Although you may be excused for wondering, I am not dead. I am, regrettably, largely absent from my blog these days because I am working on two new course preps for the fall, plus doing a systematic review of the relationship between music and reading. I have hardly touched my machine since finishing the wedding quilt I showed last time. But on the weekend, I did make a couple of pouches that I was pleased with. My daughter works as a server in a local resto and she carries her float and notepad in a laminated cotton pouch I made for her. She's had a couple of requests from the other servers that I make one for them. Pouches are so quick and satisfying to make up - I couldn't say no. One was for her friend Montana, for whom I made this laptop case. She came over and picked out the laminated cotton she wanted. I used a light purple Parisville scroll print for the lining.
The other was for a young man server, who said his favourite colours were orange, yellow and brown. I didn't have anything in my stash with those colours that wasn't girly, so I strayed a bit from the colourway, thinking that manliness was more important than colour. I used a random brown patterned home dec fabric from my stash and stitched a Ruby Star Rising transistor radio to the front.
Actually, I made two of these, since I quite fancied the prototype in my imagination and knew I would be sad to let it go if I made only one. Not sure yet which one I'll keep and which one will go to James.
These pouches are lined with an orange print. My husband opines that they border on purses and therefore, by definition, fail at being manly. All I can say is if the young man feels that it impugns his manhood to carry such a thing, I'll gladly repatriate it!