Finished work a little earlier than usual today and thought I could make use of the bit of extra time to finish the tote for my current swap.
I really hope my partner will like this, so without further ado, here's the tote I made for my partner :)
I made the bag out of a cotton-linen blend of fabric and appliqued the owl and branches on. Personally I think the owl looks a bit like batman, so this will be lovingly called the bat-hoot-bag. *coughs*
The front and back are both quilted, the front in free-motion. It's the first time I did this with my Singer machine, and found it to be a lot easier than on my mum's old machine, which was so difficult to do that it almost completely put me off free-motion. So I'm a little proud, since this piece turned out quite nicely in my opinion. Of course I still have a lot more to learn, seeing how I'm a complete and utter free-motion beginner.
I used one of the fancy stitches on my machine to embroider the straps. That stitch has turned into my favourite for totes, I've used it a lot recently. Those leaves are just too cute. The lining fabric is a low volume flower print and I also added a small pocket, so my partner has some extra space.
Here are a few more close-ups of the bag.
I also have a few little extras to send along with the bag, but I want to keep them a surprise to my partner, so won't be posting pictures of them yet. :)
And last but not least, I'm linking this project up as my entry to the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge hosted by the lovely Jennifer Mathis at Ellison Lane Quilts.
Hope you all have a great day!
Until next time,