Friday, 18 November 2011

I'm having a clean up.......

I've had the day at home and decided this morning to clean out my spare bedroom........ oh goodness what a mess, now the whole house is in a state of chaos!!! I didn't inherit the 'tidy' gene & there are times when I feel quite envious that my big sister did.

There is an up-side. I was convinced that my "Calendula Patterdrip's Cottage" pattern by Crabapple Hill Designs was hidden amid some of the bags that I drag back and forth to the shop. In deciding to have a clean-up today, I sorted through a pile of papers and magazines and found it! As I am working tomorrow & Sunday at the shop, I plan to get it started no matter what. I've ordered patterns for those of you who can't resist this quilt & the patterns will be in store within the next couple of weeks.

I've had the urge to sew clothing again too. Once upon a time I used to make all my own clothes. It was an inherited past-time and I also enjoyed it. Sadly over time, work got in the way and buying clothes seemed to be easier. 

I've found two patterns that I am determined to make: one is 'the Betty June Dress' by Serendipity Studio (right) and the other is the 'Schoolhouse Tunic' by Sew Liberated (below right). I'd like to make the Betty June dress in a red and cream check that I have in stock - a Moda fabric and the Schoolhouse Tunic in a gorgeous Westminster Fibers fabric called "Tile Flourish" by Free Spirit. Tile Flourish is the most luxurious fabric to feel & I expect will be equally luxurious to wear. The next dilemma is what colour to make it in though I think I've decided on the orange-blue below.

I'll keep you posted how I go with both outfits though I can't guarantee that I'll be modelling either piece once they are finished.

I have touched base with a lady who is keen to teach garment making next year once a month. Once we organize dates I'll let you know.

Another bonus for those of you who would love to join a Jennifer Corkish class; Jen will be holding a one day Sashiko workshop on Thursday 19 January 2012. Jen will be making a small bag from two fat quarters - one which is printed with a Sashiko design.  The class is designed to give you a taste for the joys and the art of Sashiko to determine if you would like to take it further with a larger project. The class cost is $50 & will run from 10am to 3pm. Bookings are essential and requires a $30 non refundable deposit.
This workshop would make a great Christmas gift.

Talking of gifts - Ella who comes to Tuesday afternoon sewing, finished her gorgeous cushion cover and I couldn't resist sharing this photo with you (it's possible this could be a present for someone special). Ella has a delicate touch with her sewing technique and is a delight to have in class. I can see her as a Berry Patchwork assistant within the next few years!

I will be organizing Summer Session children's sewing over January and will be advertising dates soon.
I'll leave you with a picture of the dear little bear I bought from the CMRI stall at the Gerringong Quilt Show last weekend............isn't she gorgeous?

How could I resist!

..........and my glorious roses - I wish there was "smell-blog"!!!

Now back to my sorting and purging............   :-)

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