October 30, 2019

Scrappy Totes!

New Class Alert: The Scrappy Market Tote!

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I recently shared a bunch of scrappy piecing I did this summer. (and I still remember I promised a tutorial! Coming!) This week I can share what all that scrappy stuff was for!

I made a class with Bluprint that is all about improvisational piecing with scraps. As in, you take whatever fabric scraps you have and sew them together however you like. The class turned out great: fast paced and full of beautiful things to look at and ideas to try. 

In The Scrappy Market Tote we explore scrappy piecing in four different lessons. Using up scraps just makes my heart sing. And working without a pattern is so fun!! I show lots of variations of the basic ideas to get your wheels turning about something that would fit your style.

After making a scrappy panel, we turn it into a quilted bag that is just the right size and sturdiness for using as a market tote. I have used a pair of similar handmade quilted market bags for the past 6 years and they are still holding up. They start some lovely conversations in the checkout line!

I imagine there's a lot of ways this Scrappy Market Tote class will be used. Maybe you discover one particular technique that you love, and make a whole quilt out of it. Maybe you dip your toe into improv piecing for the first time, because making a bag is smaller and less intimidating than making a whole quilt. Or maybe you don't do the scrappy piecing at all, and you just use the included pattern to make yourself some sturdy quilted totes out of whatever quilted pieces you already have. 

I'd love to hear how you use the class! And how your scrappy totes are received in the world! I've  heard some great feedback about the class from some of you speed demons who already found it; thanks for checking it out and reporting back, you curious quilters! Bluprint subscribers, if you love the class you can choose it as one of your "keep forever" classes. 

I feel like I've just been full of big news. There's been plenty to celebrate. I'm looking forward to some quiet time to get back to my scrap bin. I hope you get some too. Happy stitching everyone!


ke said...

This new class is another winner! I have been sorting my "scraps" for several weeks in anticipation of this class. You are my hero! After watching the videos and taking notes, I am going to add new market totes (and smaller pouches) to my list of Christmas gifts to make for next year. I made your journal covers for this year. Thanks, Christina for another creative and colorful class!

Liz said...

Awesome! Scraps, improv, a usable tote bag with Christina's color sense & style? Sign me up!

Christine B said...

Love these scrappy totes! I signed up for your class and have already watched some.... it's great! So inspirational!! Thanks Christina xx

Gene Black said...

It is a delightful class. And as you know, that improv scrappy piecing is exactly my style.

Rosemary B❤️ said...

These ideas are wonderful/ I love the scrappy bags and scrappy creations of any sort is my favorite look

cgail said...

Loved,loved your class. Watched all of it in one sitting! Great instructions and being able to see into your decision process is what I really appreciated and enjoyed!

bumblebee53 said...

These are so wonderful! I love the flat bottom and it looks like you used stabilizer to make them extra sturdy. I feel inspired - and it's great to celebrate with you. Here's to some quiet time with your scrap bin - we love seeing your results.

Creando con graciela said...

Esos bolsos son una paqueteri de marroquineria en tela, preciosos colores y hermosos dise├▒os.

KaHolly said...

Oooh, oooh, oooh! Fantabulous bags! Maybe your class will give me more confidence when I try to improv piece!

Nicole Murray said...

I am almost done with my first market tote! This is the first quilting I have done on my own! I love your teaching style and have found so much joy in the creative process for this tote. I am using an old pair for jeans for the bottom of the bag and just love the way it is coming together.

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