Cute Cushion

We are very fortunate to have a little money left in the holiday fund, so later in the month we are driving south to Normandy for a little break. The down side is that it will take 8.5 hours with no stops to get there. So me thinks that we should estimate a 12 hour trip with breaks and allowing for traffic.

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Hence the need for a little pillow/cushion for the little travellers in the back of the car. We can hope that maybe they will drop off at one point, although my husband and I know from experience that they will only fall asleep when we are 5 minutes from our destination. I can’t recall how many times we  had to carry sleepy or sleeping children through Dubai Airport because they fell asleep as we came into land!

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Any way in a bid to be strong and use fabric that I know is now considered rare and not save it for a rainy day, I cut into a yard of some Heather Ross fabric today and produced the pillow, much to the delight of my dog loving daughter.

DSC00703I am really pleased with it and that fabric is so so soft, who wouldn’t want to rest their head there?

Until next time…….

I’m a winner, I’m a winner…

Yep, I’m a winner. 

A few weeks ago I couldn’t believe it when I saw my name here. There was a great deal of deep breathing required. 

Giveaway fabric

Anyway, this is what I chose to buy with my gift certificate. Doesn’t it all look so scrummy and gorgeous. I love fabric, infact, I feel I’m getting a tad obcessed at the moment, I have caught myself stroking these goodies. Do you think I have lost my mind or is it just what happens when you get such a huge pile of fabric for free?  Do let me know!

Randi is such a generous woman, please go check out her shop, she has so many lovely fabrics and her service is excellent. I will definately be going back to shop.

Thanks Randi, you made my day. xx

Until next time………

Shirt patchwork

My son has grown so tall over the past year, shirts that fitted him last summer are now showing far too much tummy! I went shopping before the holiday and bought a stack of new t shirts and he can now be happy he isn’t wearing a cropped top.

But what to do with the cotton shirts? I used to give all clothing to charity or hand it on to friends, but now I’m officially a sewer I don’t like to throw things made of 100% cotton away. 

So the patchwork shirt lap quilt was born. I used my son’s shirts and a couple of my husbands that had worn out at the cuffs and collar. (Although he did ask why one of the short sleeved shirts was in the quilt because he thought it was still hanging in the wardrobe – oops! Not too sure myself how it got in the sewing room in the pile to cut)

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It is currently 36” square and I am going to add a 5″ border in white. I think it should make a nice size lap quilt for my son then. It was a little tricky to sew because some of the shirts are loosely woven, but i did my best to make it square and I thought it wouldn’t really show when it is all quilted and wrinkly.

Now off to do the border.

Until next time……

A little W.I.P

A wip

Above is a sneaky peak of something I have been working on. I was inspired by this: 

for Emily by nanaCompany.

It was made by the lovely Amy, she is a very talented lady and she has an etsy shop here.

I have done most of the applique work on mine and I am going to do some hand quilting, which is another new thing for me to try so you may not get to see the finished result for a little while. But that’s OK, isn’t it?