My poor postman was almost rugby tackled to the ground when he made a delivery a few weeks ago! This pattern is "Garden Gate Tote" by Lynette Anderson Designs and was ordered from Julia at Cross Patch - I must say her customer service is excellent and this arrived in super speedy time! I really didn't need another tote bag, but I'd had a very crafty idea to put this stitchery design to good use...
...the hand embroidery was done with over-dyed Valdani thread, and once it was completed I made a start on piecing together some squares, using a selection of fabrics from Lynette's Pocketful of Daisies collection. These were pieced together with Aurifil thread...
...linen and lace are the perfect companions to go with these pretty fabrics. I kept the quilting very simple (and again used Aurifil threads). The stitchery design was appliqued into place and my project was almost complete. The inside raw edges were bound with a strip of co-ordinating fabric, and I was ready to put a lever arch binder into it's new cover...
...and here's the finished project! This will be used to store articles and patterns from quilting magazines, so I'll have them all together in a safe place. I really like making using projects that are pretty, and it's much quicker than making another quilt!
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