Where were you in 1968? I was in my first year at the University of Washington (yes, I'm old, but my mind says I'm still young!). Things that come to mind -- peace, love, Hippies, Beatles, Twiggy, Petula Clark, bell-bottom pants, guys with long hair, Jimmie Hendrix, Janis Joplin, I kept my bra on - some didn't, Haight Ashbury, Woodstock, incense, tie-dye, Harikrishnas on the "Ave", Vietnam; the list is long and goes on! It was a time of self discovery for individuals, me, and the nation as a whole. It was also a time I will never forget! I made some very good friends that remain so to this day!
So....remember this sneak peek from February? It was a Supreme Sewing Project for Stephanie called "Modern Mary Jane". As soon as she asked me to do it I knew what fabric I would use! My local quilt shop had just gotten in some new crushed velveteen by Anna Marie Horner. I knew I had to have it because it reminded me of the 60's in a sort of psychedelic way! I got it out to try and decide what to pair with it for the bag and the first thing that came to mind was denim!
I asked Mr. Squash if he could spare an old pair of jeans or two for the project and he gladly obliged!
Modern Mary Jane is a really fun and quick bag to make! It's also roomy enough to carry on a trip to the Farmer's Market! For the pockets on the back I used a decorative stich on my Bernina and copied a design from my favorite jeans! I quilted around the circles, sewed in a lining, attached a button and I was done in no time at all!
Even the coordinating cotton lining is psychedelic! Once again I am honored to be one of Stephanie's Supreme's! This pattern is now available in her Etsy store!
In my last post I promised I would show you what else we dug up in the yard this past weekend. When I first hit the little enamel covered plate with my shovel, it was upside down and I was sure I had hit some sort of water or gas main! With a little gentle probing I realized it wasn't attached to anything, so I dug it out. The tin was buried about 14 inches down so it had been there a long time! It's shaped like a pie dish, but only a little over 5" diameter. There were also a lot of pieces here and there of broken china, but these three had patterns on them. And of course the marble - how I remember playing with those as a child!
Here is a closeup of the broken china. Those on top seem to be a Christmas pattern even though the red is more orange. I'm guessing the bottom piece is from a tea or coffee cup or saucer - it has a pattern similar to some that my grandmother had! I would love to know if anyone recognizes either pattern!
Next post will be another quilt finish!