Friday, October 19, 2012

Mouthy Stitches Tote Bag: Finished!

Here it is, partner!  Will you like this tote?  I truly hope you do as I put a lot of time, effort and thought into this little guy.

As part of Mouthy Stitches, we are all making a tote bag using this tutorial.  It's a really simple, direct tute with lots of play room to personalize it as you go.  In Mouthy Stitches, we were to piece at least one side and spice it up for our partner so long as it resembled the original size/structure and remained reversible.  Want to see what I created for my partner?

I pieced this front using the Lone Starburst templates from Six White Horses.  The Chicopee fabric by Denyse Schmidt works here, I think.


I should say I didn't hang your bag on a diseased tree in the back garden.  The leaves are changing into their autumn oranges and browns.  Just in case you were wondering :)

The outer front and back were layered with batting and quilted.  The front is both hand and machine quilted to echo the star.

 

The back just has little 3 inch squares of Chicopee prints that made me happy on Essex linen.  It's quilted with little wavy lines in black thread.  Quilting wavy lines to look irregular is harder to do than you think!


The lining is Summersville with two pockets of Essex linen.  There's a little ribbon loop on the edge to hook your key fob onto.  I hate loosing my keys in the bottom of a bag and thought you might be the same, partner.


The other half of the lining is straight up Summersville.  The lining has a fusible interfacing on both sides to add to the stiffness of the bag.  It's still soft and has give, but it won't fall over as soon as you let go of the handles.


While I was out taking photos, the girls came over to see what the fuss was all about.  They were totally interested, but were not allowed to get too close!


There you go, partner.  I hope you like it!  I hope you use it often and that it holds up for you (eeek!).  I enjoyed thinking of you while I stitched away the past few weeks.


26 comments:

Charlotte said...

it's lovely and I would be delighted if it were for me!

Sadie said...

Beautiful! You have a lucky partner :-) Great idea for the little ribbon loop on the inside, I think I will be doing that too!

Kelsey said...

What a cute bag! Love the star!

Leanne said...

I love it! And there is that gang of marauding chickens too.

Susan Standen said...

It is gorgeous and your partner will love it!

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

It's beautiful Cindy! I really like the dark grey outer edge of the star. It makes all the colours really sparkle!
And I LOVE your chooks

Cindy Sharp said...

Well done!

Annabella said...

I do love that star Cindy and your little details...I also love the girls too. Chickens are the best.

Quilter in the Gap said...

Lovely....simply lovely!!!

Quilting In The Cold said...

Gosh it is lovely Cindy, just lovely!

Sarah Lou said...

Oooooh, I wish I was your partner, this is gorgeous!

lindsey said...

Lovely...and the chickens

Archie the wonder dog said...

Your partner is very, very lucky!!

Flying Blind... said...

Total beauty xxx

Patchwork and Play said...

Lovely bag! And I love how you thought of your partner while you sewed! Sweet!

Sarah said...

Fabulous! Love it :-)

Lynne said...

Lovely!

Judith, Belfast said...

Wonderful finish C! I'm sure your partner will be just as delighted with it as your feathered girlies! Jxo

Sophie Belle Designs said...

It's really great :)

Nicky said...

Well it had to be a star from you Cindy and it is one of my favourites!

Fabulous job!

Kirsten said...

Love that star - beautiful tote!

Sheila said...

Lovely bag Cindy, and lovely chooks!

Rosa said...

It`s cuttest!

Jodi B. said...

Thanks for sharing this. Your bag is really nice. I have never used linen. What color did you use? I see it comes in ivory, natural, etc.

Katy Cameron said...

Very nice, does it come with free eggs from the girls? :oD

Kim said...

Beautiful bag! I've got that paper pieced pattern bookmarked for future use, it's lovely. Don't know about your girls, but my chickens are not appreciating the change in the weather at the moment!

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