Friday, April 26, 2013

tote bag

Welcome to finish it up Friday!
This is a VERY new finish...less than an hour since I sewed the final stitch. My LQS is holding a tote bag challenge and I was happy to join in. I'm excited to have a cute new (BIG) bag for all the quilt toting I do on a weekly basis. The fabric is Odds and Ends by Julie Comstock. I used a layer cake for the front and back panels, which yielded a lot of leftovers for the scrap bins! I used a few pieces from my stash for the handles and sides. I lined it with canvas to add stability and body to the bag. The weight turned out JUST right. I love it when that happens! It measures 20" square, approximately and it's about 6" deep. It's large enough to fit a few lap quilts inside. I'm excited to use it! It feels so good to have a finish to share today!

A bit of exciting news! It's been pretty quiet here on the blog, but that's because we are busy finalizing our moving plans. We have an offer on our house AND we found a house to buy in our new community! We are so thankful to God for answering our many prayers! He is so faithful! The transition is going to be fast and furious, but we are looking forward to finally moving and getting settled into a new place. So, my new project will holding down the fort during our final days here. It's going to be lots of fun! Lots to do, but lots to look forward to, too. I'm reminding myself to breathe. :)

Now it's your turn! Please link up your finishes for the week. And thank you so much for joining me for finish it up Friday! Have a good one!

47 comments:

Alycia said...

That is an awesome tote bag!! Good job!

Megan said...

Super cute bag! I need a bag big enough to hold a few quilts! I ought to make one! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a great weekend!

Alisa said...

Nice tote! Hope all goes well with the sale of your home.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Very cute bag! Great news about the house and wishing it all goes smoothly :)

Heidi Staples said...

Such wonderful news! So happy for you!!

Fran said...

Such a cute bag! Patchwork removal boxes next...

Nancy@OwensOlivia said...

Great finish! Are moving to another state or city or just into a different community? Good luck with the move!

Whitney said...

cute tote! i've had totes on the brain too and just need to finish them! . .good luck with the house and move!

mindingmomma said...

good luck with your move!

Tamie said...

Congratulations on your bag finish, your house offer and your new find. Here's hoping for a smooth transition and move.

Snowcatcher said...

Awesome bag. Love the colors. Congrats on the offer and finding new digs; hope all goes well and smoothly. Oh, and quickly!

Mama Urchin said...

Woohoo! That is great news about both houses. I'm so glad everything came together.

Svetlana said...

wonderful bag, love how big it is, and so pretty too. How fantastic about your house situation, I'm so happy for you :)

tara said...

Congratulations! Happy moving.

Esther said...

Congratulations on old house, new house and new bag!
Esther
ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

Lauren said...

Congratulations on the house! That is such a blessing, and a huge relief I am sure. Love the tote bag - looking forward to hearing about the process of setting up a new quilting room!

The Slow Quilter said...

You can never have enough bags, I love it. Congrads on the new house and good luck on the move.

Hannah said...

Great bag, but HUGE congratulations on the house!!! That has got to feel good, even if it means a lot of work in the short term. Good luck!!!

Anna said...

so glad to hear about the house! :) spring has that way about it.

Linda B. said...

Congratulations on your offer and purchase! Hoping it all goes smoothly, and you don't get too busy to blog!

charlotte said...

Awesome tote bag and good luck with your move. I hope it all goes smoothly for you.

Suzanne said...

Sh...can you hear that? It's the sound of my feet doing the happy dance just for you! God is good. Blessings for a successful transition.

beth said...

Great news, indeed. ;)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Great Tote!

Melia Mae Quilting said...

Very cute! I love the fabric you used.

Janine said...

This tote is great! Good luck with moving :)

Glynis said...

Echoing Suzanne with Happy Feet Too!
Praising God with you! His timing IS perfect! Well done on hanging in there for the process with hope, faith and persistence! Y'all are overcoming doubt, fear and every other obstacle to walk into new places and promises! Have a blast!!
And nice tote!! Hugs!

ANudge said...

Praise be! So happy for you. Love the tote - it will come in handy for keeping some things you need handy as you travel to your new home.

Clair said...

Fun bag. I need to try to get some sewing done this weekend.

Annie said...

Love the bag, and good luck with all your moving....exciting times

Esch House Quilts said...

Your tote bag sounds like the perfect size. Congratulations on the sale/move! I'm sure you can't wait to get settled in the new place. Hope everything goes smoothly for you!

A Quilter's Mission - Vicki said...

Isn't our God an AWSOME God? Love the tote. The size is amazing!

Linda said...

Yay for finding a new house and selling the current one! Is it the one next door to me? The SOLD sign just went up about half an hour ago. LOL

Karen H said...

Cute bag! Thank you for hosting the "Finish it up Friday's". It really inspires me to get stuff done! Congratulations on getting your house sold. :)

Jeneta said...

Oh I am so very glad that you have sold your house and have another to move to! Isn't it wonderful when things come together (particularly the big things such as this!). What a wonderful blessing. Your bag is wonderful. Did you use a layer cake or a charm pack for your front and back panels? I love the size. I recently went to lunch with a friend (a rare occasion) and ended up stuffing a few quilt tops into a very undersized bag. Your bag would have been much better!

Aliceart said...

Congratulations! It feels so good when your family plans work out.

SuperMomNoCape said...

Congratulations on your upcoming move! Thanks for sharing such good news.

And thanks again for hosting Finish It Up Friday. Your tote looks great.

Rosa said...

Beautiful tote bag.Have a nice moving!!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Love the tote bag and congrats on the house situation! God is good :-)
Amanda

Ray and Jeanne said...

SO glad the move and all is progressing! Take Care. ~Jeanne

CrazyCatLady said...

Good luck with the move - you're young you can handle it! I love your new bag project!

bloominworkshop said...

Congratulations on the selling of your house & moving!! I am praising God with you!! I'm sure you will be so relieved when this is all over and you are settled in your new home. So happy for you!!

sulu-design said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I've been waiting for this post for a while, and I'm so relieved for you and your family that it's all happening now. It's going to be a rush, but it's all going to be fine. I just know it. Good for you, and see you when you're back!

Jacque. said...

Cute tote, Amanda Jean...and AMEN to your words re our God. So glad things are finally moving along with the house and move.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

So excited about your news Amanda Jean and family!!Congratulations and fill me in when you have time.
P.S. There is a comment above you will want to delete.

factotum-of-arts.com said...

Very cute tote! good luck with all the moving :-)

Mama Pea said...

Great tote bag and great finish! I'm so happy for you on the move. Hang in there....it's all almost over!