Much of the sewing-blog world is abuzz with preparations for International Quilt Market in Houston. One day, I plan to get there, but in the meantime, I will have to live vicariously through others.
My friend Melly has gone there for the last few years. This year she has a collection of her fabric debuting there with Windham Fabrics; “Little Menagerie” By Melanie Hurlston of Melly and Me.
Due to the production schedule, shipping times and our location in Australia, Melly only received advance yardage of her fabric a few days ago, giving her very little time to whip up some samples for her booth, and the Windham booth.
I happily volunteered to make up some of my aprons (which I can almost make in my sleep) that can show off her fabric in the Windham booth, using my pattern that was just published in the current, “Kid’s Issue” of Australian Homespun.
I am really pleased with how they turned out (very cute, in my opinion) – and it was pretty cool to be sewing with fabric that is not yet available.
I used fabric that features Melly’s bees (and co-ordinates)
and some that features her Phoebe elephants (and co-ordinates). We also had a little sewing bee on Friday and made curtains out of the white, confetti print you see above, to line the walls of her booth. I am looking forward to seeing the photos of it, all set up – I know it will look amazing, bright and fun. One day I will get to Houston, and taste the experience for myself!
So I think I have aprons out of my system for a while – I have to make something different next.
What would you make with Melly’s extremely cute fabric?