Friday, October 19, 2012

Totes and Mystery and Free Shipping, Oh My!

    Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.   ― Jules Renard 


I love that quote!  hahaha........and I will have to remember it......when I get lazy....feel like resting......


Today I want to show you a tote I made as a donation to our local "Pink for the Cure" campaign where I work.  I found some fabric which was so different from all the pink fabric you see for the "Pink" campaign that I just had to buy it............I found a fabulous, not so difficult, free pattern called "Gathered Bag"  which I found on the  SewSheCan  website but the creator originally posted on her blog at  Bumble Bee Bliss.

I confess that I changed the pattern a bit........I added two inches to the length which made it a wee bit deeper and used a pre-quilted fabric for the lining which I really love.


      I added some rings to each strap end (but forgot to photograph them before giving the tote away) so that you could clip maybe your key ring, etc to the outside.

There is one pocket on the inside and I added a magnetic closure.  The pattern calls for more ruffles on the handle straps but I had decided to leave the ruffles off.  I didn't like the way the color of the strapping I chose for the handles looked with the bag so I wrapped them in the same fabric I had used for the tote instead.......
I have three wonderful ladies on my staff at work on the weekends and I am going to make each of them a tote this year for Christmas.  I think I will use this same pattern for one of them but I may make the opening a wee bit larger on the next one...............
 
Now the second part of my post today is just to tell you that I am waiting for Clue#3 for my Mystery Quilt....the Jack of Hearts Quilt QAL I am doing.  We were supposed to pick three fabrics;  a dark, a medium, and a light.......here are my choices.......
 I actually changed the light fabric later because I had "stolen" it from a future project......and after clues 1 & 2 here is where we are:
 
 





Clue#1 

Clue #2 

I was not really wanting to do a heart quilt, in spite of the name it was given (Jack of Hearts....named after the recipient of the proceeds) but Clue #2 certainly looks like hearts to me...................

Well we get Clue#3 today at noon Pacific time so we shall see.........

Finally the last part of my post is Free Shipping!  For those of you who don't get the Green Fairy Quilts newsletter I just wanted to let you know that Judi and Clint are offering free shipping on their website for 4 days only............I believe you just enter "freeship"when you check out and for international sales enter "discount" for a discount on the shipping.............

Ok my blogging friends..........upstairs I go to make a totebag...............Ta-Ta for now.........................

  

10 good friend(s) left a comment:

Melody said...

What a gorgeous bag and I love the fabric you chose.

Kat said...

I love your bag! You're right, that is really great fabric, definitely a nice change from the "typical" pink ribbon fabrics.

shez said...

Ida what a gorgeous bag and have nice that you are going to make some for your staff,what a lovely present,well done.xx

Hilachas said...

The tote bag turned out perfect. I like the changes you made. It all seemed to work out perfectly. And ummmm, what else did you say. Oh, the mystery quilt. That's coming along well too. WTG! You're doing great for someone who usually wants instant gratification, jajaj..

DeAnna S. said...

What a nice tote and for such a worthy cause!. It came out great. Thanks for sharing.

Anthea said...

Wow Ida the tote is just lovely, and you have included some really handy things, the rings for keys ar a great idea, so practical. Thanks for the link. And using the pre-quilted fabric as lining saves fiddling with batting/fusible.... Good luck with the mystery quilt-along... x

Cherie said...

I love that bag...sure you don't want to make one extra. I can send the fabric over =D

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Wonderful bag! I especially like the fabric you used instead of all the pink ones that are out there. Looks like you are having fun with the mystery QAL.

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