Willow wonderings . . .

Willow is the only female of our cat family and is the most timid.  Not that she’s anti-social because she loves having a cuddle BUT she does tend to live as something of a recluse, up on the second floor of the house, and usually only ventures to the ground floor on her way outside. The dog is probably the main reason she stays out of the way.  Blackjack is lovely and very friendly with all the cats but Willow doesn’t understand the wagging tail and lolloping tongue, so there is a definite communication problem there.

Now I have no idea WHY, but this evening Willow came downstairs, saw me with the sewing machine all set up in the dining room and decided to honour me with her presence ^^  Usually I do my sewing upstairs, in her domaine, so perhaps seeing fabric everywhere, and the whir of the machine made the dining table more appealing all of a sudden. Made it seem like her “comfort zone”. Who knows what goes on inside a cat’s brain?

Whatever the reason, Willow settled quite comfortably on the table . . . sometimes coming between me and the machine . . . sometimes trying to grab the pins . . . and purring contentedly all the while. 

I won’t show you the sewing in question as it’s not finished yet ^^ but I will tell you I have begun making two little wall-hangings with the two Lizzie Kate cross stitch variations I finished recently. Am going for REALLY bright fabric as I want them to be “fun”.

quick xmas tree decorations – batch 1

Christmas is less than one month away, so I have begun some serious preparation.  Since my sewing machine is out of order at the moment, I borrowed my daughter’s (she’s not home so she won’t mind lol). First stage for today was to sort materials. I have bought more printed fabric squares, felt and ribbon, not to mention some iron-backing so I began by ironing my fabric (uncut) onto the backing and then cut up all my squares. Used pinking shears for a nice zig-zag as I think it looks prettier. Then cut my felt squares (just roughly) and lengths of ribbon . . . and then I was all set.

I began with red thread on the sewing machine and zoomed through some red felt squares

then changed over to green to add to the pile

The next stage gave me some lovely blisters on my thumb . . . as I then trimmed each decoration with pinking shears but it was well worth it as I then had 50 cute tree decorations

However, it was not all plain sailing . . . oh no . . . when I was trimming the felt, I discovered I’m made a mistake with some of the fabric squares . . . spot the error

For some reason, I had a brain glitch with this particular print and I’ve assembled them upside down lol.  So they don’t count in my final score of 50 for the day, and will need unpicking.

A few more pictures of some of my favourite prints from this fabric