Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I'm still here....

Invariably after weeks of being slow at my full-time job suddenly things pick up and I'm buried under work. The balance between work and play becomes trickier and I'm unintentionally away from this space for too long. I wanted to just pop-in today to say "Hey! I'm still here!". Things have been a little quiet on the crafting front while I'm so busy with work but I have managed to work on a few things.

I made a Tova! This pretty little pattern is by Wiksten and can be purchased here. The tank is also a brilliant pattern and I can recommend both more. I've got another Tova already almost finished. I have serious fitting issues whenever I buy mass market clothes, so being able to make something that fits well and that I love means SO much. This is seriously one of my favorite things I've made for myself to wear EVER. If you're just getting into garment sewing, buy these patterns! (Can you tell I accidentally cut the fabric upside down?? OOPS! Thankfully I don't think it's too noticeable.) The fabric is Free as  Bird by Heather Moore for Cloud9. I've been saving this fabric forever for something special and this fit the bill perfectly. Every time I sew with Cloud9 I'm awed by how awesome the base cloth is. It's so soft and crisp and drapes very, very well for a quilting cotton. It feels so good against the skin and holds up very well to washing. I know I'm a biased party but even if I wasn't I would love it! 


I also started working on blocks for the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along and I'm having so much fun! I'm late to the party considering that most have been working on their blocks for a year but I figure better late than never! And if you check out the Flickr group or Amanda or Angela's blogs you'll be as inspired as I have been! There's some really amazing blocks out there. I'm piecing my by hand so this will be a very long term project but it's so nice to slow down a bit and take my time with something. It's also way easier to be accurate doing these by hand!

Ok, back to the design trenches. Hopefully I'll be able to pop in again soon and in the meantime, happy crafting!

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