Friday, June 09, 2006

A card for my friend

This is going to have to be a very quick post - blogger seems a bit on and off at the moment. I made this card yesterday - it is shamelessly similar to the lovely small quilt that Tonya put on her blog recently - thanks so much for the idea Tonya. I don't know why it's come up sideways and I hope you don't have to crane your necks too much to see it. The organisation where I work (and have worked, in a variety of roles for the past 15 years) is 'restructuring' which means they are throwing everyone's jobs up in the air and seeing where they land. Almost everyone is having to apply for jobs internally because in the 'new' structure all the jobs are different to what they are currently. Needless to say, this is not having a good effect on morale, my friend was a bit down on Wednesday so I made this to cheer her up.

This is what I learnt when I made it:
  1. Trim the edges off the top fabric BEFORE you sew on the buttons, Fiona. Buttons + acrylic ruler + rotary cutter = a bad combination
  2. You don't have to change the bobbin colour for the zig-zag stitches - if you just leave cream in the bottom and change the top colour the cream doesn't show - yippee - less messing around, more time to sew.

I'm still working on my pink and green square blocks but I'm waiting until I get them all done before I post a picture.


anne bebbington said...

Fiona - that is lovely - what a nice pick-me-up for your friend - job uncertainty is dire - we've been through redundancy three times in three years a while ago and it's so soul destroying and unsettling - I'm sure this will be just the ticket to help lift her spirits - oh dear - another thing to add to the 'to try' list -what do you use to stiffen the card? - love the effect of the variegated thread on the satin stitch round the edge - must try :o) One of the great advantages of this blogging lark gleaning ideas from other talented people

Judy said...

Fiona, I love it!! It's probably just the thing to cheer her up! My hubby went through a sale of his company one year ago and we lucked out and got a fabulous new owner, but most times it's not as good. Luck to you and to your friend that it all works out well.

Flowers and leaves are universal, everyone has done them so don't worry. We love to get "inspired" from reading others blogs and that's part of the fun!! I plan to make one of your bags soon for myself!!


anne bebbington said...

Fiona - you made me laugh with your comment on my posting about free motion quilting - just go with what you feel happy with and what works for you - sod the rest of 'em :o) - down with quilt police!

Finn said...

very lovely card Fiona, so sorry to hear about the job swapping tactics..hope it all works out ok

Lois R. said...

Fiona - Love the card. It is SHAMELESSLY GORGEOUS! And well worth the craned neck!

By the way, I checked out some of your previous posts and saw that you're looking to get a hutch rabbit. May I strongly recommend getting a HOUSE rabbit instead? Loads of fun, charming, and far more interesting than a creature you only get to interact with when you run out to the garden to feed the little critter. I have one myself and strongly recommend it.

House rabbits are not a new idea, I believe you Brits were on the leading edge of bringing your hutch rabbits indoors to live permanently. For loads of info on care, personalities and etc. check out That's the house rabbit society here in the US. I know there's a House Rabbit org in the UK, but can't remember where to find it.

Also, please consider adopting a "second hand" bun from a shelter or rescue group. They're usually spayed/neutered and litterbox trained already.

And good luck with the job upheaval. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Tonya R said...

Fiona, wonderful card to cheer your friend up. Hardly that similar and definitely not "shamelessly." Believe me, I picked up ideas from elsewhere too.

Katie said...

Just found your blog and love it. How do you make the postcards? This one is great.

Helen in the UK said...

Love the card - simple and fun :)

kelinci said...

Creative & attractive. Thanks.