Sunday, February 07, 2010

A Labour Of...Love?

ROFL! That's what it was 'supposed' to be but it seems that the sewing machine had other ideas >:o( It never fails...I have a project I want to finish, I know how I'm going to finish it and it's going to be straightforward...but it never is. Argh! Something that should have taken an evening to put together took Saturday AND Sunday morning.

So, after a lot of screaming, swearing and pulling more thread than I ever thought possible, here is the result of my work -

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Truthfully, I am VERY happy with my results, even with all the frustrations ;o) Don't you just love the fabric?

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I made Dogs Leave Paw Prints by Lizzie Kate into a pillow cover and this will be my thank you gift for our neighbours :o) It measures 14 x 14 and is a nice size. I love stitching pillow covers because there's no hole to sew together when you're done. All you do it slip it over your pillow and voila! This is what I plan on doing with mine when I get it stitched up but I may put off sewing for a little bit...

Last night, DH and I went out to dinner and a movie with friends of ours and had a great time :o) I 'finally' have a friend here! Yay! LOL! T is in the same line of work as DH so they have a lot in common. I finally got to know T's wife, K, in December after she changed jobs and got a more regular working schedule. They're great people and we have a lot of fun together.

We decided on Chinese food at a restaurant that DH and I hadn't been to yet. It was pretty good! I had the orange beef. Yum! Afterwards, we went to see From Paris With Love. I got my orange slushy and somehow two ECEs made their way into my jacket pocket ;o) Thanks K! LOL! It was a pretty good movie. Definitely action packed but it does have its comedic moments. John Travolta has been coming out with some funky looks lately and this one tops the list. He's got some great one liners too.

I want to thank those that have offered to donate to the breast cancer auction that is hosted by the Attic Needlework shop. I'm very touched that you want to help and we now have eleven people (including myself) that are officially signed up. If you are interested and have not heard back from me or received an invitation to the Blog I set up, please email me and I'll get you hooked up :o) More information will be posted soon so stayed tuned!


26 comments:

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

I love the new look! and the pillow speaks of the truth and nothing but the truth. But there's no snowman or pumpkin on it.
Be always in stitches.

Parsley said...

I just ADORE that pillow!!!!

Jenn's Crafty World said...

Somtimes sewing machines can be sooo tempermental! I do my fair share of tantrum throwing while sitting at mine!
Great job on the pillow :)

Natasha said...

I love your finish. I always have a tough time making a pillow where you have to sew the bottom half, it always looks alittle unfinsihed to me.

The fabric for this is very cute I am sure your neighbors will enjoy it :)

JOLENE said...

You couldn't have found a better choice of fabric Pumpkin...it's PERFECT!!!!

devonaz said...

I know the feeling,,,and it happens at the wrong time to,,,I am glad to see that your pillow turned out beautiful...thank you for sharing..
Devon

Irene said...

Love the pillow, the fabric is perfect ! Try using a sewing machine that has no cover on the bobbin and won't work in reverse. It's why I have so few sewing by machine finishes.

Sharon said...

Cathey, your pillow looks wonderful! Great job!

Rachael said...

Great fabric,perfect for that pillow.
I hate it when my sewing machine has PMT as well!
Great you have found a friend,especially if she gives you Creme eggs...LOL

Little Cat said...

What a great finish! The fabric you chose is perfect. It looks fantastic!

Annie said...

I think frustration with sewing machines is part of process! The pillow came out really well.. worth the effort.

Carol said...

Your finish was worth all of the aggravation you went through--it looks just wonderful. I'll bet you can't wait to give it to your neighbor.

Sounds like a nice evening with friends, Cathey. My best friend moved away two years ago and I miss her so much...

Lisa said...

The pillow finish is fabulous, really love the fabric.

Rachel S said...

THe pillow looks fantastic!

Patti said...

I'm sick of saying I LOVE THIS but I truly do. It is gorgeous and well worth the time it took to finish. I'm real happy for you that you have a friend.
Love
Patti xxx

Blu said...

Great finish! That print is so much fun!

Lately my sewing machine has been acting possessed. Naturally this only happens to me (not my mum) and never when she's around!

Karen said...

That pillow is too cute...love the fabric! Sounds like you have the twin to my sewing machine!

happy stitches....

Siobhan said...

Great job on the pillow!

Lisa said...

Wow, the pillow is wonderful. I love the fabric and the finish. Mmmm, a pillow cover, is that anything like the pillow shams that I have on my boys' beds...where you just slide the pillow into the back and 'voila' done. If so, I might have to try that finish, because I love making pillows, but I have having a hard time stitching up that little hole left after stuffing. It always seems to make a mess of my pillow finishes.
Thank you for sharing the idea!
Take care,
Lisa

WendyCarole said...

its lovely

Laural said...

It is adorable!! I love pillow covers too.

Shannon said...

Absolutely ADORABLE ! The fabric is just perfect. If I get a dog, can I get you to whip one of these up for me ? lol

btw, you can count on me for an ornament. Most definitely.

Natasha said...

Great finish, that fabris is adorable and the finished stitching so cute. I couldnt see my life without my dogs in it.

~Tammy said...

That piece is too cute and the fabric is perfect.

So glad to hear you're making friends! :) It's harder as we age....

Daffycat said...

A perfect finish, Cathey! Sorry it gave you so many fits!

stitcherw said...

What a wonderful finish, the fabric was perfect for it. Sorry the stitching had such difficult moments, hopefully the next one will go smoother. Glad that you had such a good time out with your friends. I haven't seen that movie yet but the commercials have looked good.

Wanted to say too congratulations on the 10 year mark, that is a major reason to celebrate. I can't imagine having to have had to deal with a scare like that. I'm so glad that you had the support you did to get through it.
Sue