Whoopsie - the penultimate stop of the blog tour was delayed by inclement (yet joyous) holiday hubbub! What a whirlwind it has been these last few days.
I'm so honored to be hosting Rashida Coleman-Hale, author of I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew and the blog I Heart Linen, for a little designer-to-designer interview. You can see the companion interview in which Rashida interviews me over on her blog.
Rashida is a creative force that really brightens the blogosphere. Her incredibly cheerful projects have been published in a number of sewing magazines and her first book, I Love Patchwork , is a bookshelf must-have! I've already added the button calendar and the watercolor dish pincushion to my to-make list for 2010. The projects in the book are clearly presented and accessible to all levels of sewists - what I particularly love about it is that the projects are so elegant in their simplicity and are great for using up small scraps of lovely prints - perfect projects to make on a budget!
Meg : Could you give us a glimpse of a typical day in your household? How do you fit in your "work" amidst the busyness of mothering two little ones?
Rashida : Our days haven't been so typical since the move to Atlanta from NYC! Most of our days have been spent unpacking and just trying to help the little ones feel comfortable in our new home. My husband has also been a huge help. Mel is usually up first in the morning and he's awesome with the children. He gets them breakfast and entertains them for me so that I can sleep in a little later. It's been great since I toss and turn most nights because I've my growing tummy! We sometimes even pull all nighters together! He's an Art Director so there's always a project that needs to be done by a deadline. I do my best work when the kids are asleep. It's just too difficult for me to get anything done creatively when they are awake. It was much easier when they were babies and weren't really getting into things.
Meg : What will be your first sewing project of the New Year? Do you have fabric picked out yet?
Rashida : My first sewing for 2010 will be some projects for Stitch. Classified. :P I also have some quilt blocks and a quilt to finish for the Block Party Quilting Bee book. Super excited about those projects. I've already chosen fabric for all of those projects. But I think my next favorite project is going to be some clothes for my baby boy who's due the end of February. I picked up a lovely Japanese craft book titled, "Organic Cotton Wear for Babies" with some oh so sweet patterns. I have a white cotton lawn that I purchased from India some time ago that I've been saving for the perfect project. I think I'll make some of the baby wrap shirts from the book with it. I also plan to make the baby sling from your book, but I'm not sure what fabric I want to use or that just yet.
Meg : This has certainly been a busy year for you - designing projects for Stitch, getting ready to welcome your third child, and writing a book! What's next for you in your designing career? What do you see yourself doing at the end of 2010?