Wednesday, 24 July 2013


Hi WOYWWers, Followers and All,

It's so hot and I'm melting - the storm was refreshing while it lasted but I'm all hot and bothered again and much as I would like to do more crafting I'm struggling to concentrate for long ... I think my brain could be frazzled too!
I have managed to cut out a cushion cover front ... based on an idea I found in a book I borrowed from the library.
This book, in fact. It's full of lovely projects, a couple of which I'm hoping to make ... before it has be returned.

So on my desk today is sewing stuff. There's a notebook with some rough calculations for the patches and strips needed for the cushion. The little house tin is about 30 years old ... I can't remember what it originally contained but I've always used it for storing sewing machine bobbins. And next to it is a bias binding maker that I inherited from my late mother ... recently discovered tucked away in her sewing box. I haven't tried it out yet, will have to work out how. I can see my stamp index box up in the left hand corner ... indexing has stalled from lack of enthusiasm ... it's too darned hot. I've said that before, haven't I?

As usual, I'm writing this gone midnight. I should get myself off to bed so that I can wake rested and refreshed and ready to join in the blog hop of the week ... that is over at Julia's place, the Stamping Ground  - haven't joined in with What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday before, want to join in, just click the link.

Right, I'm keeping it brief so I'm off. See you. Happy WOYWW to you all.


  1. Yip, i should be in bed too. We have an early start tomorrow, off to Yorkhill for a clinic and then down to Irvine to meet up with friends.
    Love the colours you are using.
    hope you have a good wednesday. caroline #41 (akilli melek)

  2. Hi Elizabeth,
    What pretty fabric you have chosen for your pillow cover. It has been extremely hot and humid here, thank goodness for air conditioning.....until the electric bill arrives....LOL
    Have a great week
    Krisha #22

  3. Very pretty is going to look so lovely once finished. You have been sewing up a storm and finished so many projects already!
    That machine is well suited to your creativity!
    Not doing WOYWW this week but just popping by to say Hello!

  4. Love your cushion, the fabric is gorgeous. Hope you enjoy the book for a while - could you copy/scan some of the pages maybe before you return it? Helen 7

  5. Love the magazine and love the colours yo uhave chosen for your project
    Bridget #24

  6. The piece looks great, can't wait to see the result. I was still up late as well so got in early. Franceca #34

  7. It's a wonder any of us can get creative in this heat isn't it but of course it wont last so we had better make the best of it while we've got it :-)
    A x # 8

  8. Hello Elizabeth I really like those colours. I have lost my enthusiasm for card making at present. hopefully it's the heat and the fact that where I craft needs a very good tidy up :-( and it is easier to shut the door and ignore it all. Happy WOYWW Anne x #9

  9. Lovely cushion project - you are enjoying your sewing aren't you. Do try the bias binding maker - it's easy and makesreally cheap soft bias strip from old but good sheeting/ pillow cases etc.

  10. I'm melting too! Your cushion is looking fab. Here's hoping it cools a little I just can't cope! Take care Zo xx 91

  11. We love the colours on your sewing project. Something we've never learnt to do is sew.

    Waving hi from The House of Bears @#90 this week

  12. Pretty pretty fabric. Yes it's hot, I'm sitting here gently glowing, but I wouldn't change it. I can't bear the thought of winter again! I wonder if you'll find the bias maker as helpful as Jan did hers...mind, she uses yards of it with the old bunting!

  13. Hi Elizabeth
    I love the fabric you have out for making your cushions they are so very pretty. It is very hot to work at times so rest up when you feel it is too much for you
    Sending a hug for WOYWW and I hope you have a great week
    Ria #44

  14. Gorgeous fabric, Elizabeth. Enjoy finishing the cushion. Yes, it IS hot - hasn't cooled down here as we have not had any rain yet - but then, we were all complaining it was COLD in the winter.....
    Have a great, if hot, week.
    Margaret #32

  15. Super cushion in the making, look forward to seeing it finished. BJ#73

  16. Oooh, well done with the new projects. Last couple of weeks I have got through 100 desks, simply because its too hot to spend much time at mine, today is another of those days..I'm itching to get on with my paints, but its just too uncomfortable in there.

    Lynda #1

  17. Happy WOYWW Elizabeth!

    I can't cope with the heat either, not getting anything done fast!

    That is very pretty material, I bought a sewing mag with a pattern for a dress, somewhere I have some nice material lurking if it is enough!

    You will notice that when you see my messy desk!

    Cazzy x #97

  18. It's easy to see that this pillow cover will be a beauty when it is finished! My grandmother was a quilter, but I was too young when she died to have picked up any of her skills. Fortunately, I do have a few of her pieces.

    Loved looking through the things on your desk! Happy WOYWW!

    Lynn #67

  19. The library is the BEST! If the book is terrible, no big waste, just take it back, right?

    Beautiful colors, Elizabeth.

    Happy WOYWW to you!

    #63 this week

  20. I am loving the gorgeous color of your cushion and can't wait to see it when its finished. Turquoise has been one of my favorite colors this year and I am so tempted to add it our home it's so refreshing and relaxing. Happy WOYWW! Danie #74

  21. I love the fact that crafty people have their fingers in many pies...I too like sewing as well as card making and have recently been using fabric instead of ink after many years of the machine left unloved.
    Have fun Elizabeth, Cheers RobynO #113

  22. Happy Hump Day… I love your color scheme. Can't wait to see it all finished. I really need to get to know my sewing machine. My mom is amazing with a sewing machine, unfortunately that is not an inherited gene. SIGH…. Have a great weekend. (((HUGS)))
    WOYWW #44

  23. Lovely colours you have chosen for the pillow. The little house tin is so sweet can't believe it is that old. But then again they did make things to last once upon a time. Hope the heat moves on!
    Sandra @87

  24. Lovely cushion cover on the go, the book looks really nice too. You could always take some photos of the other projects and instructions for them, that way you don't have to rush before getting the book back to the library.

    Brenda 28

  25. I popped in before but it stayed 'white' for so long I nipped of to make some tea! (and then for got!) Hoping I don't repeat myself, but I know I will! Love those cushions! I get the 'need' to sew something, but it soon goes as I have no machine, but then when I visit there's always some thing lovely to look at!!
    LYn #36 Happy WOYWW!

  26. Thank you for your visit this week. I am so pleased with the work of my roofers that I have asked for quotes for several other smaller jobs that need finishing off, especially before I get the decorator in. They are a local, well-respected family firm of builders, and between them cover most skills, including plastering. I love the coloured you have chosen for your cushion, cool and fresh, and you may have to renew that book. Good luck with those projects. xx Maggie #39

  27. Hello Elizabeth,
    I've finally... worked my way down the list to you for the first time in too long! Thank you for leaving comments for me - I do love them.
    Your cushion cover looks lovely, quite striking and in my fave colours.
    Commiserations with the heat but more than that, the humidity. I'm no good when there's no evaporative cooling in humid weather. Victoria usually is dry heat but that's changing these days as is much of our climate.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Ros. #118

  28. Great start on a cushion such summery colours and hope the heat breaks just had a nasty heat wave and don't want it back ugg hugs Nikki 31

  29. What a wonderful book. I am just learning patchwork myself. I thought it would be easy.......

    Sorry I am late visiting

    Laura x x


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