I first saw this tote pattern in the 2018 issue of Make It! Patchwork. It was designed by Kathy Mack and was showcased on the Quilting Arts TV Episode #601. It was originally featured as the Winslow Market Tote and has since been renamed the Apple Cider Market Tote.
I haven't made many bags, but I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it. I wasn't sure, however, what fat quarters to use for it. When I finally dug through my stash, I found the perfect fabric for this tote ─ Into the Garden by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake. I bought this fat quarter bundle several years ago and loved it so much I didn't want to cut it! I also wanted to make pretty matching straps for this bag, but I wasn't sure how to make bag straps. I heard you could use quilt batting for straps and thought that this would be a great way to use up my batting scraps. After a YouTube search, I found a great tutorial for making bag straps with batting by sewing and crafting vlogger Alanda Craft. She uses fusible batting but says non-fusible works just as well. I think my straps turned out great.
Apple Cider Market Tote made by Monica Curry | Pattern Design by Kathy Mack
1. Cut  fabric strips 5" x length of the strap and  quilt batting strips 2½" x length of the strap.
2. Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise and press.
3. Make a lengthwise fold to the center of the strip on both sides and press.
4. Place batting in the center of the strip.
5. Fold each side of the fabric over onto the batting and press.
6. Fold the fabric and batting in half lengthwise and press.
7. To finish off your strap, stitch along both edges using a 1/8" or 1/4" allowance (Version 1). I find the strap is a little stronger if you add three more rows of stitching equally down the center. (Version 2).
If you have a round table for your home, why not make a few of these elegant-looking "round" placemats. They fit beautifully on a 42 inch and up dining table. I think they look much nicer on a round table than the traditional rectangle placemats.
Makes a beautiful Christmas Setting
The placemat patterns come in three styles that are very easy to make: a reversible, seven-wedge, and nine-wedge placemat. All the templates are full page printable.
French Fold binding is one of the most popular quilt bindings and for good reason. Because the fabric is doubled, French Fold binding creates a durable edge for your quilt. It's particularly good for quilts and quilted items that are going to get a lot of laundering. It's a very simple binding to make. I use it on all my quilt projects. If you want to add a little flair to your French Fold binding, see my tutorial on French Fold with Flange binding.
HOW TO MAKE FRENCH FOLD BINDING
1) DETERMINE THE BINDING LENGTH YOU NEED
EXAMPLE: Finished quilt size = 54" × 60" (54" × 2) + (60" × 2) + 10" = 238" (10" extra is added for finishing the binding). (238" ÷ 36") = 6.6 yards You will need 6.6 ≈ 7 yards of binding for a 54" × 60" finished quilt. If making bias binding, cut your fabric strips on the diagonal before making your binding.
2) DETERMINE THE BINDING WIDTH YOU NEED
Decide on the binding width you need, then refer to the chart below to get the correct overall strip width for that binding. Important Note: When choosing a binding width, keep in mind your batting loft thickness.
3) CALCULATE HOW MANY STRIPS YOU NEED
EXAMPLE: 238" (length of binding needed in inches) ÷ 42" (fabric cross grain width) = 5.6 ≈ 6 strips
4) CALCULATE THE YARDAGE YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE FOR YOUR STRIPS
EXAMPLE: 2.5" (strip width) x 6 (number of strips needed) = 15" + 2" = 17" (2 inches is added to allow for possible uneven edges). Yardage Needed: 17" x 42"
I love flange quilt binding. It gives quilts an elegant and finished look. I don't use it on all my projects, but sometimes a quilt needs that extra pop. Flange binding takes a little extra work, but it's well worth the effort when you see the finished result. I made the following tutorial as comprehensive as possible and hope it will help you give flange binding a try.
1) CALCULATE THE LENGTH OF BINDING YOU WILL NEED FOR YOUR QUILT
EXAMPLE: Finished quilt size = 54" × 60"
(54" × 2) + (60" × 2) + 10" = 238" (10" extra is added for finishing the binding).
(238" ÷ 36") = 6.6 yards
You will need 6.6 ≈ 7 yards of binding for a 54" × 60" finished quilt.
2) WIDTHS TO CUT FOR FLANGE AND MAIN COLOUR STRIPS
Decide on a binding width and refer to the chart below to get the correct overall strip width for that binding. Important Note: When choosing a binding width, keep in mind your batting loft thickness. Using the overall strip width, use the chart below to get widths to cut for the main colour strips and the flange strips.
Calculations for main and flange strip widths
Main: Half the overall strip width.
Flange: Half the overall strip width plus 1/4" (This gives you a 1/8" flange).
3) CALCULATE HOW MANY STRIPS TO CUT BASED ON YOUR FABRIC WIDTH
EXAMPLE: 238" (length of binding in inches) ÷ 42" (fabric cross grain width) = 5.6 ≈ 6 strips
4) CALCULATE THE YARDAGE NEEDED FOR YOUR STRIPS
1.25" x 6 (number of strips needed) = 7.5" + 2" = 9.5" (Add 2" for uneven edges).
Yardage needed for main colour strips: 9.5" x 42"
1.5" x 6 (number of strips needed) = 9" + 2" = 11" (Add 2" for uneven edges).
Here is my newest table runner pattern, Garden Breeze, just in time for summer. I designed this project using the half-hexagon whirligig block in floral prints. The whirligig block is a traditional favourite and so simple to foundation piece. Anyone new to foundation piecing will love making this table runner.
Easter is coming up quick and I was so glad to get this beautiful pattern Easter Blessings launched before the celebrations. This is a very simple project if you have basic skills in foundation paper piecing. The optional tabs are a nice touch to create a banner for your home or church.
Like most of you, my studio had humble beginnings but over time evolved into a creative sanctuary. As in any good studio, there are special items that keep me inspired, grounded, and working efficiently. In no special order, these are the Top 10 things in my studio I would never part with.
1. MY ART QUILT ON THE QUILTING ARTS MAGAZINE COVER
This framed Quilting Arts magazine cover featuring one of my art quilts helps to remind me that hard work and perseverance can pay off and that even though I've created some epic fails, I've also created some beautiful work that others can appreciate.
In 2012 my art quilt Mother Ship was selected to be published for the Quilting Arts magazine Readers Challenge. I was even more excited when I was told my art was going to be on the front cover of the magazine. The Readers Challenge was to create an art quilt interpreting the phrase "What If." Being a UFO/alien buff, I wondered "What if I saw a UFO over my house?" and I created a piece with a UFO floating over a row of suburban homes.
If you're also fascinated by all things extraterrestrial, download my FREE UFO quilt block HERE
2. FOLD DOWN MINI IRONING BOARD
I used to use a TV table ironing boardnext to my sewing machine for small pressing jobs. However, I found it to be a real pain to move around when I didn't need it, and the legs would get caught in the electrical cords. So, I came up with a solution that works great for me. I took the legs off the ironing board and attached it to the wall with folding shelf brackets. It sits next to my sewing machine and is so convenient! When I don't need it I can fold it down out of the way and there are no legs getting tangled in the cords below.
I didn't make a tutorial for this project, but I found a helpful video on YouTube for attaching the table and brackets to the wall. If you want to give this project a try be sure to either hit a stud or use a strong screw anchor aka wall plug when attaching the folding bracket to drywall. I attached two boards to the wall and then attached the table brackets to these. There are many other options for making a folding wall table on Pinterestbut I used folding brackets because I didn't want any obstructions under the table.
3. WOODEN SEWING SCISSORS
My husband is an intarsia artist and not long ago we put our heads together to make this sewing room decor project. I designed the pattern for the scissors and my husband put it together. You can buy the intarsia pattern for these scissors HERE
4. WOODEN INTARSIA SEWING MACHINE
This is another combined effort by my husband and me. Again, I designed the pattern and he built it. I think it turned out so cute! I am not sure if I'll be selling this pattern, but if I do I'll be sure to let you know. We used a small nail to represent the sewing machine needle and a vintage wooden spool cut in half for the thread. How cool is that?
5. SCRAPPY FABRIC LAMPSHADE
This pretty little lampshade is so easy to make and a great way to use up your leftover fabric strips. I had the little lamp hanging around forever and wasn't quite sure what to do with it until I saw this project on Pinterest. (CAUTION: Regular incandescent bulbs can get quite hot and cause a fire hazard with all that fabric, so I used a 9W LED bulb).
6. MY JUKI SEWING MACHINE
My JUKI 2010TL-Q is my pride and joy. It's a real workhorse. This Juki has a powerful motor and a long neck which makes it perfect for my free-motion machine quilting. You could sew through at least five layers of denim like butter with this thing, not that I'd do that but it's a testament to the power of this machine. It's also pretty low maintenance and very easy to use. I designed a wrap-around pin cushion for my machine (shown here) for my post on pin cushions last year. You can download the free pattern HERE.
7. VINTAGE SEWING MACHINE BOOKENDS
I think this is the coolest thing I've ever bought for my studio. It's a vintage Singer sewing machine cut in half and turned into bookends. We purchased the lamp from Prairie Pickers just outside of Winnipeg. Greg, the seller, said he had a heck of a time cutting the machine but was very proud of it when it was done. He was happy to see it going to a good home.
8. REFURBISHED STORAGE DRESSER
I desperately needed a clean, dry place to keep my quilt batting and backing and thought an old dresser would do the trick. After some searching, I bought a rickety old mid-century vintage dresser for $40. With a few coats of paint and some stain, I turned it into this stylish storage dresser. This idea has freed up a lot of space in my studio! Update: Sold my dresser for $125! Used the $$ to buy Ikea shelving for my studio.
9. VINTAGE FLOWER POT PIN CUSHION
I came across this pin cushion project atLovely Little Handmaidsand knew I had to make one. I picked up a vintage planter at the flower shop and turned it into this adorable little pin cushion. Actually, it's so precious I'm afraid to use it in case it breaks. To keep it stable I glued stones to the bottom before adding the cushion. This gave it some needed weight and made it less tippy. You can get my tutorial for making your own vintage pot pin cushionHERE.
10. SEWING NOTIONS BOX
If you haven't guessed by now, I enjoy upcycling old stuff. I picked up this jewellery box at Goodwill for $5. It was originally stained a dark yucky brown but I saw it's potential as a box for my quilting odds and ends. As they say, it had good bones. It's the best way for me to keep all my notions in one place.
A year ago, I posted a tutorial for sorting fabric scraps. I decided to supplement that post with a quick tutorial for cutting fabric scrap squares for 9-patch blocks. Because of their versatility, 9-patch blocks are great for making scrap quilts. Below are only a few 9-patch blocks you can make with scraps.
YOU WILL NEED
A good assortment of quilt cotton fabric scraps
Iron and ironing board
Rotary cutter (have fresh blades available)
6" x 12" and/or 8" x 8" quilt ruler
4. Before cutting squares, stack several pieces and line
up the top right corner.
1. Separate your scraps into individual colours: yellow, orange, purple, red, etc. This is a very important step. You don't want to have to sort little 2-inch squares by colour, trust me!
2. Sort scraps by size.
3. Press all the scraps before cutting. A quick way to do this is to layer about 4 to 6 pieces and steam press.
4. Before cutting squares, stack several pieces and line up the top right corner.
5. Line up your ruler about 1/4" away from the top right corner of the fabrics and trim.
6. Rotate the fresh-cut corner to the lower left. Line up your square size at the corner and trim. If some of the offcuts are large enough, cut squares from these as well.
STORING YOUR SQUARES Store your squares neatly according to colour. Over time you'll accumulate a lot of squares, so finding the right box for them is a good idea. I normally use plastic bins from the dollar store. The container below is a cookie tray from Costco. Use whatever works.