Just before Christmas I was in Spotlight and noticed they had a sale on patchwork fabric including DS Quilts (Denyse Schmidt) fabrics.
I didn't have anything particular in mind but just thought they looked really summery. But after a couple of days I thought they would look nice in a tote bag.
My plan was to make two tote bags - one with stitchery and one with applique. I wanted to make them roomy enough to take on an outing to the beach or park. The name of my new pattern? Summer Totes
I stitched on my favourite linen/cotton off white fabric and DMC 326. The stitchery design will be for a panel on the front of the bag.
I'm also going to add some ric-rac braid (very summery) and some large pockets on the inside of the bag.
While stitching away I kept looking at my fabric and thought 'it's not enough' so I rushed back to Spotlight and bought a few more colours. Should be very pretty.
Well our country is literally burning at the moment. The southern states have had high temperatures for a couple of days and fires are raging - in some places out of control. It's paradise's turn for the heat today and I'm spending my day in the air conditioned studio. I hope that the fires don't cause any more damage to property than they already have.
Until next time