Leading up to the big reveal of the quilt that goes inside this …
I put this together with leftovers from the quilt itself plus some other batiks and hand dyes. It’s a little smaller than a pillowcase and plenty big enough to take a large nap quilt with room for a book or other small items that might be needed.
Now I realize I should have taken a photo of the other side too, oh well. I constructed this by sewing the slab into a long rectangle, folding it in half and sewing up the two side seams. The lizard tote was folded the other way and I had to sew across the bottom and up one side seam. Because this will be a functioning tote as the quilt will be carried around, I took care to keep the lighter colours at the top of the bag as the darker colours can withstand being set down better.
The whole tote and the handles are stuffed with batting and quilted with trilobal variegated thread which has a beautiful sheen.
Hmm, I could see getting into more totes and the like, there’s something very satisfying about functional objects that you make yourself! I’m still going to do art pieces but sometimes the gap between the inner vision and the ultimate object is so vast.
Before making a tote bag for a quilt, I thought practicing would be a good idea.
We all have particular mental blocks and challenges and I can easily get myself confused when it comes to sewing things properly. I know I could easily sew something inside out with twisted handles, or somehow have the handles stuck inside the body of the bag. And once confused it can be hard to get back on track.
Since this was to be for the use of younger people, I searched my stash for something with kid appeal that wasn’t too girly or babyish and that would not show every mark. This fabric seemed to fit the bill and also the critters aren’t directional.
This bag has just one side seam, which means a directional fabric would actually have been okay. The side seam in fact makes this a nice bag for books, it’s that bit easier to slide them in and out. And the striped lining is cool.
All in all I’m quite pleased with this, even the handles are lined with batting and quilted.
It’s functional so in my book although the fabric is traditional, it’s modern because of the emphasis on “get ‘er done!” and “make something useful!”
For the holiday meeting in December the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild had a mug rug swap.
This is the rug I received fro “Dragon Lady” Laura (it’s the subject of her art not a reference to personality!). Laura doesn’t blog but had enclosed a handwritten note which I thought I’d memorialize here, as a way of easing myself back into blogging without going crazy right off the bat.
Dear fellow Modern Quilt Guild Member
I’ve noticed that the blogs of modern quilters include information about fabric choice and construction considerations. So here goes (in my low tech way 🙂 )
Spool fabric was found on a field trip to the Sunshine Coast. I’m thinking this one was from Carola’s. Right away I knew I wanted to piece improvisationally and add some white to complement the mug. So that I did. Top is quilted with Wonderfil cotton Tutti TU 03, bottom is Aurifil 50 wt 3320.
Hope you enjoy the mug rug with its spools and the heart fabric showing quilting love.
Have an amazing, creative 2015.
Ironically it was Laura who saved my bacon as we were putting our efforts out, because I had completely missed the point that the mugs and rugs were supposed to be wrapped, and Laura came to my rescue with a spare plastic bag.
What was my mug rug like, you ask? Well, erm, I had the best of intentions of taking pix, but with one thing and the other that didn’t happen. However, I took two somewhat stripey fabrics and a triangle ruler which I’ve had for years but never actually used, and put together a hexagon. The mug I chose was white with a real knitted cable knit sweater to keep the contents warm for longer so hopefully the recipient enjoys it!
my latest creation on Threadbias
Someday I’ll figure out how to get those “masterpieces” into here in resizable format!
Believe it or not I had my test block from yesterday out and very carefully (as I thought) followed it. But something got lost in translation. Can you spot the non deliberate error?
Yep, I had the red triangle and square sewn together wrong.
There might be all kinds of secondary patterns with these blocks, although not something I’m about to start exploring at this juncture. However knowing me I can bet even if I set out to make a gazillion of either block it would probably spawn a number of deviant blocks despite my best efforts. Could be interesting though if done in three fabrics consistently. You would end up with a scrap effect without actually using scraps (which is usually what I’m doing!)
anyway this block needs to be above all DONE because tonight’s Modern Quilt Guild Victoria meeting at Satin Moon is the deadline.
If the top block doesn’t already have a name I’m thinking Perverted Pinwheel. But maybe it already has a name, does anyone know?
Decided to go with the repeated diamond shapes in the background fabric.
What do you think?
Not wanting to use up all the Kona Cottons I went with the palette I’ve chosen for the next workshop I’m taking, which is Mile-a-Minute, coming up soon, as the supply list says it’s okay to bring orphan blocks. I’m curious to see how similar the method is to building slabs, which I’m still doing.
Some people would have sat down and done their banner block for the Victoria Modern Quilt Guild in under an hour, using the beautiful Kona Cottons Robert Kaufman so generously provided for our fledgling guild. Hmm, yeah, not me …
But at least I’m working on it and keeping all the other balls in the air in my life …
Cardinal, cactus and celestial
Here’s one of the fish blocks for Pirate Girl’s quilt
which I’ll post more about as time goes by.
While making fish blocks, I didn’t actually sew one this way (although I well could have, LOL!)
but it did get me thinking …
except why stop with a plain “background” in the large area?
and for that matter, wouldn’t a little more cardinal be a Good Thing?
What do YOU think? Does this say “modern”?