Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Spring Retreat

The quilting retreat I usually go to about this time of the year was cancelled. So instead my friend, Maggie, of The Cheerful Chickadee, and I decided to have our own retreat. She came on the train to visit, we dined out with friends, visited our favourite quilt shops, and spent time sewing together. It was a great weekend.

This was our retreat project.

This is the Puffy Coin Purse by Emmaline Bags. It is a free pattern and the pattern page has a link to the frames. The frames are sewn in by hand, which is probably the most complicated part of the entire construction.

Maggie had brought the embroidered front panels with her. The side panels are a scrap of Shweshwe fabric from South Africa.

Of course, the bag has the required cat fabric lining. I am going to store my binding clips in the bag. I got some purple ones to match the outside.

See, they all fit.

It is a really dull day, and it took a bit of work to get nice clear pictures, so I thought you might like to see my setup.

This is my table top photo studio. This is also my dining room table.

Mystique, the foster cat, has been trying to find her passion, while waiting for her "forever family." Last week, while we were having some problems with the kitchen sink, she decided to try plumbing.

"Okay, I think I have found the problem."

She was a big help in getting the drain flowing again.


  1. Love the professional photographer set up. Mystique has more advanced plumbing skills, than what I have. Perfect purse for the purple clips. Spending time with friends, is the best.

  2. A plumber cat could be very helpful and able to fit in small spaces to diagnose problems. Nifty photography set up! Such a cute purse......and a mini retreat is a good idea.

  3. Maggie's embroidery! So beautiful! Lucky you!

  4. What a pretty purse!! Those little puffy ones are my favorite (but I often lose patience on the sew-in kind--it's not one of my stronger skills).

  5. I use natural light when I take photos. I do it at the balcony or squat in the stairwell where the light is usually good. I used to do it on the ground floor of my apartment block but the wind keeps blowing my stuff away. I'm too lazy to bother with background so I just use a piece of white board as a base. I had no idea your photos were taken using your own photo studio. I thought you just point and shoot. What a clever idea.