I've been working on the tote in my Sewing Group pattern.
I made the tote with charm squares and stitched a stitchery design on the front. I also added some ric-rac braid along the top edge.
For the handles, I cut the charm squares into 3.5" widths and joined them together. (That's the strip across the bag front.) I like doing that for bags because it gives a bit of a scrappy look and because I've used the charm squares for the body of the bag, it ties it all together.
The tote is a generous size - 17" x 18".
For the tote, I also added a covered button to fasten it with. I stitched one of the flowers on the button.
I also hand quilted the bag with perle 8 thread with a simple diagonal line through each of the squares. I also hand quilted a cross hatch design on the notebook cover with perle thread as well.
I'm pleased with the finished designs and will be the 'best dressed' person at my next quilting group meeting!
I'm doubly pleased because this was one of the items on my 'hope-to-finish' list for June. Tick another one off!
The pattern is available on my website.
To celebrate another 'finish' for June, if you leave a comment between now and 3.00pm Thursday (my time!), you will go into the draw to win a pattern.
Until next time