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?
During the month of April, I’ll be sharing Anna Maria Horner’s next collection for Free Spirit, Mod Corsage. Isn’t that a beautiful stack? One of my favorite things about Anna Maria’s collections is the way they coordinate without being obvious. Something that is definitely true about this one.As usual, I gravitated towards the blues first. With the hints of coral and the dashes of gold, there is plenty to liven things up. Even those who think blues are boring will find themselves getting excited about these.Especially when they’re cut up into hexies. I wasn’t ready for a long term EPP project so I turned my thoughts to pillows. I chose a gorgeous turquoise solid (Free Spirit Designer Essential) and worked up a design for a small rectangular pillow.I used my hexies to frame a design element from the gray colorway. I appliqued it to the solid, added hexies to the corners and quilted it up. It now has pride of place on my chair. It sure makes that IKEA gray pop, don’t you think?Here’s a close up of the echo quilting.Mod Corsage ships to stores next month. You might want to make a little room in your stash for some of these. Just sayin’.