My transition to summer has been bumpy.  Do you ever have those moments when you think, “This means I’m a grown up?”

It could be anything, and it’s often changing.  Lately, for me, it’s been, “Less free time in the summer means I’m a grown up.”  Or maybe it just means I have a kid and no preschool.

Umbrella Print Pouch WIP

Either way, these Umbrella Prints have soothed my soul this week.  I haven’t been able to do much with them, and they were intended for entry into the Umbrella Prints Competition.  I’m letting go of a few self-imposed deadlines and soaking up the joy I find in the patterns and colors of these prints; I love how they all look so different yet seem to sing when together in improv.

Umbrella Print Pouch WIP

These two 7″ x 9″ pouch sides are from one pack of trimmings.   I used a little to cover the ends of my zipper (not pictured) and had two small pieces around 1.5″x2″ left over. There’s a mix of linen weight and quilting cotton, so I did use a generous seam allowance ; I won’t wash a pouch like I would a quilt, but I’ve heard bigger seam allowances are good for preventing fraying when piecing with linen.  I might dab some fray check on there before I move on with my pouch assembly.

If there’s still time, I’m linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced with the other Works in Progress for this week.

5 Comments

  1. Erica

    Mmm…summer…it’s tough being an “adult” when that means staying inside at work while the sun is shining down gloriously out of doors! I love your beautiful, creative response to the transition; gorgeous fabrics and a great way to use them. I hope you will post a photo of your finished project, when done.

    1. Kristyn

      You are so right about having to stay inside and work instead of spending hours by the pool- sometimes being an adult sucks!

  2. Sarah

    I think that every time my car dies. 😀  Growing up, I never had summer off – at first we had all year round school, then it job, extra classes, house chores….I think I have more free time now! I love what you’re doing with your Umbrella Prints, and removing that deadline. Sometimes sewing for a deadline removes all the joy, and you need joy especially when you’re feeling like an adult!!!

  3. Beth

    I tell my daughters that when they tell me how lucky I am that I’m a grown up and can do whatever I want – what?!!?!?!  Those fabrics/colors are gorgeous together!

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