When a pattern comes with a warning that "you might get carried away" it would be wise to take heed of the warning. Especially if the project you're starting is for a birthday present and you're just three days out from the birthday party.
But for me, fusible web has this enchanting effect, and I just can't help myself.....
|The West side|
My work colleague's baby is turning one and what better excuse than to sew another project from the Little Things To Sew book . I decided to make the veterinary clinic where we work and some of the other buildings and shops in our local strip.
|The East side|
OK, so a wine store may not be an appropriate playtown block for a one year old but he can't read and I know it was one of the shops that couldn't have been left out for his parent's sake.
I haven't a clue what the real meanings of the inscriptions on the church across the street are, but I hit up google translate for a Russian alphabet version of the baby's name to handstitch onto the church front. And in doing so I apologise to any Macedonian church going blog readers who recognise the church and are thinking Што кур?? (that's WTF? according to google :) ) I tried his name in Macedonian first, I promise, but it looked exactly the same as English!
While I'm apologising, that tree appliqued on the side is where we take dogs for a walk if we need a wee sample!
I had to take a bit of licence with the arrangement of signs and logos as to try and fit things exactly where they should be was going to be impossible. However, I'm happy to say that the colours are all quite correct, and everything came from the scraps bucket. I even found a little dog for inside our back door. It's not easy to see but he's wearing a party hat and carrying a birthday card!
I'm always pleasantly surprised at how nice it is to do some handsewing. I sewed my Wine Store name whilst on the train into the city and the Deadly Sins gargoyle was sewn while playing squirrels at the park with my daughter (it's amazing how "go find more nuts" can count as play when you're trying to multitask!)
Then there was a couple of late nights overworking the small zig zag stitch on the sewing machine and I was done. Just in time to take a few pictures this morning before the party this afternoon. Phew.
And that leaves me with only the Bias-Trimmed Apron and the Bear Puppet Bath Mitt left in my challenge to sew this pattern book from Cover to Cover. Have you joined in? Only 2 months to go!