Monday, August 30, 2010

BFFs, my sewing machine and me

My sewing machine and I have been best of friends this past week. I love it when we get along so well, we have good karma going on and I am feeling quite productive. One of my projects has been sewing some of the Annie stitchery blocks into pillows and I am pleased with how cute they turned out. Here is December Annie.

And little June Annie. It is so much fun choosing the fabric strips to frame her, add a little rick rack trim and how sweet is that! The beautiful chair Annie is propped up in is a family heirloom, a highchair that has been in Hubby's family since 1887. Many little Paquins have sat in this chair including my children. My Mother-In-Law took such beautiful care of it and even had an engraved plate with the 1st child's name and date made for the back of it, such a treasure.

I have several new patterns I'm working on. Here is a little teaser picture for you, but first, have you noticed how stunning the fabric collections we have to choose from lately are? They just keep getting better and better. With this project I am using three complimentary fabrics for each of three models. I tend to lean towards the brights, they make me so happy, but I can be a sucker for dreamy pastels and florals as well. One pattern, yet isn't it interesting how fabric selection can determine so many different looks.

This project is laid out on my kitchen table at the moment, some extra jumbo rick rack is involved as well. Fa, la, la la la!


Another long weekend is ahead of us, no plans here, I'll probably still be sewing with a picnic for two thrown in somewhere. Hope yours is safe and wonderful!

4 comments:

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Sooooo what are you up to over there?? Your Annie pillows are toooooo cute. But then you know I love them.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I've been catching up with a few friends before I dump my reader. Fun to see what you are up to.

Stitched With Prayer said...

Hi There! Darlene of Quilting Daze shared photos of some of the 'Calendar Girl' blocks she had finished and I just had to hop over here. I started quilting a couple of years ago after health issues limited my ability to do the intricate embroideries, cross stitching and crocheted doilies I loved working on. But a couple of months ago different health 'issues' popped up and I haven't been able to sit at my sewing machine since. It looks like about 6 more weeks before I'll be able to get back to my quilts. In the meantime I couldn't just lay around with idle hands so I decided to try some of the simpler embroidery stitches. After some practice (and a few ruined pieces, *ugh*) I AM now able to do some of the easier embroidery stitches again so I have been searching the web for embroidered quilt block patterns and when I saw your delightful Calendar Girls, it was love at first sight. These are going to be a 'must have' for me. Little Annie is just delightful.

Melissa said...

awww! Super cute! :)))