These turquoise and teal batik scraps work really well with a piece of linen that I had leftover from another project. The quilt-as-you-go method was used for this, using a variegated King Tut quilting thread in shade 927, and a Schmetz Topstitch size 80 needle. I used a Clover Hera marker to mark some straight rows for quilting these scraps, and also used the edge of the walking foot as a guide for quilting inbetween the rows...
...these batiks have been mixed together to make a gorgeous pocket panel. The top stitching has been completed with King Tut variegated quilting thread shade 927, which is the same thread that I used for quilting the centre panels and the bag handles...
...this shows the inside of the tote bag (this was turned inside out for this picture) - Ttis is based on the pattern Perfect Quilted Tote by Elizabeth Hartman, but I've altered the dimensions to make a larger tote, and altered the construction of the pocket panel to make it simpler - I didn't measure any of the pocket pieces, I just used pieces of fabric that I had already cut. I also added a very handy key ring...
...and here's the outside of the tote bag. The bag wadding that I used is quite stiff, and gives the bag great structure (this was purchased from KIS Quilting Ltd in Ipswich). Cotton wadding was used for the bag handles, I love the different textures of the linen and batiks - and absolutely LOVE these colours!
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