Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New Purse!

I'd like to be able, when I want,  to suspend the tendency I have to overthink, overplan and overwork.  This purse is an exercise in spontaneous and improvised.  I pulled out a scrap of linen, some leftover 2" fabric squares, and the little bit of crochet and whipped this up in about an hour.   The fabric patches are raw-edged and zig zag appliqued.  I didn't have any matching thread so I quilted it (wavy and crooked) in variegated red/green thread.  I measured only enough to insure that the lining would fit inside the purse.  Very satisfying and I like it, overall.  It doesn't have quite the offhand look I was trying for.  Wonky is still more difficult for me than even and straight. 

I saw a pillow a few years ago, similar in design, and thought then it would make a cute purse.  Another one to scratch off the to-do list.  ;o)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Portrait of Kitty

I tried five different background designs and Kitty rejected them all.  Then I noticed this fabric and the flowers that would be so right for embroidery and beads.   Colors bold enough to stand up to the black and white stripe.   I like it even though it's not even close to the original plan.   I do hope Kitty's mom likes it as well and can find a spot for it in their 18th century house in CT.