Friday, April 20, 2012
Instead of quilting, I've been hanging out more with my hubby. That means plenty of time on the bike. For me, biking is all about the costume. I have black leather pants and coat. I also have a coat that is black with a pink stripe. But what I wear most is the Merlot colored, alligator-embossed chaps and vest. It's a lot of fun when I'm at biker bars and get compliments. My reply is "Yea, I had to quit drinking tequilla because I kept seeing purple alligators ---but I made sure to bag one before I quit.
Well, there's a new bike at our house that is a lovely shade of cherry red. Which looks terrible with Merlot. So I matched some paint cards to the color of the bike and headed to the annual sale at the Tandy Leather shop.
Sadly, it was not included in the $40 sale :( The 2 pieces I want would be $540!!!. *gasp* But it is scheduled to go on sale in May. In response to my sad/pouty face, the manager said she'd sell it to me today for the May sale price :) *Yippeee!!* I just saved $400! But more importantly, I can make 2 amazing pieces for the price store-bought chaps. I know there's enough for both chaps & vest....and if I'm both lucky and clever, possibly some zip-off sleeves to make the vest a light-weight jacket. I spend a lot of time on the back of the bike. I've day-dreamed about this design for years. Guess it's time to pull out some muslin and make a prototype.
So, my apologies to my quilting and applique friends. I'll be learning, once again, how to sew leather. But I am going on the Treasure Shop Hop next weekend, so I promise to post at least some batik fabrics next week.