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Paperie 

Did you see the IG hashtag going around for #getyourquiltywishesgranted? How fantastic is our sewing community?? I can not phathom the amount of generosity floating around right now. It warms the soul, renews the mind, and just plain good all around! I still need to participate. I mean I tried granting some wishes, but I jumped in too soon without verifying I had the fabrics. Embarrassing. I’ll be trying again! 

On the flip side, I posted once about some fabrics I’d been looking for for sometime. Would you believe how lucky I felt to have Amy Sinibaldi answer my request? Yup! Amy of nanaCompany! ..I’m just going to contain my excitement until I get through this post. Then I’ll proceed to a full on Happy Dance!

So wana see the package she sent me?

  

Wow. Gorgeous. It’s so much more than I expected! I mean, the generosity. 

  

Yup. That’s her new fabric line Paperie! A nice plush fat quarter bundle of silky cotton goodness, just for me. Oh the love that’s pouring from these threads. sigh beautiful!  Well, of course I dropped everything and proceeded to cut them up. Um yeah, the love was that strong. I’ll need to order yardage on Friday. Believe dat. Back to what I was saying. I cut it up and immediately made this adorably cute book bag..

  

Gosh I’m in love! Take a closer look..

  

It was all about the frayed look with this bag.

  

Cute binding

   

The perfect lining. -which I found at Joanns just a week earlier

    
 
And it had to have an equally sweet pocket for my iPhone of course..

  

Pretend you don’t see that stray fiber. 

It’s love. It needed to be something I could carry with me. Immediately. If you haven’t ordered any? I’d suggest getting on it. It’s a limited edition fabric line, and the rest of the prints are to die for. Thank you again Amy!

Now if you’ll excuse me. I’m off to do my happy dance!! 

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Strawberry Dreams

For months now, I’ve been trying to make the connection between strawberries and my late grandmother. Aside from remembering her love of strawberry ice cream, and other random “strawberry” memories, the rest is a mystery. Still, they hold a special place for me. Of course they’re also delish and so darn pretty! I pick them up at the grocery store, I tried growing them (without success), have a few items with strawberry themes, and now they’ve crossed over into my fabric collection. 

I finished a project I’ve had on my to-do list for some time. My very own, and very first pillow cover. 

 

Not too shabby for my first try, right?  Yesterday was my grandmas’ birthday, and I felt the need to make something special to match my thoughts. One of my vintage sheets with strawberries was my choice. A cross between nanaCompany and Dottie Angel was my inspiration, a general love for pillows and the desire to fill our home with pretty and useful things, pushed me to finally get this first one done. How about some close ups?

 I really loved adding this pretty strip of cheater print patchwork and girly lace.

  

 

It’s even hiding on the binding in two places. See if you can spot the other piece.

   

  

I also added a makeshift tag from some ribbon I received for a birthday swap last year (I think it was last year?), and made a tiny strawberry patch lable. 

  
It feels to good to do some selfish sewing once in awhile. Now to decide on fabrics for my Husband! (..eeesh!)

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For the love of Nana

It’s Christmas season! 

Time for snowy weather, evergreen decorations, popcorn strings, and sparkly things. It makes me feel giddy, romantic, and inspired. Every year when Christmas rolls around, I realize how behind I am with all the projects I’d like to accomplish before christmas arrives. Each time I find my list about as twice as long as the year before. Well, I’m happy to say -it happen again. Ok, not happy about it. More like, why do I keep allowing this to happen?

This year I’ve managed to make two whole Christmas pillows. Two. It’s sad. I’m slow, and I’m trying to come to terms with my poky turtle speed when it comes to sewing. That’s not the only reason though. I find my head buried in one particular blog almost daily, instead of sewing. Amy Sinibaldi of nanaCompany. It’s not even a recent occurance, more like since I found her blog in 2012. Yeah. Don’t judge. I can’t say enough about her blog. You’ve seen her work, right? There’s a daily routine I have going on. I go to my sewing space, stare madly at all my lovely fabric, pull the ones I love, and then do it again another three times. When I’m still not happy, I pull up Amy’s blog for inspiration. Before I know it, I’ve been reading for far to long but I’m inspired! Finally, I’m sewing madly, and I’m completely happy. Serious mad love for all things Nana. 

Recently, I had planned on making another pillowcover, like the one I made last year..

All hand pieced, hand quilted, hand embroidered.. I love that pillow. Same thing. Couldn’t decide of fabrics. Well about the same time, Amy posted a tutorial for it (here), and there was nothing stopping me.

Tada! Fancy. It only took me three whole days. That’s right, three. Why? Samy, home chores, errands, holiday prepping …the list goes on and on. Back to my pillow..

All in all, I love the way it turned out.

I really want to make one more. A total of three. One for Samy, one for Huni, and one for myself.

I’m not sure who this one belongs to yet, but I’m sure it’ll end up somewhere I least expect. Maybe the next one will be mine. Until then, you can find me over on my iPad, reading Amy’s blog posts. Again. Crazy stalker? Maybe. I’d like to think I’m just a huge admirer of her work. 🙂