The whirlwind of designing and sewing samples has finally died down. (Knock on wood.) It’s time for me to relax and enjoy the everyday things. Like quiet, leisurely cups of coffee outside with Stinka. And deciding on vegetables for the planting bed and decorative plants for the front yard. And of course, dreaming about more fabric projects.Free Spirit sent me some of Anna Maria Horner’s Halo (wide quilt backing) in Glisten. Doesn’t it look lovely with that little Dresden plate in her Mod Corsage range? If you’re still on the fence about this collection, don’t wait too long to decide. These are going to go quickly. Tula Pink’s Chipper is waiting for some pre-cut fun as well. The colors are lively and the designs are everything you would expect from Tula. I especially love the reappearance of a fox.But whimsy isn’t for everyone, I know. You’ll be glad to see the geometric prints are just as stunning. Especially the stripes.Great fussy cutting potential. A few more cups of coffee and some thinking time could yield some exciting results. I’ll keep you posted. Have a great week!
While wasting time on Pinterest last week, I saw a bag specifically made for knitting (or crocheting) while standing. The bag rested on your arm, holding your yarn as you worked. Great idea but the design was inelegant and had no structure. So I took the basic idea–a bag that hangs off your forearm–and made my own from my stash of Mod Corsage.The strap is long enough to accommodate your arm even if you’re wearing a few layers. And if you need even more space, all you have to do is lengthen the strap a few inches. I’ve put together a free project sheet for you so you can whip up a few of these. There are two sizes. The smaller one is perfect for a skinny scarf or socks, little embroidery projects or even a bit of EPP. I’ve left off pockets, but you could easily add some if you feel the need. The medium sized bag (the one in AMH) takes 1/3 yard each of two different prints while the small one (the one in Tula’s Eden) needs only 1/4 yard each of two prints. You can also make the small one with two Fat Quarters. Click here to access the two page pdf file. Then grab some fabric from your stash and get sewing. In no time at all you’ll have a beautiful little project bag. I’m filling mine with this gorgeous Malabrigo sock yarn in Lotus–a perfect color fit for this Mod Corsage bag.
What will you put in yours?
Hello! Did you have a good weekend? Find time to relax? Sew? Read a good book? We’re experiencing a heat wave here so finding time to relax over the weekend was especially important. I used some of the time to organize my sewing space.I sorted some of my button stash by color and filled up this Aurifil thread case. It’s just the right size to accommodate a fun assortment. I still have jars and baggies full of buttons, but this will be easy to find and use when I need embellishments.I also loaded the Color Therapy quilt on the frame. Thread is on the way for this one. I have the rulers so this may be my first ruler practice quilt. Eeeek! I’m nervous but excited to start that learning curve. However, it looks like fabric will be arriving any day for more sample sewing. Quilt Market is only a month away after all. The ruler work may have to wait.In the meantime, I’m setting aside scraps from the sample sewing. Kaffe prints are so inspiring to me. I may not use them all the time but they continually stimulate my creativity from their spot on the shelf. This color/print combination is currently making me very happy.It’s time for another iced tea in the shade. With the thermometer reading 88 degrees and a few more hours of heating up to go, I plan to avoid all strenuous activity for the rest of the day. Hope you’re staying comfortable where you are. Have a great week!