I finished my swap pieces for my Urban Home Goods partner last night and they're going out now with the postman. I'll be sad to say good-bye to them, but I'm hoping they're just my partner's style and she'll love them too. I was very excited to get this particular person and I had a blast thinking these up and playing with all these pretty colors and fabrics. I have a hard time limiting myself to a color palette (have you noticed that all my quilts are sort of rainbow-y?) and I think the effect of sticking to just a few colors brings a whole new mood to a project.
For the sewing machine cover I had originally intended on making a "cozy" but panicked that it would be too small so in the end I had to re-work it into a quilty cover. To go along with it I added a little hexagon pouch and a diamond paper-pieced pincushion in matching fabrics. I hope you love them all partner!
Something I don't often mention here is the wino side of my life. My husband is a very talented wine maker for a living (I'm talking knock your socks off delicious wines!) and here is a picture he took of some ripening Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that will be coming to the winery and made into wine very soon.
After six years together I have gotten used to the annual harvest time in which I basically don't have a husband for two months. Our grapes are grown across the mountains in eastern Washington and Mark spends months taking day and overnight trips there to test grapes and bring them home to the winery when they're ripe. Then comes the long early mornings to late nights crushing, pressing and seeing it through fermentation until barrel-down time. It was hard in the dating can't-stand-to-be-away-from-one-another-for-five-minutes phase of our relationship, and I certainly don't love single mommyhood, but the one up side to all of it now is the many evenings alone I'll have after Lucy goes to bed to get some real uninterrupted sewing time! You gotta always try to find the good in things, right?