Traveler’s Tote

In a few weeks, I’ll be teaching a class at the Whistle Stop Quilt shop.  The owner is interested in having someone teach some classes on how to make bags, so I went in and talked with her.  While I was there, she showed me this cute new pattern by Anything But Boring called “The Traveler’s Tote.”  We both agreed this would make an excellent class for me to teach :).


Traveler's Tote

A sample was needed to promote the class, so yesterday and today was spent making it.  This tote is very sturdy because fusible fleece is used on the exterior and Decor Bond is used on the lining.  The large flap is a great way to show off a favorite piece of fabric or focus fabric.  It has tons of pockets (you can never have enough) – two on the outside and pockets all the way around the inside.


Traveler's Tote Interior

I was only one seam away from being finished,when I realized the lining pockets were wrong.  Instead of the pockets opening at the top, they opened to the bottom – not very useful at all!  I had to rip out the sides and bottom of the lining in order to get to the mistake and fix it.  When I realized the mistake, I gasped and said “Oh no!”.  My five year old said, “What’s wrong Mommy?  Did you sew your thumb?”.  He was glad to see I was okay!  That detour took about an hour, but I was really happy with the end result.

Be careful when you sew.  Keep it thimble!

Goals for 2011!

Happy New Year!

Well, it’s time to kick of 2011 at Keep It Thimble!  I wanted to have a great new project to share with you today, but I had a Wool Crazy emergency!  I took the block with me on the road over the Christmas holidays so I could finish basting down the wool appliques.  I only had a few more left – they were all cut out, they just needed to be stitched down.  When I got home, some of my appliques were missing – I’d left them in the hotel!!  Long story short, I spent yesterday recreating the missing appliques and stitching them down so I wouldn’t lose them again.  This was a blessing in disguise, as I’ve been missing to finish the applique part so I can get started on the crazy quilt stitches.  Now this project is more portable and I won’t lose anything – as long as I don’t misplace the entire block :).  Here’s how it looks now:

Wool Crazy Progress

2011 Goals

Big plans are in the works for 2011. Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect this coming year!  I appreciate everyone who reads my blog and I look forward to sharing more with you this coming year:

  • More free patterns
  • More tutorials
  • More giveaways
  • More book reviews
  • Guest bloggers
  • Etsy shop

Finally, here are some fun stats about Keep It Thimble that were sent to me by WordPress (my blog host).

Keep It Thimble – 2010 in Review

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 61 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 81 posts. There were 124 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 232mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 20th with 326 views. The most popular post that day was Free Pattern – Shaker Pincushion.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for folded patchwork, patchwork, folded star patchwork, wool crazy, and folded star.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Free Pattern – Shaker Pincushion January 2010


Free Pattern – Folded Patchwork Star December 2009


Free Patterns October 2009


Free Pattern – Stuffed Sea Creature Toys April 2010


Grommet Purse August 2010

Professional Tote Class

On Saturday, I taught a fun group of ladies how to make the Professional Tote (pattern by Creative Thimble).  This is a great bag for travel – tons of pockets and lots of room to carry all kinds of things.  The designer even included a zippered front pocket that is perfectly sized for a passport!

Professional Tote
Professional Tote

Molly signed up for the class first and then convinced her friends Kim and Arlene to join her.  The class was scheduled from 10 am – 6pm so they knew they had a marathon session of sewing ahead of them.  It took awhile for everyone to get settled in (we finished Step 1, part B at 11:30am!), but everyone was having a great time chatting and learning something new.  Arlene was kind enough to bring lunch for everyone, and Kim went to Bojangle’s and brought back some delicious sweet tea for us!  We sewed until 7:30pm as we were bound and determined to make sure everyone completed their bag.  Although it was late, and we were pretty fried at the end, everyone had a great time and went home with a beautiful bag.

Molly's Professional Tote
Molly's Professional Tote

Molly selected a lovely burgundy duck cloth with a striped accent fabric.  She said the stripes reminded her of Joseph’s coat of many colors.

Kim's Professional Tote
Kim's Professional Tote

Kim’s bag was beautiful brown accented with lively polka dots.  The lining was made of large floral print on a brown background.

Arlene's Professional Tote
Arlene's Professional Tote

Arlene’s bag was a bold print that feature apples, grapes, and berries.  Lots of great colors and a deep purple print for the contrast and lining fabric.  She purposely picked something that she wouldn’t normally pick, and was very pleased with the results.

I had a lot of fun in the class and look forward to another class with them in the future!