I'm excited about these new quilted tote bags I've been working on for the past few weeks. Each bag is almost like a mini quilt. Each side of the bag has been machine quilted with layers of beautiful top fabric, cotton batting and muslin and then the sides are combined with a contrasting fabric to create a fully lined tote bag with at least one pocket..
I've just added several of these new quilted tote bags to my Etsy shop at SimplyHandmadeinNC.
These bags are a definite upgrade for commonly available tote bags. They can be used as travel totes, knitting totes, market totes, beach bags or shopping totes. Some of the smaller bags are better described as hobo handbags. They are lightweight, soft-sided, foldable, scrunchable and stylish.
These little guys ... chicken pincushions ... are headed to the Asheville Quilt Guild quilt show that starts Fri. Sept. 29 and runs through Sun. Oct. 1, 2017. I grew up sewing but never used pincushions. Now that I've made a few, I think I'm going to become a pincushion user. I hope none of these make it back home though; I'd like them all to go to new homes at the quilt show. Yes, I love polka dots.
I decided to go back to this Blue Trellis art quilt and add more free motion quilting to make the border pop a little more. Still 22" square. On Etsy.
I had been putting off the free motion quilting on this fabric collage art quilt for months (and months). Finally, it's done. Looking back, I'd say it's best I waited until I was ready. This fabric collage is based on Susan Carlson's method and although Susan has done beautiful sun design quilts which you can see in her book Serendipity Quilts, I created and drew this design myself on freezer paper and then traced it onto thin muslin. From that point, the fabric pieces are arranged and glued down as you go. I was not as thorough with the glue as Susan is; most of the time using just a glue stick to hold them in place in case I wanted to move them around. There is a layer of tulle on top to help keep the pieces of fabric in place before it is quilted. Finished size: 26.5" x 26.5". Ready to hang with pockets at the top back corners. For sale on Etsy at Sun Man Fabric Collage quilt. This art quilt will be available for purchase at the Asheville Quilt Guild show on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1, 2017 at the WNC Ag Center in Asheville, NC.
Making handmade quilted tote bags, market totes, quilted wall hangings, baby quilts and shoe bags in Asheville, NC..