Now that the snow is melting, I can emerge from my cocoon of bitterness and move forward with a spring attitude re-start. Yes, I know it’s April in Michigan. I didn’t say I was surprised. I said I was bitter–only slightly… in an eye-rolling way.
Still sewing. Took a bit of an unplanned detour with some American Jane Snippets fabric:
The pattern is called Rainy Day Paper Play. It just takes about 45″ of the cute paper doll fabric, one charm pack and about a yard of red.
That quilt top intervened on this project. We had to take a bit of a break from each other. Three false starts. I’m going to blame the fact that we’re out of every ink color but black and I couldn’t figure out what was supposed to go where–despite the fact that I had the photo up on my computer screen right by my sewing machine. We worked out our differences.
Most of the fabric is from the Monaco fabric collection by Dena Designs–good old Free Spirit. Funky peacocks, bright colors, pretty flowers. Wheeee. The pattern is free over at Free Spirit and was designed by Scott Hansen. It was fun and I kind of love the triangles. Which is the part I was cursing at the outset. I confess that I didn’t read the pattern. Twice. First I made a “sash” of 60 degree triangles strung together. Oops–too long. Then I had the triangles and the sides of the triangle reversed colorwise. Oh, and then I had to learn how to properly trim the triangle units:
You’ll note the pointy orange point at the bottom and the shorter, if you will, blue point near the top (allowing more orange to show at the top). I’m not sure, but I may only want to make more of these because I figured out how to do them correctly. Master of the universe.
Enjoyed the fabrics so much that I used them for this year’s Easter basket:
I had my Zakka Sewing book (attention, Pam…I’m sure you’re already in the know) out and was all ready to make one of these cutie-pie bunny adaptations that Liesl posted. And then I thought about the age of the basket recipient. Hmm, while I am sure a nine-year-old would still think the bunny was adorable, she might also appreciate something a little less adorable that she can use on her bookshelf to organize, well, stuff since she has begun to take slightly more interest in what her room looks like. So, I went over to Pink Penguin’s basket tutorial and made a slightly bigger version.
There’s still time, I could make a bunny basket. Maybe I’m the one who wants the bunny basket… That ought to keep the spring in my step…a bunny basket and some slightly stale Peeps. OK, I guess she can have the plain basket AND a bunny basket since I just can’t stand it.