I finished my rainbow-tastic tote this weekend. I used the Garfunkel paper pieced block from the blockrockn series over at 627handworks and modified the market shopping bag pattern from Leanne at She Can Quilt.
The fabrics are a combination of saturated prints from my stash to make the hexagons and the back has some simply color Ikat diamonds prints. I paired it all with Essex yarn dyed linen in black. This is my first time working with the linen and I am a total convert now. It is easy to work with and adds such depth to the bag!
Just a little 8 x 8" block from some mini charm squares of simply color.
I couldn't decide on a thread color for quilting so I used them all! Here are a few close-ups of the
I quilted in straight lines with one color for 4-6 lines and then switched it out for the next color. I kept the bobbin the same white thread so I wouldn't have to change it constantly. The inside of the bag is one of my favorite prints from the birds and the bees:
I modified the finishing steps of the bag. Instead of making bias tape for the top, I folded the top over twice and top-stitched it down. For the handles, I used some heavy canvas and attached them to the outside of the bag. I basically made little pockets for the handle ends out of the linen and stitched it to the outside of the bag.
I love, love, love this bag. I was going to use it occasionally for looking fab at the library or farmers market, but it may have to accompany me on more mundane tasks as well.
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