Hello again, after a break much longer than I anticipated!
We ended up staying in Pune longer than intended partly due to lack of train reservations. But the trip was lovely–much relaxing and good eating was done by the parents (us), and N throughly enjoyed her time meeting new and old friends (the “social butterfly” that she is).
So, I am taking off again tomorrow for a short two day trip to see a dear college friend of mine. (I know I am coming across as someone with this very exciting jet set lifestyle, but really there is more to this than what it seems like and I intend to write about this very soon.)
But, anyway not to move away from the topic here which is one of sewing. I want to show you what came of all that embroidery that I had been doing the past few weeks, and here it is! I finished it a few days before leaving for the Pune trip. But I didn’t want to write about this in my last post, because this one was going to a very special friend of N’s. Her mother (also N’s montessori teacher) asked me to make it in time for V’s birthday which was at the end of October and I thought it would be a good idea to wait till the recipient had her gift. Here is another picture of it:
It’s a really simple cushion cover measuring 16″X16″, with the birthday girl’s name embroidered on the front and a bit of decorative stitching that goes around it. I used a lot of little bits of cloth to make it colourful and decorative.
The back is more scraps and the cover closes with two lovely red buttons.
It’s the first time, I did the embroidery in “nagari”so that was a bit of a challenge. But I loved how it came together and while I may have complained a few times about how slow going the embroidery was, I am glad I decided to stick it out.
Cushion covers are usually my instant gratification projects, but I did a couple of things differently with this cover which I am really happy about. The first was to line it entirely, i.e both the front and the back. Then I did a bit of decorative stitching with the machine around the embroidery. I used French seams for the entire cover (sorry, no picture of this). And finally, and my most favourite thing was to put a special label inside with a message. I know that others may hold differing views on this one, and may find my love for label making and putting a bit excessive, but I am really in love with the idea of labelling and the possibilities that open up with this. A little peek to find a message, and to know that it is especially for someone special whose birthday it is can be pretty exciting. At least I think so.
But this is not the only thing that I have made for her in the recent months. So now to back track a bit…
About half a year ago, Amolika (V’s mother) commissioned a quilt for V. Since I like to use older pieces of fabric especially when making quilts for children, and Amolika was quite happy with the idea, I decided to use all that we could from V’s old clothes. Something that would remind V of her favourite clothing, and that which would stay with her as she got older.
The quilt measure 5’X7′ and is made up of whole bunch of 9″ squares. I used some new fabric, but at least half of the squares came from V’s baby clothes. The cream borders come from her father’s kurtas, and instead of batting I used Amolika’s sari as the in-between layer.
Finally the back has a really simply label (yes, I am quite obsessed with these), this time with V’s name in simple cross stitch. Amolika tells me that V loves the quilt, and I am really so happy. She has been a fantastic teacher to N when she started montessori, and I was first introduced to V by N as one of her “friends.” In fact, I think she is one of N’s first school friends, someone whom she met entirely on her own without any parental interference. I still see V once in a while because she now goes to the “big children school” as N tells me. But she is a sweet sweet child and it was a pleasure for me to make this for her. This is all from me today. Still, much to tell, and lots to show but more of that when I come back.