Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hello Sunshine by Virginia Odien!

The postman has been very good to me lately as there was another nice box of goodies waiting for me when I got home from work on Friday. I know my stash is quite large enough, but when my friend, Virginia Odien's fabric collection "Hello Sunshine" was finally released through Connecting Threads there was no hesitation that it would be the newest addition!

The prints are gorgeous on screen and even more gorgeous in person. The colors are vibrant and happy and I can almost feel the summer breeze on my face when I look at them. I'm so excited I had to post some photos even though I haven't had a chance to make anything yet. I was quite greedy and bought fat quarters of everything, plus additional yardage of "Sunkissed Flowers" as I knew from the minute I saw them that they were destined to be little girl's dresses... too sweet!

You can get to know a little more about her through a fantastic interview she gave on Spoonflower, or by checking out her blog.

Here are some of the fabulous projects that Connecting Threads posted on their website, and you can see even more, by clicking on the catalog link at the bottom of their page...

Picnic Party Twin Quilt by Mari Martin

Reversible Fresh Tote Bag by Mari Martin

Stay tuned to see what I come up with using these delicious fabrics!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Pattern Review - New Look 6913 (2nd time)

Remember that pretty little Marc Jacobs geo print fabric I picked up in New Orleans a month and a half ago? Well, I turned it into a sweet & light blouse for summer.

I've used thisNew Look pattern before with a satiny fabric (you can read my previous post here), but have been wanting to try it again with a lighter cotton. I think it turned out pretty nice. The only tweaks I made were bringing in the sides a bit and shortening the hem. Though, I'll probably still hem it up a bit more so it hits just at the top of the belt without bunching.

Works great layered with a 3/4 sleeve cardigan. 

I really like the capped sleeves and yoke detail on the front, though you can't really tell because my fabric has such a busy pattern. Which is weird, because when I shop for clothing, I normally choose solids or subtle patterns, but for some reason when it comes to choosing fabric to sew up myself, I apparently choose loud, busy patterns. I'm sure there's an underlying meaning there, just not sure what it is!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Road Trip - Texas / Tennessee / Delaware

I'm back! From vacation, that is. Well okay, I've actually been back for almost 3 weeks now, but I'm having a hard time posting about anything else I've worked on until I get this out of the way!

So, where did we go, you ask? Our ultimate destination was Bethany Beach, Delaware where we met up with family at the same beach house we've rented on and off for the past 15 years. But half of the fun is the road trip there and back, including all of Tennessee from one end to the other, where I spent my high school and college years. In fact, we took the same route I used when driving back and forth from college to home for the holidays (both when I played soccer for Lambuth Univ in Jackson, and later on when I studied graphic design at ETSU in Johnson City). There's a lot of warm memories there for me, and a treat to be able to share them with my husband. I could actually go on quite a bit about how lovely all the different parts of TN are, but maybe I'll save that for another post.

While I don't have a ton of photos to share from the beach house, here's one of us right before we dove into our shrimp feast!

We really had a lovely time, hitting the beach in the morning and early afternoon, then returning to the house to relax and put together jigsaw puzzles (4 of them total) while preparing for dinner. Then just as it's getting dark, walking down to the boardwalk for frozen custard or italian ice. What a life. :)

But, all good things come to an end, and before we knew it, it was time to start the journey back. Luckily for us, that was still part of our vacation, as we always stay with my husband's sister and her husband who live just outside of Nashville.

This year just happened to coincide with their Middle TN Fly Fishing group's annual cast-iron cookoff weekend, lucky us! We met them at the campground on the Caney Fork River, right below Center Hill Dam.

In front of Center Hill Dam, pre-sunburn
(look at those white legs!)

The next day we kayaked down the river and did a little fly fishing along the way. Two things I had never done before, and two things that are now on my list of things to do again very soon!

The hubs, making it look easy. You wouldn't know by looking,
but this water was downright chilly!

Yes, I suppose this could be considered cheating, but just a little bit. 

And what better way to cap off our day, than with a feast of food, all cooked in cast iron pots over open fires. Let me tell you, these people mean business! We filled our bellies and swapped stories well into the evening until it was time to say goodbye to our new friends.

Vacation was awesome, but now it's time to get back to work, with Fall Quilt Market just around the corner, looks like no sleep until November! And I mean that in the most exhilarating, exciting and exhausting way possible (did I mention I have a new collection coming out?)

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