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.


Jelly Roll Quilt

Jelly Rolls are versatile and can be used to make so many different types of quilts, totes, pillows, etc.
After spending a good chunk of time researching ideas and free patterns for jelly rolls, I visited Las Colchas. As I was oohing and ahhing all the new fabric, I spotted the table with jelly rolls.
My favorite was a Moda jelly roll, entitled Nomad.
I loved the fresh and simple design, and the pastel colors.
It made me think of “peace and comfort”…so I bought it.
Vicky, a great quilter who works at Las Colchas, pulled out her binder of quilts she has made.
There, I saw a quilt that was made from a Fons and Porter pattern.
The pattern calls for bright jelly rolls, but I consulted with Vicky about using the Nomad jelly roll.
She agreed with my choice, and helped me find fabric to coordinate with the jelly roll.
There is a great tutorial for making this quilt.
I was able to make this quilt in two days.
I worked four hours each day.

IMG_6589 Cut 2.5″ x 18.5 ” strips of a light fabric



IMG_6591 Sort Jelly Roll and cut selvage

IMG_6594 Sew one continuous strip, inserting a light colored fabric strip between each jelly roll strip.

FullSizeRender (9) Lay out the long, continuous strip, and cut 75.5″ strips.
This was difficult, since I do not have a long table. It is important to number each strip as you cut.
I used sticky labels.
IMG_6602 (1) I am holding the bottom of one strip.
The very next strip begins with the color of the previous strip bottom.
I do not have a design wall, so I tied some rope from one end of a book shelf to the other end.
This helped me to keep strips in order.
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I need visuals, so I made a chart to remind me to sew strips in different directions. I sewed strip 1-2 down, 2-3 up, etc.
FullSizeRender (13) Finished Quilt Top

The backing is a fabric with feather print.
There are strips with the same feather print, in different colors, in the quilt top.