Here’s a great way to showcase your handiwork! Machine embroidery, applique and patchwork designs are perfect embellishments for the gusseted pockets on the outside of this roomy tote. Two inner zipped pockets, one large enough to hold a book or papers, make it easy to keep things organized and safe inside. Load up your finished carryall to take to quilting or sewing class or to tote treasures home from a garden tour or a whirlwind trip to the fabric stores in your area.
Barbara Weiland Talbert is a published sewing and quilting author with several books and hundreds of magazine articles to her credit. Her most recent books are The Quilting Answer Book and The Sewing Answer Book, both published by Storey Publishing. Barbara learned to sew at the knees of her grandmothers, great grandmother, and mother when just seven or eight years old and she’s been sewing ever since. She added quilting to her repertoire in the 1980′s while working as Editor-in-Chief for a major quilt-book publisher. Now she designs tote bags, quilts, and anything else that strikes her fancy—and turns them into patterns to sell online. You can visit her blog (www.joyofsewingandquilting.blogspot.com) to find out what else she might be up to, although designing and writing patterns takes up most of her time these days.