Next month, Jane Sassaman’s exciting new collection, Spring Fever, will be shipping to stores. I’ve already had a chance to work with it and I can tell you, unequivocally, it’s AWESOME! I made two quilts for Market this time around. The quilt that Stinka is showing off is called Siesta in the Garden and will be available as a free pattern from Free Spirit in the near future.As regular readers know, I never pass up an opportunity to fussy cut, especially when it comes to Jane’s fabulous feature prints. So for this quilt design, I used four 90 degree triangles to create a large block. Then I added simple sashing to highlight some of the other prints. It’s an easy quilt but it does take a lot of yardage. You will end up with some lovely leftovers of the feature print for other projects.I’ll be showing you more of this collection next month. For now, you should go check out the all the prints and colorways. Then, make your list. You’ll want to supplement your stash with some Sassy Stripes and Over The Top Dots at the very least.
June! Can you believe it?! It’s already June. Summer is upon us. (Or Winter, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere.)I’m finishing up this little EPP project in Tula Pink’s Tabby Road. It’s a table runner so it’s a very manageable size both to EPP and to actually finish. I’ll be putting together a little pattern for it, just in case you want this kind of project for yourself. You’ll see that this project has already been Cat Approved. Stinka has donated at least one cat hair to the project. You can see one hiding right there under the binding on the back. Sigh…cats. Totally worth it.Also, I’ve started another Kaffe Project. There were fat quarters left from last year’s Kaffe posts for Free Spirit. I pulled them out and started playing with Flying Geese using the no-waste method. I love this method. They turn out perfectly and go quickly. Google “no waste flying geese method” and you’ll find all kinds of tutorials and calculators for this method.
That’s all the news from here. For now, anyway. Have a Happy Friday and a Happy June!
I’m trying to do things differently. Trying to slow down and do the things I really want to do–as opposed to the things I feel I “should” do or “have to” do. I’m saying “no” to some things and a happy “yes!” to others. It’s all about balance. Part of that balance includes making room for more handwork. So when I was contacted by CPI/Quarto about reviewing some books, I said “yes!” to this one, The Hand Stitched Surface by Lynn Krawczyk.The book includes projects for fabric and projects for paper. Great ideas for getting started on some slow stitching. This book is less of an instruction manual and more of an inspirational reference book as it is filled with pages of stitch examples, tips about combining stitches and using color. Lots of good information.The coffee coasters jumped out at me–no surprise there. I grabbed some round objects from around the house, chose fabrics and started tracing circles. (There are templates in the book, but you know me…if I can make it without a pattern, I will.) And truly, circles are circles, so why bother. Anyway…I chose a solid broadcloth to go along with three different fabrics from Anna Maria Horner’s Loominous collection. Some black, gold, gray and cream Anchor pearl cotton, two pieces of batting scraps and I was good to go.One of the unexpected joys…a backside that’s just as interesting as the front. I’ve already pulled some Kaffe shot cotton to go with some Kaffe Artisan collection. A stack of these would be lovely to have on hand for gift giving too, don’t you think?If you’re looking for a project that doesn’t have a lengthy time frame, is something different from the usual sewing and quilting thing and gives you instant gratification, you might consider big stitching a small project. The book is available at retailers. You can find it at Amazon for our Kindle too.