I knew when I got home from QuiltCon that I wanted to make the Double Scissor Keeper from Krista Hennebury's book, Make It, Take It: 16 Cute and Clever Projects to Sew with Friends. The pattern by Amy Friend/During Quiet Time is so clever, and I knew it would be a great gift idea for my quilting buddies. It was fortuitous that I had just received a bundle of Lucky by Lotta Jansdotter from Windham Fabrics, perfect for mixing and matching when making several. This line is a colorful mix of prints inspired by a trip Lotta made to India, and it was fun choosing how to pair them up.
Lucky for me, I had plenty of fabric to keep sewing, and with Krista's book still on my cutting table, I decided to try the Crafter's Retreat Apron by Krista Fleckenstein/Spotted Stones. I'd never had a craft apron and wondered how I'd like working with one, plus it simply looked fun to make. And it was! A little fussy cutting made easy work of making those cats the focus, and the bright Caribbean blue print (probably my favorite in the collection) made a perfect accent. Later, I found out that cat actually is a leopard, and he has a name! So Jerry, welcome to my studio!
Lastly, wanting to use as many of the Lucky prints as possible, I just couldn't resist making the Little Patchwork Tote by Ayumi Takahashi/Pink Penguin. I wasn't totally sure how the big spots or "moons" would work lined up together, but as you can see – delightfully.