My friend told me the other day that I am no "casual crafter". I laughed, and said that must make me a "committed crafter"!! Or perhaps someone who is going to end up committed for too much crafting!
* Lily's class eat their lunch sitting on the lino, so these holidays I offered to make her a mat to sit on. She chose the placement of some Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey charm squares and I made this little quilt.
I thought this would do, but Lily wanted it to actually be a pillow. So I made one, and then made a cover out of flannel with an envelope opening with studs, to which I sewed the quilt. Now she is happy!
* I have been wanting to make myself some cloth pads for a while now. I found a great list of patterns here, but chose this pattern from parsnippity and this one from Adahy.
* Inspired by my friend Shannon's blog post, I joined my girls who were doing some beading and made this for myself!
* I really enjoyed reading this article "The Post Recession Fashion Industry: Sewing Circle Rebellion" on Ecosalon. I really liked this quote by Juliana Sabinson, a freelance sewing teacher and artist: Sabinson says it’s not all rebellion, however. When people are sewing and using their hands they are not only building a level of muscle memory, they are quieting their brains and giving themselves a space in which to be a designer.
* I've read lots of patchwork books, but I thought this one was a real treasure. Patchwork for Beginners by Sue Prichard (published by the V&A). Gorgeous pictures of vintage fabrics and quilts are combined with a brief description of the history of patchwork, and explanations of basic techniques, plus some projects.
* A few internet purchases have been made lately (oops!). A couple of specially wrapped parcels arrived recently.
Some gorgeous Japanese fabric and buttons from Voodoo Rabbit....
...and this deliciously soft custom-made neckie by Fibre Faerie. It's made from all natural fibres - bamboo, linen, cotton & wool.
* My Mum and I went to the Qld State Archives to do some family history research. I discovered that my great-great grandmother was a dressmaker! I cried when I found out, as I do feel like my sewing connects me to the women who have come before me.
* And as a postscript to my last post, my friend Naomi birthed her baby at home gently into water, a little boy called Rowan! She texted me a photo of him snuggled in his quilt this morning!