Thursday, June 16, 2011

Back to sewing and blogging

I had a lovely afternoon in the sewing cave the other day. I shut out the world and enjoyed a bit of me time.
I've been battling bronchitis the last two weeks but I'm feeling more like my normal self now thank goodness.
Poor David has had it too but not as bad and on top of all that, had a day in hospital  (nothing serious) and a bit of minor eye laser surgery. It sounds like we're falling to bits!! We're good now and life is slowly returning to routine as much as it can.
I felt like a little sewing project that was easy, inexpensive and fast to do from whoa to go.  You can see I couldn't stop at one and I even tried a couple of different sizes.  These are great as thread catchers, containers or to put gifts in.
They're even reversible, how good is that? I found the tutorial over here if you need to whip some up.
Have you seen Mary's hexagons? I needed something happy to play with and made a few of these big ones. I was going to surround them with a row of white but now I've changed my mind and might come back to these a little later on. It's a bit of  frivolity and may not grow up to be a quilt.
I decided to simplify and go for the single petaled blooms for now.
As you can see, they've been a great distraction and I'm enjoying the simplicity of English paper piecing.
Look what came in the mail!  A fat quarter pack of Sew Cherry by Lori Holt, I had to have some after seeing them on Nannette's blog. I even got some yardage that I have plans for. Yummy!
 
I've also been doing a little painting. These two boards will have different colours on the backs. They're to help me with photos for the blog. I have such a dark house and very little natural light so it's hard to find anywhere to take photographs. I read about this great solution from Amy and swung into action.
 
That's all for now, except to say thanks a bunch for all the wonderful messages you've left me. I couldn't bring myself to reply to you all individually, I know you'll understand. I'll be doing my best to catch up.
Janet xoxo

45 comments:

Oops-Lah said...

Lovely to have you back in cyber space! I will have to try those little fabric baskets, they are so cute. I've already admired them at "A Spoonful of Sugar". Would be great to make them in Christmas fabrics too. And is there anything more therapeutic than making a few hexie flowers?

Rachaeldaisy said...

Hello Janet, Welcome back! Big smiles to you. I love your thread catchers, they're so pretty! I noticed your bright white photos so your painted boards are doing the trick. Your hexis are so pretty, wonderful colours!!

Josie said...

Lovely to have you back...just take it easy those bronchitis bugs are nasty little things. You have been busy... the little bowls are so cute. Might just have to make on to catch my threads. Beats hoovering the carpet! Love your hexies too. They'll make a gorgeous quilt. The painted boards are a great idea... I have a dark house too... better find some paint then!

Christine said...

Hi Janet

Lovely to read that you enjoyed some sewing time and the thread catchers are so very cute.

My house is dark too and yes taking pictures always a problem, mind you I am not very good at it anyway,laugh.

cheers
Christine

Kathie said...

Glad to read you found your way back to the sewing room, a place of great comfort I am sure.
those little containers are just so adorable....
and well that little red bird has me smiling...what is it about birds just love them!
especially appliqued on quilts!
Hope David is doing better after his surgery again...
keeping you both in my thoughts...
kathie

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

I love your collection of baskets - thanks so much for the link:) We are typo lovers too and have those little message birds.

Your hexagons are really pretty.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

jean said...

Hi Janet, Lovely to see you back and that you are feeling a bit more like your old(young) self.
Thanks for the link for the baskets they are so cute.
I am including a link that I found to help with setting up a mock photography studio I found it really helpful.
http://www.handmadeology.com/studio-quality-product-photography-with-a-12-set-up/
As usual your hexies are divine.

Karen said...

Your little thread catchers look great. Thank you for supplying the link to the tutorial. Good luck with your hexies and with the photo background boards.

Jane in Wales said...

So glad that you are back, and playing with such lovely colours. It must be really comforting to be back among fabrics.
I am also fighting bronchitis - it's nasty, so look after yourself!
The little bowls are lovely, especially with those adorable birds!
Jane

Carol said...

It's wonderful to have you back Janet. You've been missed. Glad you've found your way back to your needle and thread. Love those little thread catchers. Must check on that! Thank you!

Crispy said...

It's great to see you posting and back to some theraputic sewing. Those little baskets are wonderful!! I may actually try my hand at a couple :0)

Crispy

Pinkadot Quilts said...

Janet so glad you are back and sewing! Those little thread catchers are adorable.

Jessica said...

I'm glad to see you are back and sewing. The baskets are so cute, thank you for the link to the tutorial.

beebee said...

Your flowers are so pretty. Good to see you back on line and we continue to pray for your family..

Cardygirl said...

Hope each day finds both of you a little brighter in so many ways. Glad you have had some quiet(and creative) time in your cave. Nice to "see" you!

Mary said...

It is so good to have you back! And I am glad you have found a relaxing project {grandmothers flower garden}....you are so right about the simplicity. There is something about the repetition of the basting and sewing that makes it very relaxing. They look lovely! Again, good to have you back :)

Nedra said...

I love those little bags, and will be making some too. And you are going to LOVE Sew Cherry! Lori sold out in two weeks and the fabric went into second printing. Welcome back, and glad to know you are getting some therapudic quilting in.

YankeeQuilter said...

Glad you've found some time to play in the sewing cave...love the thread catcher and the paper piecing!

Susan said...

I'm glad to hear that you are returning to normal there! I love those little thread catchers...thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Helen said...

It's lovely to have you back! Those little pouch-y bowls are adorable, as are the little birds! The background boards are such a good idea - all I need now (apart from the boards) are a blog and a camera!

Shari said...

The Sew Cherry line looks just too delicious - so far I've resisted.

Sweet little hexagons and a good hand project - your look so lovely.

Hope you are well and truly on the mend by now - no set-backs!

Take care.

Darlene said...

So nice to 'see' you, Janet. You've been missed.

I'm happy to hear that you've found your way back to your sewing room. The thread baskets are adorable - something to check out.

English paper piecing is indeed relaxing - just stitch away.

Donna~~ said...

The thread catchers are too cute--thanks so much for providing the tutorial link! I've been wanting to do some hexies too, but have a feeling they will be addictive, and I'm trying (!) to stay focused. Hope your bronchitis improves soon! (if not, and your cough is odd or severe, please consider it could be whooping cough). It's great to have you back Janet--missed you!

Joan said...

So lovely to see you back Janet - and to see you doing things. I can only guess a bit of what you and your family have been through
I have missed you ♥

Janet said...

You make such pretty things!! I'm so glad you're back into sewing again. Those hexies are lovely!

Sonja♥ said...

It's good to read you again, Janet!
Hexagons are like little "simple"individual projects but at the end of the day, if you want,, you can change them into a huge project:)

Shirley said...

Those hexagons are working their magic and helping you through this difficult time. It is good to have you back Janet, you have been missed. I may have to have a go at those little pots. Still hugging you.xxx

Patchwork and Play said...

I missed your last post but you have been in my thoughts every day. So glad to know you are back with us all and are to a certain degree, healing. You will stay in my prayers.X

Stephanie said...

Love how you photographed your thread catchers. They're super cute. Beautiful hexagons. Sometimes we need to play, just because...

taylorsoutback said...

The fabric thread catchers are so sweet - I can see how you couldn't stop at just one - like potato chips!
And those little birds are adorable.

Playing with fabric is often the best answer to settling the emotions onto a more even plain. Take care of yourself.

Lori said...

I'm glad life is getting somewhat back to normal. It can be hard. I hope you are through the rough bumps for now.
I love your little baskets! So cute!

Julia said...

It's wonderful to have you back Janet. You've been missed. Glad you have had some "me" time and found your way back to your needle and thread..cute little thread catchers. Must check on that! Take care.
Hugs Julia ♥

salleygo said...

So pleased to be finding you on the blog again. X

Thimbleanna said...

It's so nice to see you back Janet. It looks like you've had some wonderful me time -- your hexagons and little bags are all so beautiful!

KathieB said...

It's good to see you sewing again, and sharing with all of us. You've been in my thoughts.

Lauren said...

Welcome back. So good to see you are able to start playing with fabric again.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I love those little bowl thread catcher things. Those are wonderful!

Lina said...

Glad your back Janet!!!

Dixie said...

Yay, happy projects! Love them all. The hexagons are mega cheerful. So HAPPY to see your blog entries again.

Barb said...

sorry to hear you weren't feeling well = it was great to see you back on my reader.
I love these little catchers - I may have to try a few!
fun hexies

Terry said...

Love the little fabric baskets! Those are so cute! Love the hexies too. They're on my "someday" list! :0)

Katie said...

So glad to see you get back to some sort of normalcy. Best wishes!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh Janet! those little baskets are so adorable. Now I HAVE to make them. I love them. Thanks for showing them. I think you'll enjoy your sew cherry. I'm working on my Lori quilt and can't put it down, even though I should be doing other things. Now over to look at the tutorial. Thanks again.

Carrie P. said...

Bronchitis before the stomach thing. UGh! You have been having a rough time of it. Glad you and your hubby are getting over that.
Thanks for sharing the tutorial link. very cute catchers.

Robin said...

The thread catchers are so nifty! Thank you for the link to the tutorial. Hope all is well with you now. :)