After a lot of thought, this is what I have come up with for my mouthy stitches partner. Unfortunately the colours do not look true on my computer, the bird is a rich 'pomegranate' colour, and the linen is teal. I think I got my placement of the mosaic a little awry, as I had intended more of the birdie fabric to be on show, but, having done this, and being tight for time, I have left it as is.
A little hand stitching on those leaves, only because, by the time I decided it was needed, I had sewn together the outer of the bag, and did not intend taking it apart again! You are honoured, partner!
And the back was designed to echo the front- boring, possibly, but it pleased me at the time.
Straps done in teal and pomegranate, for extra cheeryness, ( spell that? no leave it alone.)
And then the quandary of the inside. Now, I know we only needed to piece one side, but my stash is such that the two parts of the lining would need to be different fabrics, or very boring. And I knew I wanted to put a pocket in. A hidden pocket appealed to me. And, I was worried that my partner would not love the outer of the tote. My latent paranoia showing through!
Some folk love rainbows. Well, who doesn't love a rainbow? I love a rainbow, so, let us find what we can.
Quilters Cache to the rescue again, and a paper pieced block. Why do I choose to do paper pieced blocks when my inner brain says 'NOOOOO! It is not eco friendly, It is hard work, and unpicking, and you do not want to go there!'
So I paper pieced this. I found a solid and a print that worked together, for each side, and had that rainbow print for the middle.There is actually a very pretty blue near the blue floral ... Black makes it pop, and there we go.
A little hidden pocket, with a D ring sewn into the seam, and sew it all together, a bright cheery butterfly print for the other side, and we are done.
And the only thing left is the key fob. Oh yes, I got ambitious, and turned my first effort into a coaster.... so I started more simply, and produced....A very plain key fob, and a card- the colour is all wrong- the card is actually a pale green!
So that is where I am at the moment. It still needs packing up to send, but other than that I am done!
Next on the list? October blocks for stash bee, and another project to come too!
And now I can go and see what everyone else has been up to!