My friend Donna is into all kinds of creative endeavors including needlepoint and crochet. Several months ago I made her a zipper pouch and she decided to use it to store some of her supplies. From there it grew to wanting a basket to store projects she was working on. Then she needed a tray to hold her supplies while at retreats. People who enjoy needlepoint and crochet are just like quilters....they love their tools and gadgets and love to go on retreats! So, I ended up making a kit of several items that can easily fold up for travel and be used while on retreats.
I love everything in Anna Graham's Handmade Style book! Her style is so classic, simple and elegant. I finally got the nerve to make something. Not that her patterns look difficult, it's just out of my comfort zone. I fell in love with the Market Bag and knew that was what I wanted to make first. And there were for sure some "firsts" for me. I had never used Soft and Stable, attempted leather handles, sewed an inside zip pocket or had I used any of my treasured Robert Kaufman Essex linen fabric! I am so pleased with the results and that I ventured out of my comfort zone!
I chose Robert Kaufman's Essex Linen in black as the main fabric and picked some of my favorite scrap fabrics from Alison Glass and Caroyln Friedlander. I struggled with the leather straps and ended up using the linen instead. I ordered some beautiful leather on Etsy but then decided it was too soft and flimsy. I just read that Anna is selling leather on her website so I'll have to check that out for next time.
I used Soft and Stable by Annie and it was super fun to work with, really gives the bag stability and structure. I lined the bag with an Abacus print from Alison Glass.
I am so happy with the way it turned out! Everyone that sees it, wants one. I guess I need to get busy and start making some more! :)
Have a great evening!! And remember to create something everyday, even if you have to step out of your comfort zone!
Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day giving thanks to our God for all he has done for us. I also hope you are spending time with your loved ones. I am so looking forward to going to my daughter and son-in-laws house this afternoon for Easter dinner. It's their first Easter in their new house and I can't wait to see all she has done with the house so far - it's only been three weeks! And of course, I can't wait to see my grandbabies!
I made a special gift for Grayson and Kyler and am super excited to give it to them. Their Mom, my daughter Kirby, always loved Easter and everything associated with bunnies. So.....I decided to make the boys an Easter Bunny Pillow!
I used Elizabeth Hartman's Bunny Quilt pattern. Just made one block and then added borders to make the pillow 20" x 20". I found a free appliqué alphabet pattern online from Shiny Happy World. I quilted the pillow top first, fused the cut out fabric letters to the pillow top with Heat N Bond and then stitched a zigzag stitch around the letters. I used Kona cotton solids and Riley Blake dots to match the quilts I made for them for their first birthday. I decided to add a binding to give the pillows a finished look.
Hope they are well loved!!
Have a awesome day everyone!!
Hi! My name is Tricia Young and I live in Houston with my husband Jay. We live in a 60 year old house with lots of character which means we are constantly updating or fixing something. My mother taught me how to sew when I was very young. Back then, our sewing room was a closet. Now I have a whole "studio" and I love it! I am also a new grandmother to the two most beautiful twin boys ever. I am fortunate to live close to my wonderful daughter and son-in-law so we get together frequently. In addition to spending time with my family and quilting, I also love to cook, decorate my house and shop for clothes.