Used the shape and size of the "241 Tote" by Anna Graham (aka noodlehead) for this quilt as you go bag, though I didn't put in the charming side panels, as I thought it'd be too bulky to manage. Anna's pattern is for sale here:
I adore that pattern and use it for my everyday purses.
Learned the quilt-as-you-go technique in two tutorials, one by Chase (aka quarter inch mark on Flickr):
And one by Penny (aka sewtakeahike on Flickr) at:
The strap is a strip of buttery-soft leather, which I sewed directly into the top seam of the bag when I sewed exterior and lining together. A denim needle made it easy.
Thanks to some of my dear online sewing friends for gifting me some of the fabrics in this bag: Paula (www.flickr.com/photos/neweyes2009/), Ayumi (www.etsy.com/shop/ayumills?ref=ss_profile), Teri (www.flickr.com/photos/craktpot/), Jenny (www.flickr.com/people/krousegirl2/) and Sakizome (www.etsy.com/shop/sakizome).