Once upon a time I made a scripture tote bag as a birthday/baptism present. I thought they were pretty handy (they fit a composition notebook, scriptures, and a few pencils very nicely). I made one for a niece. Then a nephew. Then another niece. Then 1 niece and 2 nephews.
But not everyone had one. To squash a minor bit of sibling rivalry, I needed to make one more for a birthday gift. But if I was going to make one more, why not make 3 and be prepared!
Lucky for me, they're pretty easy to make. The names take the longest time - choosing the font, tracing, cutting out, ironing them onto the bag just so, and then zig-zagging around each letter. All fabric found at JoAnn's - I really like the orange paisley and the pink bird.
Hopefully everyone (when they finally get them) will be happy with their bag.
Lesson: if you make something for one niece/nephew, be prepared to make it for all of them. Luckily, I love them, I'm a pushover ... and this bag is fairly quick and easy project.
16 March 2012
1 charm pack (42 squares) = 168, 2.5" squares
A quilt 44"x44" = 242 print squares and 242 white squares.
1.5 charm packs = 252 squares
Last April when my sister came to visit I split my Central Park (by Kate Spain) charm packs in half with her, cut some white kona cotton in 5" squares, and sent her home with a 'quilt kit'. (Did I tell you how much I love this fabric? I love the animals, the colors, the bricks, the flowers. It's my favorite fabric. And I shared it.)
I started sewing on it last summer by putting a charm square and white fabric square right sides together and sewed down both sides. Cut down the center vertically and horizontally and I got a 1x2 squares.
They traveled with me to Walla Walla in August (uh, why I though I'd get work done on them there, I have no idea. I was way to busy having fun with my sister, her kids, and our projects.) where I mentioned to my sister I was considering ironing the seam allowances open as I read on "oh fransson!". We tried a 2x2 square with seams pressed open and one with the seams pressed to the side. Seams pressed open won and this became my 'experiment' quilt where I was going to try new things. (While I was there I had my sister pick out the fabric for the back. Kona cotton robin egg.)
Once home, I made it as random as my engineering brain would allow, dumping all of the 1x2's into a brown paper bag, shaking, and then pulling 2 at a time out and sewing them together.
It quickly was laid out on the floor where it was arranged, re-arranged, arranged again, and again, and again. I sewed some 2x2's into 4x4 and then bigger squares ... but nothing ever worked out. After walking around it (and on it) for about a 4 weeks in September/October, I picked it all up and put it in a plastic bin. I had other projects that needed to be done - and I needed my floor back.
January 2012 I had a few days at home before I could go back to work. The postage stamp quilt was pulled out again. (Did I tell you how much I love this fabric? The aqua! The orange! The prints!) But I had learned the lesson of trimming after every seam from C's seeing squares quilt ... and I didn't like how my postage stamp quilt didn't look straight. I sat down and took the entire quilt back to 2x2 squares, trimmed them all to 4.5"x4.5"- making sure they were as straight as possible - and started sewing them together. (uh, I told my sister about taking it apart after it was almost back together!)
This time I sewed them in strips ... using pins on every seam intersection. It took time, but the corners look great! (Lesson learned: use pins! Even when you think you can just line up the seams when sewing.)
I really liked it ... but I wanted it bigger. I grabbed another charm pack and kept sewing.
I love it. Here's a picture of the wrong side.
Now to finish a couple more projects so I can quilt this. Size: 52" x 60". (390 patterned squares)