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July 2017

We are coming to the end of the term and the end of the school year!! June has been filled with working round our daughter, Laura, doing her A level exams, being there to run her to her exams and then collecting her.

I have finally, to Laura’s relief made her prom dress!!! She was really worried that I wouldn’t get around to making it or would be finishing it on the morning of the 3rd July, the day of her prom. Just because I sometimes leave things to the last minute!!! She had chosen the pattern ages ago – Simplicity 1154, it’s a simple dress with the ties that are wrapped, twisted and tied to get different looks. Laura wanted it in a silver grey and I have been looking all over the place to get the right jersey fabric and colour. In the end, we sent off to Minerva Crafts for some samples and then chose the one that was right and ordered it.

What Laura hadn’t realised but I had as I had read the instructions was that the dress was simple to make and it only took a couple of hours to sew. The hardest part was cutting it all out – 5m of fabric laid out all over the dining room floor and having to cut it with a rotary cutter – luckily, I had loads of new and old self-healing mats to put on the floor!!

I have also made a simple summer dress and a top.

On the patchwork front I created a Beach Hut quilt, the huts are made from basic squares, stitched together and then I appliqued and quilted at the same time to calico, I made five strips and joined them together to make the quilt. This was a quick project to show in class. When, I have a bit of spare time I would like to make the design again and create more details, create a village rather than beach huts!!!

I finished of a few other bits that have been laying around and created four postcards, but I am winding down as coming to the end of term. In my mind I am beginning to think about what I will be teaching in the new school year and for Christmas!!!

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