"Last week I stood up." - doesn't sound too remarkable does it? Let's try again, "Last week I stood up and tore the ligaments in my foot." Yep, it was as easy as that; I didn't twist as I stood, I didn't topple and fall badly, I just stood up and the damage was done. So I'm into week two of physical therapy and taking things easy until the foot heals enough that I can stand all day at work again at The City Quilter.
So how am I passing the time? Well I've been sewing - with my bad foot raised and the other foot hard down on the pedal. So following on from making my first ever shoulder bag I decided this time to try a quilted tote.
I've adapted the Two-Tone Fabric Tote pattern created by Ashley @Make It & Love It putting batting between the two layers of the bag and quilting it and I've done the same with the handles. Instead of ribbon trim along the line where the bag sections join, I've made my own trim using a Clover 3/4" Bias Tape Maker just as I showed you in this earlier post.
I've used 3 fabrics from the Parisville collection by Tula Pink for Free Spirit:
Main Bag - Spencer Stripe
Top Section & Lining - Topiary
Handles & Trim - Eye Drops
Who doesn't love Tula's fabrics? If you didn't see it take a look at my post about her Trunk Show at The City Quilter.
I've had these fabrics in my stash for a while now, looking back through my blog they've actually been around for the best part of a year as I posted about them last December!
That's not the best photo of the lining but it was quite hard to take, holding the bag open with one hand and the camera in the other.
Not really a cure for torn ligaments but it helped me pass a few productive hours and turns out to be a really sturdy bag and simple to make. I'm pleased that I added the batting, it's made it more substantial and self supporting.
Is there Tula fabric hidden in your stash or have you already made something with it? Go on, share your stories :D