Surprise Saturday

One of my son’s surprised us with a visit this afternoon.
What a great way to spend a Saturday!

He walked into a quilting mess.
I had set up a large table in the living room, so that I didn’t have to keep pulling out the AccuquiltGo!.
It was supposed to be temporary, but I find it very handy to have this table.

I managed to get three blocks from Block A Day completed today.
These blocks will be included in the Tribute quilt.
Block #146, Weather Vane
Mom would always call to tell us about the weather, whenever there was a rain storm or freeze.
She wanted to make sure we dressed appropriately for the weather.
She also wanted us not to drive in the rain. ūüôā
Apparently, I have inherited this Weather Vane gene.
I call my sons to inform them of any bad weather predictions. ūüėČ

Block # 341, Homeward Bound
I am using this block for a Marching Band block.
I  had some musical note fabric remnants from pillows and journal covers that I made last year.
Mom played the French Horn in her high school marching band.
Whenever we went to the Fiesta parades, mom would go absolutely nuts with each passing band.
She would march in place, shout out to the bands, and whistle!
This was not her usual behavior, so it was hilarious to see.
Block #250, Bird’s Nest
Mom had birds figurines everywhere.
She often used nests in her floral arrangements and decorations.
I remember a shopping trip in search of small bird nests.

Since I will be sashing this quilt, I have been looking at tutorials and ideas.
Missouri Star Quilting Company had a tutorial that I found particularly interesting.
I don’t know if it suits this quilt, or not, but it is something I am considering.
I am looking for a way to sash and still highlight the center block, the House.

Ready for the Beach

After using fusible foam to make a medium-sized tote,
I wondered if the foam would work with a larger tote.
The foam worked beautifully.
I just was a bit clumsy with maneuvering the bag through the machine.
I used the Wilmington Jewels, Ocean View Jelly roll.

ocean view
I had to modify the large tote pattern from Missouri Star Quilting Company since I did not have enough for the lining and outer pockets.
I also added lining pockets, so I had to used strips to make the handles.
I shortened the strip handles.

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Foam Fusible Fun

Yesterday, I spent some time looking for new ideas and free patterns for totes.
I had already made two large totes from the Moda Just a Speck jelly roll, and I had been contemplating making a small quilt with the remaining strips.
Then, I found a great tutorial for a medium-sized tote. I should be able to make at least two more totes from this jelly roll and remnants.

The tutorial was presented by Vanessa, from Crafty Gemini Improv; along with Jenny, from Missouri Star Quilting Company.
Vanessa introduced a two-sided fusible foam.
I had never heard of this product, but I knew right away that I wanted to try it.
Vanessa suggested using Bosal, In-R-Form Double Sided Fusible . This fusible gives the tote body, and a stand alone structure.
Vanessa got my attention when she demonstrated a no-measure, quilt-as-you-go technique.
It looked like it would be easy and so much fun, so I decided to make the tote.

I ordered some of the fusible foam, but I was too impatient to wait for it to come.
So, today, I made my way to my neighborhood Hancock Fabric.
(Hancock is going out of business and closing soon!)
I found a single-sided foam fusible, and I decided to try it out.
This worked fine, but the double sided is better when it comes to making the handles.

Vanessa demonstrated a technique for making handles that is easier and more precise
than what I have been doing.

I was having so much fun making this tote, that I lost all sense of time.
I started at noon, and completed the project by evening.
The tutorial does not demonstrate adding a pocket to the lining, but I chose to add two pockets.
In addition to the jelly roll strips, I cut some strips from some black and white remnants and some pastel prints.
I used the pastels for the lining and the black and white for the pockets.
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Tote Bags

As a teacher, I built up quite a collection of bags to tote books, goodies, and teacher stuff.
But, one can never have enough tote bags!
I found this excellent video from Missouri Star Quilting Company.
The tutorial demonstrates how to make three large tote bags from one jelly roll.
The bag can be made in one day.

I made two tote bags so far.
One is a gift, and a surprise, so I will post that one later.
I had ordered the Just a Speck jellyroll by Moda.
I used all of the shades of brown, grey, and black to make one bag.
I used the pastel colors with black polka dots to make the other.
The remaining pastel colors with white polka dots will someday be made into two smaller totes of some kind, as soon as I think of a design.
Since I had some black and white jelly roll strips leftover from my chevron quilt, I decided to use them with the black polka dot strips. At first, it reminded me of summer, so I named it Hello Summer.
Then, my sister saw the hibiscus black and white strip and said it reminded her of Hawaii, and she LOVES  Hawaii, so I renamed the tote, Aloha.
IMG_6726 You need 12 strips.
IMG_6727 Sew the entire length of the strips together.
IMG_6730 Add batting, and secure the fabric. I stitched in the ditch, and then also stitched two quarter inches on both sides of each ditch. As the tutorial states, it is your choice.
Trim the batting.
Trim off the selvage.

IMG_6732¬†You need 11/2 yards fabric for the lining, four 4″ cuts for the two straps, and also for the pockets. I chose to use leftover black fabric for the straps. I used the lining fabric to make pockets for the lining. ( Not mentioned or demonstrated in the tutorial)
IMG_6746  This is the finished tote bag.