Wednesday, July 14, 2010

new books!

I am a book NUT! New books, old books, library books - doesn't matter to me - they are all fabulous. My most-used conversation starter is, "So, what are you reading now?" I have stopped and talked with total strangers on airplanes, beaches, pool decks, trains, etc. about a book they have in their hands. Talking with complete strangers is WAAAYYYY out of my comfort zone, but when the topic is books, I seem to have no problem running my mouth.

These are the newest additions to my sewing library. I first learned about the skirts title from Venus de Hilo. She makes the cutest skirts mostly from patterns she has created on her own, and this is one of the titles she mentions in her blog, so I had to get my hands on it.

My first skirt project from the book will be made with this lovely purple floral fabric I found in the bargain bin at my local Jo Ann's...

I'm thinking it will become this fun summer wrap-skirt...

The bags book was primarily purchased for my daughter and her budding bag business. She already has fabric cut out (from her stash! can you believe that a thirteen-year-old has a stash?) to make this messenger type bag...

So, what are you reading these days? I'd love to hear your recommendations!


  1. That purple floral print is lovely. Hope you love the skirts book as much as I do! The bag one has been on my wish list for a long time; I'm eager to see what you and your daughter make from it.

  2. Hi Shelley! I have been eyeing off the skirts book too - will be interested to see what you think of the patterns! I have probably bought a few too many sewing books recently to justify another purchase at this stage.... But could be persuaded....
    Thanks for your very kind comments about my swirly quilting! Yes I do use a spray baste adhesive (Helmar), but I still pin around the edges. The adhesive does tend to come apart so you do need to secure it at least around the edges.

    Danielle x


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