Today I'm doing the last bit of holiday ready-making by heading out to the grocery store (shudder). Fortunately, I only have a few things to pick up, and so I have great hope of surviving the trip. There are just a couple small house-keeping tasks on my list today, and so I'm hoping to get in a little sewing today too.
Yesterday, I finished my housework early, and that gave me some time to get a start on my "Let's Book It" project for the month. I'm making a project from this book:
In fact, I'm making that little cat you see there on the cover. My little helper cat comes in a different color. Here's what I did yesterday:
It's going to take quite a bit of top-stitching to bring out the details on the cat. Fortunately, I had my little model close by. He took his job very seriously.
It only made him a little bit grumpy when I lifted up his head to see what color his chin is.
Also yesterday, I made this dust cover for my rooster. Ha! Actually, that's not a rooster on my sewing table. It's Eliza!
I have something similar on Big Bertha. I got the idea when I saw this project in a Martha Stewart Living magazine once.
It looked so pretty and easy. When I made the cover for Big Bertha, I got myself a tee towel, only then, lazy person that I am, I thought, "Hey! Why bother with those cutesy little ties on the side when I can just sew side seams and call it good?" Obviously, my towel was larger than the one Martha used, but it's a great little cover. (Frankly, I'm too obsessed with making quilts to get carried away making a nice cover for my sewing machine, and so I settle for this quick and dirty style.)
So to get back to Eliza...I realized that it was going to take a big beach towel to be large enough to cover that curvy girl. But then I got real smart and said to myself, "Hey!" (my usual way of addressing myself) "Why not just use some of that fabric from your stash!" And then I answered, "Hey! Why didn't I think of that?"
So I measured the old girl and found her to be about 30 inches long and about 24 inches high, which was just about right for a yard of fabric. Then I cut a 36-inch-wide piece, cut off the selvages and gave those edges a hem.
Then I sewed up the sides with a French seam.
And voila! A quick a dirty dust cover for Eliza.
She looks just like her namesake, right?
Minus a little glamour, maybe.
Also, I'm nearly finished with the stitching on my little blackwork piece.
I should be able to finish this later on this afternoon or tomorrow morning. This is a pattern from Bird Brain Designs. It's framed on the pattern cover.
I'm going to make a little "quiltlette" from mine in the same way I made this one for my friend Marei. This is another design from Bird Brain Designs. (I love their stuff.)
This is the backing fabric I'm going to use.
I'm hoping to treat myself to an Egg McMuffin this morning before I hit the grocery store, and so I'd better get going. I hope you have a lovely day. Try to stay calm.