Tuesday, July 31, 2012

a Recipe

What's your recipe for happy patchwork?  Is it a pair of colors that always makes you sing?  Lots of white?  Complete randomness?  Bright, bright, bright!  We all seam to have our pet brews, or at least a momentary favorite.  If I were to author a recipe today it could easily be Flea Market Fancy + Text + Black.  Oh, and linen too, please!

Kimono shoes in patchwork

Last week I sent off a swap gifty to miss Lindsey of L.R. Stitched.  I was pretty psyched to have her as my partner because I love her style.  But, she didn't mention any specific ideas of what she's like to receive.  So.... I took the opportunity to finally make use of the Kimono Shoes pattern by I Think Sew.  Instead of using one print for the outer of the slippers, I patched together these from scrap.

turned up toes

And I LURVE them!  Seriously do.

sneaky slippers

In fact, when my eyes fell on them just so, early the morning after their making, I thought how they might like living here.   Just basking about in the sun.  In all their patchwork-y glory.

FMF spiced with text + black

Somehow I did manage to send them away.  Just kidding - I loved surprising Lindsey with these patchwork slippers and a few other thingamajigs.  I hope the AMH Little Folks voile is soft and sweet for her feet!

And, I hope the somewhat rough canvas print I used for the soles keeps her from slipping.  I did some limited testing, but I must say - use at your own risk, my friend!  That is, if your little one let's you have a turn!

rough-ish canvas soles

To reward myself for parting so quickly with the patchwork slippers, I patched together a journal cover and an iPad sleeve using the same recipe:  Flea Market Fancy + Text + Black + Linen.

keep on patching...

How is it that scraps never end?  Never, ever, ever.

FMF + text + black iPad sleeve

I especially like the back of this journal cover.  It probably wanted to be the front, but the dandelions would have been upside down.  Oops.

FMF+ text + black covered journal

So, I gave the slippers away and will hopefully sell the covered journal and iPad sleeve early September.  But this quilt - this quilt S.T.A.Y.S.  It's not the exact brew, but it's close enough as a substitute.  And it's kinda special to me by now.

almost finished!

Do you have a recipe to share?  Anything you tend to fall back on?  It's always fun to try something new...

30 comments:

  1. I love these shoes. I wonder if I could find a thinker sole, like Tom's to put on the bottom and actually wear them!

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  2. Those slippers are fabulous! I know she's going to love them!

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  3. Now if I only had an ipad to make an ipad cover for. Sigh. It is in the future plans.

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  4. I love that combo. FYI a few dots of puffy fabric paint on the bottom of the slipper will make them slip-free :)

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  5. Hi Rachel! First time I see patchwork slippers - the best idea and you made them so beautiful! And of course I love also your notebook and iPad sleeve! x Teje

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  6. those are the happiest shoes I have ever seen! Just lovely!

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  7. And I just promised myself "No new projects".....But honestly....how can I not make some slippers....I too am in love with them....The photo of them "living" in your home is frameable.....Maybe that would help you miss them less....Thank you (I think) for your extaordinarily beautiful and inspiring post!

    Susan

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  8. Jessica at comment #1 wondered about a thicker sole for shoes like that: she could try faux shearling, which has a faux leather on one side (and sometimes you can find it with any slip... stuff on it) and then faux sheepskin on the other. I've used it for baby slippers before, and the sheepskin feels soft on the feet, and offers a little more padding off the floor. (You can also get the real stuff, but it's a whole lot more expensive.)

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  9. Ooh, so pretty! I love your magic combo :) Lately I've been putting linen with just about everything too-- I love how it's a little softer and more textured than the regular solids I use.

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  10. Cute shoes! My recipe for happy patchwork is to mix unexpected fabrics with QS fabrics and linen (unexpected fabrics like e.g. those that are usually used for our national costumes) and challenging patterns.

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  11. My recipe changes regularly, but usually results in picking and piling fabrics until it feels just right!

    You know I LOVE these slippers, LOVE them. I'm sharing with my little girl cause she loves them too. I think a pair for her is on my list! They've been just right on my feet, no more slippery then a pair of socks.

    Thank you again for making these for me! xo

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  12. What gorgeous little slippers! I don't have any go to recipes, only using colors I love and not necessarily what is expected.

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  13. The slippers are fabulous! What a unique gift idea! I use such a range of colours. One thing I do love making are scrappy blocks! I use them for pincushions fairly often as they are so fun to put together =D

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  14. Oh how gorgeous are those slippers! I love them! I am too new to quilting to have a recipe yet but i have noticed I love linen and grey as my "go with most projects" I also tend to add some handstitching somewhere on a project, just love the look of it. I totally get that quilt not leaving, it is a piece that is invaluabe and totally amazing!!!!

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  15. Love the slippers...might just have to make me a pair!
    Toni
    www.lifeinapinkbunnysuit.com

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  16. OMG....I LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!!

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  17. I love the patchwork with this pattern! Your slippers turned out great. :) I think the only constant in my sewing is using bright colors, although I have projects planned that are going to be a departure from that.

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  18. Rachel, you outdid yourself! These slippers look so amazing with the snippet of linen in the patchwork. Great still life photo of the iron.

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    1. Thanks, Ludgera! That photo of the iron is my view from my computer desk. It was so photo-perfect that morning =)

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  19. Oh how sweet! I'm glad she likes them so much!

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  20. Those slippers look AMAZING!!!! I love your idea of patchwork kimono shoes!! I'm pretty sure that she'll adore them!

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  21. Warm colors. If I make something that's not full of warm colors, I end up giving it away or selling it. If it's got red, orange, yellow, pink, brown, then I love it and it enriches my life.

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  22. Okay. I had to get the pattern to those shoes. Thanks forbthe link.

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  23. Love love love the kimono shoes. Just gives me goose bumps to look at them and imagine them on my own feet. How did you give those up? So so cute. And the journal cover and iPad sleeve and quilt. Wonderful!

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  24. Oh, they are fun!! The cutest. And I agree; you definitely have this mix of fabrics on the brain. Great mix, Rachel!

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  25. ha! i have used your iron and ironing board! it was fun to see them again! ;) i sure love those slippers and it is fun so see that lindsey loved them too!!

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  26. Those slippers are fabulous! I know she's going to love them!

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  27. Where can I get the pattern for the slippers?

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  28. Where can I get the pattern for the slippers?

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