When I was down in Melbourne for "Let's Get Stitched" in March, one of the other tutors (and roomate!) was my sweet, sweet friend Vikki Collumbine of Sew Useful Designs.
We have this adoration-of-each-others-designs 'thing' happening, always have actually. She's a talent and a half to be sure, and always good for eye candy projects. She wanted to make mine, and I definitely wanted to make hers!
I fell in love with the project she shared with the ladies on the Sunday.
This is Vikki's original, "My Sweet PDFs", which she designed to store all your printed pdf patterns. Isn't it adorable!?
That cover captured my heart and when I eventually carved out a bit of 'self sewing' time a couple of months ago I stitched up her cover design and framed it in pretty Tilda roses and spotty fabrics. I didn't make the pdf storage folder like Vikki's design, though.
I had a different purpose in mind....
You see, I usually have around 4 to 6 new Elefantz designs on the go at any one time, and I decided to use Vikki's cover design on a large folder for storing my projects that have been stitched but are still waiting to be made into something.
Inside the cover I've made a nice big pocket that fits A4 pattern sheets...
...and the folder itself holds quite a few velcro sealed plastic pouches that I fill with the completed stitchery, threads, and pattern sheets for safe keeping until I'm ready to sew them into a larger project, or just until I write the pattern...
Pretty cool, yeh?!
I'm sharing this to encourage you to look outside the box with designs you like but think you may never make because they look like they take a little more skill than you have.
Vikki is amazing with little trims and edgings and extras - but I'm not - and she loves what I've done with her gorgeous cover design, so win win all around. Thanks Vikki-love!
You can see all the photos of her original project HERE on her blog. Like I said, she is incredible.
And on to something else incredible!
Remember months ago when I made my pear placemats?
Well ever since I have been searching for a 'just right' tablecoth to no avail.
Until last week when a Goldilocks moment happened upon me...
I don't know why, but delicious food tastes even more delicious with matching placemats *and* tablecloth!
Quinoa Salad with haloumi, pine nuts and grated beetroot...
Organic grapes fresh from the Atherton Tablelands just a few hours north of us...
Now that I have a full tummy and a sweet folder to store my completed stitcheries in I think I should finish piecing a quilt and empty one of those plastic folders...ready for another new design.
Have a brilliant Tuesday!