Before we get started with today’s post let my remind you of my First Anniversary’s Give-Away. I’m celebrating this blog’s first anniversary by giving away a free charm pack. Check out the link above for the specifics. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a chance to get free fabric. Now on to today’s WIP post.
Not too long ago I assembled a tutorial showcasing the construction of a Tag-Along tote. Before embarking on the construction of the Tag-Along I had begun a quest to make a tote suitable for my iPad and keyboard. Being unsatisfied with the options available I went through the process of developing my own pattern. My first mock-up showed room for improvement. Since I already had the pattern for the Tag-Along I decided to try it out as an alternative. As I assembled the tote I made numerous changes to the pattern. While I am quite pleased with my finished product there were things about the Tag-Along I just wasn’t happy with so I went back to the drawing board and resurrected My Original design.
My Original Design
This time around I set out to overcome the issues I had with my first mock-up. Missing on the first attempt were handles, a pocket for miscellaneous items and tabs to keep each pocket as well as the entire case securely closed. I also had to address the inadequate size as well as the flimsiness of the layers. Below are photos of my second attempt.
As you can see this tote was definitely made using fabrics not typically in my stash. Since the finished project was destined for my husband I let him choose the fabrics. He was quite thrilled to be in charge of the selections. I felt a bit strange going to the fabric store’s cutting table with a cart loaded with camouflage, bright orange, black and green bolts of fabric.
If you examine this second tote you will notice my first change. Not only does this specimen have handles but they wrap completely around the tote. I felt the handles would provide more security if they were not just attached at the top. You can also see that I added a closure tab.
Here’s a photo of the inside. Note each pocket now has a tab closure. Also added was the pocket for miscellaneous items (look for the camouflage fabric).
From this picture you can see that I made the pockets much deeper. This time the iPad does not extend above the top edge of the pocket. Obviously the iPad shown is not my husband’s. He would never have a pink case on his. For display purposes I used my own.
Granted nothing is ever perfect. I however have plans for a third tote. With this experiment I want to change the width of the handle, add a pocket for pens and use stabilizers that are not quite so sturdy. Well, at least that’s what I have in mind so far. It’s entirely possible there may just be a fourth and fifth version. Who knows what will happen along my journey to improvement?
I’m Linking Up
I’m linking up this post with Freshly Pieced. Go see what they are up to.
I poured my heart and soul into the construction of my Tag-Along tote for a recent competition. Much to my disappointment my tote did not make it past the initial elimination phase. With so much energy dedicated to that project not much time was left for anything else. I did however manage to start a quilt.
I’m using a charm pack called Simply Color. My dream is to finish and enter the quilt into an upcoming show in Madison. Whether or not I can direct enough focus towards its quick completion is the question. It needs to be assembled, quilted,and bound in order to be ready. Cross your fingers!
Here’s A Sneak Peak
Still In Line
Still on deck are these little gems.
Miranda Day Bag
Encore Purse Insert
Time to link up with Freshly Pieced.
For those that are regular followers of my blog you know that I spent most of the past four months concentrating on the Hurricane Sandy Quilt project. Last week I excitedly announced the completion of the fourth and final quilt on my roster. According to tracking records quilt’s # 4 and # 3 arrived at their New Jersey destination last Thursday.
Time to Shift Focus
My main focus for four months has been those four quilts. Very little else was thought of, scheduled or even entertained until that major hurdle had been overcome. As soon as I walked out of our local UPS store I instantly, and I mean instantly set my mind in motion. So many of the projects on my To Do List were screaming for my attention. The hard part would be deciding which ones would take priority.
Tote Bags Galore
Now being an overly organized nut, one would think I have my To Do List all prioritized. I suppose in a way I might. On the other hand I must have some spontaneity. As much as I love using my long arm quilter my imagination was drawn in the direction of the many tote bags patiently awaiting their turn. Some of the patterns I have had for several years. One of them I helped my middle daughter make when she was here a year ago. I jealously watched as her bag grew closer and closer to completion. Oh how I wanted to make one for myself.
The Lucky Ones Chosen Are
The more I thought about my endless possibilities the more I just knew it was time to make something fun. On my present To Do List is the Miranda Day Bag by Lazy Girl Designs, The Encore Purse Insert by Studio Kat Designs and the Messenger Bag presented by From the Blue Chair. Pictured below are the fabric selections I have chosen for my activities:
Miranda Day Bag
The Encore Purse Insert
The Messenger Bag
Also making the top ten charts is my super secret project for the Stitched In Color challenge. I gave you a sneak peek of that last week.
Shelburne Falls Contest
I almost have that tote completed.
Letting Off Steam
Well I think that’s enough excitement for one day. I believe I let out just enough steam to keep myself from exploding. I have to hurry up and get this post published so that I can get my eyes back on my newly selected projects.
I’m Linking Up
I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced. Make sure you join the excitement brewing over there. Thanks so much for spending time with me. You are what makes this all worth while. Have a wonderful day!