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Thread: Not a quilt, but quilt inspired

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    Junior Member rubia's Avatar
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    For Christmas, I planned on making a reusable grocery tote for my mom. The plan was to print a picture of my kids on special fabric and incorporate it into the tote. Well, the special fabric was cream colored and could only be dry cleaned. Not such a good idea for a grocery tote. I was left trying to figure out a nice gift.

    A few months ago, a fellow quilter from this board was cleaning out her scrap stash and I bought some of it from her. Included was a set of squares already sewn together and some of the leftover material from those squares. The leftovers were the perfect size for a tote! Once I started playing w/ the materials, I found inspiration and a plan came together.

    I used a tote I already had as the basis of a pattern; but mostly, I winged it. It's no where near perfect and the detailing is atrocious. But I adore it!! I really don't want to part with it! LOL


    Inside out
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...g/DSC_1211.jpg[/img]


    Right side out
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...g/DSC_1217.jpg[/img]


    I made the binding by myself. The binding was made from my inspiration pieces -- they were squares already sewn together that were in the box of scraps.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...g/DSC_1215.jpg[/img]


    Don't know if you can see it or not, but I did a bit of trim work on the corner to give it some personality.
    [img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...g/DSC_1216.jpg[/img]


    It's going to be hard to part with this tote! I love it!

    And yes.. irony... the reusable, environmentally friendly tote made from recycled scraps is stuffed w/ plastic grocery bags to give it shape for the pictures. LOL

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    Nice bag rubia and very useful.

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    Your bag is darling. I can see why it would be so hard to part with!! :D But, I am sure your Mother will just love it. Maybe you can make another one for yourself. We must remember ourselves, when maiking so many things for other's. Great Job!!
    :D :D :D :D :D

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    Woo that looks big enough to put a quilt in....nice....:-)

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    Nice.

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    I like that! Nice and roomy and beautiful colours!

    K x

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    That is cute I love it.

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    Great job!

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    Hey you invented a new tote and I love the colors and the way the top of it is formed. Great job

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    Ok now make more, some for mom an some for you. its cute :D

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    Very nice! I can se why the fabrics inspried you!

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    Very nice!!! Your mom will love it!! I have been wanting to make a couple of these grocery totes, but haven't yet. You have inspired me to get a couple done. And you're getting a great head start on Christmas.

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    Rubia, I can see why you were inspired by the material! ..and to think it was made from recycled material all that much better. Your mother will love it! (make sure you give it to her) :wink:
    Great job!

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    Cute tote! Great job on that one!

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    love it!!!

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    Oh what a nice tote bag. Mother's day is fast approaching! I made a tote bag for my mom while she was alive. She loved it so much! You never know how much someone will love what you have given them.

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    Love that tote!!! You could always keep that one and make another....

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    That is cute. I wouldn't want to give it away either.

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