This past weekend I received an email from Emmaline Bags with a coupon (WALLET20) for 20% off of her fabulous “The Necessary Clutch Wallet“, so I bought it, and today I made it!
It’s an interesting patten, a nice challenge but not overly difficult, I really enjoyed making this clutch. I was able to cut all the pieces, interfacing and complete the project is less than a day. I decided to use Jeni Baker’s Color Me Retro fabric, it’s a great summer print.
There’s a ton of room in this clutch for everything including your smart phone. I’d like to add another zippy pouch and wrist loop to this pattern.
I have a few bag patterns I’d like to make this week. What are you up to?
I’m missing a girl with a squirrel on her head for the middle block. I have fabric on order and am hoping it arrives by the end of the week. The finished size of this piece is going to be approx. 45″ x 36″, the “photos” are 7 & 1/2″ square, 10 & 1/2″ with the frames. I want to quilt the negative spaces but don’t want it to take away from the “pictures”.
Not much else going on, I just needed a little hiatus from sewing and blogging.
April’s bee block was chosen by Lisa in Port Hope, she designed an original paper pieced block called “Modern Butterfly”. Lisa’s original block was created in pastels but since we’re scrap busting, I decided to use brights, butterflies have bright colours to warn predators that they’re poisonous. To offset the bright colours, I used my go-to grey, Kona Coal.
I hope Lisa likes it.
A few weeks ago I asked Pam from Mad About Patchwork about Kaffe Fassett’s Shot Cottons from Westminster, I haven’t seen shot cottons in person and was wondering what all the fuss was about. Today I received three lovely, generous sized samples, Pam sure knows what colours I love!
In the photo above, specifically the Prune, you can really see the two different colours used the weft and warp of the weave. The fabric itself has a very soft hand, I’d love to make a shirt for my husband out of this, it is gorgeous! The hamsters are working hard to create a special project Thanks Pam, I love them and will be looking to you for colour recommendations.
Since American postal costs have skyrocketed to $20.00 for a small package to Canada (!!!) buying from Canadian retailers where postage is under $6.00 just makes sense, even if the cost of yardage is a little more! Have your online shopping habits changed since the outrageous American postage rate hikes?
I think some had a problem envisioning what this quilt would look like, I hope I have enough here to give you a good idea. You can also see why I chose plum colours to offset the feature fabrics and how they really pop.
I’m really enjoying putting this quilt together and so far, it’s my favorite. So much so, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and cut into my treasured Tula Pink out of print fabric, Plume!
I’m not quite sure how big I’m going to grow this pattern, I’m going to keep going until I run out of fabric.
I finished up my Amy Butler basket this morning. This time, I whip stitched all the seams on the inside so they’d lay flat then tacked down the sturdy poly so it wouldn’t shift.
I love this fabric! I didn’t quilt it because I didn’t want to distort the floral pattern but the inside lining is quilted in a diamond grid.
I finished the second basket awhile ago but just never got around to taking photos.
My shoulder is remarkably better, I think I just needed a day on the sofa!