Remember this sneaky peak I showed you a little while ago?
Image taken by Emma
A sewing machine mat, made for the lovely Emma. I had offered to make one for her ages ago, as Emma is not a quilter but a bag maker (and a very good one at that!) but Em wanted to have a go herself. Fast forward a few months, and she asked if the offer was still open, as she hadn't managed to get round to it (her little business is really taking off this year so she is super busy with that.) She sent me her fabrics, some lovely bold, graphic prints featuring sewing machines, buttons and cotton reels, and we decided on a very simple design - she wanted the sewing machine fabric to be the main feature and, more importantly, to still be able to see it when her machine was on top of it! I quilted it very simply too but, I have to say, this is probably my most favourite kind of make! Some people like to constantly stretch themselves and try new techniques, which is great, but I find great comfort from the familiar - nice, easy sewing that doesn't need to be thought about too much - it's very relaxing! It's always a bit nervy cutting into someone elses fabric and making something for them, but, happily, Emma loved her new mat, and has sent this pic of her machine on it's comfy new home:-
There has been some more sewing this week - yesterday I made the first of my PIF gifts and this morning it got sent on it's way. I wonder who this one could be for...?
And finally, Joe has been doing some stitching! At school they are going to be making a purse in D&T and last week Joe brought home a little bit of felt that he had been stitching on. He was very proud of it and wanted to do some more but, when I tried to help him, he got very upset and frustrated. He was insisting on stitching left handed - he is right handed - and would not let me teach him a better way to do it. So I decided to change tack and try something a little different. I gave him a bit of aida fabric in a hoop and he drew a little picture on it. Then, I showed him how to stitch around the lines. It was a bit tricky for him, remembering whether to put the needle into the top of the fabric or coming up from underneath, but he finally did it (with a little help from me to stitch the eye) and was so pleased with himself!