The other day as I was at the Thrift Shop collecting my $50 Shopping Spree that I had won (by guessing how many corks were in a jar- 67!) when I found two old quilts that were so pretty but in poor shape from washing and knew they would be great to repurpose into something else.
Needless to say I bought them and after cutting one up I could just see it as the background for an applique scene. I received a Charlie Harper Coloring book from a friend at Christmas and one of the bird images had been nagging at me so I used it for inspiration to make a happy bird couple and nest with leaves for one side of the bag.
I have about 12 knitted bags to get lined before a show next month and a few other things I should be doing but I just had to get this out of my head. Does that ever happen to you? An idea just won't go away until you have made it and gotten it out of your head?
Sometimes the only person I have to bounce ideas off is my poor husband and he looked at this and thought the green for the leaves was too bright. I just said wait and see and he said "whatever"and I went back to the sewing room and found a panel from a Fairy Tale series I had bought a while back on eBay that worked perfectly for the other side. I don't know why the witch has a cat and a parrot on her sholders but it's pretty old- and I love the little gingerbread guy peeking around by the boy- he apparently escaped the witches house and just can't resist giving us a grin!
I feel guilty sometimes because I have so much fabric that I could probably sew everyday for a few years and not use it all up! I get anxious though as I am putting something together because making all those design decisions is so tough. What lining to use? What kind of pockets? Does anyone care but me? Will the wrong button kill a potential sale?
I love to use embroidered linens for the pockets inside bags and this was pretty easy to just iron and stitch in.
The other pocket was easy too- I found this little embroidery the same day I found the quilts and it was that same springtime green.
I love to do needle turned applique. It's calm and quiet and I enjoy placing each stitch and praying it will be hidden and look good. My inner critic is learning to just go with the flow and not be so hard on me. Sometimes just picking the right button takes much longer than it should. I try not to agonize over it but in my head it just has to be right. (The little nest is also a lined pocket by the way- maybe for those bottle caps I can't help but find and keep for treasure when I go for walks) Is that crazy or just how it is when you have so many choices? If I just had 3 buttons instead of hundreds maybe the choice would be effortless, but after so many years of hoarding sewing supplies I just can't imagine only a few buttons.
Watching the show Hoarders has definitely changed my buying habits and I have promised myself to USE WHAT I HAVE! Not buy more- even though new fabrics come out and I might miss something- I really, really need to use it up before I am buried alive under a mountain of felted sweaters, fabric, batting and bins full of "someday I'll make this into..."
I have so much that I want to make and wish I could sleep less- but lately I have been burning the candle at both ends- working on some new projects and Guild stuff and tomorrow I am taking a workshop with Lyric Kinard and then attending her lecture on Art Quilts at the Friendship Knot Quilt Guild meeting Monday night- and another workshop with her on Tuesday! This month is so busy I can hardly keep up- the Destin Spin In is January 25-30th (up in the panhandle) and I am looking forward to several days spent spinning art yarn and talking fiber with my friends.
I will try to share as much as I can...I just can't keep up...anyone wanna be my secretary?
Have a happy day and keep warm...spring really is just around the corner...at least I hope it is.