Friday, 21 February 2014

Almost* Perfect Quilted Tote...

Between the hailstones and torrential rain, I managed to get a few photos worthy of a grand reveal - hurrah!


So Oh Fransson's Perfect Quilted Totes pattern - it's a good one.  I realise that Elizabeth is re-writing all her old patterns, so you are not able to purchase this at present, but if she makes a few tweaks, which she no doubt will, I would recommend it to anyone who can stitch a straight line and likes someone else to work out all the fabric sizes so you don't have to - that'll be me then!

My only observations, which are nothing original I am sure, are that when you cut your QAYG pieces, all that stitching will shrink up the panels a bit, so you will never be able to cut (or stretch) the panels to the stated size.  I just trimmed everything down by 1/4" and it worked out fine.

And as far as the written pattern goes, all instructions and photos are clear and straightforward however, this is a pattern for both tall and wide versions.  The instructions for the wide version continually refer back to the instructions for the tall one, which got a bit frustrating scrolling up and down; but if I had been making the tall version, it would have been perfect.  In an age of cut and paste I cannot see why the instructions couldn't have been duplicated on the pdf version.

When I first topstitched around the top of the tote at the end, I just went for a bog-standard 1/4" all round, but this actually looked a bit ropey because of the quilting already there.  So I unpicked, then re-stitched over the top row of quilting, and as this happened to go right through the magnetic snap, I stopped and started an inch either side and it now looks a tonne neater.  I also opted to hand stitch the facing down on the inside, almost as satisfying as quilt binding, especially as I was watching the Olympics at the time.


So all in all I would recommend the pattern, and love the finished tote.

I used a bundle of scraps, some precious gifted Heather Ross, Melody Miller and Joel Dewberry; so I will be linking this with Sarah at the end of the month.  Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in black for the outside, Pearl bracelets for the lining, and touches of orange Architextures crosshatch for the pockets.  The pattern calls for utility fabric to back the QAYG panels, not entirely sure what that is, but I used up some home dec I received from Terry's Fabrics which had a pattern so huge I couldn't find a better use for it, and it was spot on.  I pieced and quilted the whole shebang in Aurifil 40wt 2021 for a change; the slightly heavier weight worked really well and gives all the quilting that little bit more definition.

Oh and the almost* , a 1/4" seam mis-match on one of the side panel bottom sections.  The top matched perfectly, and without a lot of ripping it wasn't going to be easily fixed by the time I noticed, so I will live with it, I may just stick a badge over it!

36 comments:

  1. Looks fab, i'm sure no one else will notice any imperfections! :o)

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  2. I have bag envy! Love the fabrics you chose!

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  3. Lovely. Thànks for your thoughts on the pattern too.

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  4. gorgeous and it looks like a perfect size!

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  5. It's lovely! I'm sure you'll soon fail to notice the slight imperfection but if not I'll give it a good home - you can pop the Liberty hexy hoop inside ;o)

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  6. I'm thinking that "utility fabric" is probably a duck canvas or something of that sort. It sure is pretty and I think it looks pretty darn perfect!

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  7. Really like it. It's a bit like the totes I made for the FQR swap.

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  8. So happy! I need some more spring at this point!

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  9. I
    Have an almost perfect quilted tote too and had the exact same niggles. I love mine though and use it every day !

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  10. I love QAYG and I love your tote! Jxo

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  11. Love the colour combos! Hate shrinking QAYG panels o.O

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  12. Yes, great colours and looks like a lovely bag to carry around!

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  13. just love this. I am yet to try making a tote so maybe this would be a good one to start with? I do like the Noodlehead patterns though - the 241 and Supertote :-)

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  14. I made that bag and substituted cotton duck canvas (you can get it cheapest on ebay) for 'utility' and it works fine. I would also agree with your comments re pattern. I also found a couple of the measurements were completely wrong. So I let Elizabeth know and she changed them. You can thank me if you like :-)

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  15. Great bag, I am sure that you will be the only one who sees any mistakes in it.

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  16. If there is HR in it then it must be for me. Right?!! Gorgeous make, my friend.

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  17. Nice job Hadley. Hope mine comes out as well when I ever get round to making it!

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  18. This is my favourite bag that I have seen online in a while. I love the colours and the fussy cutting too. You did an amazing job and thanks for all the pointers too on the pattern.

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  19. I purchased this same pattern just before she took the patterns off line to rewrite. I planned to use it for a swap but never joined in time so maybe I'll just have to make it for me! Heather Ross and teal sounds like a winning combo!

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  20. This is excellent, Hadley! The fabrics are just perfect!!

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  21. Thanks for your honest review of this pattern. It's a great looking bag

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  22. Lovely bag - Went to buy this pattern a few weeks back and found she'd taken all her patterns offline for reworking and they won't be up for months!! gah!

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  23. Lovely pattern and great colours, thanks for the mini review.

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  24. Love your pretty tote - thanks for the pattern review too!

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  25. A seriously yummy bag, great fabric choices! X

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  26. So cute! I've made several of these (in the tall variety) and I also really love the pattern. Now I want to makea wide one.

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  27. You have used the best fabrics and colours for this bag, I really love it.

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  28. LOVE at first sight. Your fabric choices are spot on for me. I'd be purchasing that pattern right now if it were available.

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  29. this looks so great! I have this pattern in the wings and am currently working on another bag of hers. So fun!

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  30. What a fabulous tote, love the colours you have used. Another project for my to do list!

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  31. An absolute stunner! Now I want to make one!

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