Nov 302015
 

Our guild recently had a foundation paper piecing challenge, and before I made my challenge item (I was procrastinating!), I made a quick poolside tote for the prize.
Modern Flora poolside tote

I was stashbusting, so I did the best I could with choosing fabric that worked together out of my limited selection of 1 yard cuts (because I didn’t feel like finding coordinating half yards for the lining — that would be even more matching!); this is an old Jessica Jones Modern Flora print along with an old Anna Maria Horner LouLouThi print. Since I liked the result so much last time, I made another super long keyfob out of the the LouLouThi selvedge.
Modern Flora & LouLouThi poolside tote

While I was going through old photos, I found pictures of yet another poolside tote I made last year, but forgot to blog about. This was for my sister-in-law, and I meant for it to be a beach tote. Looks beachy, right? 🙂
chevron poolside tote

I lined it with a chicken print that I got specifically for her since she’d recently bought her own chickens and built a coop for them. 😀 (Since this was an earlier tote, the key fob is a more normal length.)
poolside tote - chicken lining

Speaking of chickens, I realized that one of our neighbors has wild chickens living in their mango tree! Someone had stopped by to pick mangoes, and I guess all the shaking disturbed the chickens so they were all over the road. Then I saw a bunch of them fly up to the neighbor’s garage roof, and then they jumped into the mango tree from there!

Aug 182015
 

In June, I got to lead a workshop sewing the Poolside Tote for my quilt guild, so after the class was over, I finished up all my step-out bits to make myself yet another tote!
Cotton & Steel poolside tote

This time, I put in the exterior zippered pocket, key fob, and an extra interior zippered pocket. I rarely zip up the outside pocket, but it’s nice to have just in case. The interior zippered pocket is super handy for carrying Cosmo’s lactaid (for emergency ice cream stops!), and I loooooooove the key fob. I like to make mine extra long so that I can unlock doors without taking my bag off my shoulder. This one is made it out of two Cotton & Steel selvedges, which I think turned out pretty cute. 🙂
Cotton & Steel poolside tote - key fob

Later on, my friend said she’d like a tote like this, so I made a second one! Can you even tell the difference? :D:D
Carrie's poolside tote