A Slow Sunday…

After the long slog last week, I’m taking it a little bit easier.

Which is not to say that I’m idle. Evenings have been devoted to making strides on the wedding sampler for our anniversary. It’s beginning to look as if I’ll get it finished in time, although framing as well is too much of an ask. See for yourself (and this daylight shot is a bit more accurate for colour, finally):

The sampler's taking shape.

The sampler’s taking shape.

Visualise this with a wide brimmed pink hat and pink pants...

Visualise this with a wide brimmed pink hat and pink pants…

I’ve finished the holiday top I was making with a beautiful dark blue and white batik trimmed with the turquoise I didn’t use for the binding on Isfahan. The pattern is very simple so the fabric can play the lead role. It’s Kwik Sew 3601, but I tweaked it a bit to add the large bands at the bottom of the sleeve and hemline – mostly because I didn’t have quite enough fabric! I also had to make the sleeves in two pieces for the same reason. Luckily the pattern’s busy enough that you don’t see the seam down the centre of the sleeve. It’s loose, cool and comfortable, and is going to look very good with my pink sun hat! One of these days, I’m going to get an overlocker/serger. It’ll make some projects so much easier! I may have to venture onto eBay for the first time in my life: the thin end of the wedge…

Hand work for the trip, and a subject close to the Husband's heart.

Hand work for the trip, and a subject close to the Husband’s heart.

And finally, Anzac Day is approaching on 25 April. The Husband has spent most of his adult life in the Australian Army Reserves, and  I’m from a family where four generations have served either in wartime or in the Reserves in some form. So we both think that remembering the sacrifices made by our servicemen so that we can enjoy all the freedoms and privileges of Australian life is very important. I needed a holiday handwork project, and the Husband wanted something appropriate to Anzac Day. I think both our requirements are satisfied with this. It’s a kit, but quite a nice one.

Tomorrow is the start of the final week before we go away, and it’s beginning to get crowded with stuff I have to do. High on the list is sandwiching and pinning Happiness, so it’s ready to start hand quilting when I get home. Once that’s done, the decks will be officially clear to start on Amistad, Broken Bottles and the rest. I shall be taking my camera on holiday with me, and hope to come back with lots of photos of flowers, shells, landscape, local crafts, sunsets, sunrises and whatever else takes my fancy. The island is exceptionally beautiful, has a very long history and some fabulous  historic houses and gardens, and best of all, my oldest BFF. Excited, moi? Some mistake, surely…

More soon.

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7 thoughts on “A Slow Sunday…

  1. Have a great time away. I wonder if you are considering your sampler being professionally frames. I have a few special pieces i have done that with. Thank God for our brave service men and women.

    • katechiconi says:

      If I’m happy with it when it’s done, I may get it properly framed with a nice pale grey mat and brushed aluminium frame. If I don’t feel it’s so hot, I’ll probably buy something ready made so I don’t send good money after bad!

  2. tialys says:

    I can’t imagine that it’s not going to look good enough to have properly framed, especially as you’ve done it for a special occasion. The top looks great too – very cool holiday wear.

  3. The Editors of Garden Variety says:

    Stunning!

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