I've been sewing like crazy this year so far.
It seems that I get most crafty around January
every year; My blog archive in the past few years
has proved this too. It's probably because I always
have craft-related resolutions for the New Year.
This year, among tons and tons
of items I want to try and make, I'm definitely
sure that I want to improve quilting skills.
I know making a quilt is like nothing to many
of you, but not to me. Making a medium sized quilt
could literally take several months for me, partly
because I kinda get carried away by big projects.
During 2010, I want to make at least one quilt
(hopefully more!) that is big enough to cover up
my body when I watch a movie, laying on the couch.
With that thought in mind, I made this quilt.
I love how it turned out so much that I am now very
encouraged to really get into quilting.
It's about 14 1/4" by 21 1/2", a great size for a
table top or maybe a kitchen mat.
I used this retro-look Japanese fabric for the backing.
I love this print. I purchased it in four colorways.
And here are matching little totes, very similar to
the one I made for Joe's niece Sarah.
The tabletop quilt and these little totes
are listed as a set here in my shop.
This is a potholder I finished this morning.
I know I have this recurring theme for fabric choices.
Some of you who have seen many other projects
I've worked on in the past will probably be able
to tell that this is made by me. I just love
bright, crazy, and fun fabrics together.
Flipping through stashes, I found this patchwork
looking fabric that I bought from a Japanese fabric
store a long time ago, and the size was just perfect
for this purpose! I'm a totally fabric addict,
and I know you are too!! ;)
The next one is once again very much me-ish,
I would say. I thought I hadn't made a zipper
pouch, so I made this guy yesterday.
Picking out fabrics for a project takes a great
deal of time and effort for me. I lay out a bunch
of fabric strips on the floor and play around with
them until I am happy with the selection the layout.
And I often feel like "Gosh! I don't have enough
fabric to choose from!!" while Joe wonders what
I would do with all the fabric stashes everywhere
in this apartment.
I'm truly in love with this pencil pouch..
I must make more---!!!
Here is another potholder I made for my shop.
Aren't these penguins simply the cutest?!
The back side. This is another print that I loved
so much that I bought in a few colorways!
The last but not least potholder for my shop is this one.
I think the crazy stitching and uneven patchwork
are a good match. I love using words fabric too!
For the back side, I used this vintage fabric
I found when I was going through the vintage fabric
hunting at ebay a while ago.
That's it for my shop update! As usual, please let me
know when you purchase items from my shop that you
came from here so that I'd love to include a little gift!
Oh you may be wondering what happened to the
promise I made......
to make a tute for a puffy pouch?!
Thanks for your patience! It's on the way!
I just had to make sure what I had in mind
would work and I'm so happy to announce that
it will be a kinda cool first tutorial for
this year! I'll need to work on photoshopping
and making a pdf now. It'll come within a week!
In the meantime, if you are sure to make
this pouch with a flex frame, I would
recommend the set of 5 of 5 inch flex frames in Art Fire.
These are really nice size and sold at a reasonable price too!
(And the owner of the shop, Tessa is so nice!)
Thanks for taking your time to stop by and
read such a long post.. Have a great day!