Sunday, September 14, 2008

Pretty In Pink and Yellow and Orange Flowers

I spent the weekend sewing little girl dresses and I am so sorry the weekend is over. I could sew cute little dresses all day long. I made two of these little cuties for my coworker's daughters. The fabric is from the Park Slope line, the ribbon is from my favorite trim store in the Garment District and the buttons are from a store in Cancun (I know, random, but I was there recently and try to incorporate fabric shopping in all of my travels).

More Furniture

So I have the furniture bug. High off of my success recovering my chairs, I picked up an old bench at my local used furniture store. Immediately, I contacted my interior design consultant and she suggested this gorgeous David Hicks fabric. Once the fabric arrived, I took apart the bench only to find that the seat was a mess and was going to require my dormant 8th grade shop class skills. One trip to Home Depot, the loan of a drill and the very patient assistance from David and we have ourselves a new seat to the bench. And I am loving the results.

The bench is going to be used as a coffee table for when we have guests over. I am picturing it topped with a clear acrylic tray. My living room is too small to have a coffee table set out all the time so this is the perfect solution. Once I make a slip cover for the couch, I will post a picture of the room in all of its new decorating glory.

Another little make-up bag

Jess sent me some linen to work on a new purse for her, and what did I do? I immediately made a new make up bag. I had random purchased some adorable ribbon on Friday and the colors worked perfectly with the linen and some fabric in my stash, so I made a little cute magic this afternoon.

Just In Time For Fall

Here is my latest obsession. After finishing the Bird Quilt, I was consumed with the idea of making another quilt for our house, and one that is really for David. (You know that they say, "the quilter's husband always goes cold.") I had a stash a Japanese fabric and had been eying a pack of charm squares at City Quilters for a long while, so the quilt design was pretty obvious. And if I say so myself, the charm square quilt did not disappoint.

I also got to break in my new quilting gloves that I received as a birthday present from my mom (Hi Mom!). They were terrific and I only managed to sewing my finger once.

As for the free motion quilting, I am 100% addicted. It was hard but it looks so great. I am sure my technique will improve, since I had only really practiced a few times on swatches before I dove into the full size quilt. It is all washed, puckery and on my bed, and the quilting has held up perfectly so far.