Thursday, July 29, 2010

Where does the time go?

My goodness, nearly 2 weeks since my last post.  I can't believe it. 
I was lucky enough to get my new diary for next year in the post.  It's from the V and A Museum in London has released a diary to coincide with it's exhibition of quilts this year.  The diary has many pictures from the exhibition alongside each week.  Lovely.  I've never been this organised before.
I was also bitten by the purse-making bug along with my DD's recently.  It was quite satisfying to start and finish a project in one day.  Unheard of actually!!  It's size (about 4 " squareish) has turned out to be perfect for taking my bits and pieces in to work.
I do love Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably fabrics.
 I have been quite busy these last few days though, and not in a quilty sense.  My biggest DD is long and lanky.  She's too long for large kids clothes, but too thin for small adult clothes.  In this case, she's run out of winter pj's.  So, I thought- easy.  I'll just sew some for her.  It's been quite a while since I sewed anything not quilt related.  I had to relearn how to read a pattern- and did you know that 5/8 " is the seam allowance- a criminal waste of fabric!  LOL.  I had to keep reminding myself not to stitch 1/4 ".  I even got my aged overlocker out for some stitching.
Anyway, all turned out well.  Sewing machine manual out to help with the buttonholes and now they're all finished.
 Of course, they are on and in bed tonight.
Finished off a few more Dear Jane blocks for this month.  Intrepid explorer me was off to my Dear Jane gathering earlier in the week along with 6 other explorer souls.  We stitched to our hearts content.  All blocks coming along nicely.  Most are machine piecing and can't believe that 2 of us are hand stitching.  But when I look at those teeny-tiny pieces, it would "do my head in" to even contemplate putting these blocks under my machine foot.
I started from the centre out , so have nearly finished doing the red row, next on to the pink.
I won't mention my near disaster when my blog background was no longer working, blood, sweat and near tears later I have blue dots.  I couldn't for the life of me remember how to change things like that.  A lot of swearing under my breath with that one. 
Back to my applique- I'm still working on the first block of my Princess Feather quilt by Kim McLean


  1. Cute PJs! I've just made a pair of lounge pants for myself - with palm tree fabric, of course! - and it's nice to recall how quickly garments can be completed, versus a quilt.

    You're making nice things.

  2. Well done on the putting in a zipper - see, you can do it! - and the garment construction, cute PJ's.