Armed with a new-to-me bundle of scraps I sat down on Wednesday night and made a tote bag. I didn't need a bag, but I needed to sew. It was one of those days where I was feeling restless. The new quilt pattern I've been working on was not cooperating. Have you ever heard the term, "you bit off more than you can chew"? Yeah, I think I tried to eat the whole buffet.
One of the best things about sewing, especially repetitive sewing, is that it frees my mind to think. I needed time to think about the pattern, work out the problems and see things differently.
I knew that whatever project I picked to work on required a repetitive element. I also needed it to be small, satisfying and playful. I know that is a lot to ask. Does that sewing project exist? It turns out it does, The Perfect Quilted Tote pattern by Elizabeth Hartman was all of those things.
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The quilt as you go method is awesome! Deliberately choosing and placing each scrap satisfied the creative and controlling side of my brain (also known as my left side). And the dense quilting and ironing satisfied the restless side of my brain that needed soothing (also known as my right side).
Lining: Garden Party by Anna Maria Horner
Since there was a lot going on in my head already, I left out the fussy lining with inset zippers and opted instead for a plain lining made with pretty fabric. Oh Anna Maria Horner, you make my heart beat so!! This tote was so fun to make I plan on making lots of them and maybe next time I will tackle that inset zipper.
As for my own pattern, I'm still working on it, but this time refreshed.
Pattern: Perfect Quilted Totes by Elizabeth Hartman
The bundle of scraps ( any bundle, really) look very appealing.ReplyDelete
Sewing is sometimes the best therapy/meditation! The bag looks amazing! Sound like you found some clarity on your pattern in the process. Yay!ReplyDelete
Such cute scraps and the quilting on the bag looks brilliant! Sewing like that can be so meditative :)ReplyDelete
A cute tote bag, just right to get your mind free (yes, sewing can be relaxing ;) )You have funny scraps!ReplyDelete
Love how it turned out. The fabric you used it just perfect for this tote.ReplyDelete
wow, it's fantastic. Hope things will calm down and you will be able to see what needs to be done with fresh eyes soon.ReplyDelete
Perfect solution to satisfy both sides of the brain and with such pretty results.ReplyDelete
love it! I just finished a tote today today with a little quilt-as-you-go. Now just have to get the pictures up... that should only take another 2 weeks. :) Your brain calming turned out beautiful. I usually just find something to eat instead.ReplyDelete
It's funny how our hobbies can sometimes create more stress for ourselves. I tend to obsess over making projects perfect so it's nice to step back and make something quick and loose to free up your mind.ReplyDelete
So pretty Miss! PS. The books showed up the day after you left so let me know when you want me to get them back to you.ReplyDelete
Yes, I know exactly what you mean. I love that de-stressing effect of repetitive mindless sewing. Lately I have been feeling like I should be working on more complex projects but actually there's nothing wrong with simple sewing - thanks for the reminder!ReplyDelete
looks really great...i also did some therapeutic sewing this weekend...just sewing not thinking...best thing ever.ReplyDelete
Boy I hear you. When there's a problem with one project it helps so much to set it aside and work on something else for a bit while my brain does some subconscious fixing of problems.ReplyDelete