Hello and welcome to the first official post of the new Quilt Me A Bag series! Today we kick things off with a lady who really knows how to rock her curves – the Roll With It Tote!
The Roll With It Tote is a beautifully curved tote bag, available in two sizes, that has been designed to show off your favourite fabrics while remaining practical and eye-catching at the same time.
“Wait, back the bus up! What is this Quilt Me A Bag series you speak of?” I hear you ask. If you missed last weeks post introducing the Quilt Me A Bag series, you can find the post here. The series will showcase some of my most popular patterns, as well as the upcoming Creative’s Tote recently featured in Issue #84 of Quilters Companion Magazine (you can read all about that here!), all made up in a beautifully quilted manner.
If you’re a bag maker looking to delve into the wonderful world of quilting, OR if you’re a quilter secretly lusting to make your first bag, and apply some of those fabulous quilting techniques you are oh-so-comfortable with, then this series is for YOU!
In last weeks post you will find information about our wonderful series partner – the one and only Alison Glass – as well as our amazingly creative Crystal Harrison (the maker behind all these gorgeous bags you’re going to see). Please remember to pop over to their pages (links at the end) and give them some love as this series wouldn’t be happening without their fantastic support!
The sponsor for this post is the super amazing Kylie from Voodoo Rabbit Fabric, who has generously donated a $40 AUD gift certificate to one lucky winner! Thank you so much Kylie! You can find Kylie’s shop here – make sure you go and check out all her goodies, especially her range of alternative and funky fabric!
You will find all giveaway details including T&C’s at the end of this post, as well as information on how to enter (it’s super simple!).
To create this quilty Roll With It Tote, Crystal used prints from the new Sun Print 2017 collection. She went with the Quilt As You Go (QAYG) approach, and included some straight line quilting as well.
She decided to apply QAYG to the outer pockets of the bag so began by tracing the outline of the outer pocket pattern piece onto a piece of light weight interfacing (SF101), and then placed a piece of non-fusible foam behind it.
Crystal explained that “the outer pockets are the perfect canvas to use the QAYG technique and to showcase the gorgeous Alison Glass Sun Print 2017 collection”.
Once the panel was prepared, it was time to play!
Crystal recommends making the quilted panels slightly larger than the pattern pieces to account for some inevitable shrinkage when quilting. It would be such a shame to take the time, and use treasured fabric, to make a gorgeous quilted panel, only to find it had shrunk and was then too small for the bag.
Forethought is key, and by creating a quilted panel that is slightly larger than needed, it will help ensure the quilted panels will be large enough when cutting out the pattern pieces later on.
For the main outer panels, Crystal decided to use straight line quilting to keep in line with the quilty feel of the bag, yet not detract from the gorgeous composition of the outer pockets.
She decided to quilt all of the bag – using QAYG or straight line quilting – except for the strap, which she pieced together and finished with two rows of top stitching down each side.
And here is her Roll With It Tote, all finished and looking gorgeous!
You can find the Roll With It Tote pattern here: https://www.andriedesigns.com/product/roll-with-it-tote/
You can find Alison’s website here: https://alisonglass.com/
You can find Crystal’s Instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/tayahdesigns/
You can find Voodoo Rabbit Fabric here: https://www.voodoorabbit.com.au/
As promised, Kylie from Voodoo Rabbit Fabric has a $40 AUD gift certificate to give away to one lucky Andrie Designs customer!
To enter, simply comment below and let me know what you think of Crystal’s quilted Roll With It Tote! Is it something you would be keen to try one day? Or have you already tried this sort of quilting on a bag? Perhaps you are a quilter looking to try their first bag…? I love getting to know my customers and can’t wait to read your replies!
Good luck and wait until you see what we have lined up for next week! Lisa x
T&C’s: Giveaway is open worldwide for 48 hours from time of post (Australian EST). Limit of one entry (comment) per person. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted via the email address used to post the comment (NOTE – email addresses will NOT be published as your privacy is extremely important to us). The winner will also be mentioned in a comment on this post. If Andrie Designs is unable to establish contact with chosen winner after one (1) week, a new winner will be drawn. Andrie Designs decision is final.