Thursday, 19 July 2012

Summer holiday housekeeping

I'm making a frantic effort to finish off some sewing and shop-related jobs this week. My mum has kindly come to stay and herd my three children (eldest two finished school on Tuesday) for the past couple of days so that I can get on with my work. First on the list was hunting out the draft of my wallet sewing pattern and actually getting it finished. I've always blamed my lack of productivity on a lack of time, but as it turns out, even with a babysitter in residence, I'm quite capable of writing off a whole day's work on my own. All it takes is a simple miscalculation of measurements, unnoticed until I set out to edit the three hundred thousand step-by-step photographs I had taken the previous day.

Bite tongue. Inwardly stomp and rage. Start again.

Day 2 and I have another two completed prototypes, no mistakes, no swearing. There's still a bit of work editing and checking to be done but it's almost ready to go in to the shop. Here's a sneak preview of the prototypes in progress:

wallet sewing pattern

wallet sewing pattern

**edited to add: the pattern is now available in the patterns section of my blog, or via my etsy shop.**

I also took the opportunity to unfurl my scrap vomit quilt which has been sadly neglected since an unfortunate puckering incident with the hand quilting. It's taken me until now to be able to face unpicking the teeny tiny painstaking stitches and begin the work of straightening and pinning it all back into place. I'm glad I did, though, as I'm full of enthusiasm for this project again. We're off to the Isle of Wight for a week's holiday soon, and I can think of nothing better that sitting stitching of an evening in our caravan, listening to the rain pelt down on the roof (I like rain). You can just about see the way the quilting is starting to pan out here, and I'm glad to see that the diamond pattern of solid grey hasn't been lost amongst all those colours.

the draw of a quilt in progress

You can also see the little interloper who fiddled and tugged, then crawled and stomped her way across the quilt the entire time I was trying to flatten it, and finally compromised by just tucking herself in underneath it.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

In praise of the library

library haul

Not a bad haul, eh; I do love a bit of sewing-book browsing. The only problem is that laden with a stack like this I then have to push a buggy full of 2 year-old up a near-vertical hill, so this is me reigning myself in a bit. To be fair, as I have to quickly pluck books off the shelf whilst doing circuits with the toddler, it's a miracle I manage to get away with this much.

My children, like me, have now discovered the fun of browsing the online catalogue and requesting books from other libraries in the county. There's nothing like the anticipation of setting out knowing there's a lovely book waiting for you on the reserves shelf.

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