Present Perfect

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Today I’m excited to be part of the sew-along for Betz White’s new book, Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow from Interweave. The book has some very useful and fun projects that you can create quickly.

Since I am busy sewing for the upcoming Quilt Market, I decided to use some of my new Charms fabric to make the Eye Candy Glasses Case as you can see below. I made a simpler version without the contrasting fabric on the front of the case. Super quick pattern and as usual, Betz’s instructions and illustrations are clear and helpful.

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You can see the full sew-along schedule here:

Sew Mama Sew – Make & Bake Apron excerpt – Mon, 10/6

Stacy Sews – Falling Leaves Appliquéd Placemats – Tue, 10/7

House on Hill Road – Hot Mitt House & Tea Towel Set – Wed, 10/8

A Happy Stitch – Sweet Life Pillow – Thu, 10/9

Sew Sweetness – Wool Courier Bag – Fri, 10/10

Raspberry Sunshine – Gentlemen’s Travel Case – Mon, 10/13

Pink Chalk Fabrics – Pasha Pleated Clutch – Tue, 10/14

Made with Moxie – Cargo Tablet Sleeve – Thu, 10/16

Bixou Lovely – Coffee Cash Coin Pouch – Fri, 10/17

Flax and Twine – Forest Friends Finger Puppets – Mon, 10/20

Imagine Gnats – Bib, Rattle & Burp Baby Set – Tue, 10/21

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Quilt Market Sewing

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It’s that time again! I’ve just started sewing samples for Quilt Market. Here are some peeks at my next collection for Kokka. If you own a fabric shop, feel free to email me for more photos or contact Seven Islands Fabric (in the US) or Nunoya (in Europe) to pre-order.

I’ve had some distractions lately:

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Don’t worry. No kitty was harmed in the making of this photo! My older daughter wanted to adopt a black cat when she found out that they have a difficult time finding homes due to superstitions. This little guy is named Lionel to go with our dog, Peabo. It’s been over a year since our 17-year-old cat Kiki died and I miss her so much. And you know, I wanted to invite more chaos into my life!

 

Working

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At the beginning of the year I decided to make some changes to my blog. I am no longer accepting advertisements because posting regularly has become more of a burden and things seem to have changed. Blogging doesn’t feel like it did when I first began in 2007. Back then I felt like I was talking to friends, sharing ideas and inspiration in a community. These days it feels like that community has devolved to quick Instagram glimpses, character-limited tweets, and solipsistic Facebook posts. Don’t get me wrong; I often enjoy the brief communication and instant feedback, but there’s definitely something missing. Maybe I need to actually leave my house to find community.

Anyway, I’ll be posting less frequently, but I am still making things. I just submitted another fabric collection for Kokka, which will be shown at Spring Quilt Market. And I’m excited to be trying some new substrates in this collection! I’m working on a new book idea, but feeling overwhelmed by the processSo I’ve been trying to use time effectively and to find that tricky balance between work and family life. Not easy.

Above are some Instagram photos to show what I’ve been doing lately. Making baby things! Working on auction projects. This year, we decided to skip the school quilt and make a piece of art, so I cut 380-something tiny balsa wood houses and the art teacher is working with the kids to paint and collage them. And I’m working with my older daughter’s fifth grade class on this paper stampede project. You can see her horse samples above. I found the tutorial and templates from Ann Wood over on Design Sponge. And in the bottom left photo, you can see that I made a block using a design from each of my Kokka collections. This is a work in progress for an upcoming block tutorial. And on the bottom right is a sneak peek of a design from my next collection!

Oh, and I’m also hauling kids around town, mediating their constant bickering, and making mediocre dinners. But I don’t have photos of that.

2013 Sewing

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Lately it feels like I haven’t made anything, but as I reflected on the year past, it seems that I did accomplish some sewing. Here’s what I made in 2013.

Also, my Garden collection is now in stock over at Fabricworm. Happy New Year!

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In the Bag

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Looking for sewing project inspiration? It’s in the bag! Here are some bags, pouches and cases to make for holiday gifts.

Zipper Pouch from Bag-Making Basics by Kristin Link.

Arrow Tablet Case from 1, 2, 3 Quilt.

Backpack from Hart & Sew.

Pintuck Clutch from 1, 2, 3 Sew (tutorial on BurdaStyle).

Hexagon Handbag from 1, 2, 3 Quilt.

Travel Kit from Betz White.

Market Tote from 1, 2, 3 Sew (pattern on the Chronicle Books blog).

Lunch Sack from 1, 2, 3 Sew (pattern on Sew, Mama, Sew).

Pocket Full o’ Geese Bag from Sew, Mama, Sew.

Rail Fence Tote from 1, 2, 3 Quilt.

Kindle Slip Case from Charm Stitch.

Go Anywhere Bag from Noodlehead.

Pleated Tote from The Long Thread.

Pixel Pouch from 1, 2, 3 Quilt.

Tissue Case from Very Purple Person.

Bow Clutch from Elm Street Life.

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