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.
EPP continues to hold my attention, taking up large swaths of time. I appliqued four medallions featuring Disco Kitty to background fabric for a table runner. Now to choose and add borders.It’s the perfect color scheme for summer. It makes me think of Raspberry Sorbet and Pink Lemonade.I’ve also been playing with Jane Sassaman’s upcoming Spring Fever. So much to love! This is the back and I think it looks almost as fabulous as the front. But you’ll have to wait to see that until after Market. Not long now.In between the EPP sessions, I’m making more socks. This is Madeline Tosh Merino Light–my favorite. The color name is Magic. And it really is. Those colors are just so vibrant and the yarn feels so good.
Have you been keeping busy? Are you feeling ready for summer?
Wow! May 1st….how did that happen?! While I wasn’t looking, the days slipped past in a blur. During that time however, I finished up the guide/pattern for the Pretty Kitty quilt. You can find the pdf here. It’s listed in the Freebies too, so you can locate it there in the future.If you’re not keen on EPP, substitute any 14″ finished block of your choice. Preferably using some fussy cut Disco Kitties as a feature. Or if you only want to make one of the EPP blocks, turn it into a pillow cover for a bit of whimsical fun. You have options. Lots and lots of options.
But speaking of EPP, I have another Tabby Road EPP project in the works using the Strawberry Fields colorway. Octagons are the central focus for what it is likely to be a pillow cover.
What’s been filling your days lately? Projects? Life stuff? Adventures? Whatever it is, remember to carve out time to enjoy the simple things.