So, about the sewing: We had a going away party for Freddie and her husband Saturday night, and I made a fabric envelope for everyone at the party to put notes in for them to read on the plane. I also made them some quilted coasters. I'd been working on the coasters for the past few weeks a little at a time, but I made the envelope from start to finish on Saturday. I think it turned out pretty well. Here are some pictures of my projects:
|cutting the batting|
The fabrics for the "V" coasters are from a quilt shop I've recently found in Ridgeland, Bernina Sewing Etc. I really enjoyed looking around in this shop. They have classes available as well. I think it would be really fun to work there. The fabric for the other coasters is from Swell Cloth. It's an etsy shop by a sewist who has a blog and podcast. Yes, I'm nerdy like that, I listen to podcasts about quilting - they keep me sane at work... I enjoy learning about sewing from these podcasts and blogs... there's a whole sewing community in the blog/podcast world I didn't know existed until recently, and it's fun to see what others are doing. Anyway, on to pictures of the fabric envelope:
|close up of the stitching|
The fabric for this project is also from the Bernina shop. I quilted hearts on the United States (trying to cover Mississippi and Texas) and on Australia (trying to cover Sydney), and then stitched a squiggly line connecting the two. Except for the short fight I had with my sewing machine (I'm still learning to use it well... don't worry, I won), this was a fun, relatively quick project that will hopefully remind our friends of us in the coming 28 months.