Monday, March 29, 2010

Mail Call

This past week brought the mail man back to my house with a gift from Simone de Klerk from the Netherlands. She made me this sweet sewing mat! I had not realized how handy it would be to have a thread catcher exactly where you need one! Excuse the poor quality of my photos as they were taken at night. Also, make sure you check out Simone's blog. She is a very talented quilter and stitcher.
I love this!
I've not seen many sewing mats but I love the way Simone made this all one piece. The no slip part is sewn right in.
Simone, thank you so much! I'll think of you every time I sew!

I also received my Quilts for Kids kit. As you can see, the kit comes with the fabric cut out as much as it can be at this point. Some sub-cutting will be required later. All of the fabric is included along with the pattern. This is a wonderful charitable organization. If you're interested, you can request a kit here.
I hope you all have a great week. Happy Stitches!

23 comments:

Margaret said...

How cool is that mat?! Fantastic!! So sweet of Simone to send it to you! Love that kit too -- looking forward to seeing the end result. Such bright, fun fabrics!

Susan said...

Love the sewing machine mat! What a great idea and such a nice gift!

The Quilts for Kids kit looks like it will be fun to put together...such fun fabrics!

Lori Holt said...

Love the sewing mat Jackie...what a sweet gift!
Lori

Annie said...

Very cool mat. That's a great gift.

Daisymum said...

What an awesome idea, a thread catcher!!! I should get one, I have threads everywhere.:)

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

That is a neat mat. I haven't seen one with the non slip backing before. What a great idea!

I love the Quilts for Kids kits. The fabrics are always fun and colorful and the pattern is so simple yet fun.

Simone de Klerk said...

Glad you like the mat and it got to you safely!
I love the kit you got to make a quilt. Nice and bright!
Look forward to see you finish.

Julia said...

What a great mat!!! I see one in my future!

Feisty Irish Wench said...

NICE - on all counts

Linda said...

What a practical mat! I love it. Has anyone done a tutorial on this?

yarnjourney said...

Great mat! Love the colorful fabric for the kid's quilt. You will have fun making that quilt!

Marie said...

Love the mat and thread catcher,great gift. Very nice Childrens selection too!!. Have a ogood week. The rain is trying to stop--yeah. Hugs,Marie

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a lovely gift! i have a sewing mat and it makes all the difference.

Daffycat said...

Oh wow, great gift from Simone! I really love the fabric she used, it is sooo darling!

Tam said...

What a wonderful gift! Very clever too!
You will love sewing the QFK quilt, they are so bright, cheerful and fun.
Happy Easter :)

QuiltSue said...

What a great mat, and what a great friend to have made it for you.

woolwoman said...

What a lovely and useful gift you got from far far away - that is always so cool. I did not get to comment on the dyeing experience - LOVE your yarn - I bet that was fun - maybe next time I can participate although you know how "unmessy" I like to be - not sure this dyeing thing is for me - I think my mantra is still buying not dyeing ! See you soon Mel

Trisha said...

I just went and signed up for a kit. I am excited. Thanks for sharing and adding a link. The website says to send some of your own quilts back with the finished kit so I am off to design some kids quilts.

Kathleen said...

Love those colors in the quilt for kids kit. I sent them an email about setting up a chapter. I also like your sewing mat. Good friends are hard to find. Thanks for the comments you give me. I really appreciate them. Have a great day!

Kajsa said...

That mat is awesome! What a great gift!

Kellie said...

Hi Jackie,
I love that mat/thread catcher! That is so cute and so useful. :) What a nice gift. I am going to bookmark that quilts for kids site. While I am not a quilter, my mom is, and I think this may be something she would enjoy. What a neat organization! Take a picture of your quilt and show it to us when you finish. The fabrics are so bright and fun.

Vals Quilting said...

lucky you Jackie, what a nice gift. I see some of the girls I sew with have these mats for under their sewing machines and they are a whole row of pockets hanging off the front, very practical gift, yours however has the non-slip on the back, great gift!!
Valerie
http://www.pastimesonline.ca/vals-quilting/

Suzanne said...

That mat is so lovely. What a great gift and such a great idea having the non-slip mat built in.