Cork, delicious cork

This beautiful fabric is a very fine layer of cork laminate on a flannel backing and feels so precious that I haven’t wanted to use it. As far as I know it is only made in Portugal. I ordered mine from a bag maker in Hawaii and am happy to have come up with something that shows it off but uses small amounts!

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Back in Business

The summer started off with grand plans. I had lugged my machine through 4 airports en route from Alaska to summer break in the Midwest, along with a tote of fabric and a carefully crafted list. I had a ton of fun setting up a sweat shop at the farm with my Mom, my very favorite sewing buddy, and she and I got into a fantastic production sewing assembly line routine. 

Wallets, wallets, more wallets. 

And then I got to the lake. 

There was lots of fishing and not so much working!

And, sadly, most of July and half of August was spent with my dear Mom in the hospital. A bright spot, literally, in those long and worrisome days and nights, was a beautiful quilt made by Mom’s sewing friends. She was so touched by the gift of that quilt 2 years ago, and it was definitely a gift that kept on giving, giving her and all of us comfort, and a reminder of how loved she is. 

Thanks be to God, and some dedicated health professionals, Mom is starting the long road to recovery. And I am back and settling in to AK life again. My first quilt is back on the machine, with 4 in the wings, and I am working on custom bag orders as well. I have openings for quilts and custom bags starting mid-October. A huge thank you to my customers for their patience! 

I did do some fun sewing over the holiday weekend and will close this long overdue update with picture of these bags in the works, both patterns from Two Pretty Poppets.

Custom Clutches

I did not sell at the Saturday market this month because I’m busy trying to finish up some custom orders before taking a summer break. And, as busy as I’ve been, I’ve completely forgotten to take pictures!

I love it when I see my bags out and about and saw this poppy clutch today made for a friend/customer to match a lovely quilt/wall hanging I also quilted for her. She even gave me a piece of extra fabric so I could make my own, and supplied me with a picture. The other pouch was also a custom bag designed to include some of my customer’s fabric. It worked so well with my own Tula Pink fabric!