Sewing samples for Market is a bit of theater, at least for me. Sometimes I have a script to follow. (i.e. specific patterns with specific prints.) Other times, the times I like best, are pure improvisation. In these instances there may be some direction (e.g. a large round poof) or none at all.For Tula Pink’s Bumble collection, I was given the direction of large round poof, preferably with hexies. I received this little bundle of fat quarters along with some yardage for the rest of the piece. Since the days were quickly speeding by, small hexies were out. Just not enough time for something so involved. Not when I had a lot of stuff still on my list and about two weeks to get it done.This is what I did with large machine pieced hexies. These are 5 1/2″ hexies cut using Darlene Zimmerman’s template for EZ Quilting. I quilted it very simply using a 1/4″ line on either side of each horizontal row of hexies. Just enough quilting to enhance the shapes but not too much to take up all the time remaining. Nice fat piping circles the poof.
I should tell you, if you haven’t read this elsewhere already, this fabric is peached and has a very soft hand. Ideal for baby stuff, which is exactly what Tula had in mind. I particularly love the bee print. And those gradient hexies.For Heather Bailey’s Clementine collection, I had the script–namely, a pattern and the fabric. (Sorry the lighting isn’t great in this photo. I was in a rush to grab one before it went in the box for shipping.) I had a bit of trouble with the zipper. It happens sometimes. You just aren’t in a patient frame of mind and you have to put a zipper in a fitted section. Trouble, my friends. Nothing but trouble. After the third attempt to get this dang zipper in, I gave up and put it in by hand. After it was in, I realized I really liked it this way. The dress is a retro pattern and the hand stitches have that haute couture feel you expect from an old fashioned fancy dress.
Next up was Denyse Schmidt’s Franklin collection. My instructions…make a couple pillows in Denyse’s aesthetic. Fortunately, that was an easy task for me. Denyse’s style is uncomplicated, plenty of negative space and a good variety of prints. Cut, mix and stitch. Viola!Place mats and napkins were also requested using this tutorial by Laurel Krynock for imaginenats.com. Once a plate is centered on one of these mats, you’d have a nice edge of patchwork to look at.Working up these two little totes was a last minute rush, but worth it. It’s a nice way to show off the large floral of Joel Dewberry’s Flora collection. I’m glad I got these out the door in time.
Still to come…two pillows in Amy Butler fabrics and a couple of bags in Anna Maria Horner’s two collections. Phew! I think my final list of items completed for Market was right at or just over two dozen. No wonder I’m falling behind on other stuff!