The latest additions to the Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric collection debuted this past week at the International Quilt Market in Minneapolis MN. The new collection of fabrics included patterns from my favorite Tim Holtz paper collection, Wallflower. The new fabric selections are so amazingly beautiful. (You can see more from the show on Tim’s Instagram and Paula’s Instagram.) You can also read more about Eclectic Elements at Quilt Market on Tim’s blog.
Today I wanted to share with you a project I made using the new fabrics. When I was traveling recently I found myself wishing for a case that I could keep some doodle-on-the-go supplies in. I wanted to spend some time drawing on the plain and didn’t want to try to get all of my assorted supplies out of my carry on down by my feet. I thought it would be easier to grab what I needed if I had one case to reach for. I decided that I could make one to fit my favorite sketch pad.
I created the cover with layers of fabric and batting. I sewed along designs on the fabric to add a quilted effect.
Around the cover I added a fabric and ribbon tie with a Word Band.
To embellish the cover, I cut butterflies from the fabric. I layered them with batting and fabric.
I sewed along the outer edges of the butterflies and along lines in the design to make the butterflies quilted.
I colored the butterflies with my Tim Holtz Distress Waterbrush and Distress Markers.
Inside the book there are two large side pockets on each side.
On the left side, my sketch book slides in. I used a scrap of quilted fabric to add a small pocket on the front of the larger pocket to slide a small ruler or other tool into.
On the right side of the cover the larger pocket holds pieces of Distress Watercolor Paper.
On top of the pocket there are two more pockets. One pocket has divider slots to hold pens or pencils. The second pocket is open to hold wider items, more papers, a piece of craft sheet for blending, etc.
I am working on a pattern that I can make available online. I am hoping to have it available within the next month (fingers crossed).
I really love the way the cover turned out. I can’t wait to try it out on my next trip!