17 June, 2014

All quiet on the western front

ahhh yes, it's all quiet here once more, it's been a manic couple of weeks, with lots of paperwork to catch up on, vat returns, year end, tax forms GRRRR and then the weather has been pretty wonderful, high 20's (29-30 on some days) and quite often just too hot to do anything except sit in the jacuzzi or pool. We're having a couple of days respite though and it's gearing back up from Friday onwards for a sweltering weekend and into next week, so I'm sewing while I can.

here are some piccies of what I've been upto
Let me introduce you to Katy my new sewing buddy tutorial by shanniloves.com  was thinking perhaps for @fatquarterly swop ??? #thoughts
I made this really cute sewing buddy from Shanni Loves it can also be used as a TV remote control holder,so I've spent tonight translating the tutorial into french for the patchwork ladies tomorrow. They all love owls, what's not to love :)

Playroom chair reupholstered for 3rd time, this time a bit more batting and some IKEA washable oilcloth stuff so fingers crossed it'll stay stain free
A quick 10 minutes with the staple gun reupholstered the kids playroom chair, this time with washable oilcloth, so pens and stains can hopefully just be wiped off.

Today I have made myself a new mug rug prototyping for possible #fqr14  sample swop

this foxy mug rug was appliqued on with my embroidery machine and is a prototype for the sample swop at Fat Quarterly retreat, I'm going to make an owl one and one or two foxes, suitable backing fabric has been ordered and hopefully by next week will be well on the way to being finished.

First swim in Nana and gramps pool this year
this kids have been occupied in my parents pool (this was taken about 6pm) and we've been enjoying catching up, they're here now for the summer so fingers crossed we get a nice hot one this year :)

#fqr14 name tag finished, it'll be going in post tomorrow and only @theoriginaltrash and I know where :) #hopeyoulikeit
Yesterday, my mission was to get my name tag swop for Fat Quarterly retreat finished, I'd made the lanyard late last week and just got down to making the tag, it's so awkward to get tidy edges when it's 3.5" square :( I hope my partner likes it and when it's received i'll show you more than the sneak peak lol :)

One down one to go, teachers gift thanks to @gogokim Fab tutorial with a cheesy poem about teachers lol

finally for tonight, yes I know that's quite enough, I always make teachers presents for the end of school year and at Christmas, after all they've looked after and taught my kids more hours in the year than I have probably, I know it's their job and they are paid to do it but I still think it's nice to show our appreciation of the work they do. I knew as soon as I saw kim's boxes for Sara@sewsweetness quilt market booth that it would be perfect for the teachers. I gently reminded Kim that she'd promised a tutorial on the fab fabric butterflies and Here it is. DD and I went shopping for a suitable box and chose fabrics. The poem is a slightly corny one about how the teacher is kind, gentle, beautiful like a princess (lol...so not correct) but there is a line about dressing like a butterfly (wtf??/) so it's appropriate and they do have good hearts like the poem says.
DD decided the box needed some pink and purple stamped flying insects, there are butterflies, what looks like a bee and others. Now to get DS to get his stamping hat on (god help me and the finished project) and wrap those beauties up ;)

I also have a flimsy finish but that can wait for another day, I'm off to bed now as I'm STILL waiting for my fat quarterly class list (lots of others have had theirs) and you know how patient I am... NOT so if i'm asleep I can't be pressing refresh on my email all night lol....

Happy Stitching
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  1. might just have to make an owl myself, very cute and practical at the same time. Have a great day at the retreat

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  3. your owl makes me laugh xx well you certainly have a variety of finishes xx keeps you on your toes being versatile is a sewers talent xx

  4. Love that owl!! So cute. I like the teachers gifts very much too. Great idea!


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