spring blooms

Any idea what this plant is? They were planted beside a restaurant, so probably aren’t going to get much bigger. (???) I was thinking it’s some kind of magnolia, but I don’t know if any varieties stay small. These blossoms are four-inches across. I would love to plant this early bloomer in my yard!

simple sewing

I’ve been saving my selvedges for a while, after seeing other people’s cute projects. I’ve used them to make several cute pouches, but took the time to photograph just these two.

I like the bead zipper pull, with it’s complicated painting.

That little hump-dee-do along the zipper is because I didn’t swap out my regular sewing foot for a zipper foot, and just forced it through. Lesson learned.

I haven’t found a zipper pull appropriate for this one, yet.

That hand-sewing at the top edge stops the lining from riding up and catching in the zipper. Cute, and serves a purpose! Don’t you hate it when you wreck something because the zipper caught the fabric and ripped it?

Selvedges are printed with the designer and manufacturer, and sometimes the fabric line’s name. The below one, “It’s a Jungle Out there,” I thought sounded like wise words.

While the below one added a cute saying. (That’s from a fabric line by Bonnie & Camille. Makes me wonder if I should look harder at all their other fabric lines.) I hope whoever I give this bag to notices the words, without me pointing it out. 🙂

I’m working on a twin-sized quilt, it’s pieced but now needs the quilting. I’m think mermaid scale pattern, so the arches work with/against the squares. I imagine this will be a year-long endeavor!