Friday, September 13, 2013

A sewing day, quilting, new fabs, Dad’s chair and a restoration project!


Tilda fabric 1

Some Tilda goodness arrived on my doorstep this week… I like to take in waifs and strays such as these!  I couldn’t resist the special that Wrapped in Fabric advertised on its Facebook page – I’ll give you the low-down after my update!

Alisha sewing 1

Let me introduce you to my friend, Alisha.  Isn’t she cute?  We got our ‘brothers’ together for a day of sewing this week and it was great fun.  Alisha is working on a ‘Round the world’ quilt using her Pam Kitty and Sugar Flower stash. 

Give us a smile, Alisha!?

Alisha sewing 2

She’s having a giggle!  I really must stop wearing that clown’s nose when I’m taking photographs!

I finally sandwiched and began quilting the ‘Christmas Fun’ (by Lynette Anderson) quilt-top I finished a while back (see this post).  it has been a practice piece for me in terms of needle-turn applique, so I thought I’d just ‘go for it’ with the free motion quilting, too.  Not perfect, but that’s what practice is all about (insert smiley face).

Quilting 1

Quilting 2

On the home-front, Mr SUDs and I have been very busy.  We inherited my mother and father-in-law’s house contents 18 months ago due to the loss of Dad and my MIL going in to care.  It has been a slow and long process sorting through things, finding new homes for furniture and de-cluttering our home.  It still continues but we have made great headway.  I’m hoping to be able to park my car back in the garage before the heat of summer sets in.

There is one piece of furniture that has always been dear to us, and that is ‘Dad’s chair’.  I had envisioned it beside our fireplace, and last weekend it became a reality.  The former cream armchair was banished, and after a couple of hours of lovingly cleaning and conditioning its leather, Dad’s chair sits in its rightful place.  I feel really close to him when I sit there.  And I smile to myself when the kids do, as I know Dad would just love it.

Dads chair

I want to make a new cushion for dad – one with a postal theme - as dad was a philately fanatic.  I’ve found the perfect pattern called ‘Vintage Postcard’ by Crabapple Hill Studio:

Crabapple hill postcard


I might have to wait until the summer school holidays to stitch this one as I’ve so many other items to make first – and I want to really take my time and sew this with love while I indulge in happy memories of Dad.  It’s a warm fuzzy feeling.  All good stuff!

Okay – now for a restoration project! 

Kitchen dresser

I picked up this cute cabinet off EBay… it doesn’t need too much doing to it, a clean, a sand, a polish and a tiny bit of structural work.  To skill-up for the job I’ve been reading this e-book, written and published by my shabbilicious friend, Kerryanne English over at the Shabby Art Boutique.



There are some great tips in this book together with Kerryanne’s own recipe for making the-very-popular chalk paint.  Thanks Kerry for a great book!  I’ll be sure to show you the finished cabinet in the next few weeks.

Wrapped in Fabric

A heads-up for you – online store, ‘Wrapped in Fabric’ is having a ‘Friday the 13th sale’ with up to 20% off fabrics; and the Tilda sale (from which I got my pretties) still continues at $15 (AUD) per meter!  Click here to go and check it out… you’ll probably see me there peering through the virtual windows because I’m restraining myself from purchasing anything else!

Till next time – have a great weekend peeps!  What are you up to? My daughter is having a ‘Grade 2 sleepover’ at her school tonight and I’m staying over with her, together with a few other mum’s and a large bunch of very excited eight-year-olds.  I’ve written tomorrow off already!!!!  Ha ha! 

Enjoy!  Vikki xo  Winking smile


Sue Niven said...

I am so sorry to hear about your family difficulties, Loving your FIL chair, You are so right it does look perfect there, Love your shabby find too, Looking forward to the "after" Great Stuff!
Take care
Busy making costumes at the moment.

Fee said...

Love the chair Vikki, It's beautiful and I am sure will be much treasured.Love your ebay find too - It's gorgeous xxxx

margaret said...

can see you had fun on your sewing day, your friend`s quilt is fabulous how I would love to do one like hers. Also love the Lynette Anderson one I am a fan of hers, bought her spring book last week.
Dad`s chair looks so comfortable and a special cushion will make it even more special to you and your family.
As for your restoration piece it looks fab, what a great find, maybe I will pop over to ebay and have a look at what else is on offer.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

So pleased you found the perfect spot for dad's chair. I'm sure it will bring you both great pleasure having it there in your living area.
Love the new cabinet Vik and can't wait to see your make-over.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Allie said...

Your sewing partner looks like she's having fun! Oh sweetie what a blessing to have Dad's chair there, that must be incredibly comforting!!!!!


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