It worked! I followed Michele’s plan of quilting bit by bit and I finished the quilt top! These photos were taken quickly and ad hoc but they suffice as a display of my enthusiasm at accomplishing as much as I have. The pattern is available for free on Sew Mama Sew and was designed by one of my favorite designers Ellen Luckett Baker from the long thread. Most of the fabric I used is from things in my scrap basket and includes everything from heavier linens to lightweight voile. It’s a real mix but I did closely follow how Ellen made her quilt. The grey fabric is a beautiful, soft linen-cotton blend that I bought at my favorite fabric boutique Rock Paper Scissors.
Now, I just need to find some time to quilt and hand-bind this sucker before Christmas! Yikes! And, oh yes, it’s a Christmas gift for someone (ahem), someone who might just read this blog. Wish me luck. Are you working on any covert handmade holiday gifts? Are you dying to tell someone about it? Share with me in the comments! No one will find out and we can get all giggly together!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the U.S.! I’m full of gratitude for so much today and can’t wait to start some frantic cooking and eating…have lots of gluten-free yummy eats planned. I’m also really grateful for all of my awesome friends and blog buddies (like you!). Thanks so much for being part of a great year for me. I appreciate you so much! I really do.
I’m also grateful to be a part of the growing movement to support and purchase from artisans and buy local, handmade wares. If you are starting to plan your holiday shopping I hope you have lots of local makers in mind! It makes the world such a happy place! I’m excited to have been asked to participate in two wonderful craft markets this holiday season! I really feel so honored.
Local friends I hope you can come see me at the market! I will be selling sreen-printed aprons, pincushions, tooth fairy pillows, artist rolls, baby bibs, and so much more here:
1. Holiday Boutique at my favorite shop Rock, Paper, Scissors in Montclair, NJ during the weekend of December 6-8th. I will be there, in person, on friday evening Dec. 6th (from 6-9pm). I would love to see you! The whole shop is transformed into a festive market with jewelry vendors, sewn items, artwork, snacks and their always incredible selection of amazing fabric. If you have been thinking about visiting this magical place, this market is the perfect time…pick up scrumptious fabric to jumpstart your hand-making and nab amazing handmade gifts for everyone else on your list.
2. The Holiday Market hosted by the New Brunswick Community Arts Council in New Brunswick, NJ on Friday, December 13th from 5-9:30pm inside the George Street Playhouse. This cozy, evening event includes hot cider and horse carriage rides through Downtown New Brunswick. Last year I was surrounded by amazing artists and happy to be in such good company. I’m excited to see what is in store this year and so happy to be asked back!
Ever find yourself digging through your notions, looking for one thing and coming across something else altogether? A project you were so excited about at one time and then completely forgot about? That was me last week. Looking for whatnot and came across the components for making fabric covered buttons. Suddenly, I was making buttons like it was my job.
Considering making things IS my job, I decided to package them all pretty and sell them at an upcoming craft fair. With all of the sewing preparation I have been doing lately; making these buttons was the equivalent of a smoke break….I just needed to chill and make something different already.
I was inspired by vintage buttons I’ve been collecting from my mom and grandma. While I love the buttons themselves, I am far and away most in love with the packaging!
Check out these fonts and designs! I love how hard-hitting the advertising is! Not only are the buttons ‘fashionable’ but also ‘le chic”! It’s very subtle.
I went with a quieter design for my buttons but let there be no doubt, I am inspired by the lovely retro button look.