Creating The Lucy Boston Project Tote!

I started out with the thought that 2″ Lucy Boston honeycombs would be SO EASY to create! I have been educated.  It was a blast to create this tote, and I learned so much on the way!  I’ll show you:

Creating the bag to hold my growing Lucy Boston project was truly smile inducing. Not lying here.

Start by creating a pile of honeycombs to play with.

Finally! Found the pattern I loved best.

 

 

 

 

Cutting out the 2″ Lucy honeycombs using a template with a 3/8″ hem allowance is preferred. PERFECT Lucys!

                                                                                    While the 2″ honeycombs open the door to some fabulous large prints, it’s a good idea to start with 1″ Lucy Boston blocks to know and understand construction techniques FIRST.
That being said, I put my Lucy craze to the test and came up with this great project tote: and discovered a technique you should hear about that will help you with all your Lucy Boston adventures!
Using applique to secure the blocks to a background is nothing new, but have you tried that technique using steam a seam TAPE? Wonders!
The first thing to do is PRESS YOUR BLOCK WITH THE FOUNDATION HONEYCOMB PAPERS IN PLACE. Remove all honeycomb papers. Now you are ready to go!

Applying Seam Tape to the outside edges

Apply the seam tape to the outside edges, pressing at each corner. Tear the strip and work the next edge.

After the entire design is taped on the edge, press, using NO STEAM.

Peel off the paper all the way around.

Line a 19″ X 23″ or larger (for 2″ honeycombs) piece of cotton with batting.
Lay the Lucy Boston block on the background, centering the sides and leaving 1″ at the top.
PRESS. Do not iron! Ironing is movement that causes trouble.
Pressing is holding your iron in one spot, lifting it, holding it in another. Ask me how I know.

Press! Don’t iron. Lift the iron every time you wish to change position.

Stitch the Lucy Boston block to the background fabric, using a blanket stitch if your machine has one…if not, a zig zag is lovely!
I used a walking foot to accomplish this, as there is bulk in the layer of batting, and I did not want the top of my design to shift.

Stitch down the edges, and quilt as desired.

Now for pockets!  These are easy.  PRESS the honeycombs while they are still folded on the foundation paper.  remove the paper.  Add the tape all around the honeycomb.  PRESS.  Peel off tape.   Place another honeycomb (with paper removed) wrong sides together and PRESS!    Stitch all the way around.  Voila!  a perfect project pocket for scissors, needles, threads, pens…all things Lucy!  I added my pockets to the OUTSIDE of my project bag, for ease of use when I’m out and about.

Taping the pocket front.

A pressed pocket, ready to stitch!

Pressing pockets.

 

And here is a photo of the finished bag:

Loving my new Lucy Project tote! Ready for adventure…

 

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