Monday, April 30, 2012

Reversible V Apron Pattern

Pattern #1 complete
This is such a fun apron. I love that it is reversible. And it is so flattering. So off to the presses the pattern will go. By the way, making anything that is supposed to go on the human body is always tricky. Big thanks to my friend Courtney who is beautiful and always so great about modeling for me.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Busily Preparing for Quilt Market

 It is like I don't know what hit me. I have so much to do and am slowly getting through all of it. I have completed most project samples for my pattern covers, which need to be done in a couple of weeks. It is so hard to find time to sew and then resew as things need to be redone. But here are a few of my projects:

I made this pattern of a baby bib/smock. This one is done in Vintage Baby, a Riley Blake fabric. I have my little baby, Macy modeling it, but she is too big for this size. I also made a larger one out of laminate, which I haven't photographed yet. So cute!! It is in a boy print. I love these bibs because they keep the food off their arms too. 

Riley Blake has a new line of chevron prints. They are so much fun. I designed this beach bag with an angled pocket on the front and back. It is all in laminates and so perfect for the sand and splashy areas. I need to reshoot it without the glasses. I think they are a little distracting. 

There we go. No glasses but weird straps.

I made the ruffle duffel (which has been selling like crazy) out of Dress-Up Days by Shari Butler. I just love it. And I love the chevron print pocket and bottom. 

I have so much more that I have made but haven't taken photos of yet. I'll post as I do, and I will post as  I have pattern covers available. 

I have also done so much work for Joel Dewberry lately, but I can't really show you because they aren't my designs to publish. But you'll see it all soon when I post his work that is displayed at Spring Market.

Fun stuff that is totally taking over my life right now. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Too Much At Once

I wish I could say that I haven't been blogging as much as I would like because I have been on a cruise or have been too busy exercising or preparing healthy meals for my family. But sadly, my kids still eat too much pizza and I don't recall the last time I worked out (though some days I considered walking up the stairs with a big load of laundry good enough to call it exercise.) Instead, I have been buried in projects. I have been making samples for Joel Dewberry's pattern covers and working away on pattern design tasks.

I have also been in many fun boutiques recently in our area. I did the Holy Cow Boutique in Pleasant Grove Utah for the first time. It was a great success. I enjoyed it and the good people who came through there. I have more boutiques coming up, and it is very time consuming. 

Now I am on vacation with my kids, and I am working when they go to bed at night. I love my work so I am not complaining. But I wish they would be a little easier to manage since I am on my own.

On a personal note, my younger brother (just 31 years old) passed away in a car accident last week. So our vacation to my hometown was well timed but has had a very sad side to it too. I am learning slowly that filling my life with fun things and things that keep me busy all of the time is enriching and enjoyable but it doesn't always give me the flexibility that I need when tragedy strikes. And strike it will. There will always be sorrow and tragedy and accidents. And there will always be work and play and life. Somehow they aren't always timed to make life simpler when the bad and sad come. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. Someday I will learn to simplify. We need to enjoy the little things and the day-to-day because we never know how much time we will have with our loved ones.