What do you get when you cross a bit of linen and lace
with some pretty darn cute "European Cafe" fabric by Yuwa?
Well, I ended up with six placemats
two tea towels
one not so naked looking stove
one much more cozy country kitchen table
and just an all-around happier place to enjoy a quiet cup of Joe!
(the mug was a Christmas present from the McStudly, Jr. and it's my favorite ;)!!
Oh, and there's more! Since I found some adorable dessert fabric from Yuwa's "Live Life" collection while making these cuties,
well, I've got a hankering to make another set!
Yes, the sewing bug has bitten me hard these days, and like always I have several projects going at the moment. I'll share more later, but one I'm particularly excited about is what I would call a "Meant To Be" quilt.
I've been reading a book about the pioneer women who settled in Kansas with their families, and was awed by their grace and ingenuity despite the harsh conditions of settling a truly barren prairie land. They were such amazing women, who despite the hectic days of hand-washing, gardening, cooking, caring for the children and assisting in farming duties, still knew the importance of beauty, and found time to sew and decorate their homes, even those homes in Western Kansas that were simply a hole dug out of a hill (a Kansas Dugout), because the conditions were so harsh that trees did not grow, so they had no lumber to use for building log homes.
Well, imagine my delight and surprise when I saw the adorable "Kansas Dugout Quilt" and a tutorial for it at Red Pepper Quilts. It's fair to say I was smitten, and went right to work cutting.
I used a few hundred different prints of fabric, and tried to include every aspect of a woman's life (sewing, gardening, flowers, beauty, child-rearing, laundry, flowers, cooking, recipes, love, marriage, holidays . . .). I've stitched one block , and though I know it will be a while before I finish, I can't wait to see this quilt honoring the beauty that is the feminine spirit come to life in a quilty sort of way ;)!
Also on my spring reading list (what can I say – I'm as ADD with my books as I am with my sewing projects)
Just tons of inspiration for spring on life, love and well-being! Oh, and oodles of linen and lace inspiration to last throughout my sewing days!