Wednesday, 24 January 2018

So how long does a UFO wait?

There are projects. And then, there are PROJECTS.
You get so far and somehow do not make further progress. They stall somewhere between a partial finish and a complete one. So, the first one is a quilt along. From the lovely Crazymomquilts.  Now I know she was doing it in 2008, but I am not certain when DD2 and I decided to have a go. And I have no idea how I came across it.
 So here, I proudly present.... Drum roll..... Trumpets....  our Star quilt!

Here laid out on the sewing room floor. It has many many faults. Points that are nowhere near pointy, seam allowances that wander to and fro, squares that fail in the first requirement- to be square-ish... But, when I look at it all laid out, I feel good!

 and laid on DD2's bed
 All rolled up- that is obligatory isn't it?

And, in the scene of crime!

I shall see if my DD2 can recall when we got it going, but I reckon it is at least 5 years ago.

And then...

This piece of work resurfaced when I was doing a clear out of the sewing room. This is almost a piece of history. It will have been worked in the days before I had children. That places it over 30 years ago. I worked it, and put it away so that I could do something with it - eventually. I am pleased to say, eventually has appeared! I had just finished the quilt, and this sat waiting my pleasure. Now, when I was doing my clearance, I also found a number of oddments of velvet. I thought one of them might just come in for this treasure.. I auditioned a couple of colours, and settled for this one..

I have mitred corners, while ensuring the nap runs correctly, and inserted a zip at the bottom, other than that, keep it simple.
I suspect I shall rehome it with a friend because of the colourway, but it may just quietly sit in the hall here, and grow good.

Two finishes in one day, and just before the next costume marathon begins! Roll on costumes!

Sunday, 21 January 2018


It is not every day one turns a hundred. However I have just returned from just such a celebration.

So, what does a 100 year old get for a present?
Well, all the usual options are there- flowers, plants,. sweets, biscuits, and so on. but she has a house full of stuff, eats far less than once she did, and, let's face it, the world and his wife will give flowers and sweets...
A little thought is needed.

so this is what has been achieved, for an Irish Aunt, who is a fit and healthy 100 years old!

Celtic lettering for the initials, to ensure it is very personal and then the Celtic style interweaving for a border, in colours I thought she liked. Do not look too hard, there are some errors there, but by the time I realised, I was not unpicking all the way back to that first corner!

a more subtle Celtic design on the reverse

 and the relevant dates on the reverse, too. They were hand chain stitched, and if you know hwo much I love hand sewing you will understand the dedication...
 Applique letters first, that light turquoise is a favourite colour..

and bias tape made from linen for the interweaving.

Happy birthday Haunt! Love you.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Elephants work!

So, I said I would show some of the goodies I received... this gorgeous item came from my lovely DD3-ish bod! She is most talented, and clearly understands me far too well!

Sharp eyed souls may notice that there is a tiny scrap of moomin related fabric up there at the top...

A lovely mix of strips with all sorts of variations- Liberty, moomin, William Morris... 

 and then, she goes and plonks an ellie on it for me!  I do love an ellie! and that gorgeous hot sun, in a porthole! oh goodie! I have something to help keep me toasty warm at night when I need it

Thank you miss Oh sew Cultured!

Back in the summer I was bemoaning the fact that jam labels were stupid. they are too big- except when they are too small.. they have detail on which I do not require, or they are distressingly boring... Well. Someone was listening. He took photos in our garden, and in a few other places too, and produced custom labels. I now have two sheets of labels, and some more label sheets to print as desired. A lovely thoughtful gift, thank you babe! My lovely DS!

At some point someone was commenting that a lunch bag would be desirable. Big enough to contain various bits and bobs, secure, washable.

So I put on a thinking cap and found a suitable design from Sewmamasew, and here it is

Tweetie birds, and a difficult handle- Probably more difficult because some idiot decided to use wipe clean fabric to do the outer.

For those who wish to know, the lining is in PUL, ( from plush addict), and the outer is from a huge range at our local Dunelm Mill.  It also has a thermolam lining between the PUL and the wipe clean fabrics.

I hope it does it's job.

Monday, 1 January 2018

made for the season

some eats... some other stuff!

DD2 and I somehow have fallen into making the traditional eats together.
So, she came home one weekend back in October, and we made the Christmas cake, and the pudding together.  More about the pudding later...
Then she arrived late on the Thursday before Christmas so we could case it in almond paste, and then it was iced, with roll out icing, on Christmas Eve.

Icing was coloured with love by my lovely nearly DD3, , who kneaded it and added more colour, and kneaded again... we wanted a blue, which looked blue, without being 'dirty', but was not too oppressive.  and then we added some green to that blue for the trees,  and added some white to the blue and left it marbled for the stars.
I think we did OK?

 'Mary's mince pies' from a recipe from the 1970s, Family Circle magazine. I think it must be Mary Berry as the Mary!

Earlier in December, DD2 was home again, so that we could  have a weekend, and whilst here, she organised a workshop, to make a Christmas wreath. 
We were part of a group of about ten, including the lass who was running it, and there were refreshments, tea, coffee, mulled wine, mince pies- you get the picture,  and then we got to make table decorations as well. She plans to do garlands next year.... maybe we shall do that too? 

Beth's table centre

and mine

As for the pudding? 

While DD2 and I were at church, the pudding fairy got to work, and put the pudding on to steam, and heat through.  We arrived home to a smell of burning. Burning string, burning paper. Cracked pudding bowl, very black pudding!. So this year, there was no flame it with brandy and process it into the dining room- there was a spoon it out from the middle, and hope it was not too smoky!

But we all got a helping, who wanted it. 

And now, I think I should say, Happy New Year, and may this coming year bring health, and happiness to everyone. 

Friday, 29 December 2017

For this Christmas...

Warning, quite a few pics!

Somebody's tote from a few years ago was so well loved that it really needed a quiet retirement. However, a replacement was needed first.

 details from inside..

Someone else needed a different type of bag, this one for the second daughter. 

and an inside shot of this one, too. 

The fabrics were bought at Abakhan, and at Dunelm Mill. 
And the third bag

made with love for the super creative  partner of my son.

and a wee inside shot here too.

I shall come back to show what has arrived with me, later...

These bags are Noodlehead's supertote, and her 2 for 1 tote, and Malibu Satchel from Fabric Mutt. 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Swap time again

Ok, I fell into another wee swap. Too tempting with the title' In the Garden' My brain went into overdrive, and I had to join... Goodness only knows what to do with the bits that come back... some are so lovely, but still, where do they all go?

So garden it is...
 A little free machining to start the ideas off. and give some depth to the image in my head

and a couple of contrast area, again to give an illusion of length to my garden,

Then grasses and a web, with dew on the strands, and how do you decide when you are done? Ok, so it was done. Then the panic sets in... will my partner like? Or hate?

And so another offering gets started.. but then, which to send? 

In the end, there is only one answer. Send both. 

 and a little extra, which I have made again and again... but useful, pretty and easy.  A couple of other items may have crept into the parcel, as well... and off it all went on it's merry way..

The lovely lady making for me, somehow also decided to send two minis... 

and a selection of extras. The package arrived on a day when all sorts had gone wrong at work, and was cheery and bright, and gave me cause to smile! Thanks Lish! You really helped me that day. 

Monday, 31 July 2017


In this time poor age, it is good to spend time making things for a friend. But when it is that friend's special birthday, you cannot always share the make immediately, and it gets left, and left, until it is all but forgotten.
  So Elizabeth likes teal? You want to make something of it?  No, I thought not!
 I am sure she will find a happy spot to put this in her home..

Leonie's bag

A year or two ago friends came for a sewing weekend. One of our number brought everything in a bag, which had a simple but unusual design.  We rather admired the bag, and has a good look at it, and sort of stored up the idea for later...

Now is 'later'!

I happened to spot some rather attractive fabric, 100% linen, going for a rather bargain price up at Abakhan. Lovely linen with ELEPHANTS all over!

Well, perhaps a good bit of that landed in my basket? and just perhaps, it was meant to be a bag... Some details are rather different, but, in essence, it is the 'Leonie bag'.

Shoulder padding, and sewn up the places where stuff might otherwise escape, and a couple of pockets later, and I hope to take Leonie travelling this summer... Perhaps even next month.
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