This week I’ve been working on a Jane Austen inspired mini-quilt. I can’t show you my whole plan or even all that I have finished because it is a surprise for the recipient. However, I can show you a sneak peek of what I have finished. I’m done with the appliqué and hand stitching and am now waiting for some special fabric to do a patchwork border around the hand work. This is for a private swap I arranged with quilter and Jane Austen fan Bry and you can see the inspiration board I put together for myself at pinterest.
Because it’s a mini-quilt and meant to hang on the wall, I’m tempted to leave the dress simply fused to the fabric and held on by the hand stitching. I’m worried that if I stitch around it with my machine I will mess up the edges. However, I also worry that perhaps it looks unfinished without a line of stitching around the edge. The quotation is one of my favorites from Jane, although not one of her more witty ones which I’m now having second thoughts about. If you can figure out the quotation from the little bit I’ve shown you, leave your guess in the comments and I’ll send a prize to the first person who gets it right.
I finished another Echino pouch this week to take to my sister in law this weekend in Chicago. She has been using a sad zipper pouch I made her ten years ago to carry around her make up and I’m hoping she will appreciate this update.
Finally, I ordered some colorful zippers and these zipper pulls for my I Heart the 80s swap partner. I haven’t decided what I’m going to make her, but I know now that it will have a zipper in it because, how. cute. are. those???