Mr F has been busy at work this weekend, and Alice has been working too, so I was home alone with my sewing machine. What should I do? Well I had a very crafty plan! I really needed a large tote bag to take all my sewing sewing supplies in when I spend a sewing day with my crafty friends, so used some leftovers from the sewing mat set that I'd made recently, and used the tote bag pattern "På Quiltelaup" by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa. Once the main part of the bag was pieced together, I marked the straight rows for quilting with a Clover Hera marker. This just leaves an indentation in the fabric so you have a guide to stitch along. I used a variegated YLI thread in black and white - again using everything from my stash!...
...these black and white spots work well with the newspaper print. I made another pocket panel too, based on the pattern I'd downloaded last year, designed by Elizabeth Hartman (her blog is Oh Fransson!) and this really is my favourite go-to pattern when I need pockets inside a bag or a folder...
...2 smart buttons have secured the Prairie points into position, and one of my labels has been stitched into place too. Now I just need to arrange another sewing day with my friend Sue, or get myself booked onto a class or two as now I've got the perfect bag for taking along all my supplies with me! I love how this pattern can look so different depending on what fabrics I've used. And it's great for using up small scraps for those co-ordinating prairie points too. Now, somewhere I've got a nice FQ bundle of blue and cream florals that will work perfectly with this pattern.
Blogs I follow
These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.