I must record here the bit of sewing I helped No.1 with over the school holidays. Her year were all given the homework of 'making a difference to the community'. They were asked to do something to make a positive difference to others. Various friends of hers did things like work in a charity shop, do odd jobs for neighbours, etc. No.1 said she wanted to do something for our local hospital - preferably the maternity unit.
We phoned them up and they invited us along. It was the first time I'd been there since I gave birth to No.2, and being back there reminded me of the embarrassment of a major contraction just as we got there, so I had to lean forward on the seat of the waiting area. How I got up those stairs at 9cm dilated, I'll never know. Anyway, the unit has just been redecorated and they wondered if No.1 fancied making some 'pictures' for the walls? Is the Pope a Catholic? She was thrilled to bits.
She knew she wanted to do something with fabric in bright colours and simple designs. She also knew I possessed a pattern by Kellie (whose work she has long since admired). An email was fired off to Kellie to ask for her permission to use her pattern for the project and she readily agreed (thanks Kellie - from both of us - x). No.1 was given free reign in my fabric stash (do you know how scary that is?!) and these three pictures are what she ended up with:-
She used a cream felt background, and quilting cottons for the appliquéd shapes. She didn't feel confident enough to blanket stitch round the edges of the shapes, so just used a straight stitch in complementary threads. I like the way she kept the leaves the same fabric to link all three pictures. She used black sequins for the ladybird's spots, some pink sequins on the butterfly, and a black seed bead for the bird's eye. She worked quite hard on those, and I think she did really well.
Each finished piece was put into plain wood Ikea frame, and delivered them to the hospital, who were very pleased to have them. They asked for a picture of No.1 holding the finished fabric creations ... apparently to put in their upcoming newsletter (cue major embarrassment from the almost teenager!)