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!
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?