I gifted this tote to my mom, she loved it! - I was able to get a couple of pictures. This is the front view.
And the back. So cute!
Want to make your own? You'll need a jelly roll, or a honey bun with some yardage and you can buy the pattern here!
PS - you can make two totes out of one jelly roll - or just use 20 strips instead of the 40 honey bun strips the pattern calls for. Have fun!