A few weeks ago I was the lucky to receive a covered A6 notebook and pen from a friend which just slips beautifully into my handbag and saves me from rummaging around looking for a piece of paper to jot something down. Often in the past I have resorted to using old shopping dockets or even paper serviettes as writing paper but no more.
I thought that the notebook was pretty as well as practical and asked my friend if I could use her idea and she kindly sent me the dimensions. Perfect timing to use up those yellow scraps and make them into something useful. The first one took me sometime to draft up and work out how to put it together. Here is my proto type
Once I worked out how to put it together I went on to make another two in no time at all.
Here is the outside of all three together
And the inside
I was not sure about yellow and red together - not a choice that I would have made - until I noticed this hibiscus on my way to the clothesline.
You cannot argue with Mother Nature so I was very happy to mix my yellow and red fabrics and love the result. Now all that remains is for me to purchase the A6 notebooks and pens and they can be added to my "giftie" box.
Is the colour chosen for this month's rainbow challenge. Into the scrap bin cupboard and all that I could pull out is here
Hmmmm now to make something small and useful from this limited yellow selection. After sorting through my scraps I spotted a piece of hot pink jumbo cord fabric that was begging to be cut into a pinafore for Miss M.
Pinafores are a great item of clothing as you can pop a short sleeved t-shirt or long sleeve t-shirt underneath them, a cardigan over the top and leggings underneath for those cooler days.
What cooler days I hear you ask!!!!! We are now into the second month of autumn and hubs and I are still going for our morning swim. Each day we think how many more days can we squeeze out of this swimming season. For the past couple of weeks we have been confronted by a "wall of seaweed" which has been washed in with all the very high tides lately and has gathered at the end of the beach.
As you can see it has washed up over the path and is right throughout the beach. Unfortunately it has attracted thousands of flies and developed a horrible smell as it dries out. Hopefully it will wash back out to sea soon.
The 3rd clue - straight down the middle - was given out 2 weeks ago for the mystery square dance table runner but somehow time has just gotten away and my 9 patch blocks having been sitting to one side in the sewing room all alone and looking like a wallflower at the school dance.
Before I can begin work on sewing straight down the middle as the clue suggests I need to cut the fabric into various sizes.
Catching up on the cutting and sewing will be my OMG for April and if I can achieve that I might even try sandwiching and pinning the mystery quilt ready for quilting......maybe.
I realized today that almost 1/4 of this year has gone already....where??????? The days are warm and sunny however the nights and mornings now have a touch of autumn coolness about them so it was time to get a wriggle on and finish off those pants for Miss M that I did not get a chance to last Friday night as well as two other pairs that were in the construction stage.
These can now be added to my OPAM list for March along with the cosy bowl holders that were finished earlier in the month.
Last week I showed you the mystery quilt that I have been working on over the last few weeks and at the point a couple of fabrics had been auditioned without any success so back to the stash and more fabric was pulled and auditioned only to be eliminated until I found what I thought was "the right one".
The decision was made to go with yellow as the last border as each of the blocks had yellow in them somewhere and I felt that it framed the rest of the quilt and brought it together.
Getting this top to a completed flimsy was my March goal which was achieved.
If you would like to see if the others reached their goal pop over to Elm Street quilts link up.