Friday, October 4, 2013

Ask Me About the Birds and the Bees (Perfect Quilted Tote)

I don't think I've ever been more impressed with myself after having made a bag...  and the last bag I made was the dreaded Weekender;-)  With 39 meticulously detailed steps, Oh, Fransson's Perfect Quilted Tote is not for the faint of heart.  But what a tote bag it is...  

I started this in Elizabeth's workshop at the Philly Sew Down but ended up starting over when I got home.  It was much easier having my whole stash to pull from.  I started with a FQ bundle of Tula Pink Birds and the Bees and then raided my scrap bin.  This bag was made 100% from stash.  I just kept finding things I loved that would work perfectly:-)  

I found it was pretty quick and easy to make the quilt as you go panels once I had a plan in place.

Then the fun really starts...  This bag has TWO interior pockets, including one with a zipper.  I got this fabulous Anna Maria Horner Good Folks print at Marden's this summer.

My only regret is that I didn't use the Cranberry Crossweave from the facing to do the slip pocket trim/interior.  But check out that perfectly installed zipper;-)

I made the wide version and it's the perfect size for everything I need but I'm wondering if carrying this is a little too close to wearing a quilted jacket.  It's a fine line...

See more fabulous finishes at Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. haha - a fine line indeed! Great job - it looks awesome. The facing and lining were HARD to do well!

  2. This is just gorgeous! Great work!

  3. Eh. Embrace it! I love it! I'll have to pick your brain for my Weekender, since I'm doing it with the quilted panels...

  4. That is beautiful! It looks like the most cozy/versatile/polished quilted bag I've seen!

  5. Wow- I love it! I need to try QAYG sometime soon.

  6. Gorgeous. I looove this bag! I spy many fabrics in your stash, that I too have in mine. We must have similar taste. Visiting from 'Finish it up Friday'.

  7. Beautiful bag. I love the details, zipper, pockets etc. Love it.

    The slide show of making the panel is pretty cool. I am just puzzled on the center panel you added with little diamonds fabrics. Great job!

  8. Great bag! And much cuter than a quilted vest or jacket! No worry! And you must have a fabulous stash!!