by hightechgrammy 19 Aug 2022

We went on a road trip to the Grand Canyon. I wanted to make an unique tote bag of the places we have visited and loved before. Some of the designs I had purchased, but the designs for the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Royal Gorge, 4 corners, Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National park are ones I designed from my own photographs. I used some heavy duty black fabric for the bottom and top band. I tried to keep it as light as possible so I only quilted the front and back and to pre-washed flannel. It was fun to make, took forever to do all the squares. The front has more of the national parks and attractions, while the back has more personal places from our own trips. I found this really neat fabric of road trips and matching license plate fabrics I used for the lining and large pocket. It's not perfect, but it came pretty close to what I had hoped.

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by toogie 29 Aug 2022

AMAZING!!!- love all the designs and the fact that you digitized some is amazing. Love the lining fabrics too. Great job!

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 03 Sep 2022

Thanks, Toogie, It means a lot coming from you! It was fun and a challenge, but I just don't make things for myself.

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by dailylaundry 29 Aug 2022

This is awesome!! You have such talent!! Hugs, Laura

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 03 Sep 2022

Thanks, Laura, everyone in this group amazes me with all their talent.

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by sonjapotgieter 29 Aug 2022

Stunning!!!

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 03 Sep 2022

Thank you, Sonja!

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by mops Moderator 25 Aug 2022

Such a great memento!

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 03 Sep 2022

Thanks Mops, I am so glad I've learned to digitize it just opens up our world.

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by sebsews 23 Aug 2022

Awesome work!

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 03 Sep 2022

Thank You!

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by tachau 23 Aug 2022

great work and wonderfull road trip!!!

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 03 Sep 2022

We had the best time and it was just a different world than ours.

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by peafarm 21 Aug 2022

Great bag-wonderful memories!

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 04 Sep 2022

Thanks, It really was an amazing trip. Every mile in the desert presented a brand new site.

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by cfidl 20 Aug 2022

Excellent designs! I love the front especially Mesa Verde.

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 04 Sep 2022

Thanks, Christine, Lemon Drop is the name of the BX font for Embrilliance. Mesa Verde was one of the hardest, but the hardest was Royal Gorge, trying to get that line to look like a bridge. Let me know if you'd like to use them. I have a neat appliqué of Colorado too. It took me a while to learn Embrilliance, and I'm still learning, but I'm finally at the point where I can almost everything I want .

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by dragonflyer 20 Aug 2022

What a great memento you have made...

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 04 Sep 2022

Thanks so much! I didn't realize I'd be able to use it for other things.

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by virginiamaxwell 20 Aug 2022

I love it I think it turned out great thanks for sharing with us.

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by noah 20 Aug 2022

Awesome job :):)xx

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 04 Sep 2022

Thank you!

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by pennifold 19 Aug 2022

Hi Jan, this is great. I've done one of my travels in Europe but it's not as big as yours. Yours is full of memories too, well done. Love Chris
P.S. I loved all your pictures you posted.

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 04 Sep 2022

Thanks,Chris, it really was an amazing trip. The drive was as much fun as the Grand Canyon. Beautiful things around every bend. We traveled through three Indian reservations and that was interesting too. We at at a Navajo trading post and had huge Navajo tacos.

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by sewtired edited 19 Aug 2022

Totally awesome bag! I'd love to do something like that, but first, I need to do the traveling which I would also love to do. I love the fabric too.

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 04 Sep 2022

Thanks, the back has mostly local places, that didn't take much traveling. Some to those places were 30 years ago. It was fun and I really could have included even more.

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by justonlyme 19 Aug 2022

Way cool!!

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by sewpam 19 Aug 2022

What a fun memory bag! It is worth all the time it took to make, good for you to get it done.

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 04 Sep 2022

I was really wondering if I would actually get it finished in time. I had other things I should have been doing, but mostly I was so excited to go, I just kept thinking or that. Thanks

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by graceandham 19 Aug 2022

Beautiful work and I hope it brings many happy memories as you use it. Great look on the fabric choice, too.

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 04 Sep 2022

Thanks so much, it was fun to see it come together.

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by 02kar Moderator 19 Aug 2022

What wonderful memories you must have from your trips. I think you had a good idea to make this bag and it came out great. I hope you have many more trips and memories to make.

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 04 Sep 2022

Thank, Karen, I have a feeling this will be our last big trip. Willie has Parkinson's and he's going downhill with the physical things. I think we'll probably do some day trips through. Do you get away much?

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by Mleodore 19 Aug 2022

That’s very creative

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 04 Sep 2022

Thanks so much, it was really fun.

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by asterixsew Moderator 19 Aug 2022

Jan this is stunning work and must have taken you ages to create but well worth the time you put in to it. Now enjoy using it and remembering your great journey. 20 out of 10 for your work

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hightechgrammy by hightechgrammy 04 Sep 2022

Thanks so much, Making each design took from 2-4 hours and then there was the stitching. But, sometimes it's just fun taking time to do what you imagine. Thanks for the 20!

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