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August 15, 2019
Braided Tote RemixFat Quarter Shop is hosting a Jolly Braid Tote... from Living Water Quilter



Braided Tote Remix

Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a Jolly Braid Tote Remix  It’s an opportunity to get acquainted or see the Jolly Braid tote in a new light.

With the Fat Quarter Shop provided Jolly Braid Tote pattern and Triangles on a Roll Fat Jelly Braid and Island Batik provided Stash Builder 5-inch fabric rolls I made a tote bag and a matching zippered pouch.

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Stitching up the tote with paper guided braid pattern is quick and easy. Watch Fat Quarter Shop’s video tutorial for step-by-step instructions.

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Instead of a multi-color tote bag like the first Jolly ...

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July 10, 2019
The clean-up continues from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I spent a good part of the day sewing in Studio U. It was a glorious day. I had the windows open and there was a beautiful breeze. It did get slighter hotter in the afternoon when the sun moved around but it wasn't bad. I ended up putting up a small fan, but that was only because I had had a cool beverage and I was flushed because of that!  Thankfully, the sun is high in the sky at this time of year and there is very little direct sunlight comes in that room. I love the space ...

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July 5, 2019
Sewing Retreat - Day Two from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!



Day two is finished and done!!  Oh my goodness - I heard somewhere that children laugh about 400 times a day. Adults about 15. Well - I guess that means we've all reverted to our childhood while we're here. The laughter is hilarious!!!  And what we talk about at retreat - well that stays at the retreat, but this is such a great way to connect, to relax and to just have plain old fun which, to me, is what life should be all about.

If I could have my way, I'd be at sewing retreat for the rest of ...

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June 24, 2019
On-the-Go ToteThere are many uses for totes. For makers, each... from Living Water Quilter



On-the-Go Tote

There are many uses for totes. For makers, each tote is an opportunity to add fun accents, functional details and learn new sewing techniques.

For Island Batik Ambassadors, the June project inspiration is, Try It!   So….I decided I “needed” another tote bag.  This time, I wanted to add never tried accents, hardware and a zippered pocket.

NOTE: As an Island Batik Ambassador, the fabric to make the tote bag was given to me by Island Batik. Also, CT Publishing supplied the Kraft-tex.

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This is the first time I’ve added a zippered pocket, a hook and D-ring ...

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June 13, 2019
Wedding Gift from Wedding Dress Blue

It might seem like a small thing, but the young couple is moving to California, where there are no plastic bags.  A set of shopping bags is a practical gift that will help them get started.
DSC01453And remind the bride of time spent playing with chickens in our back yard.  We wish them the best.

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May 23, 2019
Finley Tote sew - along (week 4: final assembly) from Sotak Handmade



Hello friends, how are your Finley Totes coming along? I hope you're having fun and are excited to have your lovely totes finished soon :)

This week we're going to tackle final bag assembly and add hardware to our adjustable straps. Pretty easy, isn't it?


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Follow Step 16 in your pattern for final bag assembly. And, as always, take your time lining things up, use a good amount of sewing clips to ensure all layers stay in place, and let the machine do the work, don't pull or tug at your bag as you sew.

Once your ...

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I'm curious.............. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm almost afraid to write this since I don't want to jinx the situation. But things seem to be under control. Oh - there's still lots of stuff to do, but things are calm. Even when I've had a few people e-mail me to ask for something that they're waiting on. I've been able to work that into the schedule. Now that's a nice feeling. I'm still a wee bit behind on about two things - but hopefully, by the end of next week, all will be completely caught up.

What a great feeling ...

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May 22, 2019
Finley Tote sew - along (week 3: lining) from Sotak Handmade


Happy Wednesday to you all!


Welcome back to week 3 of Finley Tote sew - along. I hope you had tons of fun working on the exterior of your totes last week.

This week we'll work on adding two kinds of pockets to our linings and add the main zipper closure. Ready? Let's start :)

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I am a huge fan of pockets and usually add at least one zipper pocket and one slip pocket to my bag lining. You can, however, mix things up a bit if you wish and add just one kind of a pocket or none at ...

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May 10, 2019
5 Eco-Friendly Fabric Projects from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi, Makers!

People have been a  little more self-aware on the effects we’ve been having on this planet, and you may have realized this movement has been becoming more popular every year. I’ve been personally trying really hard lately to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Some things I’m proud of doing this year is bringing my own tote bags to the grocery store, and eliminating all plastic products from the bathroom. (And let me tell you, finding shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste without plastic packing was quite a challenge!) I still plan on getting better, and I’m inspired ...

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April 22, 2019
Finley Tote Sew-Along (intro + supplies needed) from Sotak Handmade


Hello, hello everyone!

Are you planning on joining our Finley Tote sew along? Yay, welcome! 

I absolutely love how versatile and useful this tote bag is. It's large enough to carry all one needs on a daily basis but is not so huge that you feel like you lug half of your belongings around :).


Finished size of this tote is 13'' tall x 10'' wide on bottom x 4'' deep.

And, there are so many possibilities for customization to fit one's needs. You can make exactly the same tote as the one pictured above, you can also choose ...

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April 11, 2019
Finley Tote by Sotak Handmade from Ellyn's Place

Svetlana Sotak (Sotak Handmade)'s latest pattern released today and I was thrilled to pattern test for her again. I had bought some black vinyl at Quiltcon and thought it would be perfect for this bag. Since I have great confidence in Svetlana's patterns, I decided to splurge on the bag fabric itself. A quick trip to Hobby Lobby led me to this awesome faux suede that has the feel and appearance of embossed leather. Perfect!
The hardest thing about working with both of these fabrics was that I could not iron either of them. I tried pressing a ...

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April 10, 2019
Finley Tote (new pdf pattern) from Sotak Handmade


Happy Wednesday friends!

I have a new pattern to share with you today and I think you're going to like this one :)


Finley is a super useful everyday tote bag, perfectly sized to fit all the necessities one might need to carry plus a bit of room to spare, of course. 


The addition of adjustable removable strap gives you a few options so you can wear it as a crossbody bag, shoulder bag, or a simple tote bag


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Finley features a large exterior zipper pocket plus a pleated slip pocket and another zipper pocket in the ...

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March 3, 2019
Brooklyn TotePack (new pdf pattern) from Sotak Handmade


I've been a great fan of convertible tote bags + backpacks for quite some time as I find them super practical and useful so, not surprisingly, I'm beyond excited to present my newest pattern for a Brooklyn TotePack to you today :)



She's quite something, isn't she?

She's just the right size to fit everything one might need on a daily basis and all the handy pockets make keeping things in place and organized a breeze. I especially love the back panel zipper pocket as it's perfect to keep one's wallet or phone safe yet ...

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February 28, 2019
Brooklyn Tote Pack from Ellyn's Place

I'm so excited! Svetlana Sotak, at Sotak Handmade introduced her newest pattern today, the Brooklyn Tote Pack.  I was lucky to be chosen to pattern test this bag for her before I left for Quiltcon and I'm so happy with the outcome.

First I must tell you, when I saw the pattern, I decided I needed a plain denim bag and this was the perfect choice for it. If you've followed me for very long you know that "plain" is not usually in my vocabulary. I decided to do it anyways and the result was lovely...

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November 17, 2018
That's How I Roll Tote III from Sew Some Sunshine

Last weekend my local guild, the Long Island Quilters Society, had a 'quilt the day away' event where members teach other members.  I taught a wonderful group of four quilters how to make a tote using strips.  This is a pattern I've made twice before.  It's a nice sized basic tote and is great for using up 2 1/2 inch strips.



My previous versions have both been given away as gifts, so I'm excited to keep this one for myself.  The pattern was on the Make it Coats website, but I haven't been able to ...

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November 12, 2018
Denver Tote in two sizes (new pdf pattern) from Sotak Handmade


Hello friends, happy Monday to you all!

I'm excited to share my newest tote bag pattern today.


 Denver Tote comes in two sizes and not only does it make a perfectly stylish everyday tote bag, it works great as a project bag as well. (some of you might be familiar with this bag design as the larger version was featured in Issue 61 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine)



This is an easy, beginner friendly pattern that comes together pretty effortlessly in very little time, especially when one uses leather handles like I did. You can, of course, substitute ...

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November 7, 2018
Break Out the Pom Poms! Eye Candy from a (Mostly) Knitting Show from Gefilte Quilt

Stressed out by the upcoming election? Here's some eye candy from a fabulous yarn show, to distract you while waiting in line to vote, and/or awaiting election results. What could be more enticing than this?
From The Yarn Guys booth
Or these: 
   
Or this: (It's a wall of beads from Bead Biz, of Guilford, CT): 
The nice thing about beads sold at yarn shows, I discovered, is that the holes are relatively large - one could conceivably attach them to quilts by machine. 
Or this joyously geeky tableau at the Dizzy Blonde Studios booth (creative hair color was ...

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October 22, 2018
melinda handbag (new pdf pattern) from Sotak Handmade


Hello lovelies, how are things?

I'm all giddy with excitement because I get to share my newest pattern with you today, yay!


This is Melinda.

Finished size: 12'' wide x 11'' tall x 5'' deep.



She's a fabulously roomy everyday handbag featuring two large slip pockets on the outside plus one slip and one zipper pocket on the inside to help one stay organized.


I made this denim Melinda for myself a few weeks back and I absolutely love it. I think it's such a classy, timeless design and I just adore the denim, leather, and metal ...

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October 19, 2018
Trick or Treat Tote Bag Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

Trick or Treat?! Well if you said treat I have a special treat for you today! Since Halloween is around the corner I decided to whip up a fun Trick or Treat Tote for you to make for your littles to tote all their yummy treats they receive this Oct 31st! Since I am not a fan of anything too spooky and I am a big cat lover,  I decided to go for the classic and cute approach to Halloween by creating a Black Cat Tote bag! You can find the full tutorial by heading to the weallsew ...

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September 14, 2018
small Sylvie Tote from Sotak Handmade


Hello lovelies, happy Friday to you all!

You know the fabric stack I shared in my previous post? Of course I had to cut into yet another print and sew up a sweet little tote bag right away :)


I combined cotton/linen print for main body and Merchant and Mills Dry Oilskin for the bottom of the bag. I love that oilskin is water resistant and easy to clean, always a good thing when it comes to tote bags.

On a side note. Am I the only one who finds the name oilskin a bit misleading? The material is actually ...

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