There's not been a great deal of creating this week, but there are a few ideas brewing, which I thought I might share with you :-
* Bags. I've not done any "serious" bag making for a while (too busy with quilts and socks!), although I did make this one for my niece's birthday last week.
You can't see from the, frankly quite appalling, photo, but it is actually quilted. I was quite pleased with how it turned out and my niece loved it, which is the main thing! Anyway, back to the subject, last month I purchased a Portobello Pixie bag pattern and this afternoon got round to transferring the pattern from the tissue to a more sturdy paper.
Although it worked out quite expensive to buy due to the awful exchange rate, the thing I was most interested in is the fact that the designer, Sandi Henderson, has given permission for the bag to be made and sold by "the home sewer" without any fear of a lawsuit! Hoorah! So, once I've made one for myself (of course!), I'm going to make some to try and sell.
Which neatly brings me to my next point:-
* Folksy. I opened a Folksy shop I-don't-know-how-many months ago, listed 4 items and then forgot about it. No surprise that there's been no interest then! I would really like to try and make at least a little bit of pocket money from this hobby of mine, so I think I need to give Folksy another chance and actually make a bit more of an effort this time! If anyone has any tips on this, they would be greatly appreciated!
* Also in my mind is my next quilt, using that lovely Georgina fabric. I'm quite glad that I didn't go straight ahead and start making it, as I think I've changed my mind about how I'm going to do it (well, a girl's allowed to change her mind, right?) I'm now quite keen on the idea of cutting it up into smaller pieces, and surrounding it with lots of white (I think that was Lesley's idea?) - and then using more of the georgina print for the binding - something like this:
What do you think? This will be a summer quilt for our bedroom and I'm really exciting about making it. I just need February to be over so that I can buy the white cotton I need, then I can get started!
* And that's the other thing. I've been very good and haven't bought any extra fabric or yarn all this month (apart from a couple of FQ's for Joe's quilt, but I did say I would allow myself that!) It hasn't actually been as hard as I thought it might, but I have seen a quite a few new prints around the blogosphere that are on my wish list! Top of the list has to be some of this gorgeousness from down under:
Scrummy new Prints Charming fabric! And I also can't wait for this new collection to come out:
French Hatbox by Tanya Whelan - just beautiful.
So there we have it. Any guesses as to which "plan" I'll do first?