Sunday, February 02, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
The good news is that I have finally finished unpacking the kitchen and living room so I'm ready to unpack the boxes in the sewing room, so I expect I'll locate the essentials and get reacquainted with my sewing machine later this week.
I don't really do new year resolutions, so I'll just make one: I promise to have fun sewing in 2014!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
This, or variations of this, has been my view for quite some weeks now. I bought a new flat in the end of October, got packing, moved at the end of November and started unpacking, trying to have everything ready by Christmas. Phew, what a job! I had invited my family for Christmas dinner, so I just had to keep at it. Friends and family were only too happy to help, so that made the job much easier, but I kid you not: this was hard work. I have been quite irritated (putting it mildly) by my internet provider not being able to get the new connection sorted until now, and I'm terribly behind in keeping up with blogland, but at least it hasn't distracted me from the job at hand!
Despite good weather forecast, the actual moving day was the most gray and drizzly day you could think of, and the last look at my famous view was anything but cheerful. Boy, was I glad I didn't have to do the actual moving myself.
Luckily the first snow didn't arrive until a few days later and I had a chance to enjoy my new view on a peaceful Sunday afternoon. Lovely, isn't it? What the photo doesn't tell you is that the road you can see there is the main road into town, so there is the constant sound of traffic, but you get used to it.
And this more than weighs up for it - yes, I finally get a sewing room, or shal we be so bold that we call it a studio? I daresay I'll be pursuing other crafts in there as well, so why not. The room has been painted aqua and is for now full of boxes, but I'm getting there - this has been my "carrot on a stick" while working on the rest of the place - as soon as the rest is in order, I'll get this room sorted. I can't wait!
Now I didn't get all my boxes unpacked before Christmas, but the living room and kitchen were tidy enough and there was plenty of room for my Christmas tree. We had a lovely family Christmas and my shoulders and arms got a well deserved rest for a week or so.
I didn't let the remaining boxes bug me either - as you can see from the picture below, I piled them all in a corner and covered them with Christmas quilts! Interesting decorating feature, wouldn't you say?
I even managed to get a bit of baking done, some holiday brownies with ginger and cinnamon. With ice cream and fruit that was quite enough really. I can get back to "proper" holiday baking next time around.
Before I started packing I sorted out a pattern and a quilt kit for myself to have something to get me started. I know it's in one of those boxes and I have finally come to the stage where I can start sorting out the studio and get back to sewing again. Back to work!
Friday, November 15, 2013
... because, after two years of searching, I'm happy to announce that I have bought a new flat and will be moving in less than a fortnight! Panic! I have lots and lots of stuff to pack! Will I manage in time? Panic some more! It will be all right in the end, I'm sure, but the sewing projects will have to wait as I pack, move and unpack, and paint my sewing room. Yes! I will be getting a sewing room - or shall we call it a studio? I can hardly wait!
Friday, November 08, 2013
Skitch and used the drawing tool to mark each row after assembling. It worked like a dream and I didn't get muddled at all!
Saturday, October 05, 2013
These last weeks seem to have been flying along - is the world spinning faster, or is it just me? I have been working on several different projects and started a few more.
My mum's birthday was a fortnight ago and I got her a new digital radio, which she was very pleased about, but of course I had to add something hand made at the last minute. So I made her a shopping bag from some retro looking fabric I had intended for her and which has been lying in wait for a couple of years... ahem.
Talking of bags, I have been thinking of making Noodlehead's 241 tote for myself for ever, and recent sightings have put that idea at the front of my mind again - I think I know which fabric to use finally, and that means that half the job is done already! Picking fabric for those sorts of things is a main reason for procrastinating for me it seems.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
The idea for this quilt started with some prints that have been in my stash for ever, it seems. The warm terracotta, mosaic, and vines all speak to me of holidays in Italy and that warm golden light of a Tuscan afternoon. I have been adding different fabric with an Italian vibe to my stash for ages and finally the time was right to get going. A simple layout of four-patches and rectangles seemed just right to show off the fabrics, while the black and white fourpatche tiles setting the colours off nicely, while adding some structure.