Saturday, July 2, 2011

Mary Engelbreit Print Fabric Jelly Roll Quilted Tote

Last summer I bought my first 'Jelly Roll'. No, I'm not referring to the kind of jelly roll you eat, but rather, a fabric jelly roll cut used in quilting. I was in an apron swap where the theme was Cherries, Cupcake and Mary Engelbreit. You can read about that swap HERE. For the hand towels I used a couple strips from the jellyroll to embellish them with a Mary Engelbeit design. But what do I do with the rest of the jellyroll?

Inspiration struck! I was reading one of my favorite quilting blogs, CLUCK, CLUCK, SEW written by Allison Harris. Allison creates many wonderful tutorial and THIS ONE is for an easy double Hour Glass design. When I saw it I knew what I had the perfect quilt pattern to use with my Mary Engelbreit jelly roll. I set about matching up complementary patterns and colors from the jelly roll in order to have some semblance of a design and pattern. Following Allison's tutorial I cut my pieces and assembled them, finishing them with a simple wide zigzag stitch and the addition of satin rose buds handsewn between each block. As I normally do, I added a couple of pockets to the inside of my tote bag as well as a key clip.

I lined my tote with denim and added red webbing for the handles. I rather like the outcome of the tote. It is going to be put to use tomorrow when the mister and I head into Ottawa to the Farmer's Market. I'll be filling this with farm fresh vegetables and perhaps a fresh loaf of bread from the Boulangerie.
I hope you are enjoying a beautiful Holiday Weekend. Here in Canada we celebrated Canada Day yesterday (July 1st.) Monday, in the United States, is Independence Day (July 4th.) A lot of National pride, celebrating and fireworks going on on both sides of the border this weekend.

Until next time,



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