Some scrummy Sandi Henderson apples. Good enough to eat I think.
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So you want to know here I do my crochet, hey?
Well I sit in this chair, mainly at night, because I like to sew during the day. ( I will show you my sewing room another day). This spot gets lots of light from that large lamp and there is also a lamp on the side table, so I can see what I am doing. I am still not sure how big I should make it, I just think I will keep going until I am satisfied that I will be snugly and warm on a chilly night. I also don’t think the hex blanket will live on the back of this chair when it is finished but at the moment I love walking into the lounge and seeing it’s splendid colourful self staring at me.
Speaking of colourful things – this pretty drawstring bag was a hit with my daughters 5 year old friend the other day. It was her birthday and I made a headband and some hair bands in the spotty fabric.
Until next time……
Yesterday saw the postbox bulging with delights. I have been waiting for the Portabellopixie patterns for a while and they are finally here. I struggle to think outside the box and thought that maybe they would be put aside until spring when I would be thinking about warmer weather but Sandi suggested using flannel in the ruffle pants booklet to make some comfy lounge pants. How cute would that be. I have some pink spotty flannel so I will hopefully try and make those for the little girl next week.
Plus the Fat Quarter Shop did it again. It only took 7 days to get my order from Texas to The Netherlands. What great service. Now I am the proud owner of 2 packs of fat quarters of House by Annette Tatum. I plan to make the lotus quilt from Amy Butler’s free patterns for our bedroom. So excited!!
On Thursday I had my first attempt at machine applique and what fun that turned out to be. I copied the pattern on Sandi Henderson’s site, backed my pieces as suggested and popped a stretch machine needle in machine. The applique was in four parts. Part one attached fine and I was eager to get on with next. The sewing machine had other ideas and was getting jammed every few stitches. After a fair number of swear words and school pick up, a ballet lesson, and making supper, I decided to clean the machine. I spent about half an hour looking for a screwdriver only to find one in the spare parts bag provided with the machine (doh) and then gave it a jolly good clean. Half an hour later the t shirt was finished, ironed and looking fab. Yay.
I need some advice tho from veteren applique doers (no idea what the term should be). I only have zig zag stitch on my machine and I shortened the length of the stitch somewhat – but should it be really close like a handstitched satin stitch? Or doesn’t it matter?
Had a busy but non crafty day yesterday, driving across the length and breadth of The Netherlands to get some jobs done. I did manage to walk past the local flower stall on the way for school pick-up and get 40 beautiful yellow roses for 7 euros, a real bargain. I need to do some gardening now so have a good weekend.