The Hubby and I spent about 10 days in England and Scotland, visiting some of my relatives. We had an amazing time. London was so welcoming and SO pretty. We just felt very at home there. We got to see all of the major sights (except for the British museum--neither of us were interested) and even got to ride the London Eye on a clear day. And, as a first anniversary present, I bought my hubby tickets to go to Scotland for a day to see Edinburgh. He was so happy and so excited. It was such a fun getaway, but I lost a lot of my sewing time (since I tend to work on Saturday and Sunday and we went over two weekends).
Before we left, though, I did do some travel sewing:
I made a travel cosmetic bag, two pouches for my purse (one for my cords and cables, one for my passport and British currency) and a couple of folding pouches. If I recall correctly, the cosmetic bag is by Anna at Noodlehead (wide-mouth pouch) and the folding pouches were by Jeni at InColorOrder. It was my first time using zippers and interfacing, so I had to go to familiar fabric to make life easier on me. :) I do love the folding pouch from Anna Marie Horner's Field Study--It's almost a clutch purse! I think I picked the wrong interfacing for it, but it makes me smile.
The only other project I have for the month is from the Round Boo Bee. This time, I had Sheetal's quilt top and fabric:
This is how the quilt top looked when I received it. Here is how it looks now:
The first thing I noticed was that Sheetal had included a LOT of Denyse Schmidt fabric. So, I started with a neutral ring of the seed pods from FMF, to provide some separation from Kathleen's ring and mine. Then, I found some... Well, splatter, for lack of a better word, fabric for the next ring. Boy was that stuff slippery! I found it while I was in England and it just screamed to be put in this quilt. It was dark gray with neon splatters on it. I was just shy, so there are itty bitty cornerstones for that ring. Then, I included another neutral ring with Kona Charcoal. For the final ring, I decided to alternate warm and cool 60 degree triangles to create some visual interest. As per Sheetal's request, I included some Mirror Ball cornerstones in a neutral fabric. While this was a challenge for me (as it's not something I would normally do or want to do), I feel like the whole composition is coming together very nicely. I really hope Sheetal likes this!
Okay, I still have bee blocks, challenge quilts and dinner (oops!) to complete, so I better go!