Quilts 2011

24 May 2012

Tick, Tock. It's 3 o'clock. In the morning.

Tick Tock, it's 3 o'clock.  In the morning.  Guess who was still up sewing?

This girl!  I haven't had a late night sewing marathon in ages.  It was awesome!

On Tuesday I noticed my LQS posted pictures on Facebook of some Melody Miller's Ruby Star Rising fabric she picked up at Spring Quilt Market.  The gift certificate I received for Mother's Day was burning a hole in my pocket as soon as I saw that!  It's a fabric line I've drooled over a long time, but never justified buying any.  The gift certificate was like a permission slip to indulge!

Paired with some fabric I left over from some other projects and Anna at www.noodle-head.com's 421 Tote Pattern , this is what I came up with:

 I mixed it up a bit, adding just one zipper on the front since it played nice on an angle next to the clock.

  Tote back

241 Tote - inside
Instead of a regular pocket for the inside that the pattern called for, I added a zipper pocket to keep my stuff more secure.

zipper pull
 On the front zipper I added a fun zipper pull. Using a washer, a metal die alphabet set, and a hammer I added the word "JOY" to the washer. I drew over the letters with a Sharpie marker and then rubbed off the excess, leaving the black settled into the letters to make the word stand out a bit more.

 It's a great pattern - easy to follow and a fun design! I plan on making more of these totes... next one up will be for the camp that we used to work for. They are having a silent auction this summer and I was asked to make something for it. One of these would be a fun addition!

Now to gear up for a sleepy day ahead....  I'll probably be asleep on the couch before 7pm tonight!


  1. flipping heck, this bag is gorgeous!

  2. Wow! This is fabulous! You're taking bags to the next level!

  3. wow...I really like how you adjust and modify the pattern to make it your style :)

  4. Love your bag - the fabrics are gorgeous! I am about another 241 tote too:)

  5. Wow - that zipper pull is awesome!