This project, the Dresden Flower Tote, is made by following the pattern in the book Quilt Color Workshop by the Fat Quarterly team. This project caught my eye because of the clever fabric choices and the dresden plate (of course).
It was fun to find similar fabrics in my stash to make this project a lot like the book version. I rushed through making this though- next time I'd like to try a totally different color scheme.
Applque is definitely not my strongest sewing skill, I considered omitting the petals all together. I am glad I persisted but I know I need more practice with the technique.
The pattern is written very clearly but I did find one mistake: when the directions refer to the measurements of the interfacing for the handles, it changes from 1.25" to 1.5", I went with the latter. I wish they had just given a template for the flower center and petals- drawing my own wasn't ideal.
There are other projects in Quilt Color Workshop I would like to try- I think it is a great book to have in one's library. I tend to be pretty picky about what books I own- I don't just buy books for "inspiration" - it's got to have at least 2-3 projects I plan to do.
Check out the other linkups for September Craft Book Month at Craftbuds.