Believe it or not

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in blocks | 3 comments

Small ToteIt might not be obvious, but this bag is made from four of the string squares I won in January 2008. The rest of those light and dark string blocks I won way back when were used in a quilt–which I haven’t photographed since I finished the top, but you can see an almost finished photo here.

It was made using the Summer Tote directions I posted last summer . . . with string pieced straps inspired by the totes that Laura made

When I finished the quilt top, I had these four lotto blocks and 8 triangles from mitering the borders.

Leftover string "fabric" I *had* to use them. I added some solid black to the triangles and trimmed everything to the size of the smallest square–five and a half inches.

I had a small spool of variegated red quilting thread and decided to practice my free motion quilting. Nothing like the pressure of high-contrast stitching to force you to see every wiggle and jiggle, eh?

4 Lotto blocks form the bottomI think this smallish tote will be perfect for carrying around my next knitting project.

It’s 10 inches tall, with a 7 1/2 inch square bottom formed from the 4 lotto blocks.  This unusual angles shows the string squares that inspired this bag . . .   anyone recognize their fabrics? (kidding . . . though I think someone may remember that cute fish fabris 😉

If you clicked over to look at the quilt, you might imagine that there are some more leftover string triangles at my house . . . and you’d be right.  I just *can’t* toss them and have a couple of other projects in mind.


  1. What a creative use of the blocks! I love it!
    Cheri in Champaign

  2. Love it!

  3. Well, I can't swear that the blocks were mine, but I definitely have owned that fish fabric! And actually, looking at the edge of the string square with the fish fabric in it (you can just see the edge peeping out in the stack) it looks like it IS one of mine – how funny.

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