Well this week was definitely a first for me, I've volunteered a few weeks back to help with pattern testing and when Michelle at City House Studio contacted and asked, I was more than happy to oblige!
The pattern was for a "read" book bag - it calls for some paper piecing (don't be afraid, she has alternative options as well within the pattern!) and overall basic sewing skills. She will be releasing her pattern soon, it's for a reading bag and here's what I came up with..
Seriously, how cute right??
I was a bit hesitant with the "leaning books" aspect of the design
and was afraid it wouldn't look crisp
Michelle gives very thorough directions on how to avoid any clipped corners
or problem areas though!
The letters for paper piecing "READ"
are included in both capital and lower case letters
I decided to mix them up a bit and stick with the primary colors
Went with a bright blue on the lining and pockets.
Thanks Michelle for letting me participate and help out!!
Her pattern is available for sale here
It's definitely perfect size for a child working on a summer reading program!
Or a September gift for a new teacher??
I'll be using mine in Maui!
I'm trying to clean out and organize some of my sewing supplies, I came across this book "Spotlight on Neutrals" that I won in a giveaway not too long ago. If you're interested, let me know in the comments section, no charge for the book, just pay for shipping. Once I know where its going i'll get an exact cost for you.
Signed by the author
Let me know if you'd like it
I'm off to find more things to destash and organize!
What are you working on now? A million things. My priority is a baby quilt and finishing my Stained QAL, also working on my e.p.p. Rose Star blocks and any embroidery I can.
Favorites: Place: So many! Toronto, Las Vegas, Florence, Paris, Colorado and obviously Manchester! Movie: You've Got Mail (I just can't help myself!), anything with Fred Astaire, Paul Newman or Ryan Gosling in. Food: I'd love to say something really healthy or interesting but it's pretty much Pizza or a Marmite and cheese sandwich!! Way to spend a Friday night: Eating pizza watching any of the above films!
Fabric line: It's really hard to chose but I am in love with Lark by Amy Butler Color: currently orange but forever pink and grey. Designer: Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner, Tula Pink, Aneela Hoey, Joel Dewberry and Jay McCarroll
Project completed by you: I think it would be the'Does Not Compute' quilt I made for my son
Project when you need a quick finish: Any kind of little bag or some cute embroidery
Least Favorites: Color: I don't seem to use a lot of red, although I do like it! I'm not a huge fan of purple but I have made a couple of purple quilts. Fabric line:I embrace the fugly Project completed by you: If I'm really honest I never really love anything I make, I think things always seem better in my head so I could pick any of my projects. Having said that there's always some aspects I do like and it's all about learning.
Big plans for 2012? Make myself a quilt or two! I would really love to get round to some hand quilting when I eventually have one for myself - I'm not brave enough to do it on one I'm giving away! I have a few other things cooking as well :)
Thank you so much for having me on Follower Friday!
Wow! Thanks Lucy!
Our list of followers is starting to dwindle so
I'm wondering if that means we should take summer hiatus?
I posted the completed top here
As some of you may remember I fell in love with the patchwork chevron here
but did not have 4 charm packs to work with so I modified it work with 2 packs.
My process is explained in the previous post
I went with a simple chevron quilting in the solid spaces
I used two of the prints from "Good Fortune" for the backing as well as some
Kona Medium Gray and a piece of Stars in Shade from the new "Quilt Blocks" line in periwinkle