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Monday, August 26, 2013

Scrap Basket Sunday - sort of!!

Here it is the end of Monday and I am just getting around to writing my Scrap Basket Sunday post!! I have been trying all day but just haven't got there! I was determined to link up this week as I haven't for a while, and you know me, I love playing with my scraps :-)
Thank you Kim, of Kims' Big Quilting Adventure, for hosting Scrap Basket Sunday. It is always interesting to visit others to see what they get up to with their scraps. Click here for this week's link-up.
In my last post I hinted at getting into my sewing palace and having a tidy-up ... I didn't get very far because a) I have little willpower and b) I got distracted!
Never mind, this little pouch is the result of that distraction......



 Happily made from scraps and bits that were lying around. I think it will be pretty useful as it's a handy size. Quilted with some cotton batting which gives it a nice bit of body. 


 I've been really pleased to add two books to my bookcase lately. They are by Rosemary McLeod who is a well known New Zealand journalist. She has a real passion for collecting NZ textile handcrafts. I found her first book, Thrift to Fantasy, in a secondhand bookshop and really enjoyed reading it. She has been collecting 'domestic handcrafts' from the 1930s-50s and in the book there are lots of photos of them as well as discussion on what they would have meant to those who made them. It really made me appreciate how lucky I am, being able to have several projects on the go at once - my family is clothed, warm and fed regardless of whether or not I finish the 101 projects I have started. I grow my stash with a vengeance and although I love to use my scraps, honestly, I don't really have to. What a luxury huh? In the not so distant past this was not the case.
Her second book, With Bold Needle and Thread was released this year and I was able to get it using the rewards programme, Flybuys. Still focusing on those years of the 1930s to '50s, this one includes patterns for 'vintage crafts with a modern twist'. It is a real cornucopia of photos and snippets of information, excerpts from old magazines and so on. A real browse-y interesting book. It reminds me of when I was a child...when we used to go and visit Nana and Poppa I would lose myself in the spare bedroom where Nana had her sewing. I spent hours looking through her books and patterns and spent a lot of time writing out patterns to take home with me... of course I didn't made many of them but I loved collecting them all the same. Some things never change!!
As I look at the clock I see that my Scrap Basket Sunday post on Monday is soon to become a Scrap Basket Sunday post on Tuesday! I'd best stop babbling :-)
Thank you for visiting, I always appreciate your visits,
Happy stitching, 

20 comments:

JoAnne said...

I love the pouch! What is the pattern? I always appreciate book reviews, too. Thanks.

Susan said...

Great pouch, you've used your scraps really well. Lovely book reviews too, it made me think of all the hours I spent with Grandma's buttons.

Janet O. said...

What a very cute diversion, Raewyn. I love the little pouch from scraps.
Those books look fascinating. Not only the patterns, but the information behind the objects.

Maria said...

A lovely result form your distraction...
Looking forward to seeing lots of nice projects came from your beautiful books,,

Brigitte said...

The time while you were distracted was well used, lol. I love that little pouch you made.

Sheila said...

Your scrappy pouch is just sweet and very practical too. The books sound really interesting , thanks for the reviews.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Lovely post Raewyn and your little scrap pouch looks great. Love the look of your new books too.

Lesley said...

Love your little pouch!

Barbara said...

Your little pouch looks great Raewyn. I recognise some of those scraps I am sure. I have both of those books, they are great and I refer to them often.

Leeanne said...

I guess that wee cute pouch is a great excuse!!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Loved your pouch!

Julie said...

Hi Raewyn - I particularly love little pouches & that one you have made is just gorgeous. You are so clever with your tiny scraps. Thanks for sharing about the books, I have had the 1st one out from the library before & now I am most tempted to go online to flybuys & treat myself to the 2nd one!!!!! x0x

margaret said...

a sweet little bag and would be useful for so many things, can see you making a few more in various sizes

Cisca said...

The pouch is great! Where do you buy the time to make it? I'll come and buy some, too.
Great books also, that cute bear... love it!

Carrie P. said...

cute pouch.
looks like you found some really neat books.

Josie said...

Love your little scrap pouch. For someone with little willpower who is easily distracted... you did great. I'd have tidied up and had no time left to sew... must learn from your example. :o) Great books.

Tatkis said...

The pouch fabrics are simply charming, such a great result!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Nicky said...

That pouch is gorgeous, you do a great job of the zip, it looks perfect! Both books look lovely, I didn't know Flybuys extended to crafty books, I will have to check that one out... I too remember writing out the pattern for a quilt from a book I found at friends place once, and like you, I never made it either!!

Anita said...

I love your pouch, scraps are such fun. Those books look pretty yummy. Have fun making things from them.
Cheers, Anita.

Grethe said...

Nice,little scrappy pouch, and I love the way you store your sewing needles, great idea :-)