Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tote bag - - On the Move

Have finished this bag - one of a set of five as the pattern uses one Layer Cake, plus a yard of fabric per bag, to make five bags!

This was my first attempt at the On The Move bag pattern (although it was not one of my 2013 goals, I saw the layer cake at my favourite quilt shop and knew it would be ideal for this project!) I have enjoyed it, though will make a few modifications to the construction I think to better suit my style.

On the Move is a Moda Bakeshop pattern by Wendy Poling from Sewing in the Wendy City blog; and this bag was made with much love for my wonderful cousin and bestie Jan (who had a birthday last week!)

I enjoyed putting together the panels and quilting it before turning it into a the bag. I think though that with the next four I will revert to my usual method of creating the bag/lining by stitching the two layers to each other inside out, leaving a gap in the seam, turning the right way out, then closing the gap and top-stitching the top edge.  I prefer that method and finish.

The selected layers from the layer cake...

Panel, quilted and ready for assembly

Tried a bit of free motion quilting over most of the panel!
A loop de loop/flower motif.

Did a bit of straight line quilting on this fabric; also shows strap attachment.
Tried a bit of FMQ to edge the little flowers on here.
Side B. Bag measures 16.5" x 14.5"

Fabric strips are from a layer cake of Frolic by Sandy Gervais for Moda;
used a multi-coloured thread for the quilting.