One of our main goals was to get Sara reacquainted with her sewing machine, gifted to her by a sweet friend during her last visit. She had decided to leave the machine at my house until she was at a place in her life where she could devote more time to sewing. Although she is finishing up her senior year and plans to start college courses in a few months, she is excited about doing some small projects at home this summer, so we've sent the machine and some basic tools home with her.
As promised, while she was here we each made a cuter-than-cute Shark Pencil Case which I told you about in this earlier post. This is a design by Patchwork Posse which can be found as a free download on Craftsy. I got to play with a lot saved-up crumbs for this project....
Sara's case is done in her beloved vintage-inspired pastels....
..... while mine is done in a fun mix of grays - one even has quilting text!
This was a fun project, so much so that I was seriously entertaining thoughts of making one out of each color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge next year - right up until time to add the zipper - UGH!!! The designer says this can be a bit "fiddly" - riiiiiiight! I even had to call in the Snoopervisor for help on this one!
Unfortunately, he wasn't much help. He's decided zippers are not his thing!
In fact, he was plumb tuckered out by the time we got that sucker in there
and declared an emergency nap break =^..^=
and declared an emergency nap break =^..^=
And here's mine before the button eyes were added ....
I even used "scraps" for the buttons - these are buttons I've saved from recycled men's shirts!
No quilting was done on the Blooming 9 Patch while Sara was here, so I didn't meet my Guild UFO Challenge for June. We were just too busy, and I had a couple of non-quilty things going on that needed a lot of my time and energy. But Rocky volunteered for some overtime hours in the Studio to stand guard over the quilt until I can get back to it ....
One reason I ran out of time is because we celebrated the 80th birthday of my dear friend, Joanne!
Yes, she's 80 and still fabulous!!!
Joanne loves birds and birdhouses, especially cardinals, so naturally I had to put a couple of those in the birdhouses. You can just barely see the white picket fence behind them if you look closely. I let out a deep whoosh of relief once that was done ... I was definitely reminded of why I no longer decorate cakes LOL!!!
I did manage to finish my latest See-N-Go Project bag. This is the back of the bag featuring a Kaffe Fassett Corsage print ....
And the front with a vinyl see-thru window - I just LOVE Kaffe's purple and pink dot fabric lining showing through - so bright and cheerful :*)
This is a pattern I designed for Jacquelynne Steves for her Summer 2014 Summer E-magazine. Some of you told me the links I shared in my last post for this pattern no longer work, so she gave me new links for you to get this pattern from her......
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A teensy bit of hand stitching has been worked in here and there when I can. I always enjoy linking up with Kathy's Quilts for her Slow Sunday Stitching linky party - today she talks about multi-tasking and the value of slowing down. It's a great post - be sure to go over and check it out!
My 3-D braided tree is almost completely stitched down in my Blue Collection center....
And I am finally getting back to playing a little with my Patchwork of the Crosses blocks. This is the latest one in progress ....
Even with the best of intentions, I didn't find time to join in on these great QAL's, although I fully intend to make a start this coming week.....
I really, really want to do both of these. I love starting something new and fresh, don't you? I plan to keep both of these pretty simple so they don't end up on my UFO list for next year LOL!!!
Hugs & Blessings!
Linking up with the following fun parties:
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Slow Sunday Stitching
Tuesday Linky Party
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?
Let's Book It