For the last few weeks my partner has been working interstate, so I've been single-parenting my three kids. This has NOT been conducive to much sewing time, sadly - although I have managed to start a new quilt (using Lizzy House's 1001 Peeps which I LOVE!). And I've decided to funk up my sewing space a bit by making a new sewing machine mat, cover and pincushion (from a couple of patterns in Australian Homespun (Vol 11 #11, and Vol 12 #1).
I finished off the mat last night...
and it now has a new home under my machine!
The red birdy-circley fabric was part of a bundle I won on ebay a while ago - its quite heavy weight so it was perfect for this project (and I'd been trying to find the perfect use for it for a while!) It is designed by Australian fabric company Surface Art - it's called Mikko (cotton drill) and I just love love it. In fact I have a new fabric obsession - Moyra's work is just divine (and I couldn't resist ordering another piece of her cotton drill fabric!) The pieced part is bug spot and dandelion circles from Saffron Craig, along with tomato Kona, snow Kona and some grey homespun I picked up from Spotlight. Its a bit hard to see from the pics, but the part that hangs down in front of my machine is a series of pockets (that are about to be filled up with all my bits and pieces). I am hoping this means I won't lose my quick unpick, and embroidery scissors quite as often (well I can hope, can't I?)