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?
Happy Friday! What a week it’s been. I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend, let me tell you. I shipped off 11 pillows and two bags to Free Spirit. I also managed to design 17 digital quilts in the last two weeks. Crazy, right!?! Fun, but crazy. But let’s get back to some fabric talk. Specifically, Anna Maria’s Mod Corsage. Stinka and I took advantage of a bright sunny day to grab some photos. You may have noticed this quilt in the background of the last post. It’s a simple diamond with sashing quilt. I cut the 60 degree diamonds from 5″ strips. The sashing is Anna’s Skipping Stones and it’s a perfect complement to the Mod Corsage collection. Sashing is cut from 2″ strips. For backing, I used Tula’s wide backing in gray (leftover from the Joel Dewberry quilt).This is the sixth quilt to come off the Grace frame. More meandering for this one. I tried to manage medium sized meanders but you can see I seem to have a tighter meander set as my default. More practice!
Oh! And those setting pieces on the edges are Anna’s True Colors Sealing Wax print in red hot. It’s exactly right for Mod Corsage, a particularly good combination for warming things up a bit.
It’s time for me to put my feet up and have some relaxing cups of coffee. I hope you’re looking forward to some relaxation too. Have a very Happy Friday!