Monday, March 6, 2017

Weekly update: totes, stars, and selvedges

These totes are my declared March OMG.  Here is the link up to the finished projects page. 

I made two tote bags for the ZWC/Zion Conservatory of Music fundraiser March 11. They're smaller than I'd like -- more like purses than book totes.

The red-and-black tote is small because I wanted to use up the piece of car head liner that I had on hand. That was the size it was. I then went to Joann's, armed with a 50% off-one-cut coupon and bought two more yards of head liner. [I think the head liner works as well as the more expensive In R Form. The difference is that head liner is fabric on one side, foam on the other. In R Form has fabric on both sides with foam in the middle.]

Orphan block used as an inner pocket 
 I tried a new pattern for the floral tote. (I remember buying the floral fabric at a quilt shop in Kenner, LA, when the ALA Biblioquilters took a fabric-shopping field trip. That was about 2003. I was never comfortable with it -- the gray is too pewtery to go with much else and I didn't get enough to use for a border or a back -- but every time I got it out thinking I'd cut it up I'd think that with some creativity I could use it for something.  Fourteen years in my stash was long enough.)

I have enough of both focus fabrics to make larger totes if I get ambitious.

Meanwhile, I cut up more whites/cream, red, and blue and made 32 more Ohio Stars. Squaring up the hourglass units is tedious.  That done, block assembly is a snap.

Rather than start on MORE Ohio Stars I pulled out a sack of trimmed selvedges. I want to make a quilt-themed totebag.  These are 6" unfinished, which means they'll finish at 5-1/2" but as long as all the blocks for the tote are the same size they'll be okay.

Monday linkups:
Main Crush Monday
Monday Making
Oh, Scrap!
Design Wall Monday


  1. I like the orphan block pocket in your tote. Great way to use orphans.

  2. After one of your other posts I went off and educated myself on headliner and the proper foam lining as I'd never encountered either. Thanks to you I am looking at two yards of the former, I need to dust off the machine and find the box of handwoven fabric next. Thank you for the education Nann.

  3. Very fun bags. Using an orphan block as a pocket was an inspired idea. Happy stitching for what's left of the week.

  4. Congratulations on your March OMG finish.

  5. Nice totes. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congratulations on your finish.

  6. Great totes! Good job completing your OMG.


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