Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sample Spree Big Tote

With the release of Make It, Take It, I decided to make the trip to Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis to help promote the book. I've never been to a Market before, but I've seen enough photos and video of Sample Spree to know it is mayhem. If you haven't heard, it is a giant ballroom filled with FQ packs of all of the soon-to-be-released fabric at wholesale prices or less. You have to buy a ticket in advance for $15 to get in and some people wait in line all afternoon for a chance to be the first at the fabric manufacturer's tables.

There are a couple of new lines that I'm interested in and truth be told I am not planning to go crazy (because really, do I need more fabric?), but I do want to be prepared. Just in case. Since you are not allowed shopping carts or rolling luggage at spree (haha!!!!), I thought a large tote would be a good idea (and experienced friends advised this, too).

So I give you my Sample Spree Big Tote.  This is a project in the "Take It" section of my book, designed by the very clever Ayumi Takahashi. The construction is so quick and painless! It makes a great gift and there's a companion Little Tote that is perfect as a lunch bag, loot bag or small project bag.

Big Tote made by Poppyprint

It is made with some of my favourite prints (that Martha Negley Farmington feather is just so incredible!) and I quilted the outer panels to some fusible fleece. There is a fitted sheet of heavy weight interfacing quilted to the flat base panel as well. There are no pockets, zippers or closure. Just maximum fabric-buying cargo space!

Big Tote made by Poppyprint

The opening is topstitched with my go to triple-stitch in a variegated pink/yellow 28 wt Aurifil thread. The bag and handles are lined with two excellent Lu Summers prints, Alphabetty and Weave. I purchased multiple yards of both and only have bits sad!

I've made a second one to gift a friend with of some of her favourite fabrics, too. All Anna Maria Horner prints.

Big Tote made by Poppyprint

Big Tote made by Poppyprint

I hope I get lucky at Spree. If so, you'll be the first to know!

Just in case there are store owners reading who may be at Market, my schoolhouse presentation is in room 210B from 4:55 - 5:25 p.m. on Thursday.  I'll be signing books and doing a little demo for folks pre-registered with Martingale at their booth #325 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Friday. A second signing takes place at the Brewer booth #2019 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Saturday.  I hope to see you there!

People of Minneapolis (or those who have visited before) - What should I do/see/check out downtown if I have some time? I've never been! 


paulette said...

OMG, Girl! You are living my dream! Make it good!! haha

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Love that bag! I'm going to be living through your market posts. LOL have a great time!

Leanne said...

I'm thinking you must be mistaken and that must be the big tote that you made for me?? It is so beautiful. I'll see you in the line, we can compare purchases after.

Debbie said...

Darling bag! I made the small one and it's perfect for my grandgirl to carry around with her goodies in it. ;-)

Svetlana said...

These bags are wonderful. I must make one for myself as well. Hope you have tons of fun at Quilt Market.

Kitty said...

Krista, Krista, Krista... one ALWAYS needs more fabric!! LOL :) Your bag is lovely and looks like the perfect thing to tote to Sample Spree. I wish you luck, and look forward to hearing all about the mayhem!!

Dianne said...

Great bag! Knock em dead at sample spree. Then you can take your time looking at the fabric ;0)

Julie said...

Ride the light rail to the Mall of America. Don't miss it! Take your friends. I live here in Minnesota and love to go.