28 May 2014

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2014 - Soft

**Edited to add:

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I've heard about the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition in the past, and I've seen some of the beautiful creations that come out of them. I decided to throw my hat in the game with not one, but two, packs. I was originally going to combine them into one project, but as typically happens I ended up making two totally different things. Both of which I needed anyway, so if I don't gain fame and fortune as a result of this competition it'll be no skin off my nose.

Umbrella Trimmings

With the soft colors pack I made two sunglasses cases (or eyeglasses, I suppose it doesn't matter what the lenses look like).

Both sides of both cases
All sides of each case. Close-ups to follow. 

The green case was my tester. I wanted to make sure that I had the top shaped correctly for the frame (purchased on Etsy at MeiMei Supplies), but I didn't want to make a plain old boring case. So I played around with the umbrella prints and made a tiny patchwork block (squares finish at 1/2") and an improv 'crazy pieced' block. I set them both in this Joel Dewbery True Colors teal woodgrain fabric. Now it reminds me of a barn quilt of sorts.

Both sides of improve case
Both Sides of Improv Case.

For the second case I modified my pattern just slightly, and I think I'm a bit happier with the way it went together. I used a feather pattern that I made myself, and Pointelle in Shade (Art Gallery) for the background.

Both sides of feather case
Both sides of Feather Case. 

For each case I sewed the purse frame on by hand using this cool linen thread I found at my LQS. I had to meet the credit card spending limit - so I HAD to buy something else.

Linen Thread

So, this is my first entry for the competition 2014. I used about 3/4 of the trimmings pack, and I really loved all the fabrics. My favorite was the New Waves in Green Tea Ice Cream. I could go crazy with some yardage of that print!

All entries will be posted to the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition Pinterest Page May 30th. There's a judged winner and a people's choice winner (so don't be shy about commenting - on any entry). Feel free to fall into a pin-coma while you peruse the entries.

I'll just close off this post with a couple more photos. Couldn't stop taking pictures, and then I couldn't choose!

Feather Glasses Case
Another shot of the feather case.

Clasp and stitching detail
Detail of clasp and stitching. 

Case and glasses
Cases with sunnies. Don't worry, I have a pair for each case.  
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  1. What fun cases - I really like the clasps!

  2. Super cute! Most stylish case I've ever seen.

  3. Really pretty, your piecing is so precise!


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