Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Earlier this year we heard there was to be a new niece or nephew, and so I immediately started planning a gift. The new parents-to-be requested a playmat, and, never one to take the easy way out, I liked the idea of an animal alphabet. I did some Googling, and bought this fabulous pattern from Don't Look Now in Australia.
|New Niece who caused a bit of a stir arriving 5 weeks early!|
And then I panicked..... And procrastinated...... And pondered...... And went back to panicking! I really don't know what possessed me. Not only was I an appliqué novice, I was also a total FMQ virgin, and let me tell you, this pattern will tolerate no vestiges of FMQ innocence!
I borrowed my lovely friend Nathalie's humongous Husqvarna machine, as there was no way my little Janome was going to cope with it. That was terrifying enough in itself - the Husqvarna sat at the end of the table for 3 weeks, breathing fire, and just daring me to think I had what it took to press its hallowed pedal.
My favourite part of the process was picking the fabrics for the appliqué. 26 letters and animals, many of which were made up of component parts that needed to be cut from different fabrics and layered up. All in all, including background and backing I used 90 prints and solids, all of which came from my stash - 53 hours spent on a quilt and I didn't even have to buy anything!
Once the hours of painstakingly tracing all the pieces was over, and the layout was done, it was time to start the business of free motion stitching round all the appliqué. The first few animals did not go well, but soon the Husqvarna and I were a well bonded team, and powered through them.
I loved making this playmat. It taught me a lot of new skills and severely tested my patience at times, when I was tired. But it's great fun, a fantastic finished product, and the recipients loved it. Would I make another one? Ermmmm.............
Monday, 3 November 2014
So what have I been up to in the past five months? Well, I would have said not much, but having put some thought into this post, actually there's quite a bit. I won't cram it all in here, but it includes 3 baby quilts; 1 wedding quilt; a lot of dressmaking; some lovely days spent working in The Village Haberdashery; a class with the awe-inspiring Luke Haynes; some quality time with friends and family; and a very special quilt made with some lovely friends for someone who's had a much worse summer than I have. There's been some pattern testing, and, I can't deny it, a LOT of fabric buying!
I look forward to bringing you up to speed in more detail over the next few days!
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Things are never on time, if they arrive at all. But it is my resolution for 2014 to get better at it...... It's not going entirely well so far....
Which is why I am hanging my head in shame while showing you this gorgeous beauty which arrived on my doorstep last week. The lovely, kind, generous, organised Emily, of Love Strawberry Patch fame, sent me this scrummy peg bag as a joint birthday / sorry-we-didn't-get-to-meet-up-while-you-were-in-Cornwall gift.
We won't talk about what I owe Emily in the post, or for how long I've been leaving it on the side as I trot out of the house, or bringing it back home in my handbag from work, or schlepping it all the way to Cornwall, only to be foiled by the weather.
And in spite of being the worst friend in the universe, Emily even made me my very own pair of Melody Miller pants!!
Saturday, 22 February 2014
So today I'm beginning a big clear out in the house, and tomorrow I'm starting up my sewing machine for the first time in a month.
It's time to come out of hibernation.....
Monday, 10 February 2014
So, I don't know if it's the endless grey weather, teeming rain and general wetness about the place.....Or tiredness at returning to work after 6 weeks off.......
Or the effects of the anti-anxiety meds I am on....
But I've lost it..... no, not my sanity (although it could just be 'not my sanity THIS time') but my desire to sew.
Left the building....
Have searched everywhere including the fridge and the medicine cabinet which is where I usually find things I lost.
It needs to come back soon though, because I'm missing it.
Thursday, 9 January 2014
My Q1 list is as follows:
So, that's my list. See you in March to find it how many I got done!