I really like this quilt, but I feel like in some ways it’s just ticking the boxes of a so-called “modern” quilt or pinterest trends. Solids (ombres)? Check. Chevrons/braids? Check. Text/number fabric? Check. Low volume background? Check. Whatever, I like it, and it was really fun to make.
(Someone else likes to pose for pictures)
My mom carries a lot of totes between her different workplaces. So when I was looking at Patchwork Please to see what my first project would be, I knew this tote would be received well. I have a stack of music-themed fabrics with my mom’s name all over them just ready to make things for her. I didn’t quite get this done in time for her birthday, but with time to spare to get it linked up for the Zakka 2.0 sew-along!
I read through the directions a couple times, but they didn’t all make sense so I just put it together how it made sense to me for the most part. I really should have added the buttons for the pockets to keep them in place. I used some home dec fabric as interfacing, which is what I usually do on bags instead of keeping a supply on hand of a wide variety of interfacings.
As far as the pattern directions go, there was room for improvement. I would have loved a helpful hint on how the sample in the book had such square corners. Mine didn’t turn out so boxy. They could have used some technical help, too: the pieces were referred to as “the square” or “the linen piece” instead of labeled “A, B, C, etc” so if you’re using a different kind of fabric it was tough to keep track of what’s what. There aren’t any diagrams to show you what’s happening, so the clarity in the written instructions is very important. Thankfully, this is a pretty straightforward tote that isn’t too tough to figure out if you’ve sewn totes before.
I’m a much better quilter in my head than I am in real life. The only way to get better is to practice, and this is part of that process. I’m not quite sure about the overall effectiveness of the layout, but I’m thinking of it as an improv sampler – a few curves here, some crazy piecing over there.
I already wrote about about the process of making this quilt, so today’s the day for lots of pictures of it all done! I took it along when we went blueberry picking last week, and it was hard not to just focus on the fluffy clouds and bright blue sky.
The quilting on this is not the best, but it’s because I wasn’t very careful with basting or getting the wrinkles out of the batting. The back has more text, numbers, ikea prints, and a few Miscellany scraps. There are folds, but I’m over it now.
And one last picture of my great quilt holder and favorite photo bomber!