I've made a couple of larger totes, so I had an idea of how to put one together. For this size I cut two 12 x 20 inch pieces out of fat quarters from my stash, one for the outside and one for the lining. I love the number fabric (it's called Game Pieces according to the selvage) and it seemed perfect for this purpose.
This turned out to be just the right size for what I would take for lunch. I used some fusible fleece ironed to the outer piece to give it some shape and quilted it with straight lines about 1 inch apart. I squared up the bottom corners so it would sit flat and added handles that are just long enough to loop over your arm for carrying. So happy with how it turned out!
This week I've also been diligently quilting my String Quilt and it's almost done! The original 20 blocks I made were about 32 by 40 when sewn together, and I knew I wanted the finished quilt to be about 60 inches square when completely done, so I added some cream tone on tone fabric for borders.
I'm quilting in giant diamonds, loosely following the shape that the string blocks made.
Although I don't think this is one of my favorite quilts, it has been an interesting one to learn from as I created it, and I combined some of my favorite fabrics with others that I'm not so fond of. Now I just need to figure out what to use for binding. Do I have strings left that would work? Maybe!
This quilt is inspired by Cynthia's Scrap-a-Palooza String Quilt from August of 2014 and I'm linking up with Oh Scrap! tomorrow to share in all of the scrappy inspiration over there!