Ok, I had a brainstorm today and I need to pick some other people's brains to see if I have really hit on something or not. I have been hand peicing blocks for the first time in a while. (see the Dear Janiacs under Finding time for a description of how I have been prepping blocks) Well, The other day I was working on peicing while the girls were in ballet and I was having a heck of a time. It seemed everything was getting throughly mixed up in my baggies and I spent more time finding peices and getting them set right to sew than I was actually sewing
Fast forward to last night - Dh was cleaning out a closet. First he found the old puzzle roller (BIG sheet of felt you wrap around a cylendrical balloon), which I have used in the past to store a particularly difficult large medallian block while I peiced it. I thought to myself this might be something to use, but quickly figured it is just too big. Then he found felt I had left over from dd's halloween costume a few years ago. Hmmmm...
This morning it hit me. I took the felt and peiced the scraps together until I had a peice about 18x22. I layered it with a fat quarter right sides together and sewed around three sides, turned right side out, and closed the hole. Pressed and did a little over edge treatment all the way around. I folded it in thirds, then folded that in half, made some handles out of left over binding and put a button closure on it. Walla!!! I have a little felt design tote. I can pin the peices I am working on it just like a mini design wall in the order they need to be for my block. It folds small enough to fit in my purse and I currently have a 12" block layed out in it.
My guess is if you read this far you are interested at least somewhat, so here is my question. Has anyone seen anyone using anything like this before? I searched on Google and found a few references to block totes, but only one picture ,and that was a thing that just folded in half and was labled as an applique case. I'm just trying to find out if this is something I should maybe write up or sell.