Last night I took part in Friday Night with Friends, having a stitching night while watching some Criminal Minds - my favourite show.
I started a new project for a recently born little friend. It is a stitchery stuffie of a bunny from a Sew Little Pattern (by Melly from Melly & Me) called Stuffie Play. I love making these & put a few bells deep in the stuffing so they are a rattle as well as a toy.
The fabric I am putting on the back is by Melly & Me too, called Where The Wind Blows. Bunny has a turquoise outline with red, pink & black. I managed to get all the outline stitched so tonight will hopefully finish the rest of the stitchery.
So that was my Friday night & thanks to our sewing-muma Cheryl. Hop (pun intended!) on over to her blog Gone Stitchin to visit everyone else who took part. It was a big party with over 50 bloggers taking part.
Two weeks ago I visited an op shop in the hope of picking up an old handbag with stupendously nice handles so I could cut them off to put on a bag I intend to make. Ever since I have kept the handbag on my sewing table so I stared at it everytime I went past hoping I would make a decision. As is my way, I was happy with my purchase & even more so when the ticket price of $7 ended up being half price. $3.50 for leather bag handles is quite a bargain. Then I got it home, looked through it, thought this is almost new, it's a Nine West leather handbag - maybe I shouldn't cut it up, maybe I should use it as is, maybe I should look again for handles......
But the deciding factor was the big buckle - it just didn't talk to me, so as the song says - the first cut is the deepest!
Trying to cut through two layers of creamy soft leather & stitching was almost impossible while trying to take a pic with the other hand so here's the result of the first cut. After three minutes of mass destruction the hangbad was reduced to the sum of it's collectable parts - two gorgeous handles;
And a super heavy duty magnetic clasp;
The rest is in the bin. So now I have to make the new bag so this lovely handbag can be reincarnated & didn't sacrifice it's first life in vain.... I'm still contemplating rescuing some of that lovely soft balck leather...... just in case I ever need it for anything.
I also made another purchase for $2 that no quilter could resist. I guess it is a night shirt. It must have been brought as a novelty for a quilter & like me they couldn't bear the thought of wearing a high neck t-shirt to bed. It's too cute anyway. I thought maybe it would make a good cushion. So tell me, what would you do with this little quirky quilters saying?
I have the WAQA Applique Club again tomorrow. The month flies by again. I am looking forward to it so better go work out what to cook to take along for lunch.