Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Bitty Project and Sweet Ingenuity!

A while back I was asked by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs (via my friend Anne over at Cotton's N Wool) to help test her latest pin cushion pattern - Bitty Mouse! I was so honored and nearly in disbelief that they would ask little old me! Both Anne's had worked on the pattern extensively, but because it was so detailed, they really wanted a third eye. I was happy to oblige, but there was a limitation - I had to complete it either the day I was asked or the next day so that they could get the pattern to print. I happily agreed, but did not have time to run out for any supplies, so I totally needed to use what I had on hand!

For the most part, I had most of what would work. The only thing I lacked was a narrower trim for the neck and hem of Bitty's dress (I didn't have enough of the pretty green trim on the cuffs), and smaller buttons. Nevertheless, it was all about pattern correctness, so even if she's a little "shabby" I managed to finish her and get my input to Anne! I can't remember what I used the dress fabric in, but the green linen was left over from one of my Supreme tests for Stephanie! The twine for Bitty's tale came directly out of my garden tool carrier - I think I last used some of it late this summer to tie tomato branches! This was a lot of fun!


Today I finally got to attaching the binding to my Christmas tree skirt! Since I had quite a lot of bias binding and octagonal corners, not to mention the cut-out circle for the tree, I wanted to make sure the tail of the binding didn't get bunched up or caught under my chair as I was sewing it on. So, I gave it some thought and wound up with a fix! I wrapped the binding around an empty bathroom tissue roll, then popped it over my table lamp and angled the lamp so the roll wouldn't slide off. Worked * like * a * charm!! Now that's what I call Sweet Ingenuity!
We've had one snowstorm after another the past couple of weeks. A tiny bit might melt, then another blast comes along! This was our patio right before Thanksgiving. I measured 6 inches on top of the table, and we've had more come and go since then! We wanted to be retired in a place that had real seasons, and so far we're right on the money!!

15 comments:

Linda said...

How cool! What a huge honor! I love the Bitty Mouse!! You did a wonderful job. Your fix for the binding...genius! I will try that too. Thanks!

Darlene said...

The Bitty Mouse is adorable! Tres Chic :-)

Perfect fix for your binding. WooHoo!!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Such a styling Bitty Mouse! The tree skirt can go right from stitching to under the tree, right Candance?

Stephanie said...

Your work is perfection and you are a wonderful pattern tester. Designers are going to be lining outside your door for your skills. Congratulations on being asked and Bitty Mouse is quite chic and darling!!!

I was wondering what the binding thing was. Pattern tester and inventor. A multi-talented lady your are!!!

Mary said...

Very clever binding holder. I once made something like that and hung it around my neck. Yours looks more comfortable!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

The mouse is darling. We have snow here too. I need to get cracking and get my tree up. It is nice to catch up with you.

Quilt Hollow said...

I saw this pattern on FQ shop and loved it! (I've had pet rats) :-)

Job well done!!

Barb said...

Cute mouse.....

Love the tree skirt but not the snow...stay warm!!

Ulla said...

Your mouse is very charming, but I wouldn't want to prick her with any pins!

QuiltSue said...

Bitty Mouse is cute. As for the snow, well, we've got it here too in about the same amount. Would you like to have ours, cos I don't want it!

Anita said...

Love your table lamp aka binding solution! I'm thinking I need a lamp over my sewing machine too! Not to mention, I've noticed that middle-aged eyes are making it harder for me to see. :P

Libby said...

Very clever binding assistant you've come up with *s* Bitty is just darling. What fun to have been asked to make her up!

pratima said...

aww.. I'm in love with this cutesy Bitty mouse! The dress is so so charming! I couldn't stop smiling!
Great idea to hold the binding :)
So much snow... stay warm!

Carrie P. said...

Well, you did a fabulous job on the little mouse. So cute. I do love the green trim.
Lots of people are getting snow. We have cold weather here.
Cool idea for your binding.

Linda B said...

Hey, what a great idea with your binding! I thought you had some neat new accessory. Creative and brilliant, just like you!