After the wedding and moving house, there was one box in my craft room, that was placed but unopened for a while.  The sticker on this one read Q’s Prescious…. Strange how it could be when I had not touched said prescious in over a year, due to everything craft and hobby related in my life revolving around the wedding, and the one thing I had planned on stitching for the wedding, I never actually got around to doing!

Yep… it’s my brother innovis 600.  I was a little nervous when I thought about unpacking her and doing some stitching again, and I had no idea where to start!  Should I do some block of the month rehab?  (not even sure what you call it now, it was rehab maybe when I was 6 months behind, but there are many many finished versions of the beautiful Vignette Mystery Block of the Month Quilt – both blogged about and not blogged about)

I thought trying to finish a UFO would be a great idea, but most of my unfinished items would take quite a while and I didn’t really want to start something new when I had so many things waiting in line to happen.  Instead I kind of compromised and  took something I had bought the pattern for and all the ingredients for a long time ago and finally made a start.  The start was just so I could finish a little thing, get my mind back into sewing.  Check if it was like riding the proverbial bike or if I needed to go back and have some lessons.  What if being unused so long meant I needed to get a service before I could get back into it?

There was a lot of trepidation, but I was really itching to start so this is what I chose to do….  The minute I saw this project by Rosslyn Merrington of Bloom I had  to buy the pattern, isn’t it the cutest?  And yes  the date is February 2011, so it has been on the to do list a long time.  My machine comes with its own hard plastic cover though, but Rosslyn also designed and released a pattern for companion items – A sewing machine mat (with detachable thread catcher and a pin cushion to match) So I decided I would dip my toe in the waters of stitching wonderland and just make the pincushion.

Sewing Mat and Pin Cushion designed by Roslyn Merrington of Bloom

Sewing Mat and Pin Cushion designed by Roslyn Merrington of Bloom

A little overstuffed but here she is!  I used the Ruby Fabric Collection by Bonnie and Camille for Moda and homespun called sandstone to approximate the linen.

My youngest niece (2) is very loyal to every single one of her menagerie of animals in toy format, whether they are mini plastic versions or fibre filled giants.  She has a definite preference for dinosaurs (yep dinosaurs! – my other niece is mad about trains), but when chatting to me last week, she confessed she really needed a hippopotamous, well Aunty Q had to do something about that, and in between completing the pin cushion and diving right in to the sewing machine mat, I just had to whip up a little Hippo for her.

Flip Flo the Hippo

Flip Flo the Hippo

He is named FlipFlo the Hippo ( a bit of tongue twister, but since animals are normally named for their nouns rather than given special names ie Cat will be catty, and fish will be fishy, FlipFlo is quite unique).  He has been made using a pattern called Hettie the Hippo by Two Little Banshees.

 

Sewing Mat and Pin Cushion designed by Roslyn Merrington of Bloom

Sewing Mat and Pin Cushion designed by Roslyn Merrington of Bloom

I have not completed my thread catcher yet, but I am so excited by the sewing mat. It has already taken pride of place under my prescious Brother Innovis, and I think I might just be back to sewing now!

Good Night Stitchers where ever you are!