Quilted Tote

Have you heard of Oakshott Cotton?  I hadn’t until the ladies at Sew Mama Sew sent me a fat eighth bundle of the newest color line, Lipari.  These fabrics are beautiful.  They have a sort of iridescent shine to them, catching the light and showing off their colors.

Quilted Tote

I knew I needed to make a tote out of this fabric, but after that I was stumped.  Recently, I’ve loved seeing all of the beautiful quilts Carolyn Friedlander has been making.  I love her style so naturally, I wanted to copy her.  Did you see her clammy cargo duffle bag?  Or her clam shell tote?  Well these landed me on my path to making my tote!

Quilted Tote

Recently we took a little family trip, which involved a long drive.  I brought along my freezer paper clam shells and hand pieced these Oakshott fabrics together.  I’m 100% new to hand piecing, and definitely have to say that my second side came together much quicker, and much neater than my first side.  But I’m hooked now.  It was so soothing to sew these together (and it definitely made the drive go by much faster).  I followed Penny‘s instructions for these little clam shells and it worked perfectly.

Quilted Tote

For the tote, I started with the city tote pattern from Michelle Patterns (it’s no longer available).  I modified the pattern a lot to fit my wants.  I wanted to external pockets on both sides, leather on the top of the bag, and handles that were sewn into the leather top.  I love how it all came together!  Quilted Tote

The six Oakshott Lipari fabrics I used were Marina, Volcano Bleu, Scari, Pirrerra, Salina, and Pollara.  I love how these six paired together to look like water.  Have I ever told you guys I am a water nut.  I love to swim (grew up swimming competitively for 10 years) and would always choose to vacation near the water!

Quilted Tote

Take a look at the other ladies who were lucky enough to play around with this fabric!

Anjeanette of Anjeanette Klinder

Jennifer of Sewplicity

Megan of Monkey Beans

Erin of Seamstress Erin

Michelle of Falafel and the Bee

  • What a special project. I love the marine colors with the rusty leather. I was also a competitive swimmer, so maybe that’s part of it!

    • Thanks…I’m loving the colors too! And yay for swimmers! Have you kept up the sport? I try to swim every now and then, but definitely not as much as I’d like!

  • Ooh such gorgeous colour combinations! I love the shapes you’ve used too.

    • Thanks Kathryn! The clam shells were great to work with, I’d definitely do this pattern again!

  • love the bag!!! and I KNEW I liked you on some other level! I swam for 12 years, through college and coached a bit afterwards. Definitely fun times. We’ll have to talk swimming one of these days. 🙂

    • Yay…I definitely miss my swimming days! They were a blast, such good memories!

  • You must have the best bag collection 🙂 Fun fabric.

    • Aww…thanks Rachel! I have always liked to have a handful of purses to choose from 🙂

  • Sarah

    I love your bag- great colors! And I adore you sandals! Can I ask you where they’re from?

    • Teresa

      Too sweet Sarah…I bought them at Kohls, they are made by Elle!

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  • Buffy

    What a fabulous pattern to really show off these fabrics…bummed the pattern is no longer available..super cute bag!!!

    • Teresa

      you should take a look at Michelle’s other patterns. They are all great!

  • Kim M

    What a fun bag!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Kim

  • Diann Cornell

    I love the colors of Oakshott you used. The fabrics just glow.

    • Teresa

      The oakshott is amazing! It was my first time seeing it and definitely amazing stuff!

  • Lynne McLandsborough

    I love the look of the Oakshott in your cute bag!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Lynn!

  • Ella

    Those clamshells are gorgeous! I love how they catch the light.

    • Teresa

      Yay…thanks Ella!

  • Helen

    Cute tote! I haven’t worked with Oaksshot but would love to give it a try.

    • Teresa

      You definitely should Helen!

  • Jan

    Love the iridescent look of these OakShots and your bag is perfect to show them off!

    • Teresa

      Yay…that was my favorite part of the oakshott cotton!

  • Chriss Jasper

    Lovely choice of colors. Very modern look. well done you.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Chris!

  • Susan

    This bag is so cleverly done? Love your blue clamshells!

    • Teresa

      Awww..thanks Susan!

  • Julie T

    Very cute! Love how you used the fabrics.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Julie!

  • Great colors that you used for your tote! I’m a water person too; I’m lucky enough to live on a lake!

    • Teresa

      Yay water people!!!

  • The clam shell design is a perfect match for the fabrics. Nice work!

    • Teresa

      I see many more clamshells in my future 🙂

  • Debra Neiman

    Oh, I really think these clam shells are so unique on this bag. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    • Teresa

      Thanks Debra!

  • Love the colors, I used to be an avid swimmer too, both of my brother’s were born in Hawaii, unfortunately I wasn’t ;(

    • Teresa

      Oh no, you’ll have to go visit sometime!

  • That’ssuch a cute bag. The colors are just stunning and the design is winderful. I’m sure it will get loads of use.

    • Teresa

      Yay…it’s one of my favorite me made bags so far!

  • I love the clams and colors in your cute quilted tote.

    • Teresa

      Yay for happy clamshells!

  • Julie D

    I love your clam shells. GOod use of the fabric

    • Teresa

      Thanks Julie!

  • Jess

    I really like the different shades of blue and the clam shells. Kind of reminds me of the ocean. 🙂

    • Teresa

      Yay…that was my goal!

  • Karen A

    I love the colors you picked and your bag is lovely.

    • Teresa

      Awww…thanks Karen!

  • Quilting Tangent

    Cute bag, I agree the fabric does have a shine to it.

    • Teresa

      It’s pretty awesome fabric!

  • Jeanie K.

    Gosh! Everybody did such a good job making their totes!

    • Teresa

      I know…the other ladies bags were phenomenal!

  • Vicki H

    I love the colors you used for your bag. Very lovely.

    • Teresa

      Awww….thanks Vicki!

  • Sandy K

    Wonderful bag, pretty colors. Living in MN, I love the water…swimming and boating.

    • Teresa

      Oooh….I’m in the same club! It’s been so long since I have been boating!

  • carolyn montgomery

    beautiful!! love these fabrics.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • Such a cute, contemporary bag!!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Lizzie!

  • Ramona

    Love the clamshell patchwork on the bottom of the bag. It is really cute and modern.

    • Teresa

      Yay…thanks Ramona!

  • Pam S

    What a delightful bag! I love the clamshells! Thanks for sharing. And thanks for your great blog.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Pam…clamshells are just awesome!

  • Kelli N

    Fun! I love the clamshells and overall bag shape. Whimsy!

    • Teresa

      Yay…I want to make clamshell everything now!

  • barbara corbitt

    what a beautiful bag you made!! can i have it? lol i never would have thought about using clam shells. such a great choice in colors. babscorbitt@gmail.com

    • Teresa

      Haha…sure, sending it your way 🙂

  • Bonnie

    Beautiful job! The color combo is really pretty.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Bonnie!