Stitches – Part 2

So, the rest of the story on Stitches… I already told you about all the yarn I bought.  Well, there was more than just yarn!  We also went to opening day and heard Jane Slicer-Smith and one of the ladies from Twisted Sisters.  It was an interesting keynote address with lots of discussion on miters and color.  Plus, we got some nice knitting time in!

Sonja, Connie, and I knitting at Opening Day.

After Opening Day, we had some time to kill.  We decided it would be fun to hit some fabric stores!  Among the stores we went to were The Granary and Eddie’s Quilting Bee.  The Granary is a nice little store with tons of quilts hanging all over.  They had a class going on while we were there and the ladies who run the shop were very friendly.  I picked up an adorable piece of flannel for Connie’s baby (she’s due in August).

Cow flannel for Connie.

I also picked up this beautiful fat quarter (the camera doesn’t do it justice).

Fat quarter.

At Eddie’s, I had to get a cut of this adorable hermit crab fabric.  I just couldn’t resist it.  I mean, could you?

Hermit crab fabric.

I ended up with a pattern from each store.  From The Granary, the Chubby Chicks quilt pattern, from Eddie’s the Happy Feet slippers pattern.

Patterns

We also went to the fashion show, but I didn’t get any pictures.  And that’s about the gist of the trip.  I can’t wait to dive into the projects I brought home with me! (I may have already finished one… Come back later this week to see!)

Successful Sewing

I have a successful sewing project to share with you!  It’s a little case for my cell phone.  I wanted to try something a little challenging, but still small-scale.  Keyka Lou to the rescue!

Front – Closed

Front – Open

Back – Pocket

The entire project took a very small amount of fabric and probably two hours to complete, and that’s with being interrupted and having to hand-sew a little mistake spot.  The pattern came from her Etsy store (Psst!  She’s having a sale!!!)  This was definitely a learning piece.  There are several things I want to improve* on when I do the next one (and yes, there will be another one).

If you ask me, it’s really a very clever little design.  The entire case is fully lined and has a pocket with darts and a flap to hold your phone.  On the back is another fully lined pocket that is the perfect size for some cash and/or cards.  It’d be the perfect thing to carry when a purse is too much.  I can also see it fitting other odds and ends (like a tape measure, stitch markers, and a Chibi with tapestry needles).  Oh, and the fabric is from JoAnn’s Debbie Mumm collection (they’re also having a sale…).

All in all, I’m pleased with it.  I have lots of fabric left over because I over bought.  (The direction of the pattern of my fabric made me worry that the 1/4 yard specified wouldn’t be wide enough to accommodate.)  I’m thinking a neat little matching box bag using this tutorial might be in order.  I just may have to get some Independence Day sewing in tomorrow morning…

*The improvement is all in the “my sewing” department, not in the “her pattern” department.