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Thread: Diamond Island Tote (challenging for me)

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    Awesome, cute, adorable, pretty and the list goes on. I absolutely love it! It is beyond my skills. I think I would get dizzy weaving it together--what am I saying, I am dizzy all the time. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Well Done!
    I think that'd be challenging to most everyone ... like fighting with a couple of octopus'!

    When you say it's large .... how large?

    It looks like it'd make a great shopping purse/bag!
    Thank you for all your wonderful comments.

    The dimensions of the tote are: 12"-Height, 14" Wide, 8"-Depth

    If using for shopping, I would suggest more substantial handles. I made mine according to the pattern. They are strips with 1/4" cotton cording in them. Each handle is three strips braided together.

    I'm really interested to see some more of these posted here on the quilting board.
    Have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingdoe View Post
    Thank you for all your wonderful comments.

    The dimensions of the tote are: 12"-Height, 14" Wide, 8"-Depth

    If using for shopping, I would suggest more substantial handles. I made mine according to the pattern. They are strips with 1/4" cotton cording in them. Each handle is three strips braided together.

    I'm really interested to see some more of these posted here on the quilting board.
    Have fun!
    Indeed it'd be a perfect shopping assistant ... could stash lots of loot as you go from shop-to-shop! Or one that'd be good for toting along WIP when we head to our LQS to find additional fabrics.

    Thanks for the tips!
    Though, I think it is one pattern that you'd definitely need the pattern!!

    Your weaving strips .... are they strips sewn and turned? Or do you have a batting inside of them?
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    I think it is beautiful, love the handles!

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    Delicious fabrics! Nice bag!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Indeed it'd be a perfect shopping assistant ... could stash lots of loot as you go from shop-to-shop! Or one that'd be good for toting along WIP when we head to our LQS to find additional fabrics.

    Thanks for the tips!
    Though, I think it is one pattern that you'd definitely need the pattern!!

    Your weaving strips .... are they strips sewn and turned? Or do you have a batting inside of them?
    The strips are 2-1/2" by 44". You use one layer of batting (I used warm & natural), fold the strip together lengthwise with rights sides together and batting on top.Then sew one short side and down the full length of the long side and turn. By closing one short end, it is easier to turn. When assembling the strips on the bottom, use the raw edge short end. You will end up cutting off the closed short end when you trim the top.

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    I love it. The bag itself is very interesting and the fabrics are beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingdoe View Post
    The strips are 2-1/2" by 44". You use one layer of batting (I used warm & natural), fold the strip together lengthwise with rights sides together and batting on top.Then sew one short side and down the full length of the long side and turn. By closing one short end, it is easier to turn. When assembling the strips on the bottom, use the raw edge short end. You will end up cutting off the closed short end when you trim the top.
    Thanks!! The more you tell use, the more you are luring me into this ... though it looks almost impossible to get all those legs and arms to cooperate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Thanks!! The more you tell use, the more you are luring me into this ... though it looks almost impossible to get all those legs and arms to cooperate!
    The pattern lays out the approach to get them all lined up.
    Looking forward to seeing your tote.

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    I am working on this bag at the moment & came here to search and sure enough, great pictures! Just starting to lay my strips onto the bottom shape & couldn't decide if they were supposed to lay straight & if so...then how did I get them sewn on.... THANK YOU so much for your picture!

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    It might have been challenging for you, but it sure did turn out great. Your success must have felt wonderful - you have such a great bag.

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    Lovely bag! Such pretty fabrics too!
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    That is beautiful. You overcame the challenge. Great job. BrendaK
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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    I am working on this bag at the moment & came here to search and sure enough, great pictures! Just starting to lay my strips onto the bottom shape & couldn't decide if they were supposed to lay straight & if so...then how did I get them sewn on.... THANK YOU so much for your picture!
    You are welcome for the pictures. Please post pictures of your tote when completed. You are in the home stretch now!

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    Love bag. Well done

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    That is soooo neat!

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    It's a beauty.
    I see the challenge in it.
    You did a great job...

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    Very pretty! Looks complicated to put together. Looks like you did a perfect job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingdoe View Post
    You are welcome for the pictures. Please post pictures of your tote when completed. You are in the home stretch now!
    Mine is finally finished, not without it's warts. I changed out the pockets as I wanted zippers & put in some magnetic snap closures on the top. Also added loops for the handles to try & make them a little sturdier. I may hand stitch the liner to the base still, as I don't like the idea of things being able to fall out through the woven strips if they happen to slide under the liner. Name:  tote001 (Small).JPG
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    Oh, thimblebug6000, this is beautiful!
    Love your choice of colors and the bird fabric inside is wonderful.
    Congratulations on completing this challenging tote!
    Now go and enjoy all the compliments you will receive! tfs

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    that is pretty ,but I could never do it. I would have a mess. joyce j

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    OMG!! you are amazing that is a beautiful bag!!!
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    oh my word. look at all that work! you will treasure that forever! i think its beautiful and i really love it. i love making totes but i dont know if i would have the intestinal fortitude to start this one quite yet. hats off to you and thank you for sharing so many photos. it really shows the work involved in the making of this!
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    You ladies have made awesome bags and both of you chose great colors. Love making bags and this one does seem more challenging that I have done, but it is OH soooo worth the work~!! Great jobs ladies.
    Linda

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