Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My next project

I made my daughter a backpack when she started kindergarten, but that was 2 years ago and it's showing some wear. She never actually wears it as a backpack, instead just holding it by the handle, but when she's going to her granny's, she always uses the shoulder strap of her overnight bag. So that has me thinking she would prefer a messenger bag to a backpack.

My first step was to consult an expert, so I bought the Molly Messenger Bag pattern by Pretty by Hand.

This is the first Pretty by Hand pattern I've bought, but I've read her blog for years and just love her attention to detail. I figured if anyone could walk me through it, it would be her.

My daughter is very into Monster High and has been for a year now, so I was excited to find this iron-on patch on ETSY:

But imagine my surprise upon finding this next fabric right in my very own closet:

How great is that? I eventually remembered buying it to make her a pillow case, but I certainly haven't thought about it again since purchasing day. Wonder what else is in there...

Anyway, then I found this great stripe:

Reviewed my Kona & Moda Bella cards for a pink (Moda berryliscious), and pulled some Kona Coal & Kona Black from my stash:

And I think we have all we need for a great messenger bag, don't you? I love working with fabric lines, but when something like this comes together by accident, it's extra fun, don't you think?

In other news, I did get my table runner bound:

And the commissioned tetris quilt top done:

That's it for me this week. What are you working on?

Linking up to Freshly Pieced for her Work in Progress Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This has been a busy week!

First off is the tetris quilt I was commissioned to make. Still waiting on the purple to arrive...

And then a friend of mine wanted me to make some gifts for her upcoming trip to her home country of Belarus. 

A hooded towel with a flower and the letter "M":

Some pot holders using the colors red, gray, white & black: 

And some pot holders using walnut & cream, for which I used my Aster Manor scraps: 

But I didn't leave myself out, because I made a pillow cover (still in progress) using my beloved Salt Air: 

The Kona color is pond, if you're curious. 

And a table runner with the same fabric line: 

Not one piece of Salt Air shall be wasted!! And obviously I've been putting the hexagons together for a while. I'm very much looking forward to sewing that binding to the back tonight. It's been a long time since I've gotten to do a binding, and that's my favorite part!

One more pretty picture before I go - this lovely bundle is Rock N Romance by Art Gallery Fabrics: 

Ok - two more pictures, just because I know you want to see more:

I feel pretty sure these are destined for my bed. I'm developing an unnatural affection for them. 

Linking up to Freshly Pieced for her Work in Progress Wednesday. What's going on with you this week?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Two stacks, one plan

This stack of fabrics:

is one purple short of a tetris quilt.

I've been commissioned to re-make this quilt in a lap size.

This stack of fabrics:

is just for fun. It's Sweet as Honey by Art Gallery Fabrics. Not my typical style, but the oranges and aquas, as well as the super soft feel of the fabric, just drew me in.

I have no immediate plans for it, but I'm looking forward to figuring it out.