My last batch of sample sewing for Market included Amy Butler’s Glow in both voile and knit. Each substrate needed to be used for a large pillow. For the voile, I adapted Amy’s free Bloom quilt pattern (with her permission, of course) to make this pillow. Giant, large, medium and small yo yo’s grace the front. It’s a real eye popping piece in real life. Then, it was on to the knit. We settled on a false woven design for this large pillow. It’s the kind of pillow that makes you want to touch it–a visual and tactile experience. To make it work, I used Shape Flex for the back panels and gathered all the “blocks” onto a muslin base before putting it all together. And last, but certainly not least, are two bags in Anna Maria Horner’s two new collections. First up, Honor Roll. The pattern for this bag should be available this month or next on the Make It Coats website. Honor Roll should be shipping to shops this month.Folk Song will be in shops in the New Year. I’m so pleased to see this old favorite back in play. I put together a patchwork carryall bag for this collection. The free pattern for this one will also be available on the Make It Coats site, but not until February or thereabouts.It’s a big roomy, slouchy bag with only one strap. I boxed the corners on the outside by pulling up the corners and securing them with pearl cotton and a decorative button. This version is not quilted but you could go a little crazy with the quilting and add even more interest.And that’s it for the Market samples! After it’s all over, I have a tendency to forget the sheer quantity of items. It’s all a bit of blur to be honest. Writing these posts for you helps me see just how productive I have been.
Now, I need to get back to some fun sewing. There’s still a bit of pattern writing to be done for some of these projects; however, I’m forcing myself to focus on creating just for me, just because. And for a few minutes every day, I have been able to work on my EPP project–something I’ve been dying to do for a while now. Of course, there are stacks of fabric around here calling for my attention. Clamoring is more like it.
So, stay tuned and see what comes next.