Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wardrobe Wednesday

So. Not a complete outfit. Just the start of one. I grabbed this dress at an opshop in the city last week because it screamed Olivia Walton to me. And we love our Waltons around here. Much to Big Girl's disappointment it fits me. I had to let the sleeves out a wee bit though. I think it needs a wide belt. White? Red? What do you think? (And I'm not really wearing this today. Again, the weather is horrible.)

Monday, September 27, 2010


Finished. One Sampler Quilt top! Phew. I started back here and have thoroughly enjoyed working on this project over the winter months.

Next step: piece the back, and learn how to sandwich, machine quilt and bind this wee beastie. Hopefully then I can take some better photos of it.

My clever hubby suggested I use this baby wrist rattle for a much-needed wrist pincushion;-) Needs must.

This is my second quilt ever and the first since finishing my big girl's cot quilt ten years ago. Achievement!! I'm already plotting the next one.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Celebrations and Sewing

This week in September is always a big one for our family. Miss Moo turned 11 on Monday - does that mean she's officially a "tweenie" now? Man of the House baked her a FANTABULOUS Black Forest Gateau at her request. I wish you could hear her say "gateau" - her accent is delightful. Those French lessons are paying off;-)

I churned out this quick, cute knit for a wee friend because she looks just like the girl on the cover of the book.
Then there was sewing. I'm on a bit of a stash-busting sewing bender.

A cell phone cozy

Another pillowcase dress
A sweatshirt from some gifted fabric plus my first of many Reinvention skirts. (Um yes, wrinkles - no, my children do not fold their clothing.)
Another skirt and a hoodie - also from gifted fabric. I'm not convinced about them being worn together but don't have much say anymore;-) Can't complain about almost free clothing though!
On Wednesday, my lovely hubby had a Big Birthday - made easier by a lovely afternoon with friends, a few whiskys and fish'n'chip dinner with this view.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wardrobe Wednesday

I really didn't want to trot out the usual Wednesday outfit, but it appears to be a uniform around here! I took a quick pic once I'd finished my latest stash-busting reversible apron. But yeah, skinny-ish jeans plus Glassons top plus homemade apron.

Here's the pinky side. 'Cuse the face - she was eating crystallised ginger;-)

Apron leftovers were turned into table napkins - slowly building up our stash of these.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bonnet, Take Two

Bigger bonnet, better fit.

And one for the other girl.

Heidi Headbands: Amy Karol's Bend-the-Rules Sewing.

Reversible Apron: Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing.

Letter Satchels: Amanda Blake Soule's Handmade Home.

Five year old boy's need a Little Wallet too!
We've had a wet and wild Spring storm at our place over the last two days. Nothing to do but stay inside sewing;-)

Friday, September 3, 2010


This is a very sweet bonnet pattern that I will make more of. The child size ran a weeny bit small for an older child so Miss 8 has decided to give hers away to her four year old cousin.

I'm still dipping into the $1/metre fabric stash. I'm most pleased that I actually made all the intended projects from that pile and still have stuff left to fiddle around with.

While sewing, I listened to Radio NZ's brilliant coverage of the awful earthquake in Canterbury this morning. (I would hate to lose this national treasure!) My prayers go out to everyone affected. Cuts close to home living a few hundred metres away from a major faultline. Emergency supplies have been checked!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


I've continued to spot colour around our house this week.

An Hawaiian applique cushion my parents gave me recently.

My first attempt at freezer paper applique. The obligatory pony for my client's quilt;-)

I'm particularly pleased with this one. The design is from the "Someone to watch over you" quilt out of Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts.

The results of a mini-production line this afternoon. Two are for birthday gifts and two for either the gift box or two resident girlies.

It's the Little Wallet pattern, and great for stash busting.

Sarah's post will taunt me all weekend. We had that colour sky here this morning and it is distinctly not that now. Snow is even expected on the road north of town.