This week I have been working on projects for Christmas gifts. It’s never too early to get started on those. I like to have them ready to go in case I get distracted by other pretty things – new fabrics, new patterns, new whatever….
My stepsister saw the Small Trail Tote that I made and wanted me to make one for her. She was at my house a few months back and picked out a color palette of blues, teals, and seafoams. Then she stated that I was the expert and could choose for her. She was a bit overwhelmed by my stash at that point. I recently grabbed what she chose and made the final cuts. I was left with an Art Gallery print for the exterior, a sweet birdcage print for the interior, two coordinating pocket pieces, and a dark grey texture for the strap. She wanted a small bag like the one I made for myself. It was made using the Trail Tote pattern by Anna Graham for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I got the exterior piece done and loved how it was looking with the diamond quilting. And I was, once again, amazed by how cool the zipper pocket is to make. I used Soft and Stable for the exterior interfacing. It gives it such a great texture and support. I expanded the interior pocket to give it two slots instead of one large one which I wish I had done on mine. I know she’ll enjoy the extra space. She’s going to love it!!
Butterfly Pillow Sham:
My bestie’s 6 year old daughter has informed her mom that she wants to do her room in pinks and purples. That is a little off of the design aesthetic of her mother. But, with that jumping off point, I wanted to make her something for the room. During that thought process Kristy of Quiet Play had a pattern sale and I picked up a few. One of them was the Geometric Butterfly pattern and it was perfect for this project. I picked a gorgeous stack of pinks and a text print for the background. I ended up accidentally skipping a few of the pieces in the pattern but it looks great anyway. This piece is the center of the pillow sham. I added border pieces to get it to the size I needed and then quilted a wavy crosshatch. I did an envelope closure on the back in a fabric that I got at work from a co-worker. It is a 100% cotton sateen but was so right for this sham. I also used this same fabric on the back of the pillow front. I love how the quilting looks on it. I adore the finished product!! Now I’m wondering if I should also do one in purple……