On April 28th 2012 I was no where near home to celebrate Robin's 1st birthday, but
on my morning phone call I reminded Gene and there were frozen fresh cheese biscuits just waiting for the event. I'm told it was all good. But of course, there was no birthday shoot either. Lucky me though, on a weekend trip to the market mile of antiques in Brimfield MA ( more on this next post) I found the perfect birthday boy accessory, a vintage silk bow tie collar. So yesterday, we had "Second Birthday" much like second breakfast ;) and while Robin doesn't quite have his sisters chops when it comes to posing, he has his own roguish charms in front of the camera. Just wait until he's two!!!
In other news, the horses and donkeys all fared well in my absence. In fact, the horses all look a bit pudgy now that the winter coats have been shed. It wasn't all hair....We've been riding almost daily and I'm hoping to have at least the two older boys in good shape by the end of June.
The Hollandia has been dusted off and I've started in weaving again on the towel warp.
The sewing machines have been uncovered and Gene picked up the Pfaff 1171 from it's month plus spa treatment on the way to pick me up at the airport. We all came home together! I have to say, while MA is rich in lobster and other wonders, it is a fabric wasteland. My first trip into town included a good long visit at Fabric of Vision to peruse what had arrived ( and sometimes just about gone) in the 5 weeks I was AWOL.
A fair amount of good stuff came home with me too. One of these days (read soon!), I am going to grab pictures of the 1000 + -sq. foot shop and it's fabric and ribbon density! Here are the lovely selections.
There has also been some sewing going on. The quilt is quilted. Nothing fancy, I started with 4 inch vertical channels and then quilted large chevron lines.
The sticky batting was interesting to work with. It is thicker than anything I've ever used but it also held together without pinning, so I think it's a winner for me. It's onto the binding. My least favorite part of quilting as evidenced by the two other quilts that have been hanging around for years waiting for that last step. Time Monday has been set aside for at least getting the binding made.
A first attempt at a New Look pattern,
a simple V necked tunic using a fabric blend of cotton, something, something and likely nylon.
It was a challenge to work with this fiber, but now has received the sleeves and is ready for summer wear. Just perfect over a tank or cami.
Parting shots: So Princely.
Not so Princely.