Several weeks ago I was selected to participate in the “Oakshott Challenge” hosted by Sew Mama Sew. The rules of the challenge were pretty straight forward: Make a patchwork tote using a fat eighth bundle of Oakshott Lipari.
Prior to this challenge, I was not familiar with this line of fabric, but now that I am, I have to say….I AM IN LOVE! Aside from the beautiful rich colors, this cotton fabric has this gorgeous sheen to it is just amazing! I couldn’t wait to start working with it. Of course, my biggest challenge was deciding what to do. As my followers know, I am NOT a quilter…not by any stretch of the imagination…so this was indeed going to be a challenge. I combed the web for ideas, I called my Mom (the quilting expert)…I scoured quilting books, and in the end, I decided to go with a simple “quilt-as-you-go” technique.
The idea behind this type of quilting is quite easy. Start with a tiny piece of fabric, quilt it to a batting square then repeat. You continue adding pieces of fabric around and around and quilt, quilt, quilt until the square is finished. This is great patchwork option for non-quilters like me!
The Challenge rules required we use at least 6 of the colors provided. Originally I was going to stick with the blues and greens, but after making my first block, I just had to try making one with the reds…
And used rolled, leather handles to compliment the leather base. You can find the tutorial on how to attach these handles HERE.
I have to say, I am extremely happy with how this tote turned out. It is by far one of my best totes to date. If you would like to be inspired by more gorgeous totes made from this beautiful fabric, make sure to stop by my fellow blogger’s who are participating in this challenge as well:
And if you are looking for some rich fabrics for quilting, I would recommend you give Oakshott Lipari a try…I have to say, I truly enjoyed the quilting process on this project, and I can’t tell you how many compliments I have received on this bag!
Disclaimer: The Oakshott Lipari fabric used to make this tote has been provided by Sew Mama Sew.