There are so many lovely people in the online quilting world, and Krista is one of them. I was lucky enough to meet up with her family for a cuppa in real life several years ago in France. One of these days I’m going to get myself over to the other side of the world so I can attend one of her quilting retreats. Don’t ask me how, but I’ll figure it out!
As I looked through the book there were a lot of projects that jumped out at me and demanded my attention, but I decided on Ayumi’s Big Patchwork Tote first up (there’s a Little Patchwork Tote, too, if that’s more your style). My daughter is often at gymnastics lessons or having playdates with friends and needed a bag of her own to cart all her kit around in.
You could have hours of fun choosing the fabric for this bag. In a way I was glad to know without a doubt what my daughter would want (yellow) as this let me focus on a smaller section of my stash. I ended up with some Cotton and Steel, Lotta Jansdotter, Timeless Treasures and Joel Dewberry in my mix.
I used a stiff interfacing rather than fusible fleece as that’s what I found when I opened the Magical Cupboard of Crap in our study. I will be interested to see how it holds up to day-to-day use, I think fusible fleece might have been a better choice for a 9 year old, but we’ll see!
I’m not much of a bag maker but I’m happy to report I could follow all of Ayumi’s directions and didn’t make any mistakes. (There has been a corrections sheet issued for this project for a small error in the book – you can find that here.)
I’m very happy with how the tote turned out; it’s bright, cheerful and roomy. I know it will be well used and well loved.
What more can I ask?
Buy your own copy of the book to get this and many other beautiful patterns. It’s a lovely book.