I started thinking about this purse when Anna Maria Horner released her Loulouthi line and I saw her fabulous pillow she embellished with hand quilting using the Summer Totem print. (I tried to find it in my favs on flickr, but it was too slow and I became impatient!) I was thinking it would be fun to use that print as a flap on a purse and hand quilt/embroider some details on it. I did that on the flap, sides and then just did a running stitch through the squares on the front and back. I am not a good hand quilter, and this was my first attempt at embroidery, but I love the results despite the imperfections. It is my own design using 4.5" squares, 4.5" sides. It will hold quite a bit for my summer travels. I decided against using a closure on the flap as I don't really like pulling the flap off each time. It's long enough to where things aren't going to fall out. I used the grapefruit color of the Summer Totem as I love the hint of pink and the colors Anna Maria chose to go with that light pink. I knew this would be a summer purse, so I focused on pulling out the lighter colors. I'm so glad to get this UFO off my list! :)
Super excited about Super Fly! Bold colors, graphic prints! Jane is a beautiful large scale print that coordinates well with so many of Jennifer Paganelli's other collections! There is also a large scale zebra print called Lauralee. I love how all her fabrics have women's names! It took me about a day to decide what I wanted to make. First I had to group her new with the old(er) fabrics. The world stops when I get to do this~ my fav!
Mixed with Crazy Love, Queen Street, Girls World Vibe
Mixed with Girls World Vibe, West Indies, Pretty Please, Crazy Love, Honey Child
Mixed with Bell Bottoms, Flower Powers, Sis Boom Basics & Crazy Love
I decided I wasn't ready to cut it up, so I kept it whole and sewed strips of 8" squares to either side and put aqua minky dimple dot on the back. The perfect throw in summer colors, so it will be called The Summer Throw in my shop! :) I purchased my Super Fly at Hawthorne Threads
I was so excited when Jennifer Paganelli announced that her next book following the amazing Girl's World was going to be called Happy Home. I am more of a home dec sewer than clothing sewer, although the Sis Boom clothing patterns have started to sway me more towards clothing! :) I am a HUGE fan of everything she does, and this book just continues the beauty and inspiration she gives us every day, with every collection, pattern, project or book.
Pretty girls and their aprons in Happy Home
I wanted to make the Prettiest Apron in the book and was pleased with the results! There were no pattern pieces, just cutting instructions which was great! You make quite a bit of bias edging for the sides/tie top and the gather under the bust that ties in the back as well as the top of the pocket. If you want to purchase premade bias tape, you would need (2) 3 yard packages of 7/8" wide tape. I prefer the look of coordinating, but in a pinch or if you are planning on making a few as gifts, that is another option. The pattern sewed up easily & I like the fit on me. The gathered area under the bust is adjustable, not sewn in a particular position, so you (or the recipient if it's a gift) can adjust the fit.
You can see me pictured in my own happy kitchen with my Casey Scroll dishtowel & my cute apron on my Devon Peasant top I'm wearing. A girl has to look good in her kitchen, just like the girls pictured! Bottom line, I'd make this again and again & would like to make them for Christmas gifts this year.
There are so many wonderful patterns in this beautiful book to create your own Happy Home making quilts, duvets, pillow shams, throw pillows, bed skirts and more. You can design your home to your tastes using the patterns in this book. Part of the 'happy' in this book is Jennifer's amazing color in her fabrics. My entire sewing room is done in her fabrics and everyone who comes in here calls this my happy room! I couldn't think of a better title for her book!
Fabric details: Priscilla in brown, Amanda Fleur pocket and Maritza dots for accents. Here's the rest of the blog tour, you can still join if you want to make something from Happy Home!
I had to share the pictures Yasmin shared with me of her completed nursery! Jennifer Paganelli's bright, fabulous colors look so amazing with the accessories she chose for the room. It always makes my heart happy to see the things I make 'in action' as they are produced in my sewing room and sent off to places all around the world. In this case, Australia. :) Enjoy the eye candy!
I had the privilege of being sent a customer's collection of Lilly Pulitzer prints & making them into a random patchwork blanket (minky on the back, no quilting). It was like a puzzle interlocking all of these beautiful prints in a pleasing combination. Many of the fabrics were different weights~ home dec, voile-like, quilting weight & the white one with palm trees was textured like toweling. The result is an eye catching combination filled with different textures and motifs. I could spend hours just looking at all the beautiful prints! I hope my customer loves it!
So, the Devon Peasant is officially my favorite pattern right now! This is my third one and I have all the dimensions down on how I like it on me. I'm excited at the possibilities. My mother in law wants one as a bathing suit cover up, so I'm going to make her the dress length one. :) Normally I don't make clothes, but I sure have posted quite a bit about clothing sewing lately. I love the Scientific Seamstress patterns so much because I am sooo visual and there is a picture in every step. Love that! I chose Joann in pink from Crazy Love and Jackie in fuchsia from Pretty Please & it looks great with my dark jeans! :) You can buy and download it here.
Lots of stuff going on within my blog this month. First up I will be sewing the Prettiest Apron pattern from Happy Home (You are going to LOVE this book!) and review it on June 16. Jenny Fish is hosting a blog hop and several of us are going to make projects from this book and let you know how it goes 'cause we all love Jennifer Paganelli and we all love Happy Home!! You can buy one signed by Jennifer here.
The first one up will be Jenny on June 11th. She should have a schedule up soon.
And starting today, June 4, Sara Lawson is kicking off Purse Palooza with lots of sponsors & prizes. I will make and review the Millie's Tote from Happy Home on June 19. Check out the schedule of amazing sewists here and you can read the rules on how to enter, the list of prizes, etc. It should be a really fun June which will hopefully make up for my lack of blogging lately!