Vespa love

Many moons ago, Vespa scooters were a big part of my life. They haven’t been for years now, but my fondness for them continues.

I found this amazingly awesome scooter fabric (from Michael Miller Fabrics) at Bolt, combined it with some stash grey twill and a little red embroidery floss, and Oh, Fransson’s Margaret bag pattern. It’s working on like this so far…
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Ending with new beginnings

As a Christmas gift/bonus, my boss gave each of us a gift certificate to Cool Cottons, one of my favorite local fabric shops. One of the things I really love about it is how they organize the fabrics by color and not collection like the enormously overwhelming, but fantastic to have locally Fabric Depot. I tend to shop by coordinating prints and colors, and I don’t shop by collection or designer or manufacturer. So I get frustrated shopping for quilting fabrics at Fabric Depot, but love it for fashion fabrics.

A couple of co-workers and I trekked down from Vancouver to visit the shop together. Having them alongside made it all the more enjoyable as we sifted through one adorable cotton after another. In our work, we see a lot of digital swatches of these fabrics, but getting to see and handle them in person was pretty thrilling. In the end, though, I bought fabrics I had never seen before. 🙂

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Starting at the top of the pile, I ended up with:
Jolis Copains! by Kokka, a muted tone zoo animal print that i think will be adorable for some fussy-cut applique and quilt blocks.
Minny Muu collection by Lecien, a lightweight cotton that has the teeny tiniest little letters and blonde elves/children scattered over a creme background. So delicate. I think I need to buy a little more so I can make a top out of it.
Teeny Tiny Zoo by Alexander Henry, a white background to the brim with elephants, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, zebras and more. I’m seeing an emerging theme here–tiny, with or without animals.
Pistachio Cozy Cotton flannel by Robert Kaufman, a super soft flannel I want to use for the backing of a quilt I’ll make with the Teeny Tiny Zoo fabric. Someday.
Far Far Away III by Heather Ross for Kokka, by far the most expensive cotton fabric I’ve ever bought, but the print with its (of course) tiny toy horses won me over. I’m going to use it to make a version of the Margaret Bag by Oh Fransson!. I don’t like the pointy corners, so I’ll change that, but I think it’ll be a good over-the-body carry-all bag for my daughter.
Trefle by Kokka, a home-dec weight cotton with sewing machines and notions all over a grey background. Not sure quite what I want to do with it, but it’s delightful.
Snow Kona cotton, more for sashing and such. I do love a good pop of white.
Then I picked up some notions that I’ve been wanting, but can never justify: a new marking pen, more glass-head pins, a half-inch bias tape maker, wide elastic to make boxers and a wooden point turner (so maybe I can retire the chopsticks?).

I’m excited to have some new fabric to play with, but I think I’m gonna have to take my little baby in for some rehab soon. She likes to spin instead of sew lately. My biggest issue with taking her in to get fixed is not having an extra machine at home. I used to have one, but in all the moves, it has somehow disappeared. Frustrating, especially now when I could really use it.

So many ideas, so little time

I love summer break and the freedom to go and do as we please, but there are times when that loose scheduling really hampers my own big ideas.

I’ve been tossing around a design in my head for little lunch money wallets (and bigger versions for bigger folks) for weeks now. I actually thought about it as I was biking around Belize. I had no place to put my little wallet since I was just wearing a sundress. I tucked it here and there–you know, under the bra strap, into the cleavage, wedged under my instep–but nothing really worked. I wanted something small and attached to me. Not like those travel wallets that fit under your clothes, I needed it to be accessible.

The designs have been tossing around and getting re-configured in my mind, but with my sister’s visit from southern California and the numerous cousins running around the house, not much has happened. But today is the last day (for a week) that we’ll have visitors, so tomorrow it happens. Prototypes start getting made and we’ll see if I have something to show for it by Friday. I also have a dress to make this week, so there are no promises. But with either the dress or the wallets, I’ll finally be back at my sewing machine and happy as a little clam.

Silky silk

A friend and former co-worker gifted me with a load of silk fabric samples. I love the feel and weight of the fabric and designed a couple of new wallet styles to suit them.

Manipulating silk and the vast array of colors makes me just giddy–a nice return from a two-week vacation. Funny how a new view can inspire.

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And we have a winner! Plus the quilt!

Thankyou thankyou thankyou to everyone who took the time to visit my blog and enter the giveaway. I had 230 entries on the blog and another dozen who liked the Facebook page, as well. Out of all of those comments, the lucky winner is… –drumroll, please–

Congratulations to Rachel! You’ll be receiving the bright and cheery wallet I made. I know I said I’d send it on Monday, but that was before I realized it is a holiday. Whoops! Instead, it will go out bright and early Tuesday morning. Thanks again everyone.

In other news, I finished the Strawberry Patch baby quilt and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Take a look at more pics on the Etsy page.

It’s a Giveaway!


I’ve participated in plenty of blogger giveaways, but always as the one hoping to win (which, in fact, I have been lucky enough to do twice!). Now it’s my turn to give back as part of the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day. There are a five hundred-odd blogs participating, and just for the price of leaving a comment, you’ll be entered to win. I’m offering up a brand-spanking new wallet that I made just for this giveaway. It’s made from both re-used and new fabric. The outside is remnants of a linen blouse with pintucks that I used as inspiration for the padded quilting that runs in the opposite direction. Inside are two pieces from the new Spring Street line by Carolyn Gavin and a colorific polka dot that I used for the trim, too.
You can win this totally one-of-a-kind wallet by leaving a comment. Tell me what you like about it, or what you’d like in another version. Or tell me what you think about the new Strawberry Patch quilt I’m working on:

The Strawberry Patch quilt is coming together slowly thanks to all that patchwork.

You have until Friday to leave a comment. Like Crinkle Dreams on Facebook for an additional entry. I’ll be choosing a winner on Saturday, shipping on Monday. I’ll ship it anywhere in the world, too. The U.K., Malaysia, Easter Island… it doesn’t matter where you live. (I’m probably jealous, anyway, if it’s outside the U.S. and warm.)

Not loving this one? Check out the others in the Etsy shop.

Now @ Etsy

I keep saying I’m going to do it, that I need to do and I finally have. The first batch of goods available via Etsy went up today. By Friday I should have at least one quilt up there as well as some more wallets. It’s a start.