The second week of school holidays saw us up and about, still coughing but at least able to move... and sew. Even the play-date visitors got roped into sewing.
Once again, my heart was warmed to the cockles as I listened in to the instruction going on at the sewing machine. My little sewing teacher turned the speed right down on the machine and was gently encouraging her friend (who'd never used a machine before) and praising even the smallest of achievements. The novice was very nervous, so they eventually worked out a "you do the pedal and I'll steer" arrangement. Teamwork.
Then my girl pumped up the speed and confidently sewed flat-chat around the edge of her cushion. I'm beginning to think that it might be time to upgrade the Mini Elna already.
Yesterday, we had an outing to Ballarat via Bacchus Marsh. I had to do a bit of a pattern-stockist road trip, so we decided to make a day of it.Eureka Patchwork, I did a fair bit of fabric-fondling, especially in the "special" room where all the best fabrics are. I loved these textured Japanese cottons. Almost edible.
She filled a bag of buttons for her and one for me. Can you guess which one is hers (below)?
We met up with Annie and her beautiful selvedge quilt there.
I appear to have come home with a goodly portion of the $15 bargain room at Eureka Patchwork.
Another bit of holiday fun for me, was to see this 60% scale of my Draped T-dress made by Anna, who was pattern-testing the shopping bag pattern for me. When she mentioned that she'd like to make one for her 5-year-old, I got a bit excited and printed out the scaled-down pattern for her. Isn't it cute?!
To finish off our sewing-week, there was a bit of collaborative book-writing....
And when I finished writing, she tactfully asked, "Do you think anyone will be able to read your writing?"
Gotta love her.
Next week, I hope to have my work brain back on. The combination of flu and lots of work-day parenting has meant that there has been a lot of fuzz and frazzle and very little straight-thinking for the last few weeks. Back to normal programming soon.