This week’s Meet and Make designer is Gayla Carlson. Gayla is the talented rag quilter behind Jubilee Creative Studio. She sells homespun fabric designed specifically for rag quilting on JubileeFabric.com. Her ragged style patterns and tutorials can be found on Jubilee Homespun Inspiration.
Let’s meet Gayla!
10 Fun Facts about Gayla:
- I am a baseball Mom and a basketball Mom. One of my favorite activities is to watch my son and his friends compete and have fun.
- I can tie a cherry stem into a knot with my tongue. It’s a rare skill.
- I have a framed poster of Rod Stewart in my studio and love his Great American Songbook albums.
- I was a full-time city postal carrier for seven years and often walked 10-12 miles in one day with a satchel full of mail.
- I have a “mug-go-‘round” in my cabinet (the lazy susan in the corner unit) filled with my collection of fun mugs. I pick my coffee mug each day based on my mood.
- We also have a “cereal-go-‘round” in the lower cabinet. A bowl of cereal is appropriate any time of day in this household.
- I collect domain names. If I think of a good name, I register it “just in case.” My husband says he can always please me on my birthday by just buying me a new domain name.
- We once converted an abandoned, unfinished underground house into a livable space and lived it in for one year while we build a “real” house on top. The kids still have fun memories of the year in “the cave.”
- My favorite tv shows are Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, American Pickers and Swamp People. I have a t-shirt that says “Choot ‘em, Lizbit.”
- I got my first real job in a deli when I was 15. Had a huge crush on the manager and 32 years later we are still happily married.
Here’s Gayla’s Project:
Quilted Homespun Tote Bag
Finished Size: 15 inches wide x 16 inches long
Primary Technique: Pieced
Difficulty Level: Easy
- 144-150 Homespun 4″ Precut Quilt Squares
- 1 yard stiff, dense quilt batting
- 1 purchased canvas tote bag, approx 15″ x 16″
- optional- buttons to embellish tote
- For the front, set together 36 doubled (two layers) homespun squares to form a panel that is 6 squares wide and 6 squares tall. Do the same to form the back. Use a small, tight stitch and secure the seams with backstitching. Clip all the seam allowances about 1/2 inch deep and about 1/2 inch apart. This is what will make the “fray”.
- Backstitching to secure the seams must be done 5/8″ from all edges. Otherwise the backstitching will be lost when the homespun frays.
- Iron the front and back panels flat. Trim the edges of the front and back panels to match the size of your tote. The panels should extend about 1.5 inches beyond the tote in all directions. See photo below.
- Cut a piece of quilt batting about 1 inch smaller than the front/back panels. Pin well.
- With the fabric side up, stitch from one side to the other across all the squares diagonally to ultimately form an X on each square. The back will have a diamond pattern as shown below when finished.
- Stitch front to back with batting sides together. Stitch the sides and the bottom, leaving the top open. Clip the side and bottom seam allowances 1/2 inch deep and 1/2 inch apart. Be careful that you do not clip into the stitching.
- Turn your canvas bag inside out and insert it into the patchwork bag. The homespun portion will be slightly larger/longer than the canvas. This is so that the canvas tote will carry the weight of the contents and protect the homespun seams from stress.
- Pin along the top and stitch with a small tight stitch. The homespun will again be larger than the canvas so stitch some small pleats at the side seams. Clip the top seam allowance 1/2 inch deep and 1/2 inch apart. Be careful that you do not clip into the stitching.
- Machine wash on cold with detergent and a liquid fabric softener (optional). After washing, shake loose strings out before drying.
- An optional pocket may be added to the inside by stitching it to the canvas bag before the bag is stitched to the homespun. Random buttons may be added for embellishment.