Monday, August 18, 2008

Crayon Box Quilt & Charm Party Tote

Today was the last day of my vacation. I have more leave coming up, but this was the last day for this session.

I finished putting the borders on this quilt top on Sunday. The pattern is called, Crayon Box and is from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville site. I think this is definitely one of those quilts that will look better quilted. The intent was to use up 2 1/2" strips of fabric that I had sitting in a bin. I believe I have done just that. I have finished another 20 blocks to use in a second Crayon Box quilt but I have set them aside for another day. This quilt top only uses 30 blocks if you make it the size that Bonnie suggests in her pattern so my 20 blocks will give me a jump start on another quilt some day in the future.
I was tempted to start something new today, but I thought I should keep in with the theme of finishing projects that were already started. I picked up my Charm Party Tote this morning and after a near disaster--I put the magnetic snap on the bottom side of the tote and didn't realize the mistake until I was putting the lining pieces together. A little detour of about 1 1/2 hours had me doing a repair job over the hole (thankfully it is in the bottom of the bag out of sight) and getting back on track.

This is the pattern cover.

I have learned a lot making this pattern and I definitely will make it again--but with quite a few modifications!

Here is the finished tote--and just as promised, this one is able to stand on its own!

Here is DD modeling the new tote.

If you look closely, you can see Joey in the background looking out the side light next to the door. He figured if we were in the entrance we must be going outside. He just had to see what it was that we were going out there for. Curious cat!
This is a picture of the inside of the tote. Thanks to Pam, this bag has a fabric covered Plexiglas bottom. The purse bum fit perfectly, Pam! Thanks!


  1. I love the look of that quilt!

  2. Very well done on the quilt and tote! Looks like you had a wonderful holiday from work!

  3. Lovely bright quilt and fabulous bag. Well done!

  4. I really like the tote! I never thought of a plexiglass bottom. How did you cut it to shape and how thick is the plexiglass?

  5. Well done on both counts. A finished top and a finished tote. Very productive vacation you had.

    You told me where the quilt is going but boy, would I love to put my name in for a shot at that bag!! I suppose some other female relatives have beaten me to that though, LOL. Dana looks like she has laid claim already with her modeling. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I have the pattern--and come to think of it--the charms too so should be making up my own. Less fusible and more pockets in the liner you said?

  6. I would like to claim the bag but I don't think it would help for me to do that.
    Maybe another one, if I am lucky.


  7. nice finished tote Norma! and another top done too...great wrap up to your vacation time

  8. Well, you've been sewing like mad! I love the quilt and the tote

  9. Nice looking tote. Don'tch just love making totes and bags!!!

  10. What a nice tote bag pattern, Norma- It turned out beautifully..
    The quilt is lovely too.

  11. Love the bag you made her. Or is she just modeling it? It's wonderful.

    I made a quilt like that in pinks and greens 7-8 years ago from a magazine article - probably McCall's. It's a favorite of mine.