Busy days………

Along with the usual busyness of the warmer weather, our family begins our birthday and anniversary season. Gifts needed. Special friends visited. Gifts needed. “Just because”…… Gifts needed! Over the years I have come up with a ‘go to’ pattern for a tote (long before it was the “green” thing to do!).  I made up some for last year’s Christmas  gifts and they were well received.  Tell me, can anyone ever have too many of these?? I keep them all over…..in the car, by the back entry, with my quilting things….even in Tom’s truck (ya just never know!). So, because we are kinda getting ready to make our first trek to South Dakota to open up the camper for the summer and catch up with our many friends out there, a few more little items are needed.  To the sewing machine I go and , once again,  put together these nifty little ‘numbers’! The base material is black denim (I use this for pretty much all the totes) and the pockets are both from Alexander Henry fabrics. “Senor Burrito” (left) and “Meadow Lark” (right). These have no additional stitching/quilting on them. The 3 above are silk flowers which I have applied using a FMQ meander with leaves. I used Sulky “Sliver” giving them additional sparkle. Just a few more items to make, yet, before we leave in June. So many projects/ideas “waiting in the wings”……….

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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23 Responses to Busy days………

  1. pearlygirly03 says:

    I love these colorful totes!Gorgeous! I have made one bag, and I have to admit, it was very fun. I MUST make more.

    • treadlemusic says:

      They really are so much fun to make…..definitely “low stress”. A welcome break to some of the other projects on my list!!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. I love, love, love the Senor Burrito and Meadow Lark totes. Absolutely the cutest. Do you sell these anywhere? If not, you should.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Over the years that thought has crossed my mind, but the price I would have to charge ($50 approx) would be questionable (would be less unlined). The details that make them special are, somewhat, time consuming….even though I have made many and am pretty efficient in the construction. Is a thought, though! Always makes a body feel good to know their work is appreciated/valued by another artist/craftsman!

  3. Sybil says:

    love ’em!
    Give a wave to my famdamily on your way through Eastern SD and enjoy your time west river. Post pictures of the quilt show if you get a chance, ok?

  4. candy says:

    I love Senor Burrito! That would crack me up everyitme I saw it! Totes make great gifts and totes like these make greater gifts! Curious… did you have any trouble with the Sliver and fmq?

    • candy says:

      Oops…I meant to type .. every time.

    • treadlemusic says:

      The “Sliver” (Sulky) HAS to feed horizontally so had to eliminate running the ‘thread’ through the vertical loop (on the Juki) and fed it straight off the spool. If not done this way, it twists and won’t feed at all (since it actually is flat not round ‘thread’). Reduced thread tension on BOTH tension dials, too. It is tempermental ( seems to get ‘sticky’ as it goes through the tension discs). My 1020 Bernina did fine; the 440 Bernina has issues; the Juki is ok. MUST USE a metallica needle!!!

      • candy says:

        Thanks for the tips! What did you use in the bobbin?

        • treadlemusic says:

          Oops! Forgot that part…..all purpose sewing thread (black in this case). Will post pics of other ways I have used this technique. The flowers are disassembled silk flower stems. Remove the flower from the wire/plastic stem and pin/arrange them on project and FMG/meander over them slightly just to anchor. Holds up thru many washings, too!!

          • candy says:

            Very cool idea! We’ll be having a boutique at our quilt show in October. Totes might be a good item.

          • treadlemusic says:

            They would definitely be a ‘hot’ item. My first attempt was not lined (ticking striped denim) but seams were serged. Now, I line them….for gifts. They are a lot less bulky if unlined.

  5. witchylin says:

    Love those bags Doreen. The truly perfect handmade gift. That gives me an idea for Christmas gifts. Hope you don’t mind if I “steal” your idea. I have so many people to give little things to, making a few similar totes would be a great idea. I think they are all fabulous. Really wouldn’t like to have to chose just one. LOL. Enjoy your summer break in South Dakota I’m sure you will have a relaxing time and visiting quilting shops and the show will just make it the perfect summer break.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you for the ‘well wishes’ and, absolutely, take the tote idea and run with it!!! So many of us are so blest with so much it’s really difficult to find that item that will be used, rather than a $$ trinket that gathers dust!! One of the first totes I made was from a blue/white ticking patterned denim 25 yrs ago…..am still using it!! Have a great day! Hugs…….

  6. Jeanne says:

    What a great gift idea and a nice handmade one at that! Do you spend a lot of time in S Dakota? I always enjoy our time in that state. Happy bag making! ~Jeanne

    • treadlemusic says:

      The bags really are a fun break! Belle Fourche area. We spend around 6 weeks each summer (total) out there. Manage a few quilt shop stops and the fabulous out door quilt show in Hill City in September! Awesome!!!!!

  7. I’m not surprised they are well received! Everyone loves handmade gifts because they are so unique. Keep up the great work! Avis x

  8. karen says:

    South Dakota is so pretty – I love it there. Where are you guys planning on going and what kind of camper do you have?

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