I can’t tell you how excited I am to review a pattern from Jennifer Casa’s recent book Vintage Made Modern. Plus, I get to give away a copy of the book which is published by Roost Books (see instructions below). I ran across Jennifer’s blog JCasa Handmade about four years ago when I first started blogging. I was smitten immediately. Not only because of the sweet charm with which she approached everything she did, but also because she made all sorts of things! Here was a blogger that was knitting and sewing and crafting AND crocheting–now, that’s my kind of gal! Her book is just as darling as her blog. In it, Jennifer shares with you 35 ways to transform timeworn textiles into beautifully modern projects.
Jennifer asked me to make the Note Taker. The second I saw it, I knew my stash of vintage handkerchiefs (yes, the pile my hubby always says, “what in the world are you going to do with these!?”) was finally about to take its place in the light! This note holder gave a gorgeous purpose to my charming vintage store finds. The “button” is a leftover singleton earring I had that I couldn’t bring myself to part with (you know you have them!). It makes me giddy to put it to good use here.
The directions for the note holder suggested either hand or machine quilting. I used it as an opportunity to do some quilting by hand, kantha-style. I like to mark my lines first and then kick back and relax while I stitch away. I can tell you this won’t be the last time I use hand quilted fabric for a project. I forget that using embroidery thread and needle was my first crafty love. But, it all comes rushing back the moment I take the time to do it. The quilted piece is beautiful just on its own. Don’t you think?
The note holder pattern from the book was well written and easy to follow. I adjusted it a bit in order to take advantage of the gorgeous scalloped edge from my handkerchief. I love the double pocket detail it added. I recommend finding Jennifer Casa’s book and taking a look. It is the perfect thing to inspire you to finally use some of those textiles and bits and baubles you haven’t been able to part with. Or, use it as an excuse to go do some thrifting!
GIVEAWAY!!: To win a copy of Jennifer Casa’s Vintage Made Modern, leave a comment below (one entry). Next, go find a photo of it on my Instagram account and leave me a comment there (two entries!) If you tag someone on my Instagram account, you’ll get three entries! I’ll announce the winner on Friday! Good luck!
CONGRATULATIONS Marjolaine – you’re the lucky winner. Please send your address to me (under Contact) and I’ll get it out to you soon!