My partners questionnaire said she liked cotton and steel, warm colors, texture, and classic blocks like stars. So I pulled fabric from my stash, made a quick stop at my local quilt shop Quilters Crossing for what I was missing, and then got to work.
The first thing I did was paper piece the Create. and sawtooth stars. Create is a free pattern by Kristy of Quiet Play patterns. Kristy's patterns are some of the very first foundation paper piecing patterns I ever used when I started quilting 3 years ago, and they're still so wonderful. The stars are a free download from Generations Quilt Patterns, they finish at 3 inches across.
My background fabric is Cotton and Steel Sprinkle in Jelly Bracelet and the other fabrics are from various C&S charm packs that I had in my stash. I pulled all the warm colors because that is what my partner said she liked. I love that the background fabric reads neutral from far away and then up close has the hot pink dots all over it!
The pattern calls for a slip pocket on one side and a zippered pocket on the other. I decided to skip the zippered pocket and only have the slip pocket. This orange and gold striped fabric is fantastic, and I love that the person who made my makers tote used the pink version of it!
Another part of the pattern that I slightly changed is the exterior construction. Anna has you simply baste your exterior panel onto the soft and stable, but I decided to quilt it in a crosshatch pattern. This took more time, but I LOVE the texture it created and I feel like it made the bag a bit sturdier to stand up on its own. I used Aurifil 50wt thread in color 2311 (my favorite neutral) for the quilting.
The only issue I ran into with quilting was that it caused the bag size to shrink slightly. Instead of being 33 inches across, it was only 32.25 inches, so I had to slice off a little of the side gussets to make sure there was plenty of room for the zipper.
I used the same Sprinkle fabric for the interior of the bag. I'm personally a fan of light colored bag interiors because it makes it easier to find things when they fall to the bottom. The pockets are various C&S prints in the same color scheme as the piecing on the outside of the bag.
I made a wonder clip cushion and sent a spool of my favorite Aurifil for two of the extras. The wonder clip cushion is a tutorial by Squeeze Quilts. It came together really quickly, and I was able to use scraps that I had leftover!
I absolutely adore how this bag turned out, and it was totally worth the few cursing sessions that happened due to awkward bulky seams. I am so happy with my Janome 8900 and how well it handled all the layers. I didn't have any skipped stitches and the walking foot was my best friend during most of the construction.
Now I'm off to cross a few more things off of my to-do list before baby boy arrives. It's looking like my Doctor is going to schedule and induction for me sometime next week! I'm super excited but also anxious because I have several things to get done (both sewing related and not) before that happens.