Gingham Tote Bags

If I’m not making quilts, I’m usually sewing bags – mostly as gifts. Anna Graham from Noodlehead has written many great bag patterns, one of which is called the Gingham Tote from her book, Handmade Style. It’s a simple, cross body bag with instructions for two styles, however, I’ve only made the rounded pocket version. This bag features an open and zip pocket on the front, deep inside space and two open, inside pockets. It calls for a magnetic closure for easy access and has an adjustable strap. I first made this black and cream dot tote for my aunt a couple years ago.I enjoyed making it so much that I almost immediately made this black and white geometric designed bag for my sister-in-law.My mother-in-law borrowed my sister-in-law’s bag this summer when she traveled to Iceland and Greece and thought it was the perfect bag for her travels. When she arrived home, she asked if I would make one for her so that she can take it on her upcoming trip to Italy. I recently finished this black chambray version for her.This most recent finish means I met my January sewing goal, even though it was a very short list. Anything that I work on now is just a bonus for the month. I’m going to get started working on my February sewing goals.

–Stacy

Single Irish Chain Quilt

Goodness, until now I hadn’t realized that it’s been two months since my last blog post! I knew it had been a while, but I didn’t think that much time had past. Between the holidays and my usual beginning of the year purge session, I haven’t been able to squeeze in much sewing. I decided to start off the year with monthly sewing goals. My first January goal was to finish this single Irish chain quilt for my friends moving away. My second goal was to finish a gingham tote bag for my mother-in-law (more to come on this project). I wanted to make a fairly simple quilt using a color palette of my friends’ liking. They suggested greens and purples, but I added in some blues, aquas and golds for more interest. I paired these prints with lime-colored Swiss dots on cream. I like having a subtle pattern for the main fabric instead of just a solid cream or white. I stuck to a simple and classic diamond quilt pattern design using ivory-colored thread. The backing has the softest white minky to make it extra cozy.I gifted it to my friends yesterday and they were very happy to take a piece of me with them to their new home. They will surely be missed!

–Stacy