We had such a great day at the quilt show, the sun shone and it was glorious weather. Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of quilts to show. This was (ahem, embarrassed cough) because we spent most of our time buying wonderful fabric, ribbons, goodies etc. It was great! It was such fun to browse and I was very good and only bought things which I had a project planned for, so it wasn't too bad really. Honest...
There was a great atmosphere and everyone was so friendly. The only sad thing, as Helen remarked when we had our mid afternoon cuppa, was how sad that there weren't any young people. We actually felt like some of the youngest there, most of the ladies were obviously retirement age, despite it being a Saturday, and not a working day. This led us to discuss all the younger people we knew who don't sew, knit etc, which was all of them - except one! What are your experiences? - I know there are always exceptions, but despite a whole range of sewing and knitting magazines on the market over here, none of my friends my age or younger have yet to show any interest in making anything. Perhaps it's the UK dragging it's heels again, and it's different in the US and Australia?
When we finally arrived home Helen made me a gift of this beautiful faux chenille bag she had made, isn't it lovely? I was so thrilled. She's going to teach me how to do it!
So, talking of young people who don't sew, one of the items on my niece's wedding list was a sewing box ( for general use). Currently my sister in law has to take round all her equipment every time stitching needs to be done at Katherine's, as there is nary a needle and thread in the house.
To continue - 'aha', thinks doting auntie, 'I'll get that as a little extra personal gift for her'. Then I saw it in John Lewis. Wooden "hand carved"! ( hmmmm) box, painted pink with a dodgy "hand embroidered" needle case and pincushion, and a cheap tape measure wrapped around a fancy card. That was it, and they wanted £40.00! I was horrified, it was very poorly made and quite impractical.
So, flushed with my bag success last week, I decided to make a sewing bag like mine for her, in her favourite colours. I got some lovely material yesterday, and sewed like crazy today. I'm really proud of myself as I was given my original bag by my friend's mum, who is professional. She actually teaches textiles, patchwork and quilting, and made it as a gift for me. It's been so useful, and looks cute too! I managed to work out how it was put together, and voila!
Three pictures - you can tell I am proud!
This is my original bag and the "copy" I made!
Those who know my practical abilities are not great will appreciate what a big deal this was! It's not perfect but it was made with love. Now - to make the wedding cards and finish the other gift I am making, then I can start that next doll.
Have a happy, creative week x