I finally finished my tote bag and I LOVE IT!!! I made a valance with the bold print and the plaid accent was a freebie from a friend, I had just enough for the band and the back of the straps. I used this pattern for the bag and this time used the suggested straps to finish it, although I did curve the ends of the straps instead of keeping them straight. It just looked better to my eye and I like how classy the straps look.

I must say, the lining is one of my best yet It isn’t too full or skimpy. I try to cut my linings 1/4″ smaller than the outer shells, but sometimes it doesn’t work. This time I was little over 3/8″ smaller. That must have made the difference. I remembered to add a label to this tote, well at the end, so I just put it on the outside. The finished bag is about 16″x22″.

I have a shout out for a new product, the Grid Glider. I bought it mostly for the slick surface for Free Motion Quilting, but I found another benefit!!! The grid has markings to help line up HSTs, 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, and 5/8″ seams, and inch marks for measuring!! I’ve tried to attach a big laser to the front of my machine, but it was a bear to line up. I thought about buying a smaller laser, but this grid does what I need and so much more!

Now to use this tool to finish those Fox and Geese blocks I have been putting off.

While at guild Monday I did a little shopping, for only $1.00 I couldn’t pass up these dark tan FQs. I can use them as backgrounds for sure. Lately I prefer a darker background, not sure why, but will roll with it. But even if it’s a good price I need to stop buying!! I will run out of room to store all of this stuff soon if I don’t stop. Hmm, there is an almost empty closet in BioGirl’s old room. Dare I claim it too? I already have Flimsies and FOs stored in her room. But she’s not using it, so it’s OK, right?

Linking with:
Put Your Foot Down
Creative Compulsions
Free Motion Mavericks

33 thoughts on “Thorsday

  1. Vireya September 12, 2019 / 3:59 am

    Your bag looks good!

    I haven’t seen the grid glider before – that looks like it could be very useful.

    • chrisknits September 12, 2019 / 7:54 am

      Thank you. Another great feature is the smooth layer it gives for sewing. No more dips between machine and extension table to flip my seams.


  2. nothingbutknit2 September 12, 2019 / 6:27 am

    Your bag is beautiful!! The fabric is lovely:)
    I say take over another room (or two)!

    • chrisknits September 12, 2019 / 7:55 am

      Thanks! LOL If only our upstairs bonus room wasn’t the hottest area, I would move it all up there!


  3. September 12, 2019 / 6:38 am

    I love that tote! Your fabric selection is perfect.

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    • chrisknits September 12, 2019 / 7:56 am

      Thanks! They do look great together, totally serendipity!


  4. rl2b2017 September 12, 2019 / 8:20 am

    Hi Chris! Yay to having a finished bag to enjoy! That slider with the markings on it looks like a great idea. It looks like it has a bigger area around the needle? I actually stitched on my other slider – right to a quilt. I haven’t been using it ever since that happened! I’ll have to look for that one – it looks easier than the laser light as far as getting it in the right place! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits September 12, 2019 / 9:43 am

      Roseanne, this one has a tacky backing so it clings to my extension table and machine. It came with the cut out so I didn’t have to make my own, great feature! > >

  5. claire93 September 12, 2019 / 9:58 am

    that’s one gorgeous bag!

    • chrisknits September 12, 2019 / 11:05 am

      Thanks! It will get put to use this weekend for a short trip!

  6. AJ September 12, 2019 / 10:05 am

    Your bag looks awesome! I think it’s completely alright to use that room- it’s your house:)

    • chrisknits September 12, 2019 / 11:04 am

      LOL! Yes, it IS my house! But then, should I really just keep buying to fill a closet? Hmmm, maybe? > >

      • AJ September 12, 2019 / 9:50 pm

        Lol maybe:)

  7. Jeannie Gray Wiant (@JGKnits) September 12, 2019 / 11:36 am

    It’s definitely okay to take over the closet! Your bag is Fantastic! LOVE the color scheme and the handles are awesome! You should make and sell those!

    • chrisknits September 12, 2019 / 12:19 pm

      LOL! I wish I had a nickel for every time someone said that! Then I wouldn’t have to make and sell anything!! 🤣🤣🤣 Thanks


  8. delightedhands September 12, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    The tote bag is so chic! Nice work!

    • chrisknits September 12, 2019 / 10:08 pm

      Thanks! Now to see if it holds all my weekend stuff! >

  9. daphnedawn September 12, 2019 / 9:15 pm

    A beautiful fabric combination for this tote! The Grid Glider is new to me. I’ll need to check it out.

    • chrisknits September 12, 2019 / 10:07 pm

      Thank you. You must check out the Grid Glider, it’s a great tool. > >

  10. Flashinscissors September 13, 2019 / 11:22 am

    Lovely bag, Chris! Gorgeous fabric too!
    The Grid Glider is very interesting, thanks for showing us!
    I tried to buy something like this once, it came all the way to England, the package opened in transit and our postal system sent it back (I didn’t even see it)!!
    I didn’t try again ….. decided it wasn’t meant to be.
    Barbara x

    • chrisknits September 13, 2019 / 1:48 pm

      Oh how terrible!! I sent two pair of hand knit felted clogs to Scotland that never made it, so I made two more pair. Somewhere in america or Scotland was a postman with toasty feet!


  11. Michelle Churchman September 13, 2019 / 3:31 pm

    Your tote bag is gorgeous! Such happy fabrics. Thanks for linking up to Creative Compulsions!

    • chrisknits September 13, 2019 / 4:22 pm

      Thanks! I am putting it to the test this weekend! It’s got quite a good amount in it. 😂


  12. quiteayarnblog September 14, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    Your tote bag turned out great! The fabrics look lovely together, and it has some lovely finishing touches 🙂 Also, sounds like you don’t have a storage problem at all!

    • chrisknits September 15, 2019 / 5:41 am

      🤣🤣 It’s true, there’s half a closet and more room under the bed!! Thanks


  13. Andrée G Faubert September 15, 2019 / 10:30 pm

    Hi Chris, That is a really nice bag – and thanks for mentioning the grid glider. I’ll have to look out for it. Thanks for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks…and any room that isn’t being used is up for grabs!

    • chrisknits September 15, 2019 / 11:38 pm

      Thanks, I be sure to tell Hubster you said it was ok!! 😂😂


    • chrisknits September 16, 2019 / 8:50 am

      Thank you! I love it and plan to take it everywhere!!


  14. Denise September 16, 2019 / 11:13 am

    Nice bag, I’m really excited to see the fox n geese finish. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down and the link to the Grid Glider. I’ll go check it out.

    • chrisknits September 16, 2019 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks. Yes, I need to get that top done and then I can decide how it will be finished, I am leaning towards having it long armed by a friend, too big for me to domestic quilt. > >

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