A few months ago I signed up for a tote swap with my local quilt guild. All the participants made inspiration mosaics and we were given a secret partner to make a tote for. At this weeks meeting, we gave the totes to our partners. Can I just say that the gals in the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild rock!?! Each tote was a work of art and all the participants totally [get it, tote-ally? :) ] nailed their partner's style. (Click for more pics of the totes.)
Melissa made the beautiful tote pictured above for me. I am in LOVE. She used a variety of American Jane fabrics - we both love American Jane! - and captured the scrappy bright look I like. I have used it all weekend and couldn't be happier.
Only one partner was really lame and forgot to bring their partner's tote....me. Seriously, I think I am brain dead. So sorry Doris! Here are pictures of your tote and I will get it to you as soon as possible!
Doris said she liked (among other things) all things British and I got the feeling from her mosaic that she liked a combo of black and bright colors. So I decided to use a piece of black Echino fabric printed with bright London landmarks as my inspiration fabric. I started by making a wonky log cabin quilt as you go panel for one side of the bag. I didn't like it - seriously, I almost threw it away. But I couldn't tell if I didn't like it because it was ugly as sin or just not my style. I pressed on and made another panel with a simplified Union Jack. I was sure she would like that.
I decided to make the bag reversible so that if she wasn't a fan of the first panel she could turn it inside out. I used a larger piece of the black Echino as one panel of the interior. I added three pockets (triple zip style), each lined with fun bright fabric. I love those pops of color!
When it all came together I was pleased as punch. I even like the first panel now that it is in the bag! I hope you like it too Doris!