Thursday, March 18, 2010

its DONE

I have been wresting with this quilt for about 3 weeks. I circled it for 3 weeks before THAT...and now..its DONE! YIPPPEEE! I will get to show it off at the AZ Long Arm guild on Saturday and deliver it on the way home. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 07, 2010


yes..I promised a second step yesterday. Today, despite a planned soccer 4 vs 4 soccer tournament, it RAINED...AGAIN...on a WEEKEND. Luckily for me, they actually cancelled it BEFORE we left the house! YIPPPEEE! I made pork chops in the crockpot yesterday, and I was the only one home to eat them. My husband was at a golf tournament for his old AF included dinner...altho I didn't KNOW it included dinner. Our son was at a birthday party that included pizza...altho I didn't KNOW it included pizza. VOILA! An afternoon to myself...and dinner premade. HEAVEN! (I dont' want you to think I don't LOVE my family! I just don't get much time to get my projects done...and afternoon to myself is a welcome break.)

On to the tote.

Now we are working on the long edges: one is the quilted edge and the other is the lining. They will not be sewn together on this step. If you have an uneven side seam (the short side), you may trim that up now. Be sure that if you trim up the 'good' side', you have lining underneath. (ask me how I know!).

On each long edge, zig zag over a heavier thread-being careful not to sew THRU that thread. You will use this to gather the edge. (my friend used dental floss...ooh MINTY! she said she had trouble with her thread breaking. I used hand quilting thread on one and just a heavier machine quilting thread on my 2nd one w/o any breaks.)

this is the quilted edge

this is the lining edge.

Now match the short end edges together lining to lining and quilt to quilt. You need to sew a seam along this line. I used a 1/4 but you can make it a bit larger if you like. Be sure to not sew thru your gathering stitches and leave a gap large enough to fit the 12 inch embroidery hoop thru. Backstitch each time you start and stop.
(you can see along the quilted edge that I didnt' take my own advise : trim the uneven quilted edge. I will do that now..and maybe carefully serge the edges where its sewn. Not the unsewn..will need an extra bit when I turn the tote)

if anyone can tell me how to turn this tutorial into .pdf files, I will try to do printable pages...

Saturday, March 06, 2010

:::;tap tap tap:::; Is this thing ON? I have the feeling I am missing something...that odd feeling...I didn't miss a birthday (at least not YET..give me time!) missed dentist/orthodontist/doctor missed soccer practice, quilting group/guild/meeting. We SURELY have not missed any MEALS! (ROTLF)

I'VE GOT IT! I missed posting steps for the round tote! Not once but TWICE! I'm SO SORRY...just for that, I will post 2 steps TODAY. And here is the 1st one:

After you top stitch along the seam on the pocket, get out what ever it is you might want to stash in said pocket. mark with a pencil or chalk wheel. Here is mine marked.

Stitch these lines. I did these in black, so you might JUST be able to see it! Be sure you are only stitching thru the LINING. Don't stitch thru the quilted bag body. (ask me how I know!) I'm off to see how much I need for a paper back book and a water bottle.

Back later or tomorrow for the 2nd step of the weekend. I wish I can grabbed my camera so you could see all the CUTE CUTE totes that showed up at my Lunch Bunch this week. SO CLEVER! And MORE ideas for will have a hard time choosing! Me too...