Saturday, August 18, 2007

i've been a busy bee

Lately I've been wanting to try some ideas I've had for a little bit of patchwork, and since I needed to come up with a project for my next show, I decided to do a "back-to-school" type project.

We all are familiar with the typical composition notebook, and my children have always been required in elementary school to have these for journaling. They are the perfect journal size, inexpensive, and no messy bits of paper as with the spiral bound notebooks. As a matter of fact, I love using them to make lists, notes, etc. I was inspired by several other bloggers who have made similar notebook covers, so I got out my scraps, my rotary cutter, ruler and mat, and went to work.

My first prototypes were done using patchwork made from scraps in my scrap basket mixed with the always appropriate linen. I love them, and my girls do, too (translated: I want one, Mom)!

composition book cover

composition book cover

The next version was made using fabrics from my local quilt shop, Sew Bee It, and I think it is perfect for back to school! I will be demonstrating this one on my next show, so I will unveil the final product after I've completed taping. For now, here is a sneak peek!

patchwork for my next project

I have also listed several new checkbook covers in the shop for your buying pleasure! As always, if you have a custom request, just send me an email, and I'll be happy to accommodate your request!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

linen + patchwork = zipper pouch

linen and patchwork zipper pouch

This zipper pouch is so cute!

It is the perfect size for cell phone, cash, and keys. I used a natural color linen and a patchwork made of Kaffe Fasset scraps for the outside and lined it with a pretty aqua and white gingham fabric. I also added a linen fabric loop to the side so a strap can be attached to make it a wristlet. It is available in my shop, so take a look if you're interested!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

vintage patchwork wristlet

vintage patchwork wristlet, originally uploaded by sushikat.

Another sweet vintage fabric...this time paired with a cute pink and white polka dot and quilted into a wristlet! This one will also be for sale in my shop later this afternoon!

vintagey goodness bag

vintagey goodness bag, originally uploaded by sushikat.

I was recently gifted several amazing pieces of vintage fabric, this being one of them. I knew the moment I laid eyes on it, it was to become a pretty, slouchy handbag. I used a pink linen dress for the top part of the bag, incorporating the buttons and pintucks as part of my design. I then added the ivory pom-poms just for fun! I love the way it turned out!

I will be listing it in my shop this afternoon, if anyone is interested!