Well, my Happy Fabric purchased on April Fool's Day didn't have time to cure in my stash. This weekend I used it to make the April tote bag for my BQL Yahoo group.
I really enjoyed making the bag. In my quilting career I had not machine quilted a project that I've finished. This bag was quilted as part of the piecing. I did wavy lines on the gusset and freehand quilted around the flowers on the black fabric. I didn't want to hide the flowers with the quilting.
The dark green circles are appliqued onto the bag. The directions for making them made them simple to make. You started with a cardboard circle. Cut the fabric a little larger than the circle. Stitched a running stitch around the circle. Placed the fabric on the cardboard and pulled the stitch, this made the fabric gather around the cardboard. Pressed the fabric and let it cool. Then gently loosen a small portion of the gathers and pulled out the cardboard. Press again. The circles stayed round and were easy to stitch onto the bag. I have to try this method for my Butterfly Garden quilt when I get back to working on it.
My beloved Red Sox are having a tough weekend in Toronto. They lost Friday and Saturday and are now losing 6 - 2. I bet they'll be glad to get home to Boston later tonight. Home opener on Tuesday. I hope they do better then.