Hello Friday! The good news? There’s a weekend coming. The bad news? Seven weeks.
The M-word. It’s too soon for me to completely wrap my mind around it and actually use the word but all the signs are here. New fabric is arriving daily, fabrics are being cut for capsets and the M-catalog is in the works. It’s an extraordinary amount of work – some of it is creative and some of it is tedious. Layouts, photography and projects – that’s the creative part. Double-checking stock numbers, going over line-listings to make sure nothing has been overlooked and proofreading… not so much.
There is much jesting about “cutting out a little early” on a Friday but that doesn’t happen much because while “the big show” is seven weeks away, the catalog needs to be completed in less than three. Then the building begins and the hallways will start filling up with “stuff”. (It’s a huge distraction because Holly and Joy will add new things to the pile every day.) There is kit planning to be done – thankfully handled by our resident engineer and logistical planner, Tammy V. (Just so you know, she’s Tammy V. because there is a Tammy C. in the other building.) (Don’t ask me how many Lisa/Lissa’s there are to keep track of… though it does make me laugh when I remember my Dad telling me that he came thiiiiiis close to naming me Lisa.)
But enough of all that – more Houston-related-stuff coming soon.
The fox of today is this one…
Back in January – or was it December? – we needed “something” to include in a photo for Kate and Birdie’s Lullaby collection. Small – it had to be small. Small-ish. Fast – we needed it “yesterday”. Cute – that’s always a plus. Something that could be used in a nursery or for a child – also a plus because of the collection.
That’s when the adorable fox Gloria painted for this piece of fabric caught our attention – “our” because this was a C&C collaboration, Chelair and moi. Chelair sewed and fused while I cut shapes from paper. Too big? Trim it down. Weird shape? Re-trim. Chelair found the p.e.r.f.e.c.t. fabric for the eyes and nose – XOXO (SKU 33136 14) from Whisper Muslin Mates.
Everything but the black eyes and nose are cut from Layer Cake squares from the collection – making the fox softie measure about 9″ x 9″. The fabrics for the eyes, ears and tail were fused to Steam-A-Seam Lite 2, traced, cut out and then fused to the fabric. Given a little more time, we’d have machine-stitched around the shapes – either a zig-zag or just straight-stitching an 1/8″ away from the edge. (“Someone” kept asking if we were done yet… and there was a bit of foot-tapping involved.)
When it was done, the inevitable question came up… so is there going to be a pattern? Yeah, sure… we’ll get on that. C&C might have hoped that in the bustle of it all, folks would forget…
One last thing for today – thank you.
Everyone here – especially me – appreciates your taking the time to visit and read The Cutting Table blog. We especially appreciate your comments and we do read every single one. In a perfect world, I would be able to answer every comment, to thank each of you. While I work on getting better at that, know that we do see you and you are part of our Moda family.
Have a terrific weekend – go make something Moda.