Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Huge Single Girl Tote Bag

A Super-Sized Zen Zip Tote Bag

This little journey  (HUGE tote bag !) began in   early summer,  when I saw some Instagram photos of blocks being made by my friend Gina, @PartyOfEightOurStory and Party of Eight Our Story blog.   Gina happens to be one of my enablers.... almost everything she makes, I want to make,  (I confess !)  to copy !!
***There just isn't enough time in a day for me  to make all that she makes, and all that my other primary enablers make!!***  

Gina was making  some Free -Wheeling Single Girl blocks .  Go check her gorgeous work  at her Instagram @PartyOfEightOurStory  !!   This quilt pattern  is designed by Denyse Schmidt , DSQuilts ... available {here}. 

I decided to make the block using up a modern charm pack from my stash...
Barcelona  by Zen Chic for Moda.   I liked the way the lime greens pop out when I added a lime green border!

My Single Girl block using a Zen Chic Barcelona charm pack

Now this is a big block, measuring in at about 20 " square finished!  I didn't have any more Barcelona fabric, and wondered what to do with the block.  I liked the Barcelona fabric so much better when it was made up, than when it was laying there as 5 " charm squares!

I decided to feature this bold Single Girl block on the front of a big zippered tote.  
I wanted a tote bag with a  zippered top closure that had lots of pockets.
My solution.... I decided to modify a pattern from a book I have had for awhile...              " Handmade Style" by Anna Graham, of  Noodlehead blog.  
I rounded up my "modern looking" black denim fabric, and some  of my stash DSQuilts fabric that blended so well with Barcelona...  Aunt Edna ( gray with cream dots.)

First, I quilted the Single Girl block, using my walking foot and straight line quilting.

So here is the result of this pattern modification.... My Super-Sized Zen Zip Tote Bag

Super-Sized Zen Zip Tote Bag  by Susie's Sunroom

The Details:

Patterns used:      Free -Wheeling Single Girl blocks  by Denyse Schmidt  (here )
                        and     the Zip Top Tote   from Handmade Style" by Anna Graham (here)

Tote bag size:   23" tall x 17 " across at bottom and 22" across at top  x 7 " deep !

Top closure:   22 " zipper

Handles:  27 " each

Pockets:   Outer-   back side slip pocket:  12 " tall x 22 " across
             Inner slip pocket - 6" tall x 9 " across    in pieced Barcelona fabric
             Inner zippered pocket -  11 " tall x 15 " across  ( 13" zipper) 

Fabrics:  Barcelona  by Zen Chic for Moda  ( a charm pack)
             Solid Kona Cottons  in lime
            Lining -  gray  Aunt Edna  by DS Quilts
            Denim -   black  bottomweight with striations ( lines)

This is the back of the tote.  I quilted it to provide some more structure.

The back of the tote... features a pieced Barcelona fabric- trimmed outer slip pocket

It looks even bigger in person!!

Seriously,  you could hold at least two cats inside this tote bag! ( Not that that would have a good outcome !!  )

But it would make an excellent weekend trip bag. Or a  carry-on bag for the overhead compartment in an airplane.  

 My sister saw this  tote bag  in person, and told me how awesome it would be for a quilter to take  along to sewing guilds ...  It can hold a full quilt  to show and tell,  a   WIP quilt ,  and still have room for fabric,  rulers , cutting boards and tools.... Or to take along to a quilt show and shop,  to fill up with new fabrics and tools!!

A neutral gray fabric lining.... where the pieced Barcelona slip pocket contrasts!

A side view.....  Can you see that Barcelona trimmed slip pocket on the back?!

I love the black denim with this fabric!!   

After I made my Super-Sized Zen Zip Tote bag,  I remembered that I made a small clutch purse awhile back.... using a pattern by Samantha of Sewing Patterns by Mrs H.  
It features  paper pieced sunset rays, and denim ...

The clutch with Barcelona flap and black denim   made by Susie's Sunroom
Clutch size:  6.5 " tall x 9 " across

I think they just naturally belong together, don't you?

The back pocket of the tote bag can easily hold the sunrise clutch (and more!)....

The clutch  inside flap is  more colorful Barcelona, and the main lining is an orange solid.  There's a pieced Barcelona slip pocket inside  there , too!

Check out my Etsy Shop.... you can find it , and some  more items, available for purchase in there!    {SusiesSunroomShop  on Etsy }

I'm off to my sewing room!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer Blossoms

Blossoms and Sewing...

Time to share  a project that I  made  earlier this summer....

 Mini Blossom        pattern by JoAnna at Fig Tree and Co.  {here}
                                    Finished quilt size:   24 " x 24 "

Mini Blossom Quilt
Made with Chestnut Street fabric 

The fabric in this mini quilt are  Fig Tree's Chestnut Street .  My sister, Amy , at Amy Made That! blog,  gave me a charm pack of Chestnut Street, and there happened to be a little challenge on Instagram ( mine is  @SusiesSunroom ):  make a block using Fig Tree fabrics.  I made one for the challenge, selecting "like" colors of charm squares (5" squares) for each blossom flower,  and it was so cute that I made all four blossoms to complete a mini Blossom quilt!

I have a HUGE stash of Fig Tree fabrics, so I pulled out some "vintage"  Millhouse Inn red for the border, and some newer Farmhouse for the green binding!  I love how the old and the new fabric lines can blend together! The background fabric is made of scraps of my cream background fabrics.  

These colors in the Chestnut Street line  are beautiful, yet subtle, and I apologize for the "faded out"   pictures not showing their true beauty.  

The Aqua Block

Uhmmmm,  I may or may not have found these little casseroles , on clearance, and picked them up because they had a Fig Tree and Co "look " to them!
I love the black and orange fabrics!

Sorry for the color issues!

The yellow is so fresh and pretty (in person!)

No, I didn't find yellow casseroles!

All ready to  sew the binding to the back of the quilt!

Loving the look  of the scrappy cream background fabrics:

Mini Blossom   made by Susie's Sunroom

I quilted diagonally, in one direction, using my favorite combination of my walking foot and Aurifil #2021 50 wt thread.  I think it all came together , mixing fresh and new with vintage!

I'm off to my sewing room!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

A Paris Traveler's Bag

Summer Sewing

This summer , I find myself sewing a variety of projects and styles.  

If you are interested in the "up -to-date" sewing, you can see more pictures on my Instagram ...  which is @SusiesSunroom  ( Go to  and at search-- enter SusiesSunroom )

Project:  A Paris Traveler's Bag -     Phillies Style:

Paris Traveler's Bag Details:

Pattern:   Paris Traveler's Bag    by  JoAnna at Fig Tree Quilts  ( avail here )
Size:    approx. 23" x 15" x 9 "  
Zipper:   24 "
Interfacings used:   Pellon FF 987   and Pellon SF 101

Early in the summer, my friend commissioned a Paris Traveler's bag.  And she asked if I could make it in a Philadelphia  Phillies style .  Luckily, I had  some  knit jersey  pajamas (the red Phillies fabric) in my stash!  I carefully cut up the pajamas to make it sewable for the accents.
The blue cotton  blender fabric became the main outer color for the bag.

 I added SF 101 Fusible interfacing to all of the knit material, for extra reinforcement. The handles were  made  with  the 2 different fabrics, to give some more  red pop to the bag.   I also added an extra outer pocket, because we all can use some extra storage space! 

My Paris Traveler's Bag...  "Phillies " Style

Here's the side view... where you can see some Phillies pop of color !

Side view.... where you can see the "roundness " of the bag

Here's a closer look at one  outer pocket....

And this is the top of the bag, with the long zipper!

The zipper top view

This is the inside of the bag.... It can hold a lot!!

I was happy how the bag turned out, and hope that the gal who gets it will enjoy using it!

 You can use the search button (located on the top left of my blog, under the HOME ) to see other Paris Traveler's Bags I have made.

I'm off to my sewing room!

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