Friday, May 11, 2012
It's amazing to me how I can get so much done on some days, while on other days it's a major feat just to get everyone fed and clothed. Yesterday was one of the latter...I didn't have time to sew a single stitch. Thankfully, the day before that was far more productive, and I was able to actually finish my Modern She Made Swap project: a pair of place mats and napkins as my partner requested.
This was my first project swap, and it's been a great experience so far. While it's a little stressful to try to figure out what your partner is going to love, I enjoyed being stretched throughout the whole creative process. The assignment was to make one "big" item -- a set of place mats, a bag, a sewing machine cover, a mini quilt, etc. -- while including a circle somewhere in the design. Looking over her inspiration board and favorites, I noticed that my partner seemed to gravitate toward solids, text fabric, and linen, so I tried to put all of these together in a clean, modern way. For my fabric, I used Town News from Hometown by Sweetwater, Woodgrain in teal from Woodlands by Khristian Howell, the Woodlands inspired Kona bundle from Sew Fresh Fabrics, Metro Living Circles in carrot and orange by Robert Kaufman, and a natural colored linen blend. I made the set reversible so that there are two different looks available as well. I'm hoping that all the colors will be a nice splash of summer cheer in my partner's home.
Wishing you all a very happy weekend.
Linking up to Sew & Tell Friday & Confessions of a Fabric Addict.