Well, never mind, we can pretend can't we? We'll feel more cheerful if we pretend, don't you agree? Thank you all so much for your kind comments recently both on the quilt I made for my Nan (posted to my mum and to be given to nan later this week) and on my precious pink woolly bag. I never need any excuse to make quilts, it has to be said, but it could be the mounting pile of books arriving or delicious vintage fabrics which mean I thought I should get productive and concentrate on my little enterprise. Internet shopping has a lot to account for!
So a spot of drafting went on as I knew my flimsy paper pattern would not hold up to repeated use.
Even a bit of measuring and maths-type stuff. Oh golly, there's little I hate more than maths!
Phew, thank goodness I could escape to my favourite corner for a spot of relaxing stash fiddling.
Nothing but the very best for this project, it has to be the most scrumptious vintage fabric; mainly fat quarters housed on this shelf...
...and errm, this shelf; fat quarters of ultra-favourite and precious designs and larger pieces.
There are a few other vintage bits elsewhere which are too big to fit on these shelves. I don't have a lot of large pieces of vintage fabric, if only funds permitted (!) Vintage fabrics are certainly getting harder to find and more expensive to buy, about four times as costly as modern quilting fabrics. Worth it though! Anyway, I was looking for lining, you see, hence needing larger pieces. Pretty fab lining, don't you think? (The pink one was my Valentine's pressie from Mr HH.)
More "bits"... and Charlie Boy's gigantic furry paw and tail!
Yes, there he is. Heat pad firmly switched to on! It's a hard life, being that cute and furry!
It was actually vaguely stressful deciding on the linings. I'm usually careful to use vintage fabrics in small quantities, they are precious and expensive after all, so cutting into large pieces is something I find hard to do. I can only hope there are customers out there thinking it's worth the splurge! The linings I need are for these. I've also been at it with the dyed vintage woolly stuff. And patchworking, of course. A match made in heaven.
I've gone for a few other colours, not just my beloved lipstick pink. I hear a rumour that not everyone is obsessed with pink. Really?
So, there they are, all lined up on the ironing board, ready to be assembled. It's taken me more than a day just to finish all this cutting out and patchworking. I cannot deny it's quite pleasurable work, however.
The woolly felt is a devil to work with, though, my thumb bears a blister to prove it!
Keep your eyes peeled on my little shop over the next week if you are interested in re-homing a woolly Spring Fling bag, I'm unlikely to make many more if my thumb is anything to go by so it will be first come, first served!
Meanwhile, I mustn't forget to show you my prized thrifty find of the weekend, found on a moochy trip in Crystal Palace: these rather splendid 1950's rosy curtains.
Yummy! Not sure what will be happening with those just yet. I'll keep you posted, of course.
Now it's time to re-fuel before getting back down to the HenHouse sweat shop. If I'm to get into anything in this delectable Brora catalogue which just popped through the letter box, then houmous and pitta it is! Yawn.