Yes I’ve been feeling a little bit sad that I’m not in London this weekend at Fat Quarterly Retreat, I’m enjoying seeing the photo’s appearing on Instagram though they make me miss it even more!

But we’ve been busy here with a preschool sports event, school fair and preschool graduation and fair.  I’ve managed to squeeze in some sewing time and got my vintage sheet string quilt quilted:


I also squeezed in time on Friday to get the binding stitched on one side, the evenings are being spent hand stitching it on to the back:

I’ve also had inspiration for what to do with this:


A vintage blouse from Harrods made in Switzerland, gifted to me by a friend who is moving house, I’m keeping the inspiration under wraps for now but I’m pretty pleased with it.

And if that was enough I decided on the layout for a baby quilt yesterday morning:


Yes, this is the black and white version in case you were wondering!

We’ve nothing planned for today, the children still have a whole week left at school so I feel like we need to reserve our energy for that, I’m hoping therefore that I can make some progress on one or all three of the projects above!

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More oven gloves

I made another pair of oven gloves a couple of weeks ago, again using this great tutorial by Adrienne.  I’d not written about it or even got them photographed but was spurred on by Cindy showing off her lovely hot pants pads to do something about it.

This is the pair I made back in December:

Oven gloves

They get used frequently which means they need washing but I didn’t want burnt hands while they were in the wash so decided that we needed another pair. I’m guessing if I searched hard enough I might find a pair in a cupboard somewhere but sewing is more fun than searching!

More oven gloves

As before I used denim from an ‘old’ pair of jeans, these were from a charity shop pair that were very large and in excellent condition so I really got my money’s worth! I used the dusty pink Kettle Stripe by Melody Miller Ruby Star Shining, it’s a cotton/linen mix so slightly thicker and more hardwearing than a cotton.  I quilted the main piece with Aurifil 1240, a dark burgundy that looked perfect with the coffee pots.  I think the quilting is crucial to the oven gloves, holds the layers together well but doesn’t make them too stiff to use:

More oven gloves

The binding is Sour Apple a Kona cotton which was a pretty good match with the green coffee pots.  I did forget to include a hanging loop so had to do some unpicking to add it in.

More oven gloves

I’m pleased with how both pairs turned out and they’ve been put to good use over the last few weeks, a highly recommended tutorial if you’re looking for one.

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Boxy Pouch x 4

At the beginning of the year Bonnie posted this tutorial for a boxy pouch.  Soon after I saw a few that others had made and quite fancied making one for me.

It was half term holiday (February) I was on a selvedge kick at the time, making this for a friend:

selvedge bucket

and then stitching together a couple of panels, quilting them and turning them in to this:

Selvedge Boxy Pouch

Ok, not the best photo in the world, but it gives you an idea.

Someone came home from work and said that it would be just great for all the gadgety bits he carries around with him in his work bag, I told him he couldn’t have it but I did make him this one:

Boxy Pouch - Japanese scraps

I scrapped the bottom of the Echino/Japanese linen scraps bucket and managed to find just enough!

Boxy Pouch - Japanese scraps

There weren’t enough for the lining but I found something suitable:

Boxy Pouch - Japanese scraps

A small boy then started going on about a London bus bag and needing a boxy pouch, so we pulled some novelty scraps:

Boxy Pouch for M aka London Bus pouch

Great for any random things that a 4 year old boy might need to carry around with him:

Boxy Pouch for M aka London Bus pouch

Scraps included a piece with a London bus on it:

Boxy Pouch for M aka London Bus pouch

It’s not easy to see but I added a tab to the end of this one, something for a small hand to hold on to while zipping the pouch.  I used a piece of fabric 4″ x 2″ and folded it and pressed it, to make a piece 1″ x 2″ and tucked it in when sewing up the end at a similar point to sewing in the handle.

That was not the end, someone else decided that they too needed a boxy pouch, Leah rummaged through the scrap boxes and made her own selection of fabrics:

Boxy Pouch for L

You can see more clearly the end tab on this pouch:

Boxy Pouch for L

She even chose her own zip and lining:

Boxy Pouch for L

If you’re not sick of the sight of them now and would like to make your own, head on over to Pink Stitches for the tutorial.

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A goal for February – #ALYoF

Life seems to be revolving around this quilt but it will get finished!

This month my goal is to get all the blocks made up.

This morning I sorted all the small flying geese into sets of 4.


Now they are sat in piles on my cutting table taunting me, begging to be stitched into blocks.  Once in blocks of 4 I will add a large flying geese block to the top so it looks like this:

Tule Flying geese block

So by the time I link up at the end of February I hope to have 72 blocks that look like that!

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I mentioned yesterday that I’d made my first economy block at the weekend.  Yesterday I wasn’t in the best of moods but in between trying to drink cups of tea and other stuff I managed to make this little lot:


I am delighted to tell you that all these fabrics aside from donated pieces are from my scrap boxes. Going through the boxes I realised that they truly are scraps boxes with not many pieces being 4″ square which is the largest piece needed for these blocks but I stuck to my plan and didn’t use anything from stash.

I’m going to turn the blocks into a table runner 3 x 7 so need to make another 2 blocks. My plan is for a reversible runner with 3 lone stars (if my maths is correct) on the other side, then it will serve well as a sample for a workshop that is being planned.

I’ll be linking up with Sarah at the end of the month:

FairyFace Designs

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A goal for January – #ALYoF

Deep breath, time to make a decision about my goal for the month.

Truth be told I’m going to try and be really disciplined this year and focus on what I want to do, not pick up BOM’s or QAL’s unless I really have the time. This afternoon I finished off an essential project and have nothing else on my list of ‘must do’ other than the wedding quilt.

So the plan for the month is to get all the cutting done for the quilt, it might have to be interspersed with some sewing to stop me getting bored. I’m not committing to a finished quilt top because I’ve not yet calculated the finished size or how big a quilt I can make with the fabric I have!

This is the fabric for the top along with metres of Kona Snow.

Tule by Leah Duncan for AGF

I guess I actually have some maths to do before cutting!

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A cushion for Christmas

Sew Mama Sew giveaway winner announced over here.

At last a blog hop for cushions not pillows! (In my life cushions are for sofa’s and pillows are for resting your head on at night).

Ms Midge

On Friday afternoon I spotted a rather gorgeous cushion over here and I realised that it could be a quick and simple gift for one of the nieces on my list.  So already knowing what colours she liked I pulled out my scrap boxes and rummaged and used this tutorial.

Before too long this was happening:


A bit of ironing, cutting and more stitching and there was this:

string block

I had fun playing with my new Acufeed ditch quilting foot, although it doesn’t work by magic and a little more concentration might help next time.  I might also need to pay more attention to how I press the seams.  I’m guessing that if I press them open then it should make the ditch easier to access.

So once the electricity guys had been and gone (they turned the electrics off for 45 minutes at 19:30 so I faffed about by candle light trying to find something to do) I finished the cover off:


More scraps for the back:


Another gift finished:

String Block cushion cover

Thanks to Joshua for the inspiration and tutorial, I’m feeling inspired to make more!

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Made in November

A new month and therefore a quick round-up of the sewing I did in November.

Three notebook covers for friends and relatives:

My creation

This last week I’ve been sewing up some clothes for the children and pyjama bottoms for me:

Clothing in November

And here is all the other ‘stuff’:

My creation

A bee block, some paper piecing, an owl bag, a scrappy trip quilt top, table runner all ready for Christmas, a quilt finish (there is another quilt finish but I don’t have photo’s yet) and an infinity scarf for my lovely husband using some of the leftover triangles from the quilt next to it!  And there are a couple of cushion covers too which I finished yesterday so also need to be photographed.

I’m planning to revisit a few of the finished projects in the next week or so with a blog post and some more detail – bet you can’t wait!

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Birthday girl

Nine years ago today this gorgeous girl was born;

bethan 1 day

I wanted to give her something handmade for her birthday, but funnily enough she has quite a lot of handmade things and I was struggling to come up with a plan. So I decided to paper piece an Orca and let her decide what she would like it made in to.  The pattern is from Joanna’s etsy shop and can be found here (along with other fantastic patterns).

I didn’t start sewing until Wednesday night, Joanna very helpfully codes all her pieces with the colour of the piece e.g. background, white or black, I normally write on every piece but didn’t need to this time.  It was quite nice to use just 3 different fabrics in this block after using so many in the And Sew On blocks!  The Orca is Universe in Night from the Curious Nature line by Parson Gray and Metro Living Circles in snow and the background is Quilt Blocks Marine Blue Hexagon Dots by Ellen Luckett Baker.

I laid the blocks out and discovered that I’d used a piece of background fabric where there should have been a black piece, so I unpicked that and replaced with the correct piece.

I got all but 3 of the 15 ‘blocks’ made, yesterday afternoon I got on with the last 3 and added them to the jigsaw.  I started stitching the blocks together and had all the top ones done when I spotted another error:


You should be able to spot it too.  This time it was a pattern error and Joanna has now corrected it (if she wasn’t so helpful in coding the patterns it would have been my fault!).  So after a bit of cussing I unpicked a few seams and replace the offending fabrics with the right one.  Pretty soon I had this lovely creature:


I wrapped it up and presented it to Bethan this morning – she was delighted (good girl) and decided that she would love me to make into a cushion cover, at that point I told her that we could make it together. I’ll share a photo when that’s done!

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Goal for November

Choosing a project for this month has been tough, there are a couple of things that I have to get done anyway so I felt I wanted to choose something else that would feel like a big achievement.

So what have we here?


Yes a pile of vintage sheet scrappy trips blocks, approx 40 of them, started back in April, I wanted to make a quilt using every one of the fabrics in my vintage sheet stash! I have left some out as they didn’t quite work; too low volume (hey maybe that’s next a LV vintage sheet quilt), but I have included some odd ones, they really stand out but I guess this is a quilt for me so I don’t mind!

I don’t really want to make more blocks so I’ll lay these out and hope that I can come up with a layout I’m happy with, then I will get stitching!

So my goal for the month is to have this pieced in to a quilt top, anything more will be a bonus, I can just imagine that it might take a long time to choose a backing for this!

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