I wasn’t really planning on doing any sewing tonight as I’m having fun watching the Olympics, but I decided to get in there and get something done. And I finished up two panels for a new bag really quickly.
A couple of months ago I saw a quilt on the Kaffe Fassett Collective Facebook group that was essentially a Jewel Frames quilt… like this one that I’ve been making for way too long…
… except that instead of the bright KFC prints in the center of the blocks, it was made with some digitally printed succulent panels. And I really liked how it looked. So I started searching around the internet and found the panels and ordered one set.
They’re really pretty and vivid. Lots of really nice colors there. So I decided that I would use some of the panels to make a bag.
So last night I dug through my batiks and found some muted green and aqua toned fabrics that I thought would work with one of the more traditionally colored succulents in the panel. Tonight I made my final fabric choices and started cutting.
The succulent panels are pretty wonky. So I squared two of them up to 6 inches. That was about the max of what I could do. Then I started making panels. First row of batiks added.
Then more rows..
Then some strips and chunks to make it 17×17 inches.
Then the second panel…
And both panels, because I like to see them side by side.
Tomorrow night I’ll get the fleece cut and fused to the back and get the quilting done. I’ll probably also have time to construct the outer bag. I’ve selected a batik for the lining, so I’ll be ready to go once I’m at that point. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll make this with a zipper placket.
I’m enjoying sewing with batiks. They are so different that the KFC fabrics I’m used to. My blocks are much less wonky with batiks.
We are in a really amazing and unusual streak of beautiful weather. We’ve had at least a week without rain, and have another ten days of beautiful weather in the forecast. It’s supposed to be 60 degrees and sunny later this week.
This picture is from Rico’s sheep herding lesson on Sunday. It was such a gorgeous sky!
We saw our first daffodil on our afternoon walk yesterday! Mine are nowhere near ready to bloom.
The boys are certainly enjoying the weather. They wish I would spend a little less time working while the sun is shining.
Our walk tonight seems to have completely done Bender in.
From that photo you are probably thinking that my Christmas tree is still up. But you would be wrong. That’s actually my sparkly winter tree. I usually leave it up each year into March when the time changes. It just makes me feel better to have that light and sparkle while the days are still relatively short.
I was looking at some old photos earlier today and ran across this picture of me and my Australian shepherd Billie from 1999. That seems like such a long time ago.
Billie would have been just over a year old in this photo. I lost her about a year-and-a-half after I moved to Portland.
I’m happy to announce officially that I’m taking Friday off. I don’t know what I’m going to do but I’m going to enjoy it!