Behold! My finished tote for the Outlander Craft Swap.
It started with a plan....
Then, I got to work on the thistle applique. I used a fusible to help give me a bit of support for those tiny jagged leaves and keep them in place. Then I used a small blanket stitch to machine applique them to my white background.
Next, I moved onto the trapunto for the knot portion. I have not done trapunto before, so I was kind of winging it. I put a small piece of batting behind the knot, then stitched on the lines of the knot. Then I used my applique scissors to trim the batting away as close to the stitching lines as possible in the areas that I wanted to be shaded.
Then, I added batting to the entire piece, and when to work adding quilting to the shaded area of the knot. I used Cindy Needham's "Scribbling" technique to do this. She talks about it a lot in her Craftsy class, Design it, Quilt It - with Cindy Needham (affliate link**). I highly recommend this class!!! It is chock full of awesome quilting designs.
When I was all done quilting the knot, I moved on to the background behind the thistles. Can't not have some swirls!
Next, I turned the whole thing into a tote bag. I debated making it a pillow.....it would have been a lovely pillow. But, I thought my partner would never get to show it off if it was just a pillow. Rarely do I see people walking around town with pillows in their hands. So, a tote. A nice, useful, practical tote (with an interior zip pocket and a regular interior pocket too).
I hope my partner likes it! I used up practically all of my favorite 2 purple fabrics. I hope she likes purple!
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