Anyway, after finishing the quilting on the other quilt and the Professional Tote, this was the only thing left in my "to be done" queue. I had decided how I was going to quilt it and was going back and forth with myself about what color thread to use. I chickened out and decided to use white thread (the back is off white) as I was going to be quilting in the white areas. My other thought was the purple of the lattice or even lime green.
I figured I would do a couple of blocks around the edges to see how it looked before I went too far. I did not use the quilting that was in the book as I didn't like that at all.
Hopefully you can see the quilting here. I did quite a few blocks and I must say that this has been by far my favorite part of this quilt!! I am enjoying the quilting a lot even though it is repetitious. For some reason it is soothing rather than boring. I actually did about a quarter of the quilt this afternoon! I think I have decided to go with purple in the blocks around the outside although I am not committed to this yet. It would kind of give it a border effect. There are no borders on the quilt but I may add one after I am done the quilting.
A closer look at the quilting. You can see kind of a flower in the squares and a loop somewhat mimicking the old ribbon candy from years past. I am also free hand quilting in the ditch around each of the white areas. I think I am going to leave the colored areas alone unless they scream out to me at the end!
I did find this picture on my camera of the "not quite finished" Professional Tote with my mineral quilt in the background. It gives a better view of the almost completed bag. It is a lot darker than the picture shows because of the light shining off the faux suede.