Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Weekend this 'n that

It already seems like ages ago, but last weekend I managed a little bit of sewing. It is Katie's month in the VIBees (my first online quilting bee!!) and she sent everyone some lovely chunks of Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush along with some Kona Ash so that we could make a star (or stars) of our choosing. I can't seem to get enough of the snowblossom block and Katie agreed that it was suitably star-like, so I made this for her:

Katie's block by Poppyprint

Luckily I had two of the blue prints in my stash to augment the supplies because this block uses pretty big pieces of each print. That's why I had to split the red/blue bits in the block; I just didn't have enough of one print for both halves of that shape.

D was off to a birthday party Saturday afternoon, so I whipped up these wallets (one for her birthday girl friend and a second one for my friend!) using a coveted piece of Echino linen. We've used this Valori Wells "Little Wallet" as a present many times (we hide a gift card inside). I chose the linen and D chose the interior prints to coordinate.

Echino wallets by Poppyprint

Although the linen makes it a challenge to turn and then poke out the corners, it does give the wallet some extra oomph and just feels so nice in your hands. Typically when I make something small like this (including my thread catchers) I make two at a time...it doesn't seem to take any longer and it's nice to have an extra on hand for gift-giving emergencies!

I hope to do a couple more posts before signing off for a week of Spring Break. The kids are I are heading to Orlando, Florida for some Harry Potter action (at Universal) and a trip to the space centre....but more importantly a much-anticipated visit there with my far away sister and her family. Yippee!

Have you got any fun plans for Spring Break? This is our first ever March vacation. Sadly B has to stay home and work, but I couldn't pass up the chance to rendezvous with sister and this year our school district has a full two week break - we had to do something!!

13 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I have that Echino and I have that Valori Wells pattern - I'll be making some of those cute little wallets! Thanks for the inspiration!

Katie B. said...

Yippee! I love my star :)

Have a great vacation!

Sarahby said...

That star looks awesome I just love AMH's prints and the volie is sooooo soft. I just take it out and hold it sometimes :)

Live a Colorful Life said...

That block is one of the coolest. And not matter who makes it (including me), it will always make me think of you. :)

How a super spring break. I hope the weather is nice.

P.S. That is a cool pattern too. I will have to see if I can get it.

pinksuedeshoe said...

I have not had a spring break since my senior year of high school. (And even then it was mostly spent cleaning out our yard for the year). I picked the one and only university in the whole world who does not celebrate spring break. Ever. Not even for one day! But you know, in like 5 more years I'll have Spring Break again. Maybe.

But, on your excellent recommendations I recently purchased this little wallet pattern. Best $3.95 spent in recent memory. I hope you enjoy your trip to FL!

dutch sisters said...

Love the star you made! Nothing better than a little spring break!

nicolette said...

That star block is amazing, the half shapes in blue/red add a pinwheel feel to the block! Love those wallets too!

A Spring break, I would love one and certainly a two week break!

Amy said...

Gosh, I do love those blocks. Keep on making them! We only get one week off here (well, the kids do...one already happened and one will happen in April).

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Oooh I like the star in those fabrics and those pouches are so cute.

Michele Pacey said...

those little wallets are so cool! hope you're all having a lovely time in Florida! say hi to the sun and sand for me and tell them I miss them...

Mrs Moen said...

I'll have to tag along to one of your retreats to learn how to just whip up something 3D and pretty like you do. Have a wonderful spring break in case I don't "see" you before you go.-)

Holly said...

Good idea to whip an extra gift out for an emergency stockpile.

A Spring vacation? Very exciting! Enjoy it.

ButtonMad said...

Fab linen wallets and I love your Florida bag. Great projects and a super blog...