Here's Cassie catching the last of the sun's rays before sun down.
And here's the blank canvas for a new quilt block.
I haven't been very specific about cutting the fabric, because I really wasn't sure anyone cared. However, if you're working along with me, these 8 inch blocks are made by cutting a background that is 8 1/2 inches square. Cut 2 inner borders 1 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches and 2 more inner borders that are 1 1/2 inches x 10 1/2 inches. Cut 2 outer borders 3 1/2 inches x 10 1/2 inches and 2 that are 3 1/2 inches x 17 inches. The finished block will be trimmed.
Layer the assembled blank canvas block on a 17 inch square piece of Warm and Natural quilt batting, and fuse and stitch the appliqué components in place.
For some of the blocks in this quilt, you'll need to complete the appliqué BEFORE you add the borders. You'll know which ones those are. It's not rocket science. :)
A word about fusing... I use Heat & Bond Lite. I trace the appliqué patch, but before I press it to the fabric, I trim out the centre part of the patch, so only the edges get fused. I do that because I want my quilt to be nice and soft and drapey. I don't want it to be stiff. However, if you're making a tote bag, the extra stiffness would probably be a good thing.