Another Perfect Quilted Tote

Here’s my second Elizabeth Hartman Perfect Quilted Tote available as a pdf pattern. The pattern includes instructions for two sizes: a tall tote measuring 14½” tall x 10½” wide and a wide tote measuring 11½” tall x 12½” wide. Again, I chose to make the wide tote .

Here’s where it started – my pile of inspiration. Hard for me to stay away from these colors. There’s quite a mix of stuff in here: Mixteca by Eleanor Grosch, Denyse Schmidt’s Jo-Ann’s fabric, Violet Craft’s Waterfront Park, Birch’s Elk Family, Lucie Summers’ Summersville, and more.


Here’s side 1. For the solid fabric I used the Yarn Dyed Essex in black.


Here’s side 2.


Had a lot of fun making this! It will probably end up as an auction item for my son’s school.


What Does the Fox Say?

I picked up this fox cute pattern by McKay Manor Muses and the cuddle soft fabric at Craft Warehouse a little while ago. Got the safety eyes and nose too. With my tree skirt finished, I wanted to try something different. I have made some stuffed animals for my son before, but they were pretty basic, along the lines of an Ugly Doll. I was excited to use the plastic pellets in the paws and tail that gives many store-bought stuffed animals that nice weight and drape. I also really liked the fiber fill I used, a new product from Pellon called Perfect Loft. It’s soft but structured and doesn’t clump or bunch like regular stuffing.


The pattern instructions were well-written and easy to follow. They include a lot of good tips about sewing with cuddle fabrics.


Here’s my completed fox listening to “What Does the Fox Say?” on YouTube.

Here he is on the mantle. He is awaiting a scarf which I am in the process of knitting.


My son likes him posed as Psy doing Gangam Style. This little fox will probably soon join his menagerie known as the Tri-Castle Area.


Perfect Quilted Tote

I had been curious about the “quilt as you go” technique. I loved the look and some sewing friends said it was so easy.  To try it out, I needed a project. So, I purchased Elizabeth Hartman‘s Perfect Quilted Totes available as a pdf pattern. The pattern includes instructions for two sizes: a tall tote measuring 14½” tall x 10½” wide and a wide tote measuring 11½” tall x 12½” wide. I chose to make the wide tote.


Here’s the technique in process. It is so much fun! Elizabeth’s instructions are very clear and easy to follow. It works out well to select a couple fabrics with large motifs that you can fussy cut and use as focal fabrics, such as the typewriter fabric by Julia Rothman on the example above, for the quilted panels. The typewriter fabric helped me decide on my blue, orange and grey color scheme.


Here’s the finished tote! I am really pleased with how it turned out. The inside includes 2 pockets, one with a zipper, and a magnetic snap.  For my solid fabric for the body of the tote, I used Essex cotton/linen blend in Grey. Inside, I used Kona Cotton in Bahama Blue.


Baby Quilt Finished!

I finally finished a baby quilt for my son’s 1st/2nd grade teacher. The baby was born over a month ago, but that’s the way sewing goes around here. Since work ended in late May and school ended in mid-June, I’ve had a little more time to squeeze in some sewing.


The pattern is Elizabeth Hartman‘s New Wave Quilt. The fabrics are from Sarah Watt’s Timber & Leaf collection for Blend Fabrics. I fell in love with this collection and knew it would be perfect for this family. Even though there’s a lot of fox fabric out there, I think this collection has the cutest one! For the stripes in between the prints, I used Kona Snow and for the binding I used the tiny stripe in aqua from Locally Grown by Marisa and Creative Thursday for Andover Fabrics.


Here’s a picture of the back of the quilt. I was hoping to use one solid piece of the fawn fabric and not do a pieced back, but I found a flaw in the fabric and needed to cut it off. Unfortunately, this print is hard to find and I could not find enough yardage at a reasonable price. So, I added a few other prints along the side.

For Hank Amos

I just made a simple embroidered label for the back. I have been wanting to practice embroidery and hope to bring some along to keep my hands busy on our road trip later this summer.


Here’s a full view of the quilt. Due to my fear of free motion quilting on a gift project intended for someone else and not just for me, I chose to just do some straight quilting along the waves.  I think it turned out pretty well. But I would like to be a little more experimental on some upcoming projects.


Trying Machine Quilting

Trying some machine quilting on my own after a class with Elizabeth Hartman a while back. Here I pieced together some of the many 1 1/2″ squares I’ve cut from scraps and used some spearmint green Kona cotton between the patchwork strips.

I made four of these rectangles. They are an odd size. Then quilted them using my favorite design so far — what I call the “mod square”. Not sure what I’m going to do with them. Maybe a pillow or a table runner? I’ve moved on to some other things, but will revisit these soon.