Tuesday, September 15, 2009

a little bag for a little boy

"I love clouds mummy. And I love rain."
"Why do you like the clouds and rain, little C?"
"Because I am English!!"

Made for my all of a sudden grown up, soon to be 4 year old little boy. Who started preschool 5 days a week yesterday. To be hung on his hook at school.
Made of cotton and wool, hand embroidered with split stitches, raindrops filled with polyfill.
He loves it.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

love at first sight

I had a nice suprise waiting for me in the garden yesterday.

A 70's vintage Bernina Record 830, on loan from a friend. And it weighs a TON. It is so lovely to work with such a solid machine, very advanced for it's time and so unbelievably quiet and smooth.

I went to a fabric store in London last week and found some small floral quilting cotton for a littlest C's quilt. I want to try and tackle a twin size quilt for her, inspired by the lovely Pip Studio. The biggest quilt I have made is a cot size so wish me luck on this one. I am still undecided on prewashing vs. no prewashing. I usually always prewash but I will include some precut liberty squares that are unwashed..would love to hear what you do.

I visited Liberty as well. What a treat to see and feel those lovely tana lawns. Picked up a large remnant for my stash. I loved the vintage look and the yellow and dark greys together.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

English seaside

Hello friends. Thank you all so much for your sweet comments regarding my last post; they meant a lot to me and motivated me to get my creative mojo back too. Now if only my borrowed singer would stop acting up!
It looks like we are likely to stay here until late October for sure, and we will probably know by the beginning of next month whether we are here for good or not for the next few years. Little C will start at a great nursery (preschool) on Friday, he is very excited and best of all it's FREE!!! Considering how hard it is to get him into a decent preschool back home, this is a strong selling point for staying.

We managed to get to the Hampshire coast for a mini break before the end of the summer. Lots of time at the beach and walking along the coastline. This is the first time I have seen the English coast on a beautiful sunny day and the sea was a breathtaking aqua blue.