Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My New Beach Bag

I did it. I finally did it. I made myself a new beach bag. A Tinker Tote to be exact. If you remember from my last post, I recently took Tara Rebman's Quilt As You Go Patchwork Bag class at  I decided one night last week to print and cut out the pattern.  The next day I was off work, so I got right to work on the outside panels.  I used the Coastal line by The Henley Studio for Andover/ Makower UK.  I just love the look of these modern colored traditional designs.

Beach Huts

Painted Planks




I used Kona Cotton in Royal Blue for the bottom of the bag.  I just love the pop it gives the bag. I did adjust the flap from curved to a point, mainly to make it easier for me to sew neatly. I thought about using red for the binding, but decided there was just not enough red in the patterns to make it work. I am glad I used the shells. 

This pattern challenged me in a few ways.  First, I have never made a bag this size. I also had not made an inserted zipper pocket, which was sooooo easy with Tara's extremely clear instructions. Lastly, I had never made and worked with bias binding.  I am still not on the "I love binding" train.  In fact I find itto be the worst part of quilting and bag making.  Maybe one day I will get it down and it won't be so frustrating. So just don't look to close at the inside edge of my binding, okay? 



Inserted Zippered Pocket

In other news, I finally finished up my June Simply Solids Bee Block and I finished my July block the same day.  At least this month I won't be worrying about getting my block finished and mailed back (two weeks into next month).

June (taken in my car because I wasn't thinking, lol)

Well, that's all I have for today.  I hope you like my bag as much as I do.  I also hope that you will take Tara's class if you haven't already. It is so good.  I will definitely be making more of these bags.

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