Hmmm. Teal. I wear darker shades of teal from time to time. I have some beautiful teal yarns in my stash. But, unless you're in the Caribbean, you don't typically see teal in the landscape. Especially not in the fall -- when everything is moving toward yellow, brown, red, or orange!
Right now, aqua (which is really a form of teal) is enjoying a "grooviness" factor -- at least in the home décor arena. It's popping up in trendy kitchens - appliances, dishes, accent colors, etc. But it isn't showing up in mine.
I may end up sitting out this Project Spectrum month.
But before I go on my Project Spectrum vacation, I have one recent sewing project to show you. I actually finished it last month -- but I've saved it to post now. Because there is teal in it!
Last month, I sewed a little lunch bag for Erin.
She hasn't had a lunch bag in a very long time, but she needs to use one now -- because she has late afternoon and evening classes this semester, and needs to take a dinner with her when she heads to campus.
I had recently picked up this book:
I'm kind of a sucker for cute bags -- and I had planned to make a lunch bag for myself. Instead, I picked this one out for Erin.
It turned out to be much more . . . involved. . . than I had planned.
There are clever little details and handy pockets. Like this one (for a water bottle).
And an inside pocket
that can hold a little ice pack.
I'm really happy with the way it turned out . . . but, let me assure you, there were times during the sewing process that I wanted to chuck the whole thing in the trash and run out to Target to BUY her a lunch bag!
This is not a sewing project for the faint of heart! The instructions are complete . . . but not terribly detailed or helpful. Very few diagrams or photos. There are millions of rectangles -- all different sizes -- that need to be pieced Just Right. While I was making the bag, I wondered if the authors/editors really expected anyone to SEW one of the bags from their directions -- or if it was mainly put together to be an "inspiration" kind of book. Not terribly user-friendly! (But the bags are adorable!)
The bag is insulated (with Insul-Bright; an insulated batting), so - especially combined with the ice pack pocket - it can keep a lunch nice and fresh. Thing is . . . you need to quilt the insulated batting to the outside fabric before you can even begin piecing all the millions of rectangles together! And then -- you still need to do a lining. And . . . don't get me started on the straps! (They are easy -- but the placement is crucial. And there is no photo or diagram, save the finished product photo.)
Anyway. There it is! I'm pleased. Erin is pleased. And . . . teal!