Last weekend, after completing my Speck top (you can read all about it here), I decided it was time to start piecing my 241 Tote Bag. I purchased the pattern a while ago and as I said in a past post, I wanted to try out the pattern with fabric I wasn't particularly attached to... just in case it didn't come out the way I expected (read: in case I messed it up too badly!).
I managed to get the body of the bag done before leaving the cottage for the week.
I have to be honest, sewing this bag was a bit of a challenge for me at first. Nothing to do with the pattern or the instructions - more like my brain wasn't functioning properly. But I persevered and so far, I'm really liking the structure of the bag (not so much the fabric choices!). I can't wait to see how the rest of it goes. If it doesn't take me too long to finish, I'm thinking I might make a few to offer as Christmas gifts this year.
I also got some fun mail this week...
Konda who blogs at Moose on the Porch Quilts has her very own book out! She is also hosting a wonderful "Mini" Quilt Along which starts in a couple of weeks. I'm still debating whether or not I'll be joining the quilt along, but I'm definitely going to be making a few of these minis... they are gorgeous and perfect for charm packs (and I've got LOTS of those!). To get all the details of the quilt along, go here.
Linking up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!