I was busy last week working on several projects but one that was prominent was the Tidal Tote Bag. I had decided last month to make this tote for my daughter-in-law’s birthday. Her birthday was in August but she and our son were out in California at a family reunion with her family. They enjoyed their time in the Napa Valley –who wouldn’t? Anyway, we didn’t see them until this past weekend while we were in Maine and I got to give her her gift.
I knew the Tidal Tote would be a hit with her because I’ve noticed she likes bags…she has all sizes. I knew she like the ocean as much as I do…which makes her the perfect daughter-in-law (along with how happy she has made our son). I found the pattern when I went to visit Cotton Cupboard Quilt Shop in Bangor. I bought one for a giveaway as well, and Sara from weddingdressblue was the winner and happy to receive her pattern and the Maine fabrics.
I couldn’t wait to use the gorgeous fabric I had purchased at Marden’s in Bangor. It is lovely blues with sea horses anemones, fish and sea grasses. It is a batik.
I had no trouble following the pattern by Poorhouse Quilt Designs. I also enjoyed quilting the fabrics with my “Amenomes On the Loose” free motion quilting design, made up as I went along. This is the FMQ as it shows up on the batting.
The pattern comes with three choices of applique: lobster, crab and sand dollar. I decided to use the sand dollar and did an echo quilting on the front around the sand dollar.
Here’s the front side of the bag with the sand dollar.
Two fabrics are cut into squares and stitched together to make the font and then the sand dollar is appliqued on. The the front is quilted. The back is pieced the same way but no applique, and then is quilted.
There are two side pockets that are perfect for cell phones, etc.
There are two inner pockets the width of the fabric front with velcro closing. I decided to use a lighthouse fabric remnant my cousin had given me. This is Portland Headlight, a very familiar place to my family as we lived in Portland and the surrounds.
The handles and the bottom of the bag are made using Peltex for stiffener. I love the way the handles feel “solid”, not flimsy, and will use this for more bag handles I’m sure.
That’s it for today except I’m wondering if any of you are following the Dots to Dots Blog Hop? I’m not participating as I have enough other projects right now and I’m getting ready (soon) for the “Leafs” Me Happy Blog Hop coming up October 1st. Be sure to go over the check out what’s being done with fabric with dots. There’s some lovely things out there. You can find the listings here.
Until next time, happy stitching.