Its raining - perfect for sewing

Its a very wet and windy day here, we are south 
of the devastated areas of Queensland where tropical cyclone Debbie
passed through.

However, we are close enough to be in the path of the heavy
rain and wind of her aftermath.
This is what the weather map looks like......

It is of course a perfect day for sewing! QuiltSherpa is home
for the day as his place of work made the wise decision not to be open. 
There are many roads flooded and they are expecting more flash
flooding as the rain continues today. Hugo and Felix agree that the best
place to be is indoors.

 I have spent the morning cutting fabrics for a new pieced quilt
that uses a collection that will be out later in the year,
for which I have to have samples ready to show in May at Spring Market in the US.

Did you know that we have a fabric club - we cut and mail out
the fabrics for the fabric club members first - would you like to be a fabric club member?
Follow this link to find out the options and to sign up.

Lizzie laser has been very busy this last week cutting buttons for my button packs.
I love watching her work....its mesmerising. 
Here she is cutting buttons for My Sewing Room button pack.

We have a lovely variety of these etched raw wood buttons 
for you to choose from beside the sewing themed packs
(which by the way would make a great gift for a friend)

There are garden themed packs.

Did I ever tell you the story of when I had the 'lightbulb' moment to create a sewing basket using an asian steamer basket?
Well....we were at a friends wedding reception lunch almost 4 years ago where
we were each served an individual portion of rice in the sweetest small
steamer basket and my brain went 'ping'.....
the first steamer basket design I did was 'Make Do Sewing Basket' which comes as a traditional paper pattern, a pdf downloadable pattern or as a kit.

I used the lovely Valdani 6 ply embroidery floss, you can see the lovely
subtle variation of colour on the hollyhocks.

Yipee, our kit shelves are full again, thanks to the girls in the cutting room.

Something I often get asked is what pen do I like to trace my designs onto fabric with?
I really like the Pigma/Zig pens, an 01 is nice and fine making the drawn lines easy to cover with
your embroidery stitches. Yes, its a permanent marking pen but so nice to work with.
For dark coloured fabrics I like to use the Sewline pen, white is my favourite and most used colour. 

Well, its time for me to go and sew the binding on a
quilt and maybe watch another episode of 'The Crown' which I have only just discovered!

happy stitching
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