In the midst of working on bigger projects, a little instant gratification is always nice. The other day I took ten minutes out of my day to frame my Stitch Love Postcard with a fabric mat and a few buttons. Like the look? To make your own fabric mat, press your desired fabric onto medium weight fusible interfacing with a hot iron. Trim to the size of the glass from your picture frame and then spray adhere it to the glass. Insert the mat/glass into the frame. Voila! The buttons look like they were stitched on, but actually they're attached with double sided tape, just as I attached the postcard.
After Valentine's Day, I received one more unexpected valentine: a little bundle of Maker fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics. (Thanks AGF!!) I love this line, especially the "I'm A Maker" print (note to self: need to buy yards when the line hits stores, any day now.) And I knew exactly what I wanted to make with my Maker fabrics. A Tessa Basket.
I kept my dimensions to about 17" x 18". I used fusible fleece and a fairly sturdy stabilizer to make this bag strong. I added linen dots to the bottom and Maureen Cracknell's Wild and Free arrows (another must-have print). I lined the bag in Wild and Free 'Folk Plaid'. This one is mine all mine and I absolutely love it.
Get the pattern here.
This past week I definitely felt 'in between stitches' ~ working on everything except what was on my calendar because I was waiting for fabric to arrive. And what do you do then? You pull out a long-lost wip from the bottom of the pile and finish it off! What a great feeling!! Do you remember this quilt I made for Robert Kaufman using their London Calling IV line? That was over a year ago, and with the scraps I'd pieced a patchwork that I casually set aside.
It was such a pleasure to finish up. I simply added the panels to either side of the patchwork, sandwiched it up, quilted it, bound it. This quilt is 100% completely made of cotton lawn and the silky feel is pure heaven ~ I wish you could feel this. So cool and luxe. Perfect.
Love that London Calling selvedge, too.
Have a great week and see you soon!!