I received the package from my back-tacker this week. I made out like a bandit! This whole back-tack experience has been very good to me. Thanks to Alison and Nicole for arranging it all! So my secret b-t pal was Diana at Clementine’s Shoes and she was far far too good to me. The things she made me are beautiful! Diana has the most impressive sewing skills. Besides being so well-made the choices she made fit my tastes exactly. She took the raw materials she received, which were great but not really my thing, and added super cool fabric from her stash to make something that is so me it’s freaky. And then she was so darn generous filling it all with the fun & truly useful stuff.
Here it is – a quilted bag with a handle. I just love the handle (the oddest things make me happy). The fabrics she chose are so perfect! Orange and yellow vintage barkcloth(?) and a coordinating floral fabric that I’ve seen and loved at the quilt shops before. Actually, we almost bought that fabric to make Oscar’s crib bedding!
A close up of the sashiko style hand quilting. I love she outlined the flowers in white.
A shot of the pretty blue checked lining and the interior pockets. And all the goodies! Opening this was so exciting!
The needle case and pencil/gadget case she made and the lovely notebook and Lotta Jansdotter cards she included.
And one of the most satisfyingly stuffed pincushions I’ve ever seen. The colors even match my favorite pins. So happy.
The gadgets! A long threader thing called a bodkin – never seen that before. A bright yellow measuring tape. Believe it or not I did not have a retractable measuring tape – yay! A wooden handled Clover seam ripper which I adore. A pair of thread snippers. I love thread snippers. And this super handy little sewing gauge. Another gadget I’ve never seen before.
The inside of the needle case with all the specialty needles that she included. Awesome! And I love the super cute lining fabric. Little tiny buttons and thimbles (click through to flickr and "all sizes" to zoom in).
And a treat. Delicious smelling strawberries and cream tea – seen here next to my yummy soap that Alison sent that I keep on hand for a little craft room aromatherapy. Does everything in Australia smell delicious?
As I said, I made out like a BANDIT! Thank you Diana – you’re my hero! xx