Thursday, November 30, 2017

Keeping it casual clutch

A cute pattern deserves to be made more than once, right? My second version of the Noodlehead pattern, the Rainbow Clutch, by the talented Anna Graham, is also a gift (pattern found in Handmade Style: 23 Must-Have Basics to Stitch, Use, and Wear). This time around, I selected scraps of quilting cottons to make the front pocket pieced (following the pattern's design) rather than in one fabric like I did in my first version. Once again, I fussy cut the fabric selected for the front tab - which is one of my favourite design features in this pattern.
Can I just say how much I love the casual, yet stylish look mixing these blues with denim gives this clutch? I am hoping that the mama of four that received this clutch finds it to be everyday useful made in this combination of fabrics.

 I thought the choice of using denim for the main body of the clutch would make it wear well and design features such as the exterior inset zippered pocket make it very practical.

A pretty, coordinating cotton was used for the lining, in colours that add interest to the inside but ones that should also hide any stray pen marks (or is it only me that always carries pens around?).  The saying is "third time a charm", so maybe the next version will be the one I make to keep. You just know that I will be making another version, right? ;o)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The clutch I almost kept

This fall, I finally had the pleasure of sewing my first Noodlehead pattern by the talented Anna Graham. I decided I would make a version of her Rainbow Clutch as a gift for a friend, from her lovely book Handmade Style: 23 Must-Have Basics to Stitch, Use, and Wear.

It's a fun design and I was delighted that I was able to fussy cut some long hoarded Joel Dewberry fabrics (which I featured on the flap and front pocket) to make my version a extra special for the recipient. The pocket is pieced on the original design - but I think choosing a treasured fabric to make it in one piece is a great option!

The fabric I used for the all the exterior pieces is a decorator weight, which worked beautifully to give the clutch a crisp shape. It did make it a little more challenging in terms of bulk, due to the darts that form the curved shaped, but I made sure to stagger rather than stack the direction of them when pressing and stitching.

I wanted to play up the hot pink accents on the front pocket, so I selected a quilting cotton in the same colour for the lining of the back inset pocket and for the lining of the clutch. I love that pop of pink when you open up the zippers!

The pattern is well written, easy to follow and gives such professional results that it may not be a surprise that no sooner did I finish this one, I started cutting out a second. ;o)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

A new venture!

Sometimes what you have been looking for is right in front of you! This fall, I was invited to stop by an impromptu garage sale hosted by my lovely friend, Heather and in conversation with her, an idea was sparked and a dream rekindled. Years ago, while busy raising our families, we would talk enthusiastically about our love of vintage and thrift store shopping, even daydreaming a bit about how fun it would be to have a shop selling such treasures.
A sample of the vintage Christmas fabrics we have for sale @sewgoodvintage

Last month, we decided that we would follow that dream and start a business together. We are selling vintage fabrics, patterns, notions and vintage sheets online, from our new Instagram business account @sewgoodvintage. We already have a sizeable inventory (so stay tuned as it's taking a bit of time photographing and tagging each item to be uploaded for viewing/selling) and we continue to search for more vintage treasures to offer to our customers. Further plans are being discussed, but the exciting part is that we are taking action on a dream and full of enthusiasm to be sharing vintage goodness with others! Pop by @sewgoodvintage on Instagram to see what we have been up to and perhaps find a vintage treasure or two that you might want to claim. ;o)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Rainbows and Unicorns

 Time flies! Here we are at the end of the week and at the end of September, already. Wow.  Somehow, I lost track of time and the rhythm of blogging without meaning to. Let's jump back in and share my latest happy little project!

During a visit with family a few weeks back, one of my young nieces took notice of the handmade bags I had with me, with this one in particular catching her eye. She told me how much she liked all the colours I had used and that she would really like to have it, so I offered to make her a pencil case of her own using the same pattern as mine.

The pattern for this colourful case can be found in the book, Sew Gifts and is the design of Adrienne Smitke. 
 I decided to make her version in a rainbow of pretty fabrics and to play up the variance in the tips of the improv pieced pencils. Then I tweaked the original pattern by enlarging the strip of fabric above the pencils in order to give her extra room for storage and to allow me the opportunity for some embellishing!

Fussy cuts from a text fabric were the basis for making several "tags" to decorate the front, back and even a piece of plain twill tape (that I inserted into a side seam).

This niece likes a bit of "bling" so a sparkly charm added to the zipper pull should satisfy that desire!

 A dark text fabric seemed the perfect choice for the lining of the pencil case as it shouldn't show any stray pen marks so easily.

The back of the pencil case should also delight my niece as I was able to fussy cut a unicorn out of scraps left from sewing myself a fitted blouse this summer. Who can resist unicorns from the talented designer Heather Ross? Well, apparently neither I nor my niece can. The sweet little poppet tried mightily to convince me that my blouse would fit her (she's just 7) and that she should have it. Can't blame a girl for trying! 😃

Linking up my happy little finish with Amanda Jean and friends, at Crazy Mom Quilts, for Finish it up Friday!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Colours of Summer

Have you heard? Rachel at Stitched in Color is hosting another of her fabulous fabric mosaic contests, called Summer Crush.   You can make up to two mosaics (enter by Aug. 20th)!  Then on Monday the 21st, voting will open.  The two top Mosaics will earn a complete fat quarter set of their mosaic fabrics from the sponsor of the contest, Quilt Sandwich Fabrics !!!  Winners announced August 24th. 
Summer can be such a busy season and it seems to pass in the blink of an eye... or maybe that's just me getting older! ;o)  This summer has been a rich one - I've been gardening, canning, taking in favourite outdoor summer activities, travelling, exploring, spending time with family and squeezing in some sewing time (mostly garment making - which has been so lovely to return to!).  It has been wonderful! One activity I enjoy year round is fabric play, so it only made sense to take a favourite past time and put together a mosaic for the Summer Crush fabric mosaic contest.

The bright, happy colours in my inspiration photo (above), represent my take on summer. Minty greens, lemonade yellows with a burst of berry pink. Fresh, bubbly, slightly tropical and full of summer vibes! Pour me a tall glass of summer, please. ;o)

Pink Lemonade with a Dash of Mint - my entry for the Summer Crush Mosaic Contest

So what are you waiting for? Let's make the summer fun last a bit longer by popping by Quilt Sandwich Fabrics, selecting fabrics that say summer and put together a mosaic to enter in the contest, Summer Crush at Stitched in Color!
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