The "quilt as you go" method seems to be all the talk in blogland these days, don't you think? It's not a new method, but a recently published tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh! Fransson has really gotten it going, I think. It's a great method for bag making, allowing you to skip the use of a lot of heavy interfacing that many structured bag patterns call for. So here's what I made today (click for a larger view):
First off, let me say that all of the scraps used for this were sent to me by Nikki, and since I love her projects and am so inspired by her blog, and using her scraps, I am totally copying what she did for this gorgeous tote she made. A slightly modified QAYG method which she describes in the post I've linked.
This is the first outer panel for a lunch bag I am making for myself using this tutorial by Svetlana. Did I mention that I got a job??? It's at my kids' school in the office, for now just a casual/on-call/fill-in type job, but I will have to take a lunch whenever I go and the plastic shopping bag I used yesterday just won't cut it! And since most of my other quilty projects are on hold at the moment for various reasons, I thought why not make myself a cute little quilted lunch bag? I am SO happy with how the first panel turned out, and am just starting on the second one.