Tuesday, 16 October 2012

It Just Wasn't Meant to Be But I Have a Finish

Thank you for all the support over my run in with the quilting goddesses. I thought I was over-reacting and picked up the over quilted tote front and started to unpick it.  About 2 minutes in to the unpicking I sliced through one of the greay squares and that was it. Game over.


The second go wasn't without incident either but it's done and here is the front.  I started again and English paper pieced my lozenges - this time going for a brighter scrappy look. (I have made so many of these lozenge blocks over the last few weeks that I should be half way to a quilt finish by now!)  My partner is not being very mouthy - I know she is super busy and is so lovely she is instantly forgiven, but from her comments early on in the swap I began to think the original warm scrappy block may have been too dark.  So perhaps it was a happy mistake that I got to make again.


I kept the quilting to the linen background only - an organic wavy line quilting which worked well.

Tula Pink's Birds & the Bees was used for the lining and the handles and why do I never remember to sew the label to the lining before I make the bag?


I pieced the back with some scrappy 1" squares and this time kept the quilting to an absolute minimum.


...and here's the back. So this little scrappy tote will be heading off to its new home at the end of the week.  I'm hoping my partner will be pleased.


Now what's next on the to-do list....?

25 comments:

Charlotte said...

it's so lovely!!!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Beautiful!

Susan Standen said...

Love it - front and back!

Toni said...

It's gorgeous, Annabella! Feel good to have it behind you?

Strawberry Patch said...

Gorgeous, I hope the goddesses smile down on you from now on!

Isisjem said...

I love this but now I'm upset because I *know* I'm not your partner. Sob. I was just thinking about you and the quilting gods. They've taken out their wrath on me. No to be fair my own stupidity lol

Leanne said...

It is wonderful! I am glad quilting equilibrium has been restored.

Elisabeth said...

It's really lovely and I wish it was for me but, alas, it's not. I'm glad the quilting gods are smiling down on you again.

Catherine said...

oh, she can't not be thrilled with it, it's beautiful

Flying Blind... said...

Totally beautiful xxx

Patchwork and Play said...

It's gorgeous! I love the contesting handles too!

cheeky monkey said...

I love it! It is absolutely gorgeous.

moira said...

i think it's beautiful. I've always found that the quilting goddesses are on our side, we just need to listen more :)

Cherie said...

That's such a gorgeous tote. You would never think you had any trouble making it when you look at it =D

Marg said...

It's beautiful, I'm sure your partner will absolutely love it.

Cindy said...

Oh wow I think it is super. Love the piecing, love the fabrics, love the design. I think the quilting is fab. You make gorgeous goodies, A!
I thought about you tonight as I tried to appease the gods....then Stabbed myself with a pin in the thumb. Pack it up...game over.

Jenelle said...

I have pieces of things in my studio that didn't quite work out (sacrifices to the goddess apparently). They make good scraps though! ;) Your finished tote it lovely!

Kirsten said...

Such a beautiful tote bag - love your piecing on both sides!

Quilting In The Cold said...

It is really lovely, not sure which side is my favourite!

Judith, Belfast said...

Beautiful bag A! So sorry you had the time of it, but just look what resulted! Fabulous! Jxo

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

So beautiful!

blandina said...

a true delight!

Jessie @ Messy Jesse said...

fabulous bag!! such lovely work :)
Jessie, xo

Katy Cameron said...

It looks fab, and love the lining too. I can't even remember to order the flipping labels, so you're doing better than me ;o)

Very Berry Handmade said...

It's absolutely lovely Annabella - but so sorry it's been such hard graft for you. Bet it's a relief to see the back of it!