Friday, December 8, 2017

Charming Totes from Charming Young Women

I am so excited to share these finishes today and you'll see why in a minute ;)    I am so very blessed to get to work with the Young Women in our church. They are incredible girls and oh so much fun to hang out with.    One night a month, for a good portion of this year, I have been teaching them how to make Charming Totes.  I let each girl pick out a charm pack from my stash and it was super fun to see which fabrics each girl gravitated towards.   Then came the cutting, stitching, and quilting!!   This was a huge project for a lot of them who weren't really familiar with sewing machines, but they jumped in with both feet and even tried out the long arm for their quilting!!!

I wish I would have recorded some of the nights so you could all see the "organized chaos" that was each night at the quilt house.  Think 10 machines running, 15 or so girls sewing/laughing, "a bit" of unpicking and a whole lot of fun :)  So ya, there is a whole lot to smile about in these awesome finishes ;)  And I want to give each girl her moment in the spotlight, so here they are!!!!

Cooper used Ava Rose by Deanna Rutter for Riley Blake Designs

Nicole used Shimmer by  Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman

Bailee used You and Me for Adorn It

Jessica (that's my daughter :) used Eden by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics

Atlanta used Cotton + Steel Basics for Cotton + Steel

Emily used Mormor by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics

Katelyn used Spot on for Robert Kaufman

Ellyce used Ashton Road by Valori Wells for Robert Kaufman

Hannah E. used Desert Bloom by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs

Hannah B. used Offshore by Deanna Rutter for Riley Blake Designs 

Natalie used Sundrops by Corey Yoder for Moda

Lindsey also used Desert Bloom by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs

Chole used a line that I just can't remember.  I think it might be a Sandy Gervais??  Anyone??

Serenity used Varsity by Sweetwater for Moda

Zoe F. used Simply Colorful II by Vanessa Christenson for Moda

Breanna also used Ava Rose by Deanna Rutter for Riley Blake Designs

and Zoe A. used Curiosities by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs

And aren't they all just great!!!  I am so very proud of each one of them, and am so glad they they just love their finished totes!!!!  I see them using them and it just makes me smile :)    Way to go girls!!!

And just FYI,  if you want to make your own Charming Tote, I have a free Step by Step tutorial right over here ;)  You just need a Charm Pack and 2/3 yard of fabric to start!!  They are so much fun to make and are wonderful Christmas presents.  But I am warning you, you can't stop at making just 1 :)  

Thanks for popping in today and sharing these amazing finishes from these amazing Young Women!!!   I can't even begin to express how much I loved working on these totes with them ;)  What a wonderful experience that I will treasure!!!

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up these finishes to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Myra's ;) 
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  1. Those totes turned out great! They all look so happy and proud of their new bags! Hopefully this is the start of many projects for these girls!!! Kudos to you for taking time out of your busy schedule to teach them to sew!!!

  2. Way to go, Young Women! Anyone would be proud to have one of your terrific bags.

  3. Lovely finishes for the lovely girls!!

  4. These are fabulous, the girls will have learned some very useful skills this year in YW as well as having a great bag at the end of it all. x

  5. How wonderful! that is so nice of you to share your time and talent with the young ladies. :) Beautiful totes!

  6. Oh you are lucky indeed to get to work with those talented and sweet young ladies! Either you’re a very great teacher or they’re exceptionally talented, as every single tote turned out perfectly! There’s not one I wouldn’t be proud to own! What amazing work!

  7. These totes are all so pretty! I love the smiles on these girls and they must be so proud of their accomplishment!!! Well done!!

  8. Thank you for mentoring the girls and for keeping this art alive:)

  9. You can tell by their smiles how proud they are of their creations. What a wonderful experience for them! Love how you are passing it on...

  10. They really did wonderful work! And how fun to see a bit of each of them reflected in their choices for their bags! Very sweet of you to encourage them in tackling a new skill.

  11. Great job Gorls, and a shout out to you to Melissa for teaching and mentor g young girls and showing them the joys of sewing.

  12. Such a lovely variety of work..just wonderful Blog.

    Such a lovely variety of work..just wonderful Blog.

  13. Awesome job young ladies! And kudos to you hon for teaching them something that is so useful in life.

  14. What a wonderful project!! The girls did a great job on their totes. Better still, they look like they each had a TON of fun!

  15. What fun! I see a lot of future quilters there. Just imagine what they might do!


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