I have been SICK for the last few days *shudder* I hate being sick. Yesterday I left work around 1:00 to rest at home for the afternoon, which was WONDERFUL. I hardly ever take sick days (even yesterday wasn't an entire sick day). I spent most of my resting time sewing - I can't wait to paint/sew/knit full time, it really doesn't seem like work to me, even when it's annoying. So I finally have a little project to show you - I made this yesterday after getting frustrated for the 54th time with my little tomato pin cushion levetating when I tried to pull out a pin. ARGH. This hefty dude is packed with cedar sawdust from my wood crafty brother-in-law, and underneath that it's packed with yarn and fabric scraps. Whenever I reach for a pin or stick one in, I smell cedar :) I did this with Christmas presents for my sisters, mom, and g'ma too - they double as sachets for those who don't sew.
I used the pattern from Last Minute Patchwork and Sewing Gifts, which is awesome. I thought the most important part of the instructions was the order you put the pieces together. Very neat and tidy, and I never would have thought of it.
These are some of my absolute favorite fabrics. Some are even sacred - like the yellow flowers. I have no idea what that was originally used for, but it was in my mother's sewing cabinet when I was younger and I think my sister used it for something. Mmmm. Anyway it's from the early days of my sewing experience, so it's sacred. Same for the purple with pink flowers. The blue & cream floral is a scrap from the quilt I made my husband for our wedding (I need to post a picture of that at some point), the paisly, gingham and red floral (Laura Ashley!) are thrifted, and the black and white rose is new - it's from a futon cushion cover someone discarded from my apartment building. Ahee. My hubby wasn't thrilled that I ripped it off and used it - even thought I DID wash it in clorox.
The spirals are from an April Cornell skirt I sacrificed to the sewing gods. Again, my hubby was not thrilled that I sacrificed that skirt. I still feel guilty :( I need to start buying fabric soon...
I used this yesterday to finish my sister's birthday present - I'm ITCHING to post her presents, but will attempt to be patient.