Saturday, 18 April 2015

'The Novel Approach' fabric bookends

Thank you for your kind comments about my daughter. She is improving slowly, and we hope to be home soon. In the meantime, the latest issue of Australian Homespun (Vol. 143) has been published and so has my 10th project for this great magazine.

Susan Hurley, the editor of Homespun, contacted me many months ago with a request for fabric bookends. Can you pick them?

I am always up for a challenge, but this one really stretched me! It took me a long time to come up with a construction method and even longer to execute it. I decided the bookends needed to be self-supporting, so they are quite heavy. I made them from recycled magazines - not Homespun of course ;)

I covered the magazine foundation with striped fabric to imitate book pages, and then made a fabric cover with embroidered titles and spine art.

The trickiest part was attaching the cover to the magazine foundation - yes, there may have been blood spilled and a considerable amount of cursing! 

But I was very pleased with the end result! Whenever I design a project, I'm not satisfied until I've created something that I would be happy to use in my own home. If you'd told me a few months ago that I could make fabric bookends that I would have on display, I'd have fallen about laughing. But you know, I will actually be using these!

Paper subscriptions and back issues of Homespun can be ordered through Universal Magazines. You can purchase digital issues and subscriptions of Homespun from Zinio, the Apple Newsstand or Google Play.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

A change of plan

There has been a bit of progress on my scrap quilt. It is the perfect project when you only have 15 minutes here or there to sew.

However, progress on the scrap quilt has stalled due to my youngest daughter being admitted to hospital. She is OK, but we have some eating issues that it would seem only hospitalisation will sort out. The upside of this is that the view from her bed is fantastic!

 And I have plenty of time to hand sew.

I have pulled out the clamshell quilt I started in a Brigitte Giblin workshop ages ago. 

So life isn't all bad. I get to sit by a big, light-filled window with a great view, and stitch for hours and chat with my daughter. There are worse things!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Why Good Friday?

It has always been a mystery to me as to why 'Good Friday' is good. For such a sombre day in the Christian calendar, there doesn't seem to be too much good about it. Thankfully, we know that Easter Sunday is coming, and with the news of Jesus' astonishing resurrection, that there is wonderful hope.

Happy Easter to you and yours. We have everyone home for Easter which is very special. The weather is cool and drizzly, perfect for devouring homemade hot cross buns and snuggling under quilts to read or watch movies. Lovely!
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