Summer seems to be on vacation and so we’ve been busying ourselves with indoor projects. My MIL sent adorable fairy fabric a while ago as a backing possiblity for the Hansel und Gretel quilt. I found something even better for the quilt, but thought that the fairies would be a perfect opportunity to try the tiered skirt tutotial at Whip-Up for Katja (whew, I wrote down the instructions before they disappeared). I added a simple shirt as well, and ta-da:
We went out to buy yellow thread for me, and came back with a potholder loom for Zavi, and an embroidery kit for Katja. The embroidery is still way beyond her, but the kit was too cute, and she will grow into it. She managed to sew a patch pocket onto the included felt bag, and to make a lazy daisy. Zavi offered to embroider her name on the bag as well. What a thoughtful brother 🙂 BTW, I did have to finish this up — the last a is mine.
And, since I am now resupplied with yellow thread, I worked on my next quilt: Raps. Today, Zavi went to A’s house, and Katja went to the zoo with neighbors, so I finished the Raps top! I think I’ll go redo the seam between the yellow Raps and the top third so that the “train” is thinner. Then I can start quilting.
I need some interesting yellow floss or something to seed stitch all over the yellow section. Any suggestions/sources? Speaking of sources, I am having to make a paradigm change in my shopping habits. A week or two ago, I made the decision not to buy any more new fabric, so now I’m learning how to put that into action. When we bought the yellow thread, we saw that the Arts and Crafts shop on post has lots of fabric on sale, but no, it’s off limits to me. My newest issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine is filled with new fabrics to drool over, but no, I can’t be tempted. I needed more red train fabric, but didn’t think I’d be ready for it so soon. I went out this morning to three Second Hand shops. Here, it seems that Second Hand is mostly for children’s items. I was hoping for a red man’s shirt with lots of text on it, but had to settle for a kid’s jacket. No Salvation Army or rural thrift store with loads of old curtains for $1 each. These second hand clothes are in pretty good shape and cost 2€ to 15€ each, so, considering the amount of usable fabric in a kid’s top, for instance, I may actually be paying more per yard than when buying new (even though that’s not the main point). What I need to do is go to the flea markets where one CAN buy old textiles for 2€ a piece, but for that I have to go on a Sunday, and pay attention to what market is where and when. That’s the part I’m just not good at, as I am not a recreational shopper. Luckily, there is a little “Floh Markt” within Sunday morning family bike ride distance from us — I just have to remember when it’s held.