Yikes, how is it October already? It was gorgeous last weekend, I spent both days in the garden getting tanned and pulling out tomato plants. Sadly, southern Ontario was hit with a weather pattern that encourage late blight–I attempted to rescue some almost ripe tomatoes but the rest went to compost.
Now, if you’re a gardener, you’re gasping at the thought that I composted my blighted plants rather than burned or garbaged them…well, I figure that the blight (which is a fungus) is in my garden already, so I can’t really get rid of it.
Then, after dark I sat down in my sewing room and gave myself a good talking to. With the result that I was able to finish up my 241 tote this week–better late than never for the Q3 Finish-A-Long linkup with She Can Quilt. (Click here for my Q3 list. I’m chuffed because I finished my EPP pillow too, that’s 2 out of 5!)
The main fabric is a indoor-outdoor fabric from Fabricland (Canadian chain), which was relatively stiff although I added medium weight interfacing as well. The lining is a linen-cotton blend, bought in the same visit, with some black cotton twill for pockets. I decided this combination was pretty bland and conservative, so I added the decorative saffron topstitching to the pockets and the vintage button. With an inset pocket, key loop, and adjustable strap, it should be a functional purse for me.
I’m not too happy with the magnetic snap, for some reason the little “ears” seem to want to stick out of my lining. Let me know if you have any hints.
Also linking up to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Purse Palooza at Sew Sweetness. (Note to Sara, I did have a couple of seams on this purse done before September 30, but, honestly, the bulk of it was sewn October 3-4).