My swap partner loves bright happy fabrics and didn't have too many dislikes so I had a lot of free reign in coming up with something that she would like and would be in the spirit of modern quilting. I knew I wanted to have a nice front to the bag and thought about paper pieced stars. My original idea was to have 4 snall stars on one side and 1 big one on the back and then I had a rethink. I thought I might be over complicating things.
Thumbing through some old editions of Quilt Now I spotted Laura Hartrich's Goodnight, Love you bed quilt. I love this quilt and think the clever way of using drunkards path for the heart and letters is really visually interesting. I chose Noodlehead's Super tote as the basis for the bag as it offered a really lovley big pocket on the front of the bag. Looking at the maths to make this fit would mean really small drunkards path blocks so I made them all triangles instead!
I pulled from scraps and have fabrics in here from my Lost in London and most recent swoon quilt. this was so much fun I decided to make a second pocket for the back and appliqued the O and E to make this a bit easier and faster to make.
The super tote pattern has a pocket on one side only but it was really easy to just make 2! I loved this pattern - it is really well written and once all the interfacing is ironed on it sews together quickly.
I had the idea of quilting in some text to have this say Love...summer holidays, friendship, family, sunshine... I think I may need to practice quilt writing a little bit more as it was not quite as smooth as I had envisioned!
I wanted the bag to be slouchy and not too stiff so the heart got some gentle wiggling , enough to keep the layers in place!
So here you have it! My take on a summer tote bag! There are rumours of an Indian summer so my swap partner may get to use it yet!
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