A Mother’s Day Present

I come from a long line of crafty women.  Perhaps it is the fact that my family hails from Seattle where sitting by the fire with a cup of coffee (I remember when Starbucks was only in Seattle!!) or tea and some handwork is compelling on dreary days.  My grandmother was a sewist and knitter extraordinaire.  My mother has been sewing her whole life. She has sewn countless curtains, quilts, clothing for herself and my brother and I along the way.  She even sewed my wedding dress.  Recently she has gotten into refurbishing old Singer sewing machines, one of which she gifted me a couple Christmas’ ago.  (As an aside, she is also quite a potter and I have such fond memories of going to her craft fairs as a child and spending all the money she made with her sales on other handmade treats.) 🙂

In honor of this year’s Mother’s Day, I pulled out an antique quilted block I inherited from my grandmother and upcycled it into a bag for my mom. I used some fusible fleece to bulk it up a bit and Brandon Mably’s Babble fabric for the lining.  I have packed it with some Clover Wonder clips that my Mama is sure to love and took pics with the Singer my mother refurbished.






Check out another gift I made for my Mama here:

Flowers for My Mother | Entropy Always Wins.

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

Recycled Leather Clutch

My friends have been incredibly generous donating their old leather coats to me when they heard I was upcycling the leather into bags.  Perhaps my telling them that their Duran Duran, Members Only Jackets were no longer in fashion had something to do with it.  🙂  In any case, I now have 4 leather jackets in addition to one I have already used, generously donated by Bianca (Thanks! I made them!.).  I decided to make up a clutch for a friend using a cherished Hmong Remnant, some printed leather and a turkish tassel I had on hand as a zipper pull.


I made up a pattern (my favorite part of creating) and used some hot pink cotton I fused with thick pellon interfacing for the lining. Next up, I’m cutting into some Anna Maria Horner voile for a hexagon variation quilt.