This week I am half way through sewing/making my Fat Quarterly Retreat sample swap items to give on Saturday. I completed one a while back so am now busy making the other five. Yes, there will be six in total - for two reasons:
1. I had just the right amount of fabric for six and
2. Having six means there are four for the swap, one for me and one as a spare to swap with someone else in case anyone wants it!
There will be some 'schtuff' inside these little 'London bags' as I now call them [instead of the 'fold over flap button closure bags']... but the contents will remain a surprise for now! Here they are in different stages of completion!
|This is the amazing fabric I used - London - yay! How appropriate, right!!?|
|One done, one almost done and four half done.|
What I thought would be cute and nice 'FQ Retreat commemorative ornaments' are now looking like silly homemade crafts by an inexperienced potter/crafter. Oh well - it's the taking part and trying new things that counts, right!?
The amount of work that went into making them was unbelievable. First I made my own ceramic stamps from clay that was leather hard and had them fired. Then I rolled slabs of clay and left that for a week to go leather hard. I then stamped my stamps into the clay to make the shapes, then cut the the rectangular ornament shape and put a hole in for the ribbon. These then got fired. I then had to paint each one with special paint using itty bitty paint brushes and then glazed them all as well, only to be fired again! I started this process in February and only finished them last week. I tied a nice royal blue ribbon to hang them with - royal blue since it is Jubilee weekend! But I'm still not sure if I will give them away...
|Hand made stamps and finished ornament.|
My Small Projects Sew Along list looks like this:
Fold over flap button closure bags x5 ALMOSTDONE Needle case holder thingDONE
- Tweed Pouch
- Folding card wallet
- Mod Sampler quilt
- Union Jack blocks
- Green-grey-teal-turquoise quilt
- Half Square triangle mini quilt
- Neckerchief thing