I don't usually join online quilt-a-longs, bees, and the like, for a couple of reasons. A) Ever since having children, my sewing time has dropped drastically. B) I don't like to be held to time constraints when sewing. I always have a million projects going at once, and I hop between them constantly. So with A and B going on, I'd never finish anything in time for deadlines.
However, I found Kelly's, My Precious quilt-a-long, so easy and relaxed that I decided to join in the fun. The basic guidelines? You can sew whatever you want - it doesn't even have to be a quilt - but you have to use your most precious, hoarded fabric that you'd never dream of cutting into.
Success! I was in desperate need of a small purse or clutch to stow my wallet, phone, etc. in for when I go out sans children. And my super precious fabric of choice? Meadow print in olive from Heather Ross' line Rabbits and Racecars (even though I had previously cut into it a little bit for my kitchen rug project). I went with the Curvy Clutch pattern from Michelle Patterns.
Why is this fabric my absolute favorite? The color simply rocks my face off. I love that bright olive with the hints of orange, pink, and yellow flowers. And let's face it - those random little turtles and chipmunks are pretty darn cute.
The Curvy Clutch pattern itself came together really nicely - my only issue is that I think that the sew-in interfacing that I used was too thick. It was a beast to turn, and there is one area on the interior where the interfacing does buckle outward a little bit. I'd definitely go with something more lightweight next time. I went ahead and lined it with Wildflowers in brown from Heather Ross' Lightning Bugs line.
Even though my olive meadow print is now down to scraps, I'm glad that I finally took the plunge and made it into something special. I'm sure I'll enjoy it much more than if it was still sitting on the shelf.
Check out what my other fabricaholics most precious fabrics are, and see what they made out of them on the May link-up page!