It has been too long without some Japanese Craft book love around here. So, complements of my girl Blair, here you go: Check & Stripe Floral (ISBN: 978-4-418-09403-5). The styling is so beautiful it makes me want to go out and hit someone (as all good design should). I have no illusions that I would look good in most (any?) of the adult clothing, but whatever!
One of my very favourite T shirts came from an earlier Check & Stripe, so I'm of course going to figure out if this one measures up. Hopefully it will work and then I can take a picture of me wearing it in the pasture behind my parent's house. Watch out for the poop and the stickers.
This reminds me of berry picking with Stephanie and the kids last summer. Minus all the white clothing. Maybe that's why I'm picking up this book a whole lot right now? It's just got a good time summer feeling. There is more: some cute bags, shapeless dresses, and fabric swatches. You know-- everything good.
I've got my knickers all in a knot over the pre-order option for Suzuko Koseki's Natural Patchwork: 26 Projects Inspired by Fabric Flowers and Home out in April. And if that weren't enough, there is another one following called Playful Patchwork.
Here is a quick how-to featuring some awesome (I'm sorry) low light photos on that Hope Valley Quilt pattern I'm working on. I've also started up a quilt-along/tutorial for a simple improv baby quilt over at Bolt Neighborhood. It's similar to the quilt I made tiny Sam forever ago (but much easier!).