Saturday, June 18, 2011

Noah has a very red ark-Cornelia FNSI

Last night I put together the applique for a modified version of one of the blocks from the Noah and Friends Kookaburra Cottage BOM. I had intended to make just the middle block into a baby quilt for a friend of mine, the baby's name is Noah. However AFTER buying all the fabric I am not so sure that's what I want to do anymore. Consequently last night went like this:
  • Buy a "Handmade" magazine
  • Look through magazine and ring mum-complaining about not knowing what to sew
  • Get out lots of fabric and ring mum again (same complaint)
  • Decide that I love the fabrics I bought and ring mum again (this time complaining about not knowing what to use the fabrics for since I had changed my mind)
Mum told me to just make the Noah block anyway and then decide later what I want to turn it into and who I want to give it to. Being the good daughter I am :) I listened and am now super happy with the result!

I am still not completely sure what it will end up being, but I think it is very cute and the colours are quite funky! If anyone has any bright ideas feel free to contribute!

Cornelia :)

Friday Night Sew-in

I do enjoy the feeling of knowing there are lots of other like-minded people out there enjoying their sewing at the same time that I am. However I seemed to spend more time going backwards than forwards. I'm making a bag (a Melly and Me design) and I had trouble with the little triangle bits on the side sitting right so I ended up unpicking it and doing it again - about three times! Then I started working on putting the zip in and I ended up unpicking that twice too even though I tacked it on first. The zip is in now so I shall work on getting the top part of the bag put together after church tomorrow. I was getting a bit disheartened with all the backwards sewing though so I decided to work on something else. My friend made this neat little cardigan for her beautiful granddaughter Bella and she wanted me to do some embroidery on it. Here's what I did and I'm quite pleased with the end result. She sure is going to look a sweet little girl in this outfit.
I hope you've all had a fun evening and I look forward to seeing what you've been up to. Until next time take care and happy sewing.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Back again as mother of the bride to be

Here I am, back again. It's been a few very busy months but life should be a bit slower for the next six weeks. My boss is off on his annual trip to France, my typing is all up to date, my backlog of filing is complete and the office looks spick and span. I just have to keep the place ticking over nicely while he's away and I have to say that my wrists and hands are relieved to be having a break from constant typing! Now they have to be put to work at some sewing which is way more fun. It's my mums 80th birthday this year so that has been my first priority. I made a cushion for her.
I made it bigger than the pattern said as I wanted her to be able to use it as a support for her back for when she sits in her favourite chair. The original pattern had buttons as flowers as a border at the bottom but I didn't want to use buttons as I didn't want them to dig into her back, so I made the stitchery panel bigger and put my own flowers along the bottom. I'm quite pleased with the final result.

I am now making something for my niece but I can't show you that yet just in case she looks at our blog. Cornelia just told me that there is another Friday night 'sew in' this Friday so that just might be the incentive I need to get some more sewing done.

I'm very excited to be a mother of the bride to be and we are having such fun planning everything. I've been to a wedding expo in Wellington with Cornelia last month and in a couple of weeks there is another one here in Hamilton. Cornelia can't come to that so I'm going to drag my dear husband along with me. Just quietly though, he is just as excited about being father of the bride to be! The wedding is in January so it's not all that far away especially if the first half of this year is anything to go by.

I will look forward to seeing what you've all been sewing on Friday night.