I added a little more embroidery to the front this morning before finishing up this project.
The flowers along the left side in the big white patch are the same as the flowers in the above right. The tote front needed this balance.
For the back I chose some lovely natural linen.
This was also the fabric for the straps. The lining is green cotton lame, but you can't really see that.
And here it is, finished. I wish the circle was a bit more perfect....but this IS handmade, so that's o.k. When this tote is actually being used, it won't be an issue.
Overall, I would say that doing that close quilting on a patch (the circle) before piecing it in was a success, and I will use that concept again. I also like this tote's shape, and the ease of its construction. My home-printed white floral fabric was fun to use as well...all in all, making this was a very pleasant experience.
Now I need to take a few days off and attend to the tomatoes. Lots of tomatoes.