I'm really starting to love sewing and my sewing machine these days. It's been a very slow burn, this new love of mine. I've sewed since I was a teenager, in fits and starts. Well, I say 'sewed', it was more 'cobbled together' in the early stages, but gradually I've improved. I'm completely self-taught, which basically means, I don't know what I'm doing but I make it up as I go along. Which has no doubt meant that I rarely do things in the easiest or best way, but I'm learning a little at a time.
This last couple of years though, my love has been growing deeper and stronger. A nice new sewing machine a couple of Christmases ago really tipped the balance for me and completing my first quilt last year was one of the most satisfying things I've done. I think because I never really believed I'd ever achieve it.
Now I have a bit of sewing confidence under my belt, I'm really enjoying exploring the possibilities. Beautiful hand made things that seemed out of reach before, now seem a bit closer and a little bit more attainable, especially with the glorious internet and wonderful, generous crafty bloggers and their clever tutorials!
Which essentially, is a long winded way of saying 'look what I've made, from a really great internet tutorial'. The really great tutorial is from my sewing heroine, guru and daily inspiration, Amy of Nana Company. I've waxed lyrical about her before, so it'll be of no surprise to most of you!
The tutorial is for one of her darling little Needlebooks, and here's my version.
I do adore how it turned out. Finding all the itty bits of fabric and embellishments was great fun. One of the things I really love about Amy's work is the way she find great uses for even the smallest pieces of fabric. So using her scrappy easter bunting idea I made a little heart with some of my offcuts.
I've loved this fabric creation very much, the making, the completing and even the wrapping of it. On Sunday (the 'Mothering' one) it's off to a new home and I've not been so excited about giving a present for quite some while. There's something very special about giving and receiving a homemade gift isn't there?
Now, I only have to hope that my Mum loves it as much as I do.