I couldn’t resist making this. I know, I know, two quilts waiting to be finished. But it’s so cute – and useful!
I had a nice lot of scraps left over from Isfahan, even with keeping back enough to make the scrappy binding. The fabrics are such gorgeous rich colours, I couldn’t see myself throwing them out or banishing them to the many boxes of scraps in my cupboards. And I’m going to be doing a lot of travelling soon. So…. I made myself something pretty and useful and small enough for hand luggage. The little scissors will have to come out when I fly, but I have weeny snips and thread cutters, so that’s not a problem. And finally I have a home for that beautiful button, an antique in brass and turquoise chips which has been sitting in my sewing box for nearly all my life, ‘too good’ to use.
I should have been cutting batting and backing fleece for Isfahan. Or down at the craft shop, picking tapestry wool that matches the fleece to make the ties for the quilt. Yes, I’ve decided on ties. I want the plush warmth of fleece backing to keep Pa’s old bones warm, and machine stitching will almost certainly make ugly tucks and folds in the fleece, even with the walking foot. I’ll make the knots on the back, the fleece side, and fluff the wool ends so it’ll have a nice little woolly tuft on a 3″ grid all over the back.
It’s been a really good day. I had a lovely long gossip with my oldest friend on the other side of the world, thanks to the miracle of Skype. I made myself this dinky little sewing kit, and I’ve received an unexpected gift thanks to the kindness of a complete stranger. And it’s not over yet!