Monday, July 23, 2012
iPad in Summerlove
Remember this pretty stack of warm florals spiked with teal? It's a selection of Summerlove prints from Canton Village Quilt Works. I had been searching for a reason to "need" some of this line, particularly the Ginger print, so when the craft show was a "go" I moved quickly. (It's also quite possible that Shannon's Wellen Tank tutorial was the last straw, but I digress.)
Last week iPad covers were on my "to do" list. I started off working with the Tokens of Love print, which turned out to be my absolute favorite, even if it is a bit sweet with it's lilacy-pink background and fluffy bouquets. It's often that way for me - I feel like my first version is the bestest. After that, it's hard to find something that's as shiny and fun.
I quilted the Ginger print the same as the Tokens of Love print. It's pretty - especially from the back, but I can't get over the way the quilting on the Tokens of Love print so delightfully frames each bouquet.
And, did you see that the quilting just happened to line up on the closed flap too? It's the little things!
If you're wondering, my iPad cover pattern is something I finagled myself. I drew from these two tutorials, consulted the Apple site to verify size and used a large serving platter to cut the curved flap. After I made the first, I drove over to try it on my sister-in-law's iPad. Happily, it fit snug!
This morning I made the patchwork version, strip-piecing 2" wide cuts from several different prints. And you know what? This is the first time that I didn't love the way the collection came together in small patchwork. I'm pretty sure I would have liked it better had I hand picked 2" strips from my scrap bins instead of combining Summerlove as a collection. And I love the collection... but apparently more so in big pieces. Oh well! Living and learning.
You can find these Summerlove prints at Canton Village Quilt Works, along with other Art Gallery fabrics like Poetica, the Oval Elements and Rhapsodia. I think I'll be searching my stash for more prints I'd like to feature whole, without any piecing, for my next iPad sleeves.
But, I'm still wondering how many of these to make. Very much enjoying the making, but it's hard to keep eating up fabric (and time) feeling so unsure about marketability of the iPad sleeves and coasters.
Anyone have a crystal ball? Thanks that would be great!