More mad sewing this week! I have been turning out my hoarded fabric, and making some winter clothes for the kids ready to go on holiday to the windy Cornish clifftops. I LOVE doing this sort of sewing ( especially when I can use my sisters industrial overlocker - it is so quick!). These are fleece lined clothes - so soft against the skin, and snug and warm on the beach. The outer layer is patchwork fabric. These sorts of cottons are gorgeous and pretty tough and hardwearing. I am lucky that old friends run Strawberry Fayre, a mail order patchwork and quilting business, so I get to rummage through their stores of beautiful fabric. The blue whale on this jumper was a special request from my son - I appliqued it on at the end.
My youngest son chose this fabric - everyone else looked askance at this, and suggested it was a bit 'girlie', but he was adamant that it was the only thing he wanted a jacket made out of. I think it's great - and not girly at all!
This is the 'piece de resistance' - a reversible gilet for my middle daughter - the glamour queen. You can't see the richness very well in this picture, but it is a piece of Designers guild fabric I had in my stash. It has a satiny pink background, and the red print is a wonderful velvety flock. We will be able to see her for miles on the beach! ( I have washed it well before making it up, so it should be able to stand up to the rigours of rockclimbing!)
And finally, my quinces are ripening on the tree. I am facing the dilemma of wether to get a ladder and try and pick them before we leave tomorrow, or to leave them on the tree to finish ripening. The latter would be a better option, but if the weather is rough while we are gone for a week , and they drop, the slugs will make short work of them.
They are one of my favourite fruits for cooking, and I am hoping to make quince marmalade when we return.