Hi there! My apologies for the recent radio silence. This has been an unexpectedly eventful week filled with family medical issues and related activities, and I haven’t had much time to sit let alone sew and write. I hope to dive back into those creative pools soon, but for now, I thought I’d share a few fun sewing finds. (Because thanks to our handy smartphones, there’s always time to hop online for a little browsing. And when you find yourself in stressful situations, said browsing is also pleasant distraction!)
On another note, I can’t believe Christmas is only 10 days away! I still have lots of sewing and a bit of shopping to do. If you’re in the same boat, perhaps one of these finds will make a great last-minute gift for a crafty loved one. Or if you’re done and kicked back by the fire with a cozy quilt while the rest of us wrap it up, perhaps one of these finds will make a great reward for all that holiday hard work! Either way, I hope you enjoy.
So it seems I have a thing for pink and blue. Like, together. I didn’t notice it right away, but that combo’s beyond abundant in my stash. It really wasn’t until I made Feathers by The Pattern Basket, and pulled fabric for those adorable bird blocks, that I realized just how many pink, blue, and pink-and-blue prints I had. Now that I’m aware, it’s no surprise that Indigo Rose by Camelot’s Sara B. instantly jumped out at me! Not only am I crazy for the colors, I love the combination of flowers, butterflies, and tribal-like designs. The collection’s feminine and funky, and I’m a fan!
I picked up this newly released pattern during Fat Quarter Shop’s Black Friday sale, because I just loved those sweet, scalloped-edged squares. And though the quilt’s (obviously) gorgeous in yellow and gray, I plan to make it with Quill by 3 Sisters/Moda. This is at the top of my post-Christmas project list!
I’ve written before about my Anna Graham adoration, and her latest pattern only grows the heart fonder. Like her Double-Zip Wallet, which I’ve made twice, the Minimalist Wallet is simple in design but high in style. Its details, like the flap accent fabric, snaps, and zipper pulls, are perfection. And how great is it to have two sizes to choose from? As one who regularly goes back and forth between a haul-it-all tote and wallet-keys-and-phone-only bag, I definitely appreciate that option. This, too, will be going on my post-Christmas project list!
Oh, how I’ve waited for this collection to be released! I loved the vibrant colors as soon as I saw them in Kate Spain’s Nomad and Haven quilt patterns, which came out months ago. The line just hit fabric sites this week, and it’s only a matter of time before it’s mine! And why mess with success when the prints look so great in those patterns? I can’t think of a reason…so I may have to say Yes to Nomad!
Did you ever watch What Not to Wear? That fun show on TLC in which Stacy and Clinton spied on poor unsuspecting people, called out their fashion foibles, and offered tips for more dapper dressing? I always enjoy a good makeover, so I did! And one of those tips, which I now practice fairly regularly, stayed with me. It was: Add some shine. Whether it’s your shoes, jewelry, belt, or some other accessory, every outfit can benefit from a bit of bling. Not crazy bling, of course; just a little shimmer to perk up the rest of your look. I think it’s good advice that transcends fashion and can be applied elsewhere—like to your sewing room! Because how cute is this thimble and tape measure? Rose gold happens to be a personal favorite, so I’m all about these shiny tools of the trade. (Santa, if you’re reading: I’ve been VERY good, and my stocking has plenty of room!)
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!