Playing around: nautical baby quilt brainstorming

I’ve made quite a few greenish themed baby quilts over the last couple of years, so I’m ready for something new.  I’m thinking nautical themed.  Lots of blue and yellow and white and red.  Maybe some grey thrown in to balance things out.

I’m starting with a really neat fat quarter of fabric I bought while in Paris, at a quilting shop called Le Rouvray:

Moucheron #3 Marine

Moucheron #3 Marine

Isn’t it neat?  It’s called “moucheron”, as in “little flies”.

It reminds me a lot of the time we spend in New Brunswick visiting family.  Here are some pictures from previous trips:

Back to fabric!

I hunted around a bit on etsy and found this beautiful blue sailboat fabric:

The Fleet Navy from Seven Seas - Cloud9 Organic fabrics

The Fleet Navy from Seven Seas – Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Then I found lots more neat stuff:

Fish Scale in Tea by Alexander Henry Fabrics

Fish Scale in Tea by Alexander Henry Fabrics

Mountainz in Mint from Monsterz - Cloud9 Organic

Mountainz in Mint from Monsterz – Cloud9 Organic

Scribble in Gray from Happy Drawing - Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Scribble in Gray from Happy Drawing – Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Static in Yellow from Monsterz - Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Static in Yellow from Monsterz – Cloud9 Organic fabrics

There’s more where that came from, you can check out my nautical quilt brainstorming board over on pinterest.

Gathering ideas: shoulder bags

I am in need of “another shoulder bag”.  I like to keep my work and home life somewhat separate, at least when it comes to physical stuff, like the oodles of work keys I carry around on a daily basis and my black notebook.  It’s so much easier for me to keep my life organized when I have a “work bag” and a “home bag”, so that when I go out in the evening to run evenings I can simply take out my wallet, cell phone and home keys and stick them in another bag, and not be weighed down by all my work stuff.

Right now I’m rocking a super utilitarian Small Carry All Shoulder Bag from Mountain Equipment Coop.  It does the job.  It’s roomy enough to fit my big black hardcover notebook in the back pocket, my keys, wallet and multiple cellphones in the front pockets, and even my lunch inside the big compartment.  I don’t really need a high fashion bag when at work, since I spend a lot of time on construction sites.

For the last few years I’ve been working my way through a few H&M shoulder bags.  Upside: cheap and I can usually find one the size and shape I’m looking for.  Downside: cheap, and normally break apart after a year of use.

I’m thinking I may just have to try my hand at making my own bag, and I’ve got my sights set on making the Two Zip Hipster from Dog Under My Desk.  It first caught my attention when How About Orange posted a pattern review, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.  But what to make it out of?  Hmm, time will tell . . .