since my sweet sewing machine is in the shop for her annual tune up,
i've put together a portable handwork project.
using the english paper piecing method shown in this book,
i'm making a ball for another expected baby!
(yes, bobbi, you spotted some sock monkey fabric).
the author uses cottons and linen together in a most lovely way.
i got a little bit impatient with the fussiness of the prep work,
but the ease and precision in the actual sewing has been worth the effort.
have any of you used i love patchwork ?
what project did you try?
Henry and I sat on the screened porch this morning, and he helped me randomly select the sew, mama, sew giveaway winner. The winner is...JUST JINGLE, a really fun and inspiring blog, and I am delighted to have found it via this giveaway. Crafting in Worcester, MA, the author shares tutorials, links and fun peeks into her process. Go on over and see for yourself.
And, oh, lucky me...I'm a winner, too! I've followed Pomona's blog from the very beginning. I feel like she's a kindred spirit, despite the ocean between us. I'm looking forward to finding her parcel in my mailbox! Thank-you Pomona!
It's been fun to explore so many new blogs these past few days. Thanks again to the folks at sew, mama. sew for organizing this huge adventure! And thanks to all who popped by here and left kind comments.
I've organized a small handwork project to keep me busy while my friend is away. Small and portable, it will be perfect for the upcoming long weekend. Can you guess what it might be?
(If you are looking for the sew, mama, sew! giveaway, click HERE).
This afternoon, I will drop my beloved sewing machine off for her annual tune up. It's so hard to let her go for a week. I bought her (after much budget crunching) in December 1994, and over the years, we have become very good friends.
I have sat in front of her and stitched so, so many things...
clothes for all four kids...overalls, dresses, shirts, quilted jackets
baby clothes for shower gifts
costumes for dramas (both in-house and in the wider world)
nightshirts for Batman
home goods...pillowcases, tablecloths, napkins, curtains
tote bags, purses
mended and patched...rips, tears, holes
quilts...to welcome babies, to send loved ones off to college, to hang on walls, group quilts
finished a quilt that was left unfinished by cancer
memorial pieces and celebration pieces
many, many pieces have left the house as gifts
and some projects have landed in my fledgling etsy shop
My sewing machine and I have worked together in so many intangible ways as well.
I have gone to her for comfort and retreat when the world seemed to be loosing it's mind.
Many a plan has been hatched while quilting yards and yards of lines with her.
I have found forgiveness for others and for myself under her watchful eye.
I have worked through grief with her steady stitching as my comfort.
I have worked in secret with her, behind closed doors, on many surprise gifts.
Sometimes the only place I can find my voice is when she listens, without judgement.
She and I have become dream weavers, and we share secret ambitions.
And so, as I send her off for her much deserved R&R, I say thank you, dear friend, for aging gracefully with me.
Sew, Mama, Sew! is a fun blog, dedicated to fabric and sewing. I pop over there occasionally for tutorials, inspiration and the fun sense of community. They're hosting a huge online giveaway, beginning today. Carve out some time in the next few days to brew yourself a pot of tea, and check out all the fun. You'll discover blogs you've never read and you might win some handmade goodness.
At the last minute, I decided to play along, and here's a peek at my giveaway...
a sew and sow life tea towel,
appliqued with a bit of my own shibori hand dyed blue,
a bit of birch and fern fabric.
a collection of woodland inspired fabrics,
(mostly fat quarters). if you click on the image, you'll see better details of the fabric.
The rickety, old trundle beds up in Vermont have been disposed of. The twin beds from Connecticut are now in the back bedroom at our "bit of earth" in Vermont. I made these two "Chinese coin" quilts years apart and yet their common, sunny yellows make them lovely companions.
We are clearing out the upstairs of the house in Connecticut to have old carpet pulled up and hardwood floors laid down. We will enjoy the new floors and they sing "resale value" as we check things off the list.
I am trying to cultivate patience, but it's always been a challenge for me. Here are two quotes I come back to again and again.
"The greatest prayer is patience"...siddhartha guatama (buddha)
"Have patience and the mulberry leaf will become silk"...spanish proverb
Do you have wisdom about patience that you might share with me?
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