Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Coffee and cake

I dabbled my toes once again into the colourful waters of machine stitching and once again I packed everything away feeling rather disheartened. The thing is, it's all so fiddly diddly and it just takes me so long to even get my machine to sew properly (don't get me started on that one...) Anyway, I made myself a neighbourhood coffee house

because by the end of it all I felt this is where I needed to be...

eating cake...

and reading about what I was supposed to be doing...


Free & Easy stitch style by Poppy Treffry. Top read, just one of those books you have to have, even if you can't actually do any of it!Posted by Picasa

23 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I really love and admire your sewing skills. You are quite good whether it frustrates you, or not. Those cakes look adorable.

Gotta find that book. It looks like something I need to read.

Jenxo said...

keep plugging away Margaret,i love what you have created.
Ive been sewing all my life but struggle as i have a new machine and it doesnt feel like second nature.

anyway wonky is all good....:)

Tapka said...

Very beautiful!!!

druga szesnaście said...

love love love your coffee houses!

Heavens2Betsy said...

Hi, just hopped here from Jans ArtyATCJourney. What a lovely blog you have - very deserving of your award. I admire your stitching - I'm scared of the whole needle and thread thing ... never mind using a machine. Love what you are creating here. Penny x

PeggyR said...

Oh those turned out lovely! A friend of mine made me a Victorian house quiltie in a Christmas design. I love what she did... I may have to get this book.

ale said...

hola margaret!! maravilloso!!! l love your coffe houses!!and cupcakes!!!! que lindo!!!!!!! is like a play stich like this,no??...muchos besos!!!!!!!!!!!!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Love your fiddling M, every bit of it ... coffee and cake YES!

Must keep my eye out for that book too, thanks!
oxo

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

ooo also meant to say, wouldn't something like that be lovely on our stitchery RR ... YES indeed! :)

Gabriela said...

I love this!!!!!

Janet Ghio said...

I think you did a great job on your houses and cupcakes. What will you do with them next/

La Dolce Vita said...

just darling!

Karen said...

This is gorgeous Margaret...you should have more faith in what you do my lovely. As for Poppy Treffry, I have seen her work in the flsh and its awesome XXX

Tracye said...

Coffee Houses and Cupcakes!!!!!! 2 of my favorite things!!! :) Very beautiful!

Sherry said...

Your fabric work is exquisite Margaret! I love your houses and cup cakes - just brilliant!

Mollye said...

Oh honey, I can feel your frustration. I can become so outdone when the threads break and in general screw up. Until I realized hey this ain't a thing someone is gonna wear it's art for goodness sake and it is more eclectic and cool to be a little messy and childish looking and then I began to sew with freedom and fun!

PetraB said...

For quite a while now I have been following your blog because I simply adore your pieces of art. Your post this morning really made me smile. Not only because I love your coffeehouse but also because of the post title. Coffee-and-Cake is the name of my very young and little cake company. I chose the name from the German tradition to have a coffee and a cake in the afternoon. And if you would like to know my cake interpretations, please feel free to have a look here :-)

Linda said...

Gee, I hope that shows up on our round robin stitching! I, personally, just love it... hee hee! And that book....why haven't I seen that book here? I haunt those shelves at the bookstore.

kiwicarole said...

Hey these look like the wee houses I made except way nicer! lol Thought about using fabrics like you did and thought it might cause me to swear too much!
Aren't you pleased you rediscovered your sewing machine?
That book looks great, did you get it in Wellers?

Electra said...

You wouldn't know it was fiddley diddley, it's delightful!

bad penny said...

WEll I think these are FABULOUS !!!

libbyquilter said...

LOVE the cupcakes~!!~

just the other day my daughter (whose now in Honduras) wrote to me that she was missing cupcakes . . . maybe i'll have to make her a few of these delightful little treats to enjoy . . .

:-)
libbyQ

Jeanne said...

Hi Margaret,
This book looks fabulous and your creations from it are simply adorable. I am going to have to get myself a copy of that book next time I am at the bookstore! Thanks for letting us know about it!
xo
jeanne