Here's what got done!
1. Reversible apron
Both a brand thing--"Hi, we sell Japanese fabrics here!"--as well as a practical issue--pockets! I made this apron from a panel (currently in stock: tell your local quilt shop to order a bolt :)
2. Tissue box covers
What does the enterprising salesperson do with sample swatches that are no longer needed? Why, make something cute and clever (and useful! if I do say so myself). Whipped these two up in a trice: traditional Japanese motifs on one, and the ever-so-cute contemporary Japanese designs on the other. The fabrics are backed with scraps of fusible fleece, to give them some body.
I think I will add interfacing/fleece to my next tissue box project; I have made several, but have not thought to make them more sturdy.
3. Upcycled jeans skirt
I wanted to play with double gauze material, but didn't have a lot of time to stitch something up that would look "professional". I had seen some versions of an upcycle--attaching basically a long ruffle onto a pair of jeans, and decided to give it a go. When I cut the jeans off at bottom of the zipper in the front, it did hack off a bit of the back pocket (unlike the YouTube video I linked), but I think this was absolutely the correct place to cut. And, if you haven't tried double gauze yet, you simply must. (Umm, get the good stuff, not the Shannon brand--sorry, Embrace.)
|This skirt is like wearing secret pajamas!|
4. Hawaiian tote bag
This finish deserves its own post, but if I don't get to that anytime soon, here is at least a picture. Made from scraps of Hawaiian print fabrics (a souvenir from last year's vacation visit to a swap meet). This is one of my favorite tote bag patterns, and the exterior pocket is perfect for showing off a sashiko stitchery. Conveniently, the stitchery was Hawaiian-themed as well.
So that's some quick-stitch I got done in May. Next Quilt Market is in November, and I've already started sewing for the booth. Fortunately, most of my makes come back to me and get used & loved.
Finally, no mention of Quilt Market would be complete without a gratuitous picture of Oakie. He has been my faithful traveling penguin companion on many quilt-y adventures of late. Here he is with Lucy, a traveling doggie companion who had come all the way from Japan to visit Market. They are totally upstaging the blue-footed booby and puffin fabrics that were supposed to be the stars of this corner of the booth...