Kind of quilting :o)
I decided that I needed to have a tote bag so that when I start going to classes or guild work shops, I can easily take my shears, foot pedal, rotary cutter, pin cushion, travel iron, presser foot lifter bar, and whatever else I may need...
I've never made one of these before, so I watched and read a few tutorials online, and then just did my own thing, using info gathered from several online sources as "suggestions"!
The hardest part was turning the straps right side out, but once I remembered I had a long knitting needle, it went much easier/faster... I also did a few things I'd never done with my machine before... top stitching, twin needle sewing, using the stop/start button (don't like it, I like having control of my machine, it's OK for long strips though), using the knee lifter (kept pressing the "gas pedal" by mistake though when I was using it!). This took me all day, but I really enjoyed the entire process and got some real quality time with "Benny" (the sewing machine) today!
Also got some quality time with the seam ripper as I sewed the straps on upside down the first time :o)
The reason this relates to quilting instead of just sewing is because the lining is part of what was going to be a quilt many moons ago. I started a quilt like 10 years ago, but that was before I learned to measure, cut straight, or sew straight.... I also sewed strips instead of blocks, and my work was so sloppy that I knew I'd never make it into a quilt.... but for the lining of a "sewing notions" tote bag, it worked well. I sewed strips together to create the lining.
I got the outside fabric at the quilt shop that I took my first quilting class at 2 years ago, and I'd been wondering how to use it all this time. Glad I finally found something useful to do with it! When I took that class, I brought all my "stuff" in a plastic grocery store bag.... it will be so nice to have something that I made myself and that isn't as tacky and is more sturdy (my shears poked a hole in the plastic bag last time, and I was chasing bobbins in the parking lot!)....
Here are some pictures of what I accomplished today :o)