It was a balmy day on Saturday, even for winter in the tropics, so Mr E whisked me off for a long ride on our motorbike to blow some mental cobwebs away after a busy working week for both of us.
After lunch he returned to his business planning and I set my mind to making baby things for my daughter (see Saturday's post for pics), but by mid afternoon I was at a loose end again so began a clean up and tidy of my sewing area and office.
About ten minutes along and everything ground to a halt.
I rediscovered an almost completed "J" block which had been shelved a month ago when work commitments needed more of my time. You see I'd stitched a few of the Rosedaisy Alphabet designs as gifts and one for display purposes but not one for me.
I'd finished the applique, bee and all the rosedaisies before I packed the block away so all I needed to do on Saturday was stitch the bird and the ribbon to complete it. Thirty minutes later the block was finished...
...and here's what I made with it!
Making this small bag for carrying essentials on those photo adventure days with Mr E occupied my Saturday evening beautifully!
I made the pattern up as I went along, inspired to show off those gorgeous fabrics to the best advantage.
There is a pocket along the front which I divided into two sections...
...and another pocket across the centre section of the back.
The shoulder strap is long and padded, for hanging across the body from shoulder-to-opposite-hip.
But you know, there was still a little bit of fabric left over and I 'seriously' love this line from Cabbages & Roses, so my next idea was to make a lined zippered pouch for carrying my migraine meds and lip balm...
...but I couldn't decide which fabric to have on the outside of the pouch so I used both!
A few scraps of fabric still remained and how could I ignore them? They needed their own Moment to Shine.
Working with a little felt which was just the right colour to compliment the fabrics I finished the set with a snug sleeve for my iPhone...
...and made just in time...
...because today Mr E and I have given ourselves a 1-day holiday from work and are off adventuring!
Later this week I'll share a tutorial for making the lined zippered pouch and the iPhone sleeve - I made both in under 30 minutes. How easy is that?
Today Block 8 of "The Lord's Prayer" stitchalong is ready to download...
We're almost a third of the way through now!
Download these sweet stitch-along blocks as free pdf files HERE in my shop.
Blocks 1-5 are now a single pattern file, whilst blocks 6, 7 and 8 are still individual blocks.
There are 26 blocks in all, shared between June and December this year, which will come together as a small quilt in time for Christmas giving.
Have a blessed week, everyone!