Friday, July 18, 2014

Teacher’s Gifts…

It's that time of the school year again where we say good-bye for the summer.  It is particularly hard this time as DD2 is leaving her primary school and friends.  The chats at the school gate for me are coming to an end and the community that has seen me through ups and downs and thick and thin (waistline) will disperse as our children start a new journey in September at high school.

The last few years have been fabulous for my daughter at her school and this year was just the same.  Her 2 teachers worked so well as a team and always seem to know what was going on even though it was a job share.  As you can imagine I couldn’t let the year end without doing something special for those ladies who made the last year of primary so special.  So out came the patterns and the fabric and I made them each a Bento Lunch Bag and Dumpling Pouch which was then filled with goodies.  To add to the enjoyment of making them I dug out the hand crank Singer sewing machine and sat on the patio to sew them.  I loved every minute of it…even though it took a bit of ambidextrous coordination to hold the fabric and turn the crank with my right hand :o)

Inside each bag I included a mug, some tea, chocolates, biscuits and some sweets.  I hope they enjoy them.

Until next time...♥

Monday, July 14, 2014

Kaffe-o-licious

Two weeks ago I put DD2 on the bus with school for a 4 day residential trip to Castleton while at the same time prepared for a retreat to Bath for myself and the DH.  You may think that this sounds terribly romantic and delightful…but the reality didn’t quite work out that way.  On day 2, I came down with an almighty cold which got progressively worse over the course of the week.  If that wasn’t enough to contend with, every evening we had a teary call from DD2 who was suffering from terrible homesickness.  So even though in body I was in Bath, my head was definitely somewhere else.  A shame really, but just the same I did my best to enjoy my time there.

The weather was warm and dry and the sights around Bath breathtaking, but the one place that was on my must-see list…cold or no cold was the American Museum

Upon our arrival I knew something extra special was going on as I spied this yarn bombed lamp post.  It was, of course, the introduction to the Kaffe Fassett exhibition that is going until November.

Every where you looked there was yarn and knitting and crochet…a complete feast for the eyes :o)

Then just outside the exhibition hall was a HUGE tree decorated from top to tail in pom-poms and Kaffe fabric lampshades.

The lampshades I think were upside down buckets and the impact of colour was enough to brighten one’s day (even with a cold!!)

Inside the exhibition were several classic examples of Kaffe’s work from embroidery to knitting and quilts.

Inside the main building there was more of the show stopping work and drawings showing the design process of his unique fabric.

The American Museum also have an extensive collection of antique quilts on huge racks (much like the racks they use for displaying posters only bigger).  It was lovely to flip through the different ones and talk to the other visitors who were ooohing and ahhing along with me.  Even the DH stood nearby nodding his head and appreciating the quilts and tolerated my waffle as I told him about each style or technique.

After such an inspiring day, we returned to the campsite and enjoyed a spectacular summer’s evening.  Several hot air balloons floated overhead, landing in the next field over… 

…while DH and I enjoyed a glass of wine before retiring to bed. 

We had another day in Bristol visiting the SS Great Britain, but my cold was very much taking over at that point and the day was cut short.  We returned home in time to collect DD2 who despite all the tears and the onset of her own nasty cold seemed to have a blast.  (why? oh why do we worry so much!!?)

Until next time...♥

Friday, July 04, 2014

Cover Up!

It was time to give Sookie a cover, so after scouring Pinterest I came up with this version of a half and half cover.

As one end of my machine has a big fly wheel and guard I couldn’t be symmetrical with the design, so capped off one end, while leaving the other end exposed and secured with a tie.

The pieces were quilted and then assembled wrong sides together.  Then the raw seams got covered in binding to finish it off and give it another bit of detail.

Hopefully this will help keep the dust off a bit and also makes my sewing corner look pretty when not in use :o)

Until next time...♥