Fun in my fabric world....

Monday, May 26, 2014

Like a goldfish in a bowl...

The final few stitches have been sewn and now I have two new cushions for the sofa. There are a few sewing buddies that, mistakenly, believed I had gone into the clamshell cushion business and are expecting theirs to be soon under construction, BUT, they are very wrong! Done and dusted, with beautiful concealed zips, I am now looking for something new to do....in other words, I am ALL clammed out! Here they will stay!


There are a few infant projects wanting my attention, most notable is my MSG project. But like any goldfish in a bowl, I have been distracted and forgotten what I was doing (also cue in those evil temptresses, Jean & Lizzie) and have embarked on the Trip Around the a World quilt along inspired by the clever Brigitte Giblin...have a look for it on FB.


My effort so far was beautifully described by a friend as "exuberant". I was thinking loud, even boisterous, so I did appreciate her lovely twist to my colourful interpretation of this traditional pattern. Try as I might, my volume switch is stuck on loud...I think it is reflective of my present pace of life. Oh well, it is nice to know that what I am stitching is a true reflection of me!


Yes, it is actually good ( yes, positive self talk- a sign of my mania!) as the TAW quilt along has given me a no fuss hand stitching project that I can keep in my bag when I am out on the road with work...who knows when a girl will get a quiet moment for a stitch? Don't you love justifying your addictions? I am sure there are worse things I could do. I always feel happier knowing my security stitching is nestled in my handbag.
Do you carry security stitching....just in case?
Cardygirl xx

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21 comments:

Heather said...

How delightful those pillows are on your lovely grey sofa. Just the perfect touch of color!

Susan said...

Oh thank goodness I can come out! I ALWAYS have security stitching, and if for some reason I can't fit it in my bag, I take my security thimble. I even take stitching when I know there will be zero chance of needing it (but what if the car breaks down and I'm stuck on the roadside?). Just don't leave it to chance. Are you sure you don't want to go into the clamshell cushion business? They're lovely.

Fairy Floss Stitches said...

You know my birthday is coming up!…and I just Love those clamshell cushions!! LOL

Fat Quarter Bird said...

Dear Cardy,
I am quite shocked that you will not be completing my order for those clamshell cushions. I feel this is a breach of trust and in future will be closing my fabric cupboard to your perusal unless you think of something.....quick to make restitution.
Signed Bitterly Disappointed!

shez said...

Hi Cardy I love those cushions they are amazing,love your next project too,well done.xx

Shay said...

So Im not getting a couple of clamshell cushions for my sofa?

Ok I love that your fabric volume stitch is set on bright and loud - that makes you my kind of gal. Scrappy trip is looking fabulous!

Ummmm- I sew in my fortnightly team meeting . Sewing makes me clam. Sewing during team meeting stops me from hurling myself over the table and physically hurting someone.....

Debbie said...

Glad you liked exuberant as a description. Now as I provided you with that, can you please provide me with my clamshell cushion???!!!

Lorraine said...

I love the cushions and will be popping over for a hand with my concealed zips (bringing my own cushion "tops" of course) I usually take stitching with me "just in case".....even if it doesn't come out I know it's there. I am thinking Shay's team probably have security stitching ready should she forget hers! Loving the TAW project - will be cutting some fabrics this weekend to make a start...if I can decide on which fabrics to use...procrastination get behind thee!! Looks like the perfect security stitching project!

Lynda said...

Your cushions are SO beautiful - love them. Looking forward to seeing more of your TAW - we all need exuberance in our lives.

Anthea said...

Oh wow, your cushions have turned out stunning Cardy - well done! What a lot of work!

As for Security Stitching, indeed i carry some, always my hexy pouch... everywhere!

barb's creations said...

Oh yes I have security stitching, some crochet, applique etc hidden in my bag. Love your clamshell cushions so bright and pretty :) Barb.

Stephanie said...

So many things I've never tried -- clamshells being one of them. I supposed I love the look of hand stitching more than I love doing it. Beautiful pillows and trip around the world.

pandchintz said...

Your clams look gorgeous on the sofa (it's ok......I'll make my own......!!). Love your TAW - always good to have comfort sewing!

wish2stitch said...

Security stitching is the first thing I pack. It's the best way to make the annoying, unexpected events in our life that hold us up or slow us down or in some way make it difficult to get things done turn into a happy experience. I maintain my calm and stitch on and am NEVER bored. Love the cushions!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Ohh I Love your clamshell cushions!! What a great sampler of your colourful fabric stash! I like the phrase "security stitching".

Michelle said...

Oh yes I have emergency stitching stashed in my car just in case I get stuck waiting. When my Mum was sick I nearly completed a whole needle turn appliqué quilt at hospital visits. It's still waiting for its final block which I guess is a good sign!

Farmyard Stitches said...

Cardy...... they look amazing!! I too am happy to be added to the list of cushion recipients!! LOL! I don't have emergency stitching. I'm never on my own with nothing to do! EVER! But maybe I should.... for that five-ten minute wait I have at the bus in the afternoons. You never know what I could get done!!

Small pieces said...

These are now on my wish list!

Small pieces said...

(Now I'm no longer a "lurker"!) . Guess who?

Jen said...

Love your cushions. They have inspired me to make my own.
Can i ask how big a clamshell did you use?

Donna said...

Love your projects! Here is a quilt I made with similar blocks last year. I loved picking out the fabrics, each block is different.