I have several finished projects that I need to post, but I thought I’d start with a quick one. If you’ve been following me on Instagram or my WIP Wednesday posts, you’ll know I made a Perfect Quilted Tote for the Tote Bag Swap at MidAtlanticMod. Robert Kauffman provided Essex Linen for us to use.
The pattern is from Elizabeth Hartman (Oh Fransson!) but currently it is not for sale since she’s updating her patterns this year. When it is reintroduced I highly recommend it.
It is a Quilt As You Go (QAYG) pattern onto a layer of batting and canvas or duck cloth which is then lined and finished with a pockets in the lining and a nice ring of facing. I pulled all of the pieces for my QAYG panels from my scraps and strings.
I made the wide version of the tote, but I made one small change – I used the longer handles from the tall version, and I used the placement from the tall version – 3″ in from the sides instead of 5″ in from the sides since I wanted to be able to get it over my (and the recipient’s) shoulders easily.
The inside is lined with Social Climber in Teal and a few scraps of Hope Valley. There is a zip pocket which was much easier to install than I was thinking it would be, and a slip pocket.
I think it’s a great size, and would make an excellent reusable grocery bag. I have some Anna Maria Horner Ghost Wing linen in mind for a simpler, second version. (No QAYG).