An online friend saw a handbag/tote I made last week and posted on Facebook, and asked me to make one for her. She showed me the fabric, and I searched for a vendor and ended up ordering it from Sweet Pea Fabrics on Etsy. The fabric is from the Terrain collection by Kate Spain for Moda. The coordinating solid is also Moda, but purchased from Missouriquiltco.com. When both items arrived by Monday, I set to work cutting the pieces and making the bag.
Believe it or not, in my entire varied collection of buttons, I didn't have any olive green buttons!! I finally found one that I liked with the bag in a collection of vintage buttons in an old sewing box I was given. I had to do quite a bit of digging, though! I do have more buttons in NY, and will have to remember to get them all together. Not all the estate boxes have made their way to PA yet, lol. I don't usually make things in green. It's not my favorite color, but this kind of grew on me.
It's fun to work outside your usual color choices once in a while. It makes you be a little more creative. I chose a leaf swirl design on my machine to embroider along the front pocket edge. The beautiful matching Aurifil thread just adds a little touch of shine.
I loosely echoed the shape of the design while quilting. I like playing with threads and accents. It's fun to see what developes and know that the finished product will be enjoyed. Cindy's seen the initial photos on Facebook, and loves it! I love sewing fun things for others. Even if it's green!