I Made a Thing!

and it feels wonderful.

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Two hours, start to finish, which includes some fiddly pattern matching.

I needed a dedicated tote bag for a new-to-me weekly commitment. My job title for this commitment includes “Owl” as part of it. (If you don’t know what this is, then never mind.)

My aunt, previously mentioned here, had made B a pillowcase back when she was enamoured of owls. (Previously it was dolphins, then owls, unicorns, and now it’s horses.) Since that was never going to be used I repurposed it for my tote.

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This is the before, with the Madras plaid as my lining fabric.

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Post harvesting.

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The Madras plaid had come from a quilter’s estate sale some 5+ years ago. It was leftover from a garment, so very weirdly shaped, but I loved the colours. The picture above has THREE seams in it. This bit was the lining, and at the bottom of the bag. I’m cool with things not matching perfectly when it will be hidden this much.

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Back of my tote. I love that the repeat is so large we don’t have any repeated owls. I also love that fierce looking owl at the top right.

And I love, love, love making something for myself that is pretty. And useful. And quick.

 

Edited to add: I used the Madras plaid tote tutorial from Noodlehead. But I ironed my fabrics!

And it’s been forever since I linked up with anything. Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation gets the honour!

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The Day on Which I Affix Many Crests to a Camp Blanket

Have you heard this expression before? “If it weren’t for the last minute I wouldn’t get anything done!”

Exhibit R:

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Girl Guides wrap up was tonight and since it was an outdoor event, we thought this might be a great opportunity to use her camp blanket. There really are too few places one can sport a crest-covered camp blanket.

All but ten of these were sewn on after school today. I made B work as my thread jockey, bringing me the colour I needed next. And yes, I had the right colour thread for each of the coloured borders.

xlapel-stick-pagespeed-ic-phwnybdniqHave you ever seen this? It’s a glue stick that works better than well, a glue stick. B worked out her placement of the crests and used this to hold them in place while I stitched everything on. Nothing budged as I shoved a large blanket round and round and through the machine.

Happy to brag this was invented in the city I live! And I hear this is excellent for basting hexies and probably paper piecing too.