Sunday, March 23, 2008

Bunny Day

Finally. It has arrived.

The new Amy Butler Midwest Modern Collection is available!!! If you want to buy it online, jcaroline creative has the most accurate photographs of the colors. I'm more of a touchy/feely/instant gratification sort of girl, so I bought mine at Portsmouth Fabric Company. They have a large selection, and despite the urge to buy yard cuts of every print, I limited myself to 2 yards of the Brown Garden Maze and Gold Martini prints for the Sophia Carry-All. Doesn't it just scream EASTER CANDY!!

Mr. B seems to feel the same way about this fabric as I do.

From the moment it hit the cutting table, he was all over it.

However, some things are off limits. Fortunately, he showed no interest in the yards of cording I pinned together. Let me just say that this is a very time consuming pattern. So far, there's nothing terribly difficult about it, but it took me about 3 hours last night just to cut out all the parts.

Today, I spent about 3 hours fusing interfacing. Yes, there's that much. I kept tugging on my iron, wondering why the cord wasn't reaching until I looked down and realized that Missymoo was lolling around on it. Nothing is sacred in this house, but I don't get lonely!

After many hours, I finally managed to finish both of the exterior main panels, only to discover (after reading the directions 3 or 4 times and scratching my head) that the pattern calls for a "purse" zipper, which means one with two zipper pulls. CRAP! At the exact same time, Mr. S called from the airport for me to pick him up. So be it.

Later in the evening, I looked for the zipper online and found only crummy colors, so I'll just make do with the super long zipper. If you know of a source, please let me know. I Googled around, but could only find the Coats zippers. Unless the rest of the bag does me in, I'd like to make another one using Joel Dewberry's new Ginseng or Anna Maria Horner's Drawing Room.

Having ditched the bag for the evening, I decided to make myself a reversible headband with some of the scraps. My Easter Bonnet:

I found a great tutorial at kc quilts, but wouldn't you know it, I couldn't get to the site when I was ready to sew. I won't show you what mine looks like under the hair. It isn't pretty.

At least I learned that I prefer one that is narrower than 2.5 inches. Hey! See that peek of green sleeve? That's my second Wicked in the mystery cheapo yarn (which I totally love). Guess I have a lot of catching up to do in the photo department when it comes to finished things. I finished Agouti and am on the left front of the Flutter Sleeve Cardigan from the new IK. See, I still knit.

Here's my new sheepy scissor buddy. He says: "Happy Easter!"

1 comment:

Octopus Knits said...

Happy easter! What lovely, cheerful fabric - that will be a beautiful bag. Good luck with your zipper search!

P.S. The cats know where the action is : )