It's Sunday and I am up early while everyone is asleep. I can't believe QuiltCon was a week ago. It has been a busy week and all week I meant to post about the matching tote bags I made for Ruthie and I last week.
When I looked at the QuiltCon logo it reminded me of Patty Young's Rainbow Textured Basics that I had been admiring at my two LQS the "Quilt Asylum" and "Stitched with Love" for more than a month.
Literally in the afternoon before leaving for Austin last Friday (and 30 minutes before my neighborhood fabric store closed) I decided to make these tote bags. I drove to the store got what I needed, went to dinner with family and then came home and went to work. I should have been sleeping but who needs sleep the night before a marathon day of traveling across the state and walking my feet off at a convention center?
Back to the totes: I debated about which fabric to use as the main fabric and in the end decided on the "Natural Basic Texture" fabric in Patty Young's Textured Basics collection. I used the "Multicolor Shoreline" stripe as an accent and the Multi Vintage Houndstooth" for the applique. I wanted to do something a little different for the straps and added hardware for the first time ever.
I will probably carry this tote as my purse some during the spring, so I made a matching zipper pouch in the "Multi Diamonds" pattern of the same collection. I've made about 40 of these zipper bags and this will be the first one I actually keep for myself.