Here in Southern California, there are no weather complains, but it’s officially now spring. That, combined with the fact that I HAD to take a break from the baby quilts lead me to a couple of bright vibrant pillow sleeves!
These are quick and fun to whip up. Remember how I mentioned I needed to explore yellow a bit more? In doing so, I’ve come to realize that I really don’t have that many yellow fabrics. Will have to remedy that with time!
Nice envelope openings so that these are easy to toss in the washing machine!
Both are in the shop!
Recently I’ve been getting a little thrill out of making projects that you can finish in one sitting. Quilts certainly don’t provide that, but cute purses do!
This one’s from the same pattern as the last red one I made. It’s really a great little pattern. I often struggle with handmade purses looking… well… handmade. This pattern really doesn’t have that vibe to me.
I’m going to have to buy more Hello Betty the instant my fabric buying ban is lifted. I really love it so much. To me it’s the perfect mix of modern and pretty.
I’m out of magnetic snaps so I’m improvised by adding a button. I think it’s a cute touch!
I’m not much for linen in my quilts, but in purses?!? It’s perfect. Love. Love. Love.
I’m loving linen. Way back in this haul, I got a bunch of different colors and there was yards of it. I was, needless to say, delighted. I’ve been using the aqua here and there for awhile, but this red was recently rediscovered when I clean up my stash.
A new purse for me!
Made with this pattern. I modified it a bit – mostly in how I sewed on the handle strap. I included the handle in the step when you sew the lining and the outer shell together, rather then sewing it on at the end.
And that pretty patterned fabric?? A fat quarter that I got in the Sew, Mama, Sew! fat quarter swap. I love it with the red linen!
Happy weekend to you all!
I was in a bit of a funk the other day and wanted to make something that would cheer me up. What to do? How about cut into some of your favorite fabric and make yourself a bag you know you love?? Done.
Those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile know that I love love love the Mail Sack pattern from Pink Chalk Studios (not to mention how inspirational Kathy’s blog is!) so I figured I’d make yet another. I make the mini version so it’s more handbag-y than tote-y.
Can’t go wrong with this amazing Migratory Birds Echino fabric! I’d been holding off cutting into my little half yard of it, but making myself something with it sure did brighten my day. Sometimes you just need to take the dive and cut into the precious fabric!
Hope that you all have wonderful weekends!
Made these pillows for my sister – I’m thinking there are going to be loads of pillows in my future…
And the table runner & place mats for my mother in law. They were incredibly tough for me to get through as the fabrics aren’t my taste, but if you saw her dark green & red chicken themed kitchen you’d understand. It’s as though the fabric designer had been in her kitchen before coming up with this line.
And then… who knows?!? My quilting future for 2009 is wide open! How exciting!
Just a quick post to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you and yours!! Hope that you all have a wonderful time and enjoy all that this season means. Family, friends, food, and good times!
I’ve been sewing like crazy and will show you some gifts after tomorrow, but for the time being, just a some Christmas Birdies that I found very tough to photograph as I have no tree this year to hang them on… They are already hanging on my sister’s tree!
From this pattern, adjusted slightly so that I could add the ribbon to make them ornaments.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!!
It’s HARD to make presents for people with different tastes from your own. At least I think it is! Two table runners (for my grandmother-in-law and stepmother-in-law) down:
And one more (for my mother-in-law), with a matching set of place mats, to go. I had to interrupt and make a couple of blocks that are more “me” before I dive back in…
My mother is coming to town for Thanksgiving and gets here tomorrow. I finally got around to making her the tote that she requested the last time I saw her. I only get to see her about once a year, so it’s not like I didn’t have time!
Nice and simple:
My mom is a Zen Buddhist priest (yup!) so keeping it nice and simple and slightly Japanese-ish was the way to go. This was my first time working with linen and boy am I in love! I see much more working with it in my future…
I got lots and lots of replies about where to get a whole bolt of kona cotton and batting. The consensus on batting was that Joann’s with the 40% off was the way to go. The cotton got more complicated… there were many replies – thank you everyone! While Joann’s with the 40% off was mentioned as well, there were also other sites. I haven’t had the chance to check out all them, so I’ll just list them here:
I need to take the time to look through them!