Whoosh….. a flying visit

The exciting news at Very Berry is that I have a heap of magazine commissions on the go… the downside is that I am up to my eyes in designs, cutting fabrics, taking photos and writing instructions… But the blog has been neglected for too long, and I can’ let January disappear without a catch-up post, so here are some pics and a progress report.

First up is my Liberty log cabin pincushion – the tute for this is in the current, rather wonderful scrappy issue (issue 16) of Fat Quarterly. You might remember, if you are a long time reader with nothing better to do than remember rather dull facts from blogs you read, that I first made one of these for Rachel back in summer 2012. It was fun revisiting this, even though I was still plugging away at it on Boxing Day!

Log cabin pincushion using Liberty with hand crocheted edging

I’ve also been working with my Liberty fabric collection to develop a clutch pattern for a new magazine that it is in development, which I believe is going to be called Love Sewing (exciting!). The brilliant thing about working with Liberty on a daily basis for the shop, I know the fabrics intimately, and I can match up fabrics in my head, without having to delve around in stash fabrics for stuff that works together. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the delving, it’s the refolding afterwards that I really hate…

Anyway, I love the way that this lovely cotton linen mix that I got from a range at Backstitch looks with Liberty print called Mirabelle, all set off with the pink trim:

Clutch bag

Sadly I used the wrong weight fusible fleece by accident, so it’s rather floppy for a clutch… 😉 Perhaps it can become a make-up bag…

This is the version of the clutch that will be appearing in the magazine. It has a wedding theme, and I thought this print called Ros would look gorgeous with my go-to linen, Essex Yarn Dyed in flax, and meet the wedding-y spec.

Clutch bag with linen and Liberty

I also did a bit of non-Liberty sewing these last couple of days, which made a lovely change. Soul Garden by Carolyn Gavin is one of my favourite fabric lines, and I think this fabulous print looks great with the blue linen polkadot from Sevenberry. I’ve used them to make an art wrap using the tutorial I wrote this time last year. This one got made because I am converting the imperial measurements I used (quilter’s prerogative!) to metric, for another magazine commission, and I wanted to check that everything lined up. I’m very pleased that it all worked out, and it’s always a relief when you use your own tute and you don’t spot any mistakes!

Mini Art wrap

Mini Art wrap - inside

So, busy, busy! Hope you have had a productive January too…

33 thoughts on “Whoosh….. a flying visit

  1. Congrats on your busy times and magazine features. The wedding clutch is so pretty. I love the little pincushion, which reminds me that I really must learn to crochet as the edging sets it off beautifully.

  2. Congratulations on all your commissions for the magazines. Absolutely gorgeous choice of fabrics and clever designs. 2014 is going to be a good year for Very Berry.

  3. I love your sewing, it only what you make but the quality. Your stitching is very accurate and everything is symmetrical. That little clutch is sweet.

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