But I won't dwell on any of that. Instead, I'll say thank you very much for all your good wishes for my blog birthday and my pattern being accepted for the book. As mentioned in my last post, I'm going to do a small giveaway to celebrate, so if you'd like to receive the 3 items below, please leave a comment on this post and I'll draw a winner in a week's time on 25th October. All are welcome to enter, overseas or UK, regular commenters, lurkers or new visitors.
matryoshka tissue holder, panda coin purse and cherries pencil case
You'll need to check back at the end of the week to see if you've won as unfortunately blogger doesn't provide me with everyone's email addresses to contact you directly.
I spent this morning setting to work on my scrap challenge from JC Handmade. I've thoroughly enjoyed working on this project. It's been so good for me in curbing my natural tendency to overplan a project and thus never actually get started on it! The rules were that we should aim to have a finished item in 1-2 weeks, and with sewing time pretty scarce around here, I jumped at the opportunity to spend a couple of hours on my project this morning.
In the spirit of the 'scrap' challenge, I used only what I had at home to complete the project rather than buying new supplies and used as much of each piece of fabric as possible. The little houses theme suggested itself to me when I first looked at the individual dimensions of the scraps I received. Otherwise I tried to keep things very simple as I didn't want to introduce too many new elements, just the flower buttons and their embroidered green stems.
The quilt has been gifted to my daughter for the new doll she received for her birthday, and also as a little reward for being child of the week at school this week! She's absolutely thrilled with it (though she did momentarily query the lack of windows), and to my delight, she started identifying the types of houses exactly as I had conceived them.
Thus the two small houses with triangular roofs are bungalows, the yellow and blue house are town houses, and the house in the top right corner is 'a house like ours' - i.e. a classic 3 up 2 down semi (though note that the one 'like ours' is the smallest of the lot, and that it's divided between 2 families!).
What I enjoyed most about this project was working with fabrics that I probably never would have put together myself, and the fun of seeing how everyone else in my group has dealt with the very same scraps. So thanks, Jennifer, for organising a great challenge!