Unforgettable TOTE BAGS
Express your creativity and your respect for Mother Earth, too!
Way better than paper or plastic, these SUPERmarket bags let you try out the signature styles of your favorite quilt artists:
Kaffe Fassett & Liza Lucy, Diane Gaudynski, Judy Hooworth, Jean Ray Laury, Virginia Avery, Jane Sassaman, Karen Eckmeier, Rachel Clark, Lonni Rossi, and Susan Shie!
Plus, I share my own whimsical designs, and provide the complete and TOTE-ally reliable how-to's for all 20 projects in this book. Enjoy dozens of tips for customizing, personalizing, and designing your own bag. Fun for all levels, non-sewers and experienced quilters, and kids of all ages! The results are gonna be unforgettable!
" Too many totes and purses are forgettable, me-too projects. Not these which are practical but whimsical designs by such big name quilters as Lonni Rossi, Susan Shie and Diane Gaudynski. Jane Sassaman actually does a tote designed for a bicycle basket. These are fresh and fun, just like Levie's two books on table runners. And, since Eleanor did the technical editing for my book, The Quilter's Catalog, I know she writes clear directions." -- Meg Cox
Updates to the 14-Carrot Gold Bag How-To’s:
The original “What you’ll need” list calls for 1 yard of Timtex, 22" wide, plus 3/4 yard fusible web. But now available at many quilt shops are other thick, synthetic interfacings, and two of them have fusible on either side: fast2fuse Heavyweight double-sided fusible stiff interfacing from C&T, and Peltex II from Pellon. If you use those, you need only 1/4 yard of fusible web for backing the carrot appliqués with batting.
Also, please increase your purchase amounts as follows:
1 1/2 yards, rather than 1/2 yard plaid fabric, enough not only for the lining but also for a generously sized inside pocket
2 yards rather than 1 1/4 yards for the plastic webbing for handles and D-ring tabs will give you extra leeway so you can individualize handle lengths.
Also, all narrow pieces for the gusset – fabric for exterior, lining and optional pocket, plus batting pieces should be cut 6” wide, not 7" wide, as no trimming is necessary.