Saturday, February 22, 2014

Jean Shopping Tote Bag

After not being able to sew for 6 months due to neck surgery, I have been given the okay to sewing again. I never thought I would miss sewing this much. What a JOY! I didn't want to just dive right in with a big project. So I choose to do a small project I found on Craftsy. It was a free pattern called "Shopping Tote".

I made some modifications to make it my own. I used recycled jean fabric for the main part and handles. I used faux suede (I had in my stash) for my trim. I used my decorative stitches to stitch the front. This was fun. I always wanted to do something like this, but never took the time. I'm really glad I did this. Now I will use my decorative stitches more often.

I incorporated the seam from a jean leg for the back. This gives the tote bag a unique look.

The sides bottom inset piece was cut to incorporate the back pocket. I make sure I had enough fabric cut above the pocket to allow for the hem.

I  embroidered on the side to show my love for quilting.
 I really had fun making this recycled jean tote bag. Now when I go shopping (whether it a quilt shop, grocery store, or the mall) I am expressing my love for quilting. I am sure you will be able to find lots of ways to use this recycled jean tote bag.

Now lets go quilting. I know I definitely am!

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Quilting Notebook

Today I will start my "Quilting Notebook". The purpose of the Quilt Notebook is to hold all the ideas, sizes, calculations,  materials, and reference information for each project (whether UFO's or not) from start to finish. Notebook will provide a history of my quilting project and my progress as a quilter.It may contain some quilt ideas I hope to make but not enough time to do so. This is different from a journal (in which I need to start too). This will eliminate some of my paper clutter (a quilt journal is needed for my doodling) and provide me with an organized studio.

Of course I didn't come up with this idea myself. While I have been recovery from neck surgery, I stumble upon Lori Kennedy's blog, The In Box Jaunt". You can check her blog here. I have been following her since October 2013. This year, she is encouraging quilters to keep a notebook. This way a quilter will have one place to look for all their quilt information. I usually, have a list on my billboard of all my project with start and finish dates. This is not as thorought as a quilting notebook would be.

I purchased, July 2013, a software program called Quilt Album.  It allows me to store a picture and complete details of each quilt. I can print it out two different sizes (lg or sm) to have as a hard copy for binding. The program also, creates greeting cards. This is very handy when giving my quilts as gifts. But I can image you can use this program to document all you projects.

Now I must go and document my 20 UFO's in my new quilting notebook.

Happy Sewing!