This time of year is always a busy time with work and within my household, even those times are strange there still seems to be lots of things going on. It’s recently been my sons birthday, how do I have a teenager! He was thrilled that he has a finished rainbow Bargello quilt and an embroidered dressing gown, which was personalised on my new embroidery machine.

I’ve always found boys after the age of nine years old difficult to sew for, they only need one quilt, a tablet stand and a pencil case, in my sons case a guitar pick case too.

My son has several pieces in his room sewn by me but sourcing the fabric for older boys is extremely difficult, as my friend who we with searched last year’s festival of quilts for guitar themed fabric. Nothing with just guitars or more precisely electric guitars on it. Playing the guitar has increased in popularity recently I’ve been told but it appears that the fabric printers are slow to catch up. I managed to source a fat quarter on an online auction site, which I use as a last resort To source fabric, in America there’s loads of guitar fabric but unfortunately over here it’s rare to find any. My son like many other teenagers likes his guitar, Xbox and going out with his mates (in normal times).  I’ve made a few storage items for him, a triangular zippered case for his picks, a storage box for other guitar bits and bobs, he’s got a mask out of this fabric too but now it’s all used, if anyone stocks it please let me know. The other two are protective mats for the glass topped cupboards in his bedroom. 

Since finishing the Bargello I have not discovered a project I have wanted to pick up and sew until tidying up in my sewing room and I found some American piecing to finish which had to me thinking. When a project encourages you to consider new projects it can be uplifting and inspirational.

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