I chose a pattern by Sherrod Studio called the Tote Along Tool Caddy. I wanted a larger bag so I added some height for a bag that now measures about 14" x 14" x 4".
I lined it with some matching fabric and managed to sew a little Cuddle Quilter label on it too!
You may notice the bag can stand up on its own! I decided to try out byannie's Soft a Stable, a product used in place of batting, designed specifically "for bags and beyond". It really does work well. It's fairly thick but very light. My machine sewed through it with ease, though I did sew a little slower than normal and tried to be more precise.
Why did I need a new bag? 'Cause I'm going on a road trip!
Yes, in less than a week, I will be bussing along the highway with a group of quilters on our way to the 2015 Maine Quilt Show in Augusta.
I have wanted to attend this show for years but never had the opportunity until now. I will be travelling with a bus tour that departs from Moncton, New Brunswick, the fourth annual trip arranged as a fundraiser for Victoria's Quilts Canada, a program that provides handmade quilts for people with cancer.
I love the itinerary! We will be on the road for three nights and four days, visiting quilt and yarn shops, malls, and spending a day at the show complete with over 35 vendors. In fact, the coordinator of the bus tour suggests everyone bring a 68 litre tote for all their purchases. I am practicing this week with my wheelie cart. Guess they must have a huge bus ready for us!
In other news, I was thrilled to see the information being posted recently for the Nova Scotia Fibrearts Festival, an annual event that takes place in Amherst, NS. This year it runs from October 13-17.
Every day or two, they seem to be posting new workshops and I was thrilled to see that Linda Hubbards of Fredericton is offering two workshops, one for free motion quilting and one for walking foot quilting. I signed up for the walking foot workshop on the Saturday but am also thinking of taking her Friday workshop on Free Motion Quilting too...I have such a lot to learn! Maybe some of you will join me?
I will also be meeting up during the festival with my friends from the Nova Scotia Bloggers Quartet, Linda Scrapmaster, Sheila Sheila's Quilt World, and Karen Kaholly to see the displays and share our quilty inspiration! The Maritime Modern Quilt Guild will have a display set up again this year and I hope to submit a couple of my more modern renditions this year. What a fun time it will be!
It's a great day for quilting!