Firstly I must say I am missing R & Jot very very much. When I suggested that R take Jot with him on this trip (over a year ago now) I was still suffering Post Natal Depression and really didn't think I would miss her at all. What difference a year makes. I have been skyping with them in the UK and she looks so grown up, I know its only been a week but still I think she will have changed a lot by the time they get back (9 days to go).
Progress on my long list of things to make has been happening, however, I have done something silly to my hips and sitting at the sewing machine is farily painful. I am getting it sorted out and it is soo much better today, might try sewing tomorrow and see how I go.
So halfway through I have completed:
My MIP Versatile Wrap Skirt - how exciting is this it has only been in the works for two months. The downside is that this one is too big too!! I will still wear it as I have the last one but the next one will be a small. I did make it reversible though so I will get a lot of wear out of this one.
I also finished the Popover Dress that I had planned for Jot to take to England. It is all ready for her to wear this summer. And I have bought some fabric for another 1 (or 2) as they are really sweet and quick to make.
I have sandwiched Jots quilt that I started way back last year and I am hoping to strat quilting tomorrow. I was going to hand quilt it but I might do a trial sandwich and see how the machine quilting will look. It has a Minky back so not sure how easy it will be to quilt on the machine.
I have also started on J & T Wedding quilt. I decided to make a simple quilt from FQs and deicded on Avalon from Material Obsession (If you click on Google Previes under the image you can scan through the pages of the book). I have resized it to 9 FQs rather than 12 as I have no idea what colour their bedroom is I made up my mind to do a lap quit for their sofa instead. I am using Tanya Whelan Dolce fabrics and I love them. I am not sure I will be able to part with it once finished. I am hoping to finish the quilt top at tomorrows meeting of the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild .
What else was I meant to be doing? Oh yes Soap - the ingredients I ordered over a week ago now still haven't arrived so I am unable to make my fancy soaps but I have made two batches on my everyday soap and it has come out soo much better than the first batch I made. Very exciting.
Finally I have been busy knitting. I find that as I don't have to talk to anyone I can sit and knit while watching TV in the evening (especially as I can't sew right now). I am also taking the train to work which gives me an extra hour a day to knit (even sparked a lively debate with a girl the other day that it was a dying art! - ended up with her saying she was going to find a way to learn but I doubt that will happen). All this extra kitting time has meant I am now on face cloth 5 and 6 (I have different needels for the train which are shorter) They are so quick and easy and I am now aiming for 7 so I can have a couple in reserve for when ours need to get washed.
So that is it. It didn't feel like much till I wrote it all down and now I am feeling quite proud of myself. I have had a rethink about my nephews christmas presents and after a disucssion with my sister I am now looking at making dress up clothes for them - starting I think with a couple for superhero capes, now just need to find a good (and ideally free pattern).
Tomorrow I am at the Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild meeting which will give me time to finish J&T wedding quilt top (I hope) as well as try some FMQ on the trial sandwich with a minky back that I am going to make up today. I will quite cheekily take my knitting for the morning as I have no hand sewing that needs doing at the moment (although I might also take the no sew tutu I am making for my niece).
I am hoping to get more done next week as this week I have had a shocking cough gifted to me by Jot before she left which I think is now on the mend. Just over a week before they get home. I'm really looking forward to it.
Hope you have a good weekend.
Behind the Seams with Michael Miller Fabrics
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