Monday, December 28, 2009

Sqashed finger update

We did take the squashed finger to the Doctor the day after Robert injured it. Doctor was happy enough with it and didn't have to do anything to relieve the pressure. Robert is using his finger without any problems. It just looks hideous. It looks far worse and more swollen than when we saw the Doctor. I keep checking it for signs of infection and so far everything seems to be fine on that count.

Makes me cringe!!
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

What did Santa bring for you?

T' was the night before Christmas,
I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa brought just for me.

Could it be fat quarter or a pattern or lace?
Or a quilt kit, I said, with a smile on my face.

And that's when I heard him, "Hi Santa," I said.
"You know....good little girls should be in their beds ."

"I know I should Santa, and now I've got caught.
But I was just so excited to see what you brought."

"Well, let's take a look in this room where you work."
He shook his head quickly, And left with a jerk.

I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear.
"You've got enough stuff, I'll see you next year!"

~Author Unknown

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Accident-prone child


Mum says that there is always one child in the family that is a magnet for disaster. My disaster-magnet son squashed his finger in the door on Wednesday. He still isn't using the finger. I guess if he is still not using it in a day or so I'll have to take him to the Dr.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Ottobre 03/09 #21 "Little Fella Shirt" - take 2

Here is my second attempt at the Ottobre 03/09 #21 Little Fella Shirt. As you can see, Robert is delighted... and I am hoping it looks more 'business shirt' than 'pyjama shirt'!!

As with my first "Little Fella Shirt", this one is pretty roomy across the shoulders. Robert is a fairly slight build and I could probably do with going down a size across the shoulders ... however I'm just going to call it 'growing room' for the moment!

The instructions confused me with how to apply the collar binding. I actually finished this shirt off a bit differently to my first "Little Fella Shirt". This time around, I stitched the binding right through all layers, including the shirt back. (First time around I only stitched through the seam allowance, and not the shirt back). Stitching through the shirt back has given me a better finish, however I had to be very careful when sewing to avoid puckers.

Collar binding from the inside

Stitching from the collar binding.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Saga of the Xmas Tree applique

I am making my niece a special pillow case for Christmas. My sister has suggested the pillow case can be slept on in the lead-up to Christmas, and then on Christmas Eve it can be left out for Santa to put gifts in.

The applique is my original design. It *should* have gone together like a dream.

My Mum has a rule of thumb for sewing ... if you hold your sewing at arms length and can't see the mistake, then in it is OK. Using Mum's rule the applique passes muster. However, I am rather irritated by the three things that went wrong, however I think most people simply wouldn't notice the issues and I am sure my niece will adore her gift just the same.

The first problem arose when I fused the applique shapes to the backing material. For some reason the Christmas Tree shape puckered up considerably. Thankfully the pattern of the fabric hides it.

The second problem is that my machine didn't like the metallic thread that much. While the front of the applique looks fine, the back looks like someone vomited metallic thread onto it. I'm a little concerned how the thing will hold up after it has been laundered a few times. It may be best if it isn't actually used to sleep on. (Plus I'm not sure how comfortable it would be to sleep on. The applique is quite stiff and the metallic thread a bit scratchy).

The third problem, which you can see above if you look closely, is that the colour from the red fabric has stained the beige fabric and the backing fabric. My fault. I should have pre-washed the fabric. The fabric for the applique is mostly scraps that I was given, and I had assumed it had already been pre-washed. Wrong!! I am now trying to work out if I can rescue it using some "Run Away" or if it will damage the other fabrics.

In the scraps that I was given I found some great little bits of Christmas fabric. Notice the beige "Peace on Earth" fabric, and the red fabric with green Christmas trees. They were both ideal for the project.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ottober 03/09 #21 - "Little Fella" shirt

I haven't blogged for a while as I've been busy sewing Christmas presents. Unfortunately you'll have to wait to see photos of those items!
There is something that I can show you....

Robert is delighted with his new shirt. Actually, he has been very enthusiastic about it right from the start. He chose the fabric and when I told him that I was going to make him a shirt, he gave my leg a bear hug and exclaimed "Geeeeee, thanks Mum!!!!!". (Mental note: make equal amount of boy and girl clothes in the future).

The pattern is from Ottobre Designs issue 03/2009 design #21 "Little Fella " shirt. It goes together like a dream and was quite quick to make. I'll certainly be making more.

The only problem I have had with the shirt is that the fabric appears to be bunching on his chest. He appears to stand with his shoulders hunched forwards, and I think that is causing the problem. (You can't really see the problem in these photos as the fabric is so busy). I might have to work out a suitable pattern adjustment and tweak the pattern.

And finally ... I have had to include this photo as it is so darn cute!! (And for those who are interested, Laura's new Ikea Expedit bookcase is shown in the background).
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