Sunday, August 06, 2006

The sweet taste of success :-)

The gift for my niece is done and I am doing a happy Snoopy dance again :-)

My plan for today was to do 1 hour on the napkin box and then work on DD1's quilt.
One stitch lead to another and the hour passed without me wanting to stop.

The napkin box is slow work - it has double stiff batting, it is lined, the side seams are double (French) and the bottom has a binding.
The napkin box alone does not look like much of a gift, so the idea to make some potholders to go with it was born.
I have used the Tri-Rec templates.
It has been a long time since last time I used the Tri-Rec, so I messed up the cutting at first and had some waste of batik.
Oh - never trust a busy brain ;-)
I have not a thread left of the light blue background now, which I also used for backing of potholders + lining of napkin box.
It felt nice to use one of my best batiks as well - for my favourite niece (the only niece) :-)
I have to practice using my best fabrics, and not save them until they are not my best anymore!

My plan for tomorrow is to work on DD1's quilt.
Hopefully I can finish it this week.
As my alternate project(s) I will do a cross stitch of Eyore I adopted from DD1 and some DJ blocks.

14 comments:

Karen said...

Hanne, that is such a lovely present. I assume you had a pattern for the napkin holder...?

Sweet P said...

What a beautiful gift for your favorite niece. She is lucky to have an aunt as nice as you.

ForestJane said...

Did you sew the sides of the box by hand or on the machine?

*trying to figure out how you did it* lol

quiltpixie said...

congrats on using up all of a favorite fabric! I'm sure it makes hte gift that much more special in heart...

fabricluver (Susan) said...

Ohh - a napkin box? I would like to know more too. Actually, I would like to make one too. Can you give us some details please?

Norma said...

Lovely gift!

Bonnie said...

What nice gifts! Lucky niece.

EileenKNY said...

Please add me to the list-I'd love to see how you made it.
I like your colors and I admire your determination. At this rate, you'll have all your projects done by the end of the month. Then, what are you going to do?

dot said...

You have been so busy. Your work is always so beautiful. I look forwrard to seeing your projects

Patti said...

Great gifts Hanne. You are doing so beautifully meeting your goals. You are such an inspiration to the rest of us!

Mary said...

I also make myself use favorite fabrics rather than saving them.

Even when I'm piecing a back and I find myself putting something back on the shelf - I make myself use it if it works. There is always going to be more fabric so I am trying to stop being afraid of running out of fabric I like!

Cynthia said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. The gifts you made for your niece are lovely and i love the fabric you used.

The cushion is very pretty. Well done on completing it.

cher said...

very lovely Hanne!

Shelina said...

Wow, I am really behind in reading your blog. Looks like one project after another. You've been busy! This is such a beautiful gift. I really like the idea of a napkin holder and potholder. Very practical gifts, and yet so incredibly pretty!