We seem to have a few friends who have just had babies or are about to have them. I always think that handmade gifts are a lovely keepsake and I like to give them whenever I can.I’ve made a couple of simple blankets in the past and have liked the way that the basic patchwork ones turn out.
We have a new quilting & yarn shop in the next city over from ours…when I say city, it makes it seem like a good old distance to drive but Fairhope is only 10 minutes from where we live.It has a beautiful downtown area with lots of little independent stores that we like to support.In The Making opened a few months ago and I believe they have a store open in Birmingham, Alabama also.
When I started sewing more regularly (last August!) my Mum mentioned that she would like a knitting needle case as she couldn’t find one that matched the style she wanted. My original thought was to make one for Christmas but I forgot and then by the time I remembered, I hadn’t got enough time. So I set out to make one in July for her birthday – August 6th.
I had a good look around online to get some ideas for the one I wanted to make. I wanted the make to be ‘fairly’ simple but also pretty and useful. By combining a few ideas, I chose to make a roll with three horizontal sections for different sized needles. I also want to add a bit of extra detail so I decided to quilt the outer piece of fabric.
After deciding that I want more tops for my wardrobe, I set out making view C of the 1810. I chose a silky polyester type material… I know…all of my current fabrics are some sort of silky polyester! This pattern appealed to me because it’s the style of top (& dress) that I like to wear – not figure hugging but drawn in at the waist.
December was a good month. It was my birthday, Christmas and the time when our parents began their visit. All of these meant that we/I were given a lot of presents, which was lovely and very kind of the ‘givers’. I wanted to share a few of the items received as many of them are sewing related or quite unique.
First up, Adam got me this super cool Alexander Henry fabric. There is a yard so I’m hoping to make a bag or a top out of it.
I recently borrowed a book from the library called ‘Simple Sewing with Lola Nova’ which has loads of useful projects that are quite different to the ones that get recycled over and over. The blog is also worth a read! It was one of these projects that got me thinking about giving the bathroom a little makeover. The bathmat project was simple but I did change a few things to suit what I needed. I bought a plain grey hand towel from Walmart that would be used as the back of the mat. My plan needed to reflect the measurements of the towel so my patchwork squares were different to those in the book.
We do have a good amount of storage in the bathroom; shelves in the bath/shower area, cupboards under the sinks and shelving for towels etc. As I like everything to be hidden, I didn’t love having our towels and bathroom bin being on show so the second part of our little bathroom makeover involves the creation of shelving ‘curtains‘. ‘Curtains‘ being italicised as they aren’t really curtains, they don’t open but they do the same job as a curtain!