Sun hat for Austin
He wasn’t the happiest recipient of a sewn gift. As soon as I managed to manoeuver around his fast little hands to plant the hat on his darling little head, those same quick-as-a-flash little hands pulled the hat right off that darling little head and threw it onto the floor. Almost to say, “You think I’m going to be seen wearing THAT!!!
I had Moshe on the other side of the table with his iPhone trying to capture a split second of a moment of Austin with his hat on. I think it looks quite gorgeous, don’t you?
I’d spent ages searching the internet for hat patterns for little boys, until I found this one on By MiekK, a gorgeous blog written by the wonderful Marieke K. It’s exactly what I was looking for, more of a fisherman’s hat than a full-brimmed sun hat, or a full cap, which is mostly what I found in my search. It’s so cute! I especially love that this adorable little hat is reversible! And it hardly takes any fabric, so scraps are ideal, and it takes less than two hours to whip up! Perfect, right?
The pattern is easy-peasy, once you can translate from the Dutch (I used Google translate, and it did a fantastic job). I also emailed Marieke to ask for the instructions in English, but she said she hadn’t done one. Instead, she very generously wrote me out a little paragraph of instructions that I could easily understand and follow. Thanks so very much to her, I now have the perfect sun hat pattern!
Don’t you love this fabric! It’s Kellie Wulfsohn’s “Peak Hour” by Riley Blake
I love all the little cars, and the newspaper ads! Really gorgeous, isn’t it!
Here’s the other side, with the newspaper print peeking out.
I love these large dots!
Not happy, get this thing off me, Buba!
My wonderful parents-in-law, who are completely besotted by their little great-grandson
Picture this… it’s day three of a 5-day getaway in beautiful Hepburn Springs. We’re staying in a gorgeous bed-and-breakfast retreat, relaxing in front of a nice fire that warmed up the whole place – it’s working up to a top of 13°C outside – I’m nursing a really nice Trappist beer, and browsing the internet on my iPad. Moshe is happily catching up on his social media, and I somehow find my way to one of my favourite “window-shopping” fabric haunts, Shaukat & Company.
All of a sudden, I start jumping up and down. I’d found it! There it was – the fabric I’d seen ages ago made up into a gorgeous wrap dress by a very clever seamstress at Patchwork On Central Park! I’d been looking for it for a year, well more than that I think. And here it was! I couldn’t believe it. All there was to think about was how much I needed to get!
Mirako in Orange
Actually, I saw the fabric in Bright Pink first. I didn’t know it came in that colourway, and, still convinced I’d never find it in orange, and quite beside myself with joy that I’d found it at all, I squealed, and added 3.5 yards to my shopping cart, before continuing on my way through Shaukat’s virtual isles.
Mirako in Bright Pink
I really love it in pink actually, quite different, but it really rather grabbed me. I think it’ll look quite gorgeous sewn up.
So now I have both fabrics in the cart, the pink and the orange. I can’t say exactly what it is, but I just love this fabric. It just does something for me that I can’t put into words. I’m just so, so excited. Anyway, I decide to keep browsing just a wee bit longer. I mean, I am on holidays, after all. No need to rush. So I’m sauntering down the page, and I find myself staring at one of my latest new Liberty favourites – Matches.
Matches in Black
Oops! All by itself, it fell into my shopping cart! Seriously, I do not lie!
What a great holiday this is.
So, back in March, do you remember I got all pumped about the Parson Gray Curious Nature fabrics?
quilt pattern pieces downloaded & cut out
And that I bought heaps of it for all kinds of sewing projects including skirts, shirts, scarves, etc, including the quilt pattern featured on Parson Gray’s website?
two pieces of the quilt “pie” done
Well, I did finish the quilt top in time to give it to Moshe for his birthday on 25th March, but then it’s sat in an ever-upwardly-growing pile.
finished quilt top
So, yesterday, I checked my calendar, and yep, Sunday was all clear! Apart from cleaning out the fridge (which I’ve been postponing for a bit too long for comfort), and one load of laundry (easy peasy), oh, yes, and watching the last three episodes of the final season of Weeds, my whole day was free! Yippee!
I got Moshe to help me rearrange the lounge room furniture, and drap out the two long trestle tables from the laundry, and I sewed up the back for the quilt, pressed it nicely, laid it out over the two trestle tables, got the batting Moshe had just raced out to buy from yippee-they’re-open-on-Sundays Patchwork on Central Park, and Moshe’s quilt is now - finally! - pinned and ready for me to hand-quilt it.
Let the quilting begin!
is it just me, or do quilting pins look so pretty when the light catches them like this?
Now to decide whether to change thread colour as I’m quilting in concentric circles through the fabric changes. What do you think, yay, or nay?
Today I’m making a purse for my friend, Lyla. She’s given me some fabric she likes, and I think it’ll be quite whimsical, don’t you?
I’ll use the shoe fabric for the feature flap, with the navy fabric as the main bag, and the lighter blue fabric for lining. I’ll need to come up with something for the shoulder strap though. Don’t think I have enough navy. Well, I’ll go get started.