‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the flat
Not a creature was stirring, not even a cat
‘It’s so disconcerting’, Lynne Pussycat said
‘They’re being so quiet it fills me with dread…’
‘You’re awfully suspicious!’ said RR to Cat
‘They’re being angelic, let’s leave it at that!’
And so off to bed went the whole family
And left out for Santa a large G&T
A carrot for Rudolph, a plate of mince pies
‘Cos from the North Pole it’s a long way to fly!
But then at some godawful hour in the morn
(Don’t know when exactly, but way before dawn…)
A tremendous commotion broke out in the flat
‘Oh, what the heck’s happened? And where are the cats?’
RR ventured forth, to have a look-see
And discovered the kitties had toppled the tree
Had trashed all the presents and munched the mince pies
And sent Santa’s G&T soaring sky-high
Till it fell to the floor in a broken-glass puddle
Those dastardly cats, what a horrible muddle!
They were charging around as if they were possessed
Leaving in their wake such a terrible mess…
And so Christmas morning, at quarter past three
Was spent re-erecting the darned Christmas tree
Re-wrapping the presents, and calming the cats
Restoring tranquility throughout the flat
And two hours later, both tucked up in bed
Lynne Pusscat and Richard lay down weary heads
And said as they snoozed off and turned out the light
‘Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!’
Over the winter months, I tend to do less dressmaking. In the summer I love wearing flirty skirts and pretty sundresses, both of which are fun to make, but during the winter I usually feel less inspired. I’ve been working on the same dress for a couple of months now. It’s a simple shift dress, made from an off-cut of beautiful grey wool which I picked up for a song in New York back around Thanksgiving, and I’m lining it with a gorgeous turquoise coloured satin. The dress is coming along well – all that’s really left to do is line and hem it – and if I like the end result, I’m planning to use the same pattern to make a dress to wear to Miss S and Mr E’s wedding in May, using some glorious pale blue French linen I bought in Paris a few weeks back.
Shift dress Lining
But as February is coming to an end, my thoughts have once again been turning to the warmer months ahead, and, in particular, to our upcoming holiday. In two weeks’ time, RR and I are flying away for some summer sun in the Caribbean. We’ll be spending 3 days relaxing on Barbados, followed by a week-long cruise aboard a Clipper ship. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to it immensely! We’ve never been to the Caribbean, and we’ve never been away in the winter to some place sunny, and we love Clipper cruising, so we’re both very excited! But what to take to wear??? Back in January, I had a massive re-organisation of my sewing room, and since then all my dressmaking fabric has been moved from the top shelf of the spare room wardrobe. It’s now temptingly on display in my glass-doored fabric cupboard, bang in the middle of my sewing room. I see it every time I’m in there or walk past it (which is most of the time, to be honest!) And sitting on the top of the stack of dressmaking fabric are some beautiful prints, ideal for making pretty, summery skirts and dresses. So the combination of our upcoming holiday and having all my fabric on view has got me inspired with my dressmaking again. So far, I’ve made two summery skirts, and I’ve earmarked some fabric to make a sundress to take with me on holiday (which is also turquoise – my new favourite colour, it seems!)
A-line skirt with wide yoke and box pleats Panelled straight skirt with flared hem
I’m back in the UK at the moment (hopefully the skirts will still fit by the time I get back home!), but now I’m absolutely raring to go with the sundress and my wedding outfit for May. And I’m pretty sure that when I do get started next week, I will have plenty of ‘help’ from my chief sewing assistant, Mr. Boy. Whilst Mimi Bubba likes to help me quilt, usually by plonking her not insubstantial bulk on top of whatever I happen to be piecing or quilting, Mr. Boy prefers to help out with dressmaking. And his favourite activities to help with are stealing tape measures and lying on top of crinkly-sounding pattern paper. What a helpful boy! It’s a good thing I love him, isn’t it?!
Well, it’s been a busy old week quilting-wise. As RR so eloquently puts it, I’ve been in a bit of a quilting frenzy of late! After finally finding the finishing kit for my Block of the Month quilt (in a padlocked box at the bottom of a dark drawer marked ‘Beware of the Leopard’…), I’ve been mainly working on getting the quilt top put together, and I’m happy to say that I’m nearly done! The 2 wrong-sized blocks have been fixed, and another was taken apart and re-pieced when I noticed I’d accidentally sewn the the fussy-cut middle square in sideways (I could have just left it as it was, pretending it was a design choice, but I knew it would just bug me, so out came my trusty seam ripper again!)
So, once I was happy with my 12 blocks, it was time to open the finishing kit. I read the 18 page (!) instruction book for piecing the sashing and borders, and set to with my rotary cutter and various rulers. At the end of an afternoon’s hard work, with Mimi Bubba’s’ help’ , I’d cut all the pieces I needed to complete the quilt top…
… and found that the Fat Quarter Shop weren’t exactly stingy with the fabric! Having frugally saved all the remnants of fabric from each month’s kit, I was left with all this!
I’m thinking maybe I’ll use it to make the Granny Square quilt on Blue Elephant Stitches’ blog. Well, waste not want not and all that 🙂
So now the quilt top is almost finished, all I need to do is add the middle and outer borders. It’s turned out really nicely, I think, although it’ll be even prettier when I add the final borders…
Then of course the tricky part, deciding how to quilt it. But let’s just leave that for another day, shall we?
Linking up here to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced