Sunday Stash #10

Despite signing up to Fabriholics Anonymous some fabric made it’s way in to my house this week:


It’s only a little bit though, a FQ each of Boulder Chill and Origami Sprouts (Mixed Bag line by Moda) from The Fabric Frieze (a local online shop I’ve just discovered) bought specifically for my 9 year old to make an open wide zip pouch for her friends birthday in a week or so, they both enjoy origami so it seemed like a really great fabric to use.

We’ve cut the fabrics and B stitched the pieces together to make the panels (it has a contrast bottom) :

B sewing

We need to buy a zip before any more sewing can be done, I’ll make sure I get some photo’s of the finished pouch before it’s gifted.

I’m linking up and looking at what others have been stashing:

Molli Sparkles

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April check-in – Fabriholics Anonymous/Sunday Stash #9

Wow I’ve just noticed that it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, I’ve been busy with children on holiday from school and preparations for my brothers wedding and then the trip to that (more about it another day).

Last month I talked about resisting buying Bike Path that was just £3 per metre, this month I caved in and bought 10 metres of it!

bike path
Bike Path by Alison Glass: black, grey, blue and lime

Yes you did read that right; but it is for backing the quilts that I’m involved in making for the Siblings Together charity.  Lovely quilters have been sending Susy and me wonderful wonky cross blocks to stitch together ready for the summer camps, at the moment I think we have enough for 3 quilts and are on our way to 4!

The only other fabric that entered the house (aside from vintage sheets) was this gorgeous piece:


I put a plea swap request out on IG for some Anna Maria Horner fabric that I could make a clutch purse with to go with my dress for the wedding.  I had a few kind offers and the very lovely Moira sent me 1/2 yard of Loves Me, Loves Me Not in grape (from the Innocent Crush quilting weight range)

Fairly promptly I turned it in to this:

AMH purse

I don’t appear to have made any dent in my stash this year, it looks like this fast could go on all year!

I’m linking up with:

Molli Sparkles


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Siblings Together April Block

Hadley is queen bee this month and chose a St Louis 16 patch using this tutorial.  It’s simple to make, I made 2 using 2 fqs in half an hour.  The fabric is a new line by Gina Martin for Moda called Sewing Box:

April block for #stqb x2

If you have a unused fat quarter bundle of fabric hanging around that you don’t know what to do with, you could quite quickly whip up a quilt with this block.  Then if you fancied you could donate it to Siblings Together, they would be delighted to receive more quilts to distribute at their summer camps.

Thanks very much again to all the sponsors who have made this bee possible:

And the generous folk at Lady Sew and Sew who supplied wadding for the quilts.
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Please take time to think about any contribution you can make to help these children.

March check-in – Fabriholics Anonymous

March has been a good month.

I’ve resisted buying this:
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Can you believe that price? If you buy a yard it is only £3, so I think I get double points for not buying it. But if someone wants to buy me yardage for Mother’s Day on Sunday I really wouldn’t mind it arriving late ;-)

I did buy fabric this week, it arrived yesterday.  But it was an essential purchase for binding the quilt I’m making as a wedding gift for my brother and his wife.

Windmarks in Mirage from the Tule by Leah Duncan from Backstitch

I’ve bought vintage sheets too but that’s allowed:

Vintage Sheets - March 2014

I’ve also discovered that my local fabric shop has started stocking quilting cottons. Up until now it was great for decor weight, dressmaking and fancy dress type fabrics so never much of a temptation. Now they have some Michael Miller, Windham and Stof fabrics, it’s an interesting selection, here’s a peek of a little of it:


April looks like being a busy month with school holidays and a trip to London so there may be even less time for fabric window shopping!

I can’t wait to see how others have fared this month, I’m linking up with:


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Sunday Stash #8

Back in January I was fortunate to win a $50 gift certificate from Sew Mama Sew for the Canadian fabric store Mad About Patchwork.  Imagine my delight when I discovered that they stocked Charley Harper fabrics!  To be honest I’d be lusting after them but couldn’t justify buying them even before my fabric fast!


I’m not sure I have a favourite:

October Edibles

But I am delighted to have them in my stash and so is my 9yr old!  Maybe the Easter holidays will give us some time to plan a project for them.

Cardinal Patch

Because I’ve signed up to Fabriholics Anonymous this was all quite exciting for me, but I wanted to make sure that I didn’t spend over the $50, so browsing the site to see what else I could spend my last few dollars on I came across this:


Amy Butler, Lotus Wallflower in cherry, not sure what I’ll do with it but that doesn’t matter! I love it, I loved it when it came out but didn’t buy any, so as a treat just for me I added it to my basket, spending just under $50 and paying the postage only.

I believe that shipping from Canada to the UK is pretty expensive so to keep costs down Pam offered to send it surface mail which meant it took about 6 weeks to arrive, but it was fun, I’d put it to the back of my mind and it was a wonderful parcel to open in the middle of a fabric drought!

Linking up with:

Molli Sparkles

Which is actually not there but here this week.

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February check-in – Fabriholics Anonymous

Time for a review of February’s fabric acquisitions…

A whole lot of vintage sheets:


Fortunately these are allowed as without them my Etsy shop would close and I would have no money to spend on fabric holidays.


Some from the charity shop and some from the car boot:


All quite lovely and being chopped up for sale:


I had a little bit of a mishap and bought this:


It was from the car boot and it wasn’t until I got home that I realised it is not actually a vintage sheet but a gorgeous 33″ (selvedge to selvedge) x 120″ piece of brushed cotton/flannel.  It will be brilliant for pyjama bottoms or  quilt back and for 50p (US$0.83) you can understand why it was an easy mistake to make!

I have also acquired some quilting fabrics by the way of swaps. These were from Pennydog, I sent her Kaffe Fassett woven stripes in return:

Swap fabrics from Pennydog

And this bundle was from Lily’s Quilts in return for some emergency Kona White.

Swap fabrics received from Lily's Quilts

So another great month if you don’t count the mishap!  I’ve not been craving fabric, but I have ordered 2 metres of Botanics Widescreen for a quilt back, that too was allowed to make the quilt for my brothers wedding gift.  I’m pretty sure I’ve spent hardly any time browsing fabric shops online and have just deleted any fabric emails, newletters before reading about special offers etc, it’s given me more time to sew, more about that another day!

Linking up with:


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Sunday Stash #7

A couple of weeks ago Lynne put out an emergency call for a couple of yards of Kona white that she urgently needed, I had a yard in my stash untouched so put it in the post to her the next morning.  In return she sent me some fabrics from her stash:


Oh yes that is Vintage Happy that you spy, I had seen that Lynne had been stitching up some secret projects with it and so I begged asked that if she had any scraps to spare could I please rehome them. I was happy to wait until Lynne had finished her projects and she sent me her leftovers and some other lovely fabrics! Well worth helping someone out in their hour of need! Thanks Lynne.

I think I mentioned that I’d also swapped some fabrics with Kerry and here is what she sent me:


A vintage sheet piece in a gorgeous colour, some mirrorball dots, skulls, dogs, hippos and spots.  I have secret plans for some of them – I’ll show you if I ever manage to pull them off!  Thanks Kerry.

I did go to the local Craft4Crafters show last weekend and there weren’t many stalls selling fabric so temptation wasn’t great but I did purchase some zips from Little Laura’s Haberdashery:


The zips were much cheaper than I’ve seen them before, they had them in the V&A shop last summer for £5 each! One was for Jo so that cuts my spending down again!  I’m hoping to find time soon to add them to the outside of some pouches.

So while my Fabriholics Anonymous pledge still stands I have managed to acquire fabric to add to my stash!

Linking up with:

Molli Sparkles

Which is actually not there but here this week.

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Not Sunday Stash

If you use Instagram it probably hasn’t escaped your notice that there is something happening tonight called #greatukfabricdestash.

Basically it’s an opportunity to get your hands on more fabric for a price, it might be great value, it might be rare and there might be fighting and heart attacks if you want Heather Ross (none of that here though).  Here’s a peek of what I’m destashing:


Books and precuts:


Fat quarters, half yards:




There is even a little bundle of fat 16ths!




If you want to join in here’s the plan taken from lovestrawberrypatch IG feed:

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My pile of stuff is all ready but I’m not buying as yesterday’s exercise of sorting through my stash reminded me of what and how much I have! Oh yes and there is the small matter of Fabriholics Anonymous!

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Gifts for Jo

Last week a good friend of mine Jo celebrated a milestone birthday, she’s someone you might know and blogs over here.  I knew her before she really started sewing so she might blame me for her addiction but I can live with that.

On Saturday night Emily, Susy, Jo and I went out for dinner to celebrate Jo’s birthday, we had done some secret sewing and presented her with this:


Call it what you like; a table runner, mini quilt or wall hanging.  We each made a block reflecting some of Jo’s interests.  If you didn’t guess, Emily made the bike book, I stitched the sewing one and Susy the cake (pattern from Patchwork Please).

Photo’s nicked from Jo’s IG

Susy very kindly took delivery of the blocks and put them together, quilted and bound – thanks.

For a while I’ve wanted to make a lone star, I was again reminded of this during the Cushions for Christmas blog hop.  I thought that I could make one up and turn it into a gift for Jo’s birthday from our family.  So the week before Jo’s birthday I printed off the pattern (free here).  Bethan helped choose fabrics from my scrap boxes that we thought were ‘Jo’ and I got stitching.  Like me Jo has 3 children and I know how grubby things can get so rather than use a white background fabric I used a grey which also felt like a Jo colour!

Lone Star cushion

There are scraps in there too from Catrin from a swap I joined.

Lone Star cushion

I machine quilted around the star using Aurifil 2530.

After thinking that I didn’t have an invisible zip I was trying to get my head into gear to put in a concealed zip (across the back with a flap over rather than invisible in the seam) when I searched again and the invisible zip became visible – phew!

Lone Star cushion - back

On Sunday morning our family went to Jo’s for breakfast along with another family, something we try to do fairly regularly and the girls were very keen to give the present.

Lone Star cushion

And here she is ‘modelling’ it (also nicked from her IG):


A really satisfying paper piecing project, I see more of these in my future!

Linking up with:

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Drumstick case commission

Back in November my friend Rachel said that she would like to commission me to make a drum stick case as part of her eldest daughter’s Christmas gift.

Once she had bought the new sticks she came round to talk about what she wanted. We pulled fabric, choosing some Amy Butler home decor weight for the outside (Water Lotus Spinach) and inside flap (Water Lotus Ivory), for the pockets we chose Cuzco (peacock prints in fuschia). The other interior fabric was supplied by Rachel, she’d searched online to see if there was a fabric with the same name as her daughter and had bought a fat quarter of Mia in Pink by Tilda!

Mia had an idea of what she wanted for her sticks and Rachel brought a couple of drawings which I used as a starting point along with the pencil roll pattern that I have in my head.

Rachel left the sticks with me as I knew from experience it is much easier to have the items to hand to check the fit as I sew.


I started sewing on the Monday morning and had finished by late afternoon, the day also included picking up my son from preschool and the girls from school and the usual household chores so all in all it was quite a quick job. I don’t think Rachel could quite believe it was done so quick but when I have a job to do I treat it as a priority and have to get it done!


I made 5 pockets as requested, enough for 5 pairs of sticks or other drum things that I can’t remember the name of!

The case rolls up and ties wrap around to keep it closed. I lined it with quilt batting to give it some stability and give some protection if dropped.


Mia also asked for a loop to hang the case on while she is playing:


As with most commissions I take on it was fun to make and lovely to work alongside someone who takes pleasure in choosing fabric too!


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