Monday, January 19, 2015

Free Tote Bag Pattern

Seven years ago I was sent this awesome - and very BUSY - fabric collection by Windham Fabrics called Mambo. Quite the colorful and challenging set of prints. At that time I was developing my EZ Double Wedding Ring pattern (actually it had been 5 years by that time) and decided to do something really funky with it. Are you ready? Go get your sunglasses!! I called it "Heat Waves."

Heat Waves before borders were attached (56" x 62")
I had it quilted and not sure what Windham did with it. Probably bagged it up in a dark room or shipped off to a sunny beach somewhere. Sipping margaritas with other colorful fabric.

Let me tell you a little bit about this before we go to the FREE PATTERN (no, this is not it - whew!! I know you say). No, wait a minute. I'll be right back . . .

I'm back!  I just discovered I HAD written the pattern with art and template for the quilt above. It's still on my computer. I'll share that later this week (that's if you want a psychedelic quilt!) Windham never published it, but I'm sure you can find some calm fabrics to create this. It's all raw edge applique. More later.

Here's the free pattern project. I call it the 5-6-7 Tote Bag (because of the width of strips used). It's a free download at the Windham Fabrics web site (link above).

The 5-6-7 Tote Bag
The bag is 15" high (before handles) and 16" wide. A great size for ANY fabrics. I might even make it again (not with those fabrics).

I actually have a 3rd project I just pulled out that uses 10.5" squares. I had cut up every remaining piece of this collection into 10.5" squares and used an awesome template set created by my friend and fellow teacher, Nelly Vileikis. I will blog about that soon, too. I took pictures this afternoon (Sunday) and I'm sewing a few more blocks.

Hope you enjoyed seeing what is actually possible with wild and crazy fabrics. I love sewing with bold color and design. It makes me happy.

Come back on Wednesday (January 21) for my Windham Wednesday post using the Broken Stripes Collection (remember this?) I have a fun tutorial using these with a very traditional block. See you then!

Broken Stripes by Windham Fabrics

7 comments:

  1. Yep, that quilt is very busy. Although I too like to sew with bright colors too many busy fabrics in one project doesn't work for me. The tote looks great.

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  2. Yep, this is for me. crazier the better. can't wait for the pattern because I've been afraid to tackle learning dbl wedding ring. thx Marie

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  3. I love busy with lots of color and tend to use lots of bold bright colors & prints, but I mostly make quilts for my grandkids and they've never complained! Sometimes though, when I'm finished piecing I have to say to myself "What were you thinking?"!! Could it be the Debby with a y syndrome?! LOL
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Thanks for the tutorial - maybe I'll make some wild & crazy totes for my grandkids!!!

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  4. Spectacular! I think I had an outfit with those colors back in the '60's lol

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  5. This quilt would be right at home with me. I love the bold colors & prints. Looking forward to the tute.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  6. Always something great going on over here on your blog! Thanks for the tote bag pattern. I look forward to seeing the other projects, too.

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  7. They should publish it now ! I love it ! You were ahead of your time....as was said about Woodrow Call in "Lonesome Dove" She is a WO-man of vision !

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