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Quicky Vacation Tote: A New Pattern

August 9th 2016

Introducing the Quicky Vacation Tote bag! I’ve turned my “go-to” scrappy project into a pattern for you to enjoy.

Quicky Vacation Tote 3

It’s the perfect project for those left over squares and strips, easy to make, adapt or re-size and always looks so pretty! This one below was made for a trip a couple of years ago, you may remember the post here.

quicky vacation tote

Quicky Vacation Tote

If you’ve never made a quilted tote, this would be a great starter pattern for you; plus, the Quicky Vacation Tote pattern has some great features that are really easier than one might think.

Quicky vacation tote inside

For starters, it has French seams, and a magnetic snap, and a boxed bottom (not shown) and you can even add a label if you want.

quicky vacation tote jane 2

Jane’s tote highlights the Daysail line on the outside and Vintage Picnic on the inside (both lines by Bonnie and Camille). I love that she tried so many techniques that were new to her, she did a great job. She opted not to box the bottom and that’s okay!! There is plenty of wiggle room in this pattern.

quicky vacation tote Jane

Marisa’s bag sports the fabric Boathouse by Sweetwater for MODA.

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I love those stripes don’t you?

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Kristen’s bag is Sodalicious  by Emily Herrick for Michael Miller . How fun are those bottle caps and text print? She used Soft and Stable by Annie’s  as the stabilizer to make her bag sturdy.

quicky vacation tote kristen2

And last, but not least, is this scrappy tote with a mix of lines that go perfectly together.

quicky vacation tote Denny

This one screams summer! For stabilizer Denny used headliner, a special material used for car interiors. Super sturdy stuff available at Joann’s.

quicky vacation tote denny2

I am so excited to be able to share these finished Quicky Vacation Totes with you. These ladies did an awesome job testing out this pattern for me (Thank you!) and had fun doing it!

quicky vacation tote denny3

 The pattern is available here and it’s on sale (PDF version) for only $5.00 through the end of August. I hope you have been inspired to make your own to celebrate these last days of Summer!

A Pretty and Practical Bag for Travel

April 28th 2016

I love my Vintage Picnic Traveling Tote. You may have seen me over-gramming about it on Instagram a few weeks back. It was so fun to make!

Traveling Tote 2

It’s no secret that I hoard collect fabric. It’s no secret that I have a vault for my most favorite lines. (pictured below) It’s no secret that sometimes I forget what I already have. And it’s definitely no secret that if I don’t buy “that fabric” right now it will be gone FOREVER!! At least that’s what the fabric addiction neurons in my brain keep saying. But I digress.

The Vault

My traveling bag, my “go-to-bag-with-all-the-right-pockets-holds-everything-I-need-for-traveling” bag had broken and I had to make a new one ASAP.  And there was no question, once this fabric arrived, that it was the right one for this project. It was also the first fabric bundle I busted open so soon after it’s acquisition. Really.

It’s Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille. I loved the classic red and blues in this line, the gingham and dainty flowers, whose scale is not so dainty, made a perfect match.

I chose the darker bolder colors for the outside, since it will hide any wear and tear and smudges.

traveling tote choices

I had made these scrappy stars and wanted to incorporate them into the bag. The first design showcased four across the top of the bag.

traveling tote design 2

 But after sleeping on it and playing with the fabrics some more, I changed the design and fabrics several more times.

Traveling Tote inside

The inside would be in the lighter color ways of the line with a bit of Hello Darling thrown in. That divided pocket was a must, I kept the broken bag and use the size and inside as a sample. I know, no one can see the inside of these aqua dotted divided pockets, but I know it’s pretty in there!

pocket options

Besides the beautiful colors, I was determined to make it with zippered outside pockets with the prettiest linings. These pockets turned out to be perfect for boarding passes, lipstick, my phone or dollars for tipping if necessary.

traveling tote outer

Above is the outer part of the bag. I sewed and quilted it all in this chartreuse green #1231 thread by Aurifil. There is a crazy method to quilting a bag with divided inner pockets and zippered outside pockets.

Traveling Tote quilting

I am still perfecting the zipper tab but it works!

traveling tote zipper2

I know there are so many bag patterns out there, but this one is so pretty and practical, I’ll be making a pattern for it, and revealing my crazy methods, for the handful that want to make it. Sign up for my newsletter for the heads up on the pattern.

If you want to save your fabric for this pattern, you’ll need:

1/2 Yard main blue

1 FQ side panels

4-6 FQs for outer pockets, pocket linings and inner pockets

1 yard inner lining

1 FE for sashing (gingham)

Scraps to make four star blocks (4″ finished)

(1) 18-20 inch zipper, (I prefer larger so I can trim)

(2) 9 inch zippers

1 square yard of

Accents or details you may want to add.

traveling tote details & accents

The finished size of the Traveling Tote is 14 inches high, 16 inches wide at the top, 11 inches wide at the bottom and  6 inches deep. I still love my bag!

Traveling Tote 1

And here it is in action! It really is great for travel! I hope you wanna make one!

traveling tote summercrafter

A Year in Review

January 12th 2016

If you are not seeing enough posts here, find me on Instagram.

Happy New Year! I don’t know what happened to 2015, it came and left in a flash. I was really having a hard time recalling events and projects but as I looked back via Social Media 🙂  I did see some highlights.

For starters my WORD last year was

FINISH image

It was a complete struggle for me, maybe more in connotation because it gave me stress and I wasn’t enjoying the idea nor was I accomplishing what it was supposed to do. The purpose of the Word was to get me to follow through, actually reach goals and get things done. I am a process type of person so the pressure was kinda ruining it for me, ya know? So I decided to drop it around Summertime (see that, I didn’t even finish with my word!)

Keystone, CO Dercum mountain view

In January, we took a nice trip to Colorado, which is always fun, although I didn’t find any quilt shops.

I started this heart wreath last Valentine’s and hope to put the last of the strands on it this year. I love Valentine projects, I also have a Valentine pattern I am working on.

In March, I met all these amazing ladies that are also working on their quilting businesses.

Baby Dean Collage

I made this quilt and pillows for Baby Dean who was born in June, see post here.

Vintage pattern Simply Retro 1

and I finally finished this one for his Grandpa, our pastor.

totes 2015 Collage 1

It was a blast to learn new things while making these totes, bags and pouches, most of which were gifts.

pattern Collage

I finally launched my first 6 patterns this Summer and visited some shops on vacation (more here and here) and they are now being sold via distributors (Checkers, Brewer, Quilters Warehouse) and my online shopping cart and I have more coming out soon!

As a new follower of Instagram this year (find me @elaine.summercrafter), I met so many great quilty people and participated in various swaps. First was the Rainbow Mini swap, more here.

Beachbound swap 2015 Collage

Then the Beach Bound Swap, for which I made my first Dresden block, more here.

Home Sweet home swap 2015 Collage

Next was the Home Sweet  Home Swap, which was perfect for my swap partner who had just gotten married and had moved to a new place. Read more here.

Pat Sloan radio

Oh, and I was on Quilting Radio with Pat Sloan, woot!!

vermont 2015 Collage 2

In the Fall we enjoyed Vermont, although we missed the Fantastic Foliage Splendor it’s famous for.

Christmas swap 2015 Collage

Soon after Summer, the Christmas swaps started popping up on Instagram (find me @elaine.summercrafter) and I couldn’t resist joining two: Christmas Craft Swap 2015 and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2015 Mini Quilt Swap. The pillows are what I sent with personal embroidery and glass seed bead embellishments. The mini quilts are what I received, I was so happy with this exchange! These are so treasured, I will be glad to pull them out to decorate every season. Thank you @foreverquilting and @mommyhead7.

 

And just when I thought I was done, @vojen invents the B&C (Bonnie and Camille) Christmas Ornament Swap. That was a complete bust for me. I got on an ornament making marathon and I could not stop! I made Scrappy Christmas tree sachets filled with Balsam Fir, tutorial here, and I sent some, not only to my Swap partners, but other quilty friends I met on IG. Fun!

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Everyone got Peanutized this year. Have you tried it? Go here.

hearties 2015 Collage

On a total whim, I made these craft “Heartie” ornaments after another fan posted her version on the Facebook Fan page of our favorite show When Calls the Heart on Hallmark Channel. We both kinda got carried away making renditions of all the characters. Find a tutorial here.

Christmas truck Collage 1

My last and most favorite project was this Vintage Holiday Embroidery Pillow I made for a friend. I used the pattern from Sherri Falls at This n That patterns and for the Patchwork, I used Holly’s Tree Farm Fabric by Sweetwater for MODA. I love how it turned out, now I have to make one for me!

december listing

I also did plenty of listing this year with 30 days of lists  and loved it! (Another opportunity coming in March)

  Christmas tree 2015

And just like that it was time to say “Merry Christmas” which was here today and gone tomorrow.

Miami beach 1

I wasn’t going to do a WORD of the year in 2016. I did a MORE and LESS list. The first thing I noted was More Nature and I am so glad I did just that on January 1st, I went to Miami Beach (which is a rarity). What’s the first on my LESS list? Social Media!

Progress

I did stumble onto this word PROGRESS which perfectly complements my MORE/LESS concept that allows success without stress or pressure, just moving forward and developing over time which relates to all aspects of life and work (including blogging). So I think we can both see it was a busy year (although I didn’t blog as much as I should have) I have set great goals for this year and have started working towards them already! What are your goals and plans, or your WORD for this new year?

Vacation 2015 Part 2

July 10th 2015

In case you missed it, I am just blogging about my vacation and part 1 is right here.

I love taking pictures of the beach, totally unfiltered and un-photoshopped just natural beauty.

my beach 2015

Around noon when it got way too hot, I’d go in for some sewing. Here is a peek at my second Swoon Sixteen block, each one prettier than the one before. Swoon…  I didn’t get as far as I expected on this quilt during the vacation but I can continue working on them a little each day. Isn’t that a pretty thing to look forward to?

swoon block 2

On one day we stopped by the Dunedin Fine Arts Center where they had a small exhibit called Quilt National. The quilts showcased were very artsy with mixed media and other techniques.

fast food quilt

“American Still Life: The Weight of the Nation” by Pixeladies read more about it on their website.

a quilter's prayer

This one depicted a Quilter’s Prayer (find it below courtesy of Quiltville)  I am not sure if the whole prayer was on there. Each block was very well done though.

  • Guide my hands to work as Your hands work, to know the power of Your love in every stitch I make, in every thread I knot. May my hands be guided by the same love and care with every quilt I make, knowing that this love and care was and is and will continue to be a gift of blessing to the one it is intended for.
  • May the works of my hands be pleasing in Your sight, O God.
  • Lord, bless my work today.
  • As I choose materials and patterns, may I be reminded of the uniqueness You blessed us all with.
  • As I cut each length of thread, may I be reminded of the doors that must be closed in our lives so that a new and stronger door may be opened.
  • As I twist each knot, may I be reminded of a bond of love so strong, nothing will break it.
  • As I run the thread between my fingers, may I be reminded of the times You have touched my life, my heart, my soul.
  • As I sew each stitch, may I be reminded of the healing power of Your grace in each of us.
  • As I concentrate on my craft, may I be reminded of the love and care You put into each of our lives.
  • As I add my last stitch, tie my last knot, cut the final cord, may I be reminded of the completeness with which You commanded in each of us before we were ever given to this life.
 
  • “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

There was a quilt called Bitter Pills full picture here by Sara Impey.  It was very entertaining to read. This is the one I liked.

bitter pill

I had to stop by my favorite Christmas Shop which sadly is never fully stocked when I visit but I found this treasure from my favorite artist Mary Engelbreit and picked up a few extra. It’s so me! Except I am not young or blonde or well, you know!

ME beach ornament

It even seemed to be that the beach would call me, very early in the morning before anyone was up.

beach calling

I would really like to try and go back before next year, I just need a couple more days.

Swoon block 3

and a couple more Swoons.

goodbye Sea

Goodbye Sea.

Vacation 2015 Part 1

July 2nd 2015

I look forward to this vacation every year

Sunshine Skyway bridge

and it seems that just like that it was over.   Sigh….

 But it was a productive trip, that’s for sure! Once I arrived, the first thing I did was to set up my sewing corner.

vacation sewing spot

This year I decided to start the Swoon quilt (for me) in three colors (Swoon Sixteen) with my Scrumptious fabric by Bonnie and Camille. It took me the first two days just to select and cut the fabric. I love this part!

scrumptious fabric selection

I got a new hat, I love the beach but the sun is potent, so hats, umbrellas and sunscreen are a must! Not my best picture but you can see how I feel in my HAPPY place!

the red hat

Although I did do a little jig whenever I finished one of these, I didn’t just go to sew.

swoon block 1

I also read and enjoyed the sound of the waves. (Instagram has it’s advantages)

insta vacation

Of course one of my favorite parts is just walking along the beach

shadow beach

and see the sun set.

sunset 2015

I was glad that my printed patterns arrived just before we left for this trip.

patterns sort

I made sure to bring some along to visit some local quilt shops.

Rainbow’s End Quilt Shoppe in Dunedin Florida was a new stop for me. It’s the biggest quilt shop in Florida I hear. It had three cutting tables and a back room filled with Christmas fabric. Go ahead gasp!!!  I grabbed some, of course, as extras for my Instagram Christmas Swaps. They had full lines, lines you can’t find online and tons of Riley Blake and the floor sorted by color. I’ll definitely be back.

christmas fabric

I also visited my usual stop at Country Quilts and Bears which is always buzzing with classes and I came home with a stack of FQs. I also stopped by Happy Apple Quilts and Crafty Threads where I picked up a little something for my #BeachBound Swap.

flip flop fabric

Visiting those shops provided a great opportunity to get some on my designs and it was very encouraging.

patterns

On the next post: Quilt National, souvenirs and two more Swoons.