Blooms Outdoors and In

Three weeks have flown by; two of them spent traveling. And so little time spent sewing.

Outdoors, our garden has been producing the most spectacular Rhododendron blooms thoroughout, so I must share a few of those photos!

Time to start another batch of tote bags. I like to batch sew totes and have been collecting photos for a tote tutorial, which I will do next week. But only a single tote complete this week. This tote was made from orphans squares from a quiting project two years back. It is so nice to see these large squares reborn as a bright tote bag!

Tote with magnetic closure, mesh exterior pocket and stitch in the ditch quilting.

The release of Wrapt in Love, part 4, interrupted the tote production. I simply cannot resist Esther Aliu’s patterns and must dive in as soon as the next is released.

Stitching is nearly complete on this block, with a single bloom remaining to stitch.

I tackled the little dancing flowers first, using my two primary tones for this pattern, burgundy and gold. The dangling tendrils seemed to fit these fanciful blooms.

Bringing in some of my lighter fabric provides high contrast for the upper portion of the block, and balances the deep tones of the lower dancing flowers. There is still stitching to do, but my indoor blooms are taking shape.

Wishing you all beautiful blooms, outdoors and in.

Lennea

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