This is Nanette. Nanette is a gnome.
Nanette is a wedding gnome created with the guidance of Elizabeth Hartman’s Norm and Nanette pattern that I have wanted to try ever since I first saw it.
It’s been a tangly fall for me. The contents of my previously flooded basement, including the sewing area, were returned; I unpacked several mountains of boxes. Some new replacement furniture needed to be assembled. My longarm continued to misbehave (still a problem), and to cap it all off, I’ve had two lots of eye surgery, necessitating out of town stays and weeks of visual challenges. On one of those trips I frequented Patch Halifax, a lovely, modern, independent quilt shop, and purchased the newly arrived pattern.
On that same trip, I was chatting with my daughter about her friend who is getting married in the fall of 2019. She has a huge exam to pass in June, a father who is ill, and soon will need to move to a new town for work. I thought she could do with a little whimsy in her life, so I set to work to make her a tote bag in which to keep her wedding “stuff”‘.
I reasoned that even if I couldn’t see clearly, and the bag wasn’t perfect, it wouldn’t really matter. It’s the thought that counts, isn’t it? Off I went to Patch Halifax again to buy fabric and borrow a free motion foot for my machine. Nanette came together like a dream, but when I had her assembled, I realized she was much too tall, so I amputated her feet with my stitch ripper. Drastic measure, I know, but what could I do?
There is a pocket in the lining, and more than three yards of webbing for handles. The free motion quilting on the back is pretty questionable (no pictures were taken), but I do like the spirals I made for her cheeks and the curl on her forehead. There was a bow added to the collar to conceal the fact the decorative stitching didn’t line up, but not until after the photo session. And here she is, my last DrEAMi! project of the year.
Nanette, whose real name has been changed to protect the recipient, got the warmest of welcomes. I have no doubt she has gone to a good home.
Linking up with the other drop everything and make its (aka. DrEAMi!s) with Sandra at mmmquilts.