Elma Family Handmade Work in Progress

Just to keep my hand in


I think that in my old age I am becoming less project monogamous. Emphasis on the “project”.  In younger days I don’t think I ever really got how some people could have a dozen or so different projects on the needles/hook/near the sewing machine.  Surely you chose your project, you sat down whenever you had time and worked on it, and then you’d have a finished whateveritwas and look around to start the next thing.  How could you have projects piled up and not just finish them?

Now of course it’s blindingly obvious.  My projects move slowly because I just don’t have as much time to dedicate to creating things and I once did, and that’s ok, I’m making people; nourishing and nurturing my little three and for these few brief years of their babyhoods they keep my hands full in the best possible way.

But it does mean that if, for example, I committed myself to finishing my crochet ripple blanket, which I adore, and which has grown by precisely one row since you saw it here last, I’d be doing nothing but crochet for a year at least.  Now I love crochet as much as the next mildly obsessed craftaholic, but a whole year of crochet means no knitting or quilting or sewing, or random crafts picked up by way of a Mollie Makes cover kit (of which my supply appears endless). And I’d miss them.

Space for the Butterflies - Cath Kidston Dresden Plate

All of which is a very convoluted way of excusing the fact that despite the gorgeous crochet ripple perched on the arm of the sofa, despite the confetti of blue and orange triangles heaped over my sewing table willing themselves into becoming a quilt, despite the loom kit that I really really want to try out, and despite the very nearly finished top secret baby knit for a baby which I believe is also very very nearly finished, this week I pulled out the kit from my Cath Kidston Patch book and started a little English Paper Piecing.

Space for the Butterflies - Cath Kidston Dresden Plate

Just to keep my hand in of course.

I’m going to make the cushion version rather than the bag because (a) we have a lot of bags and (b) I owe Elma a cushion for her bed, and while I flirted with the idea of having the centre circle be pink, or possibly red polka dots, I’m sticking to the blue centre, through I might play around with the layout of the petals.Space for the Butterflies - Cath Kidston Dresden Plate

So far I’ve been diligently stitching petals to paper; I’ve used freezer paper for the templates but I think that there must be quite a lot of starch in the fabric squares, they feel very stiff and for the first time ever I’ve had real trouble in getting the paper to stick, so I’m sewing them on well so nothing can shift about.

It’s made life a little interesting when it comes to pulling in the pleats for the top of the curves too and I’m sure some of them are a bit bumpier than they should be but hopefully it will all even itself out when I sew them down onto the background.

Space for the Butterflies - Cath Kidston Dresden Plate

They are lovely fabrics (as always) and this time the patterns are so familiar.  The blue polka dots I had as a roll of washi tape, the red floral was the tote bag I carried papers to work in for several years.

And if I don’t get too distracted by anything else, it might just make a very cute little cushion cover!

Space for the Butterflies - Cath Kidston Dresden Plate



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  • sustainablemum 09/10/2015 at 8:25 am

    I came to a lot of crafts as a mama so I have always had several projects on the go……..

    • Carie 09/10/2015 at 10:32 pm

      Yay, see it’s not just me…!

  • Carlin 11/10/2015 at 5:02 am

    Very cute! While I don’t have a lot of actual projects going – I do have a lot in my mind! 🙂

    • Carie 12/10/2015 at 9:51 pm

      I think if I were to sit down right now with pen and paper and write everything I have planned, let alone have stash for I’d be making solidly for the next two or three years – my head imagines I sew faster than I really do!

  • heathermama 13/10/2015 at 3:59 pm

    such great fabrics!! love the blue polka dots

  • sally 05/11/2015 at 5:38 pm

    Yes, the days of project monogamy are long gone! Your cushion is going to be very pretty, the perfect thing to be able to pick up and spend a bit of time sewing here and there.