One of my favorite poets is William Wordsworth. The first phrase in his poem "The Rainbow" describes my feeling each day as I enter my little sewing room--"my heart leaps up!" It is the perfect description of how I feel when I'm able to sew, even for a little bit. This weekend was busy, so I only had small windows of time to work on a few things. I finished this little Christmas bag with a stitchery I'd already completed, and I cut out and sewed my latest "Peace on Earth" block from the Fat Quarter Shop.
"Fig and Plum" is one of those lines I love...do you have fabric you love so much that you don't want to cut into it? I was finally able to cut some of this fabric and make this free pattern from Moda. Since the pattern calls for 1 1/2" strip "honey buns" (which aren't available yet to my knowledge), I had to improvise and cut up a few jelly-roll strips. I really like how the little bag turned out--I still need to get some velcro and make a fabric-covered button for the closure. I just couldn't throw away any of this fabric, so I sewed the remaining one inch strips into strip segments to use in another project!
And finally, here is my Christmas quilt for today! It's good to be sharing these quilts now, before I need to start decorating with them! I love the trees, the flying geese, the stars, the mittens...well I really enjoy this quilt. I also used my Christmas stash to make this quilt...it's such a great feeling when you make quilts from scraps!