Sunday, 16 June 2013
I think for most of the next few days Katie and I will be taking Susie in and out of the garden at very regular intervals. This would be fine if it just involved a quick trip every 30 minutes or so. However Katie loves being outside and does not want to come back in, Susie thoroughly agrees with Katie's point of view, and I'm out-voted. I'm very happy to be outside too - but it makes cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, sewing and other essential actvities rather tricky!
So, if you need to find me, best to look in the garden! Wishing you all a fun week. And thanks also for all your very kind words about my Super Tote and Aeroplane Bag -I so much enjoy hearing from you and getting your feedback.
Monday, 10 June 2013
I love my new bag, my super Super Tote. Probably even more than I love my Aeroplane Bag. The combination of fabrics, style and size make this bag pretty near perfect for me at the moment*. Apologies now if I sound smug - I'm feeling smug!
The pattern is Noodlehead's Super Tote. The pattern has a lot of prep and loads of steps but everything is well laid out and straightforward. It took me quite a while to put together, it wasn't a quick make for me, but the time and effort was well worthwhile.
I think, with most projects, I usually have at least one or two points which I wish I'd done differently or a bit where I have made a wee error..........but, possibly for the first time, there really isn't anything I'm not happy with. When I first spotted the pattern on Anna's Noodlehead blog I knew I really wanted to make it but also knew I couldn't unless I could do so without spending much money - but I was very conscious that it would be a shame to skimp and use fabrics I didn't love.
When I was digging around for fabrics to make my FQR Name Tag swap I remembered that a couple of the Flea Market Fancy prints I bought last year were in half yard cuts** - which would be just enough to work for the main part of the bag. Yay! The handles were eked out of leftovers from a quilt commission (linen from here). I had just enough metro dots for the recessed zip. But I did buy the Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in Black for the gussets - once I had looked out the other three fabrics I couldn't convince myself that anything else would work nearly so well (I found it here).
I'm a very happy Super Tote owner - I hope your week has started as cheerfully!
** I almost never buy fabric in more than a fat quarter cut so I was really chuffed to realise that I did have enough of a special fabric to make this tote.
Thursday, 6 June 2013
I was quick to sign up for this year's swap (getting to go to FQR is one of the highlights of being 40 this year!) and was pretty excited to receive my message letting me know who my partner is........and then a little nervous coz she is very good at sewing. I won't say any more or I might let something slip.
As you know I don't normally do small and detailed but there's really not much else a name tag can be.......I have done my best, and think it is her, and hope she enjoys it. I can't show you the back as that is a bit of a give-away or the middle of the front as that is a bit of a give-away too!