Monday, August 29, 2011

The humble square

Even though I have 3 projects on the go at the moment last week I pulled out some fabrics for yet another project. With my youngest daughters 12th birthday fast approaching I realised I'd better get going on the things I wanted to make her. Why I leave things till the last minute I do not know but all of a sudden I realise I have a mere 3 days left to get the ideas out of my head and made. I'm sure I'm not the only busy mother who does this. Anyway I had decided to make her a memo board for her new study/play area that used to be her sisters bedroom. I knew what colours she liked from her helping me out with the layout of the crochet rug, which were aqua, purple and red and had also decided to make her board the same way I made my memo board here. I really love how just a simple patchwork pattern of squares really shows off the fabrics I chose. I think sometimes in an effort to be original or different we can over complicate things. These squares reminded me that a simple shape is all that is needed to let those favourite fabrics shine. 

 I did however go to town on the machine embroidery which meant getting to play with all the decorative stitches on my new Janome. I started off just using ordinary thread then switched to some nice shiny specialised machine embroidery thread which really made those stitches stand out.
As you can see I actually made 2 memo boards because one big one wouldn't fit in the space I had in mind. I chose purple buttons and a mauve ribbon for one board and aqua buttons and ribbon for the other. I even sewed these squares in front of her without her knowing what they were for. I guess I do so much sewing that she doesn't take too much notice until I finish something.

Here's a close-up of some of those pretty, decorative machine stitches I used. I think these 2 are my favourites. These boards are really easy to make but just take a little time especially sewing on all those buttons! (16 on each!!) And just to prove how last minute I am I was up until 1am Saturday night finishing these boards off and wrapping her presents for her birthday on Sunday.

7 comments:

Kirsty said...

Loving the fabrics/colourways! What a great present. Well done!

Catherine said...

Thanks so much Kirsty!

Rene' said...

Catherine, I love these!!!! Such luscious colors, and a good idea to make two. I really like those decorative stitches...they really add a nice touch. My daughter just turned 12 as well, and I've been wanting to make a memo board for her room. I'm adding your post to my Pinterest for easy reference when I eventually find time. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lara said...

Wow Catherine they're gorgeous. Well done! Can you believe your baby is 12?! My baby (Ollie) turns 4 next month (20 September) - I best get onto making him something too! Home with a sick Gus today though. Day 5 of a nasty tummy bug. At least he's on the mend!

Bec said...

Gorgeous, love a bit of mauve on mauve with a pop of mauve!

Catherine said...

Bec, I love your mauve comment! Thanks for making me smile :)

Karen said...

Fantastic effort Catherine. They look fabulous. Love the humble square.

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