Saturday, March 6, 2021

Project Quilting 12.5: You're Crazy!


If you knew how many times I questioned my sanity this week, you would laugh! 

I really had no idea where this "You're Crazy" theme was going to take me . I started out with pulling scraps of my favorite colors, some satin-ny scraps, ribbons and laces and a few Pinterest ideas. 

I did manage to use up a good pile of scraps, but didn't use the black/white fabrics above.  They looked too crazy when put together.

So I started sewing scraps into strips, adding some ribbon, lace and satin-ny pieces as I went. These tidbits are often part of Crazy Quilting and I wanted to throw in bits of Crazy here and there. 

More strips were added and I pulled my beloved Alison Glass text fabric out of hiding to use on this crazy mess. It was taking shape, but it really wasn't what I was hoping for. Plus, what would it be? 

I like things to have a purpose. I didn't need a wall hanging of these colors; I didn't have a stool or bench to make a cover for; it would make a really big pillow that I had no place to put; maybe a backing for a jacket, but my time was limited! 

I doodled some weird FMQ designs on paper and decided to go for it. Then I thought I'd add a border. Purple, of course.

That's when the thought came to me that I could make a tote bag out of this!
 "Bingo," the older woman from the back yelled. Yes, at this point, I knew I was hearing voices. 

I sewed the sides together and finished them with a binding tape, then boxed the corners.

Bag handles were added using the tutorial for
 SewCanShe Japanese style Bag Handles ...very easy and I love the look!

What a relief to finish this crazy project late on Saturday afternoon! I came down the stairs strutting my stuff with this cool bag hanging on my shoulder. Even hubby was impressed!
It will be perfect for Farmer's Market, the beach, road trips, carrying a picnic lunch or even carrying around my scattered brain!

If I'd had more time (and forethought), I would've added a few pockets to the inside. Oh well!

My tote bag measures: 21" wide x 10.5" deep (not including handles)

Have you made anything crazy lately?

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  1. AWESOME tote, Kathy!! Beautiful made, too. Pink and purple? No surprise, there! :P

  2. This is a great tote! I love your scrappy design. It’s like a modern cityscape design. The handles are terrific. You crack me up with your “scatter brain”! Haha. I think you nailed the sounds like in more ways than one. But you’ve got a wonderfully fun tote in the end.

  3. I love it! I like the use of smaller scraps and that woman in the back yelling bingo had me.

  4. Loved reading your description because I had similar misgivings throughout the week of my so-called "crazy" project. In the end, I finished a pillow that I do like and I am happy that I participated. A very lovely and usable tote!