This gorgeous new fabric by Rifle Paper Company for Cotton and Steel caught my eye right away. This is lawn ( a superfine cotton weave) in a soft periwinkle color with gold, called City Toile Lawn.
The most memorable landmark from Rio, the Christ the Redeemer statue, is on here, along with other landmarks like the pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Opera House, and Big Ben.
No I did not get a tattoo. I somehow managed to get the most spectacular bruise, a perfectly shaped circle on my upper arm. No idea where it came from, and you can see it is going into it’s yellow-green phase.
The designated photographer did a better job on this photo shoot, so his job is safe FOR NOW. Next time maybe we will even attempt some back views. My modeling skills are still, and always will be, stuck in my Big Fig phase.
The pattern is a Butterick Retro ’47, B5209. It has a halter style option also, but I like my shoulders covered. Life is easier when you don’t need a special bra for your dress. I had to do a FBA so the top fit correctly.
I ordered the fabric from Hawthorne Threads, one of my favorite online vendors. This lawn is a dream to sew and is the perfect choice for a good looking dress in this hot climate!
Every year I remember why I’m scared of the ocean.
Jaws. I grew up in the midwest and I saw the movie before I ever saw the ocean. Poor planning.
Another Companion Carpet Bag, pattern by Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H.
I put my 9 college credits in Philosophy to good use -the red handles represent the bloodshed caused by that cranky shark.
I put tabs on this bag to pull open the top. The tabs are shark snouts! I crack myself up.
I really agonized over the lining. For about a minute. Last week I just happened to buy some sushi fabric.
I find such joy in starting a project with absolutely no plan. I just picked up my Jaws, decided it needed to be a purse, and started cutting. I almost got stumped when it came to the handles. Thank heavens for higher education.
My little Minnesotan has a thing for the Northern Lights. When I got this fabric she actually ASKED me to make her a backpack.
The fabric is by Quilted Treasures and the pattern is the Dawn to Dusk backpack by Chris W. Designs. This pattern is the most “authentic” looking backpack I could find, with padded and shaped straps and great pockets.
This is a streamlined version, with a front zipper pocket instead of a pocket with flap. I added a side water bottle pocket made from mesh, with an adjustable elastic pull. The cord stop is a kitty, but it did not cooperate with my photography.
For the lining I chose Mario. Because it’s Mario. And his gold coins.
The interior pocket is elasticized to hold some electronic device like a laptop or iPad. Or a small cat. The cat print is a fat catloaf. Just like my fat cat model Tippy. He’s actually not fat, he’s big boned.
This backpack screams my girly’s name. Northern Lights, video games from the 90s, fat black cat. She’ll be stylin.’
I decided to host an Irish festival in my sewing room. Ireland is part of the British Isles after all, so I am being true to my ongoing Anglophile tendencies. I didn’t really invite anyone, but I’m okay with my one-person celebration.
My new Irish quilt took a turn for the smaller. I needed to come up with a thank you gift for they-who-shall-not-be-named. So I diverted some quilt blocks into a table runner.
Who doesn’t love a great little tree of life? I used three colors of gold thread to add depth. The trick was using green and gold and not having this look like a Packers tribute. (Boo, Packers!)
The Eternal Life block has the same elements of a claddagh ring – crown for loyalty, hands for friendship, heart for love. The designs are new this month from Anita Goodesign.
There’s a little bit of the backing shown here. This green swirly batik is one of my favorites.
I’ve got to figure out a better way to photograph a table runner. I tried getting all artsy-fartsy and doing a perspective shot, but you’ll notice it’s not in here.
This one is the money shot anyway. My little fatty fatty two-by-four Tippy is modeling his favorite use for a table runner.