Pinch me!

Another chapter in what is fast becoming the book, "How my blog changed my life"! It is 8 months since I first noticed an email from Catherine Sanchez in my inbox. In case you are not in the know, she is the esteemed editor of Australian Homespun. She asked, "Would you be interested in creating a project for our magazine"? I answered, "Oh my! Are you kidding me? I'll give it my best shot". Catherine: "Could you make me a sewing machine cover"? Bloom (aside): "Yikes, how on earth will I do that"? Bloom, faking confidence: "Sure Catherine, I'll give it my best shot"!

The 10th Birthday Celebration Edition of Homespun hit the newsstands this week, and with it my very first project, a sewing machine cover, entitled 'Beyond Measure':

You can pinch me now!

I decided to use a linen/cotton blend, which was perhaps a mistake as it looks a bit crinkled. But it does combine really well with almost any fabric range.

Having all the confidence of an L-plater in Pitt Street, I made the cover twice, once in

'Hope Valley'

by Denyse Schmidt for Freespirit, and again in

'Martinique'

by 3 Sisters for Moda.

Round pearl buttons and dark floss with 'Hope Valley' ...

... flower pearl buttons and ecru floss with 'Martinique':

I made these using 5" charm squares. The cute twill 'measuring tape' came from

Hatched & Patched

.

There will be a follow up project in January, which has a sewing mat, thread keeper & pincushion to match.

There are some great projects from other bloggers in this special issue of Homespun, including

a gorgeous 'cathedral window' cushion

from Lisa at

A Spoonful of Sugar

, the sweetest appliqu├ęd tea towels from

Janelle

, a very cute 'mouse house' from

Rosie Quinlan

, and

a special feature

on Corrie of

Retromummy

and Kellie of

Don't Look Now

. Wow, I am in amazing company, huh!

To celebrate my Homespun debut, I have a copy of

the 10th Birthday Celebration Edition of Homespun to give away. Leave a comment on this post, and I will draw a winner over a glass of champagne on Friday evening!