The sewing machine is still packed away!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Yes, we've been home five days and the sewing machine is still tucked away in its cabinet!  I do have something to show you, however, because the latest Australian Handmade magazine is on the streets and my "Love came down at Christmas" table runner is in it. Christina Rossetti wrote the poem of the same name in 1885 and it was part of the Christmas Carol tradition of my youth, thus the inspiration for this pattern.

My runner has the first couple of lines of the poem embroidered on each end. The design is simple but I wanted to show off the lovely pack of charm squares ... and I can't remember the name of the fabric range!  My usual system of recording what I do with each of my purchases went out the window with this one and the fabric was purchased last year, so the name escapes me!  I'd be happy to hear from you if you know!

Apart from being busy and having some unexpected things land on my plate this week, I decided I really needed to tackle some of my "To Do" list. I have been wanting for ages to make some more of my designs available on my website, so this was the week to do it. You've seen these before in Australian magazines, but they are now available for purchase online, which should help my international readers:

The other reason that I haven't done any sewing is that Spring fever has hit my household!!! Now that the weather is warmer, I am seeing all the mould and grime of winter everywhere, so out has come the Springcleaning list!  In deference to my age, I have decided to spend just half of each day for the next few weeks tackling the big cleanup.  It will spread it out a bit, but gone are the days when I am happy to spend the WHOLE day cleaning! That way I can get some stitching done too!

First area to be done was the entertaining area.  We have a fabulous large under-cover outdoor area. 

From inside the house:

See how clean the pavers look now that I have cleaned them:

Now to stick to my plan for the rest of the house!

Happy stitching!