My DD is celebrating a birthday this week so I filled a box of goodies last week and mailed it out to her. Everything arrived safely in time for her big day, so I thought I would show you a couple of items I made for her.
I had purchased a pack of wine-themed fat quarters awhile back. The fabric is called "You Had Me at Merlot" by Daphne B. at Wilmington Prints. I thought it was an awesome pack of FQs and I wanted to use it for someone special!
Do you notice anything about the tote? It's the same tote, but it has two different sides. Both sides are made using the wine themed fabrics featuring everything wine-related including pictures of glasses of wine, corkscrews, wine labels, and some wine text!
I machine quilted the background fabrics with a cross hatch design...
and found a beautiful pale yellow toile for the lining.
I think every tote should have a zippered pocket because it is too easy to lose things, or is that just me? Anyway, I made a little zippered pocket, added a label, and sewed it to the lining.
I have two sets of labels...one set says "The Cuddle Quilter" and one set says "Love and Hugs from Lesley. " Looks like I need another set that says "Love from Mom!"
I reinforced the straps to make them extra sturdy. The tote has three outside pockets on each side and a reinforced bottom. A perfect size for DD to take with her when shopping or visiting!
Want to makeone yourself? The Shopper's Fancy Tote pattern, designed by Jo-Lydia's Attic, is available free at the Connecting Threads web site HERE. Designer Jo-Lydia, has several more beautiful patterns that you can purchase as a PDF file HERE.
Keeping with the domestic diva approach, I decided to add a personalized apron for DD in the birthday goodie box. To find a pattern, I googled and found a video tutorial by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company. She shows us how to make an apron using a pair of tea towels. Off I went to our local grocery store, arriving home with a pair of coordinated tea towels that definitely made me think of Spring. I probably should have washed them first, because you know how tea towels like to shrink, but I wanted them to look new and fresh when they became an apron. Wash that apron with care, DD!
I think it turned out pretty cute, so I plan on making more aprons in my future. I didn't want the letters to overpower the apron front, so I used a polka-dot fabric I found in my stash.
If you want to make an apron, here are Jenny's videos in two parts.
I also picked up a journal at our local department store, made a fabric cover for it, appliqued it with the letter A, and added it to the goodie box. I forgot to take a picture, but it is something I'd like to make again so next time I'll keep a camera ready!
It's a great day for quilting!