Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The day Mary came to play....

I had my friend Mary over to play yesterday and what a day it was, we ate cake, chatted, cut and quilted.

This is what can happen when you stalk someones blog and repeatedly comment find someone who has a shared passion for the things you do, sewing! Mary's was the first ever blog I read and we met for the first time last year when she popped along to a craft fair I was selling at. We soon hatched a plan to run away to the Festival of Quilts together, we did come back, and surprisingly Mary was still talking to me after spending a day with her mad stalker me!

Well yesterday we chatted a lot, ate a fair amount of cake and I managed to get a tinsy but of sewing done in between  this which as just as well as it was Eloise's birthday present for today!


We got a free HD camcorder when we took out our insurance last year and Eloise is quite the film-maker! So we put it aside for her birthday, hopefully now my Blackberry will be safe from her. She had asked me to make her a bag for her birthday so I thought a camera pouch/bag would be perfect.



I based the pattern on this tutorial but added a few tweaks like a strap and funky button, very important when you are 7! I also 'stole' Marys tip of using a hair band for the elastic, funky coloured elastic, yes please!


Mary very kindly brought her machine with her and let me use it, without it I think the present wouldn't have been finished. Whilst I was working 'hard' Mary whizzed the offcuts from my Vintage Star quilt through her go-baby and left me with a pile of these


Look out for a vintage tumbler cushion soon, when I get my machine back. It is in the shop and will be looked at by the repair man tomorrow and we'll take it from there. I am hoping it will be covered under the warranty. In the meantime I have been playing with my Made in Cherry layout on the design wall. 


I am so over the moon with how this is turning out, I am using the Swoon line by Melissa Averinos, the same I used for the Across the Sea QAL. I don't actually like this line when I look at the fq's and really only brought it because it was a bargain at FOQ (silly me!) but now its cut up into little pieces I love it! And look at all that brown and that's not even putting me off!

I'm off to sculpt a Caterpillar from cake (eeek!) at the request of my darling daughter who turns 7 today and if I triumph with edible animal sculpture I may hop outside and snap some pictures of the Vintage Star Quilt which is finished!

8 comments:

Flying Blind... said...

Happy Birthday Eloise - tell mummy the browns look lovely!

memmens said...

Hurrah, looks like you did something to the pouch after I left! haha! a great day, lets do it again soon.

Sarah said...

Well cherry MUST be good if Hads can love the brown :-P Glad you had such a lovely day, and so happy that Mary brought the tools! Sounds like it was just what you needed :-)

Cindy said...

Hee hee! You're cracking me up with that first paragraph :)

supersara20 said...

OMG! That giant star made out of squares... I was just hatching a plan for basically that same thing last night but could not wrap my head around it until now! What are your dimensions? How are you making the points square up to the rest of it, this was where my plan fell apart, due to the amount of size lost when I made the big HST's for the points.

Katy Cameron said...

Sounds like a fun day, sure Eloise will love her pressie!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Very cute camera bag!! And OMG that pink/purple floral was the pattern on my duvet cover as a little girl!! :)

Nicky said...

Am sure going to steal that elastic idea! Well done - looking forward to the tumblers!

Nice to have friends closeby with the tools you need - well done Mary!