WIP Wednesday

I’ve been having a pretty productive time of late and hope to have some finishes to show soon, I made a quilt from start to finish in less than 13 days!

Yesterday I played around with a layout of the blocks from my month in the Siblings Together bee:

stqb cross

I pieced them last night and planned the quilt back, now I’m waiting for some fabric to arrive from the M is for Make sale so I can finish it.

I’ve made some progress on my vintage sheet Retro Flowers quilt:


Yes, believe me that is a photo of progress! More petal curves have been stitched and more backgrounds have been cut.

I’m linking up with Lee:


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Sunday Stash #17

This morning this happened:


It was all about the running, my lovely girls completed the Great West Run Schools challenge and Tobit ran his second half marathon in 1 hour 28 minutes and 57 seconds.

This afternoon there might be a chance to sew but for now I can show you some new fabric acquisitions.

I’ve swapped vintage sheet fabrics before with Veronica, and she wanted more.  I saw that she was destashing some Echino so asked if she be happy to swap vintage sheets for those.  The answer was yes and I now have fat quarters of these two lovely prints in my stash.  I don’t know what either of them are officially called and I’m too tired to start looking now so if you know please leave a comment below.

Echino fat quarters

I stashed 4 metres of Kona Snow, no picture to accompany it, some of it’s already been cut and sewn with and I hope to show you the results of that next week.

With the addition of a customs charge of £11.13 (for being less than £1.50 over the threshold) this arrived from Shop Cucire:

Tula Pink Voile

Both fabrics are voile, 2 yards of Lady Bugs Sky and 2 yards Lady Bugs Storm by Tula Pink for some ‘dressmaking’ plans for me.

I’ve backed a quilt using stash this week so feel like additional fabric in the house balances out fabric used!

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#ALYoF October goal

Way back in March of this year I took some prepared fabrics on a sewing weekend with a plan to make a Retro Flowers quilt using vintage sheets.  I managed to stitch up a few pieces:

the beginnings of a retro flower

My goal for the month is to get fabric cut for 9 flowers. I’ve got some Kona Snow on order for the background and that should be here this week I hope.

If I get some petals stitched that will be a bonus but it’s already looking like a busy month with half term holiday coming up fast!

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Stitching a fox

I feel like I’ve been working on lots of small projects recently, mostly quick and fun.

I needed to make a gift for my niece’s 5th birthday. I’m fairly sure that like my own children she has plenty of toys and so I thought something to hang on her wall might be fun.

I had a flick through Hoop-la by Kirsty Neale and decided to make Felt-tastic Mr Fox:


It was lovely to make; choosing fabric, cutting and stitching, the only trouble I had was finishing off the back of the hoop, never much fun but I feel it’s necessary when giving something like this as a gift.  I don’t have a photo of the back but it looked fairly tidy by the time I had finished with the aid of some double sided tape.

Foxy has been well received in his new home, now I need to finish making a birthday gift for my own child who will be 5 on Sunday!

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WIP Wednesday

I’m making an attempt to share more in progress projects rather than just finished items.

This week I have 2 things on my sewing table (ok that’s not true there is a lot of stuff on there at the moment but I think you know what I mean). The first needs to be finished before Sunday, that is the day that our lovely boy turns 5 and it will one of the gifts for his birthday. We’ve got an action packed day planned and I’m hoping that this will be a cushion cover for him to rest his head on at the end of a busy birthday:


Some of you may be shocked and amazed that I’ve done some embroidery but I have and really enjoyed it. I had some floss in my stash and all the other colours I managed to find at the car boot and charity shop so I’m pleased with that.

The other project is another cushion over, I spent the day at a friends yesterday chatting and stitching and managed to get this quilted.  I used her machine and took my walking foot but forgot to take my quilting guide bar (is that what’s it’s called?) so it has very organic/wonky stitching on it:


The pattern is by Jeliquilts from Issue 6 of Love Patchwork and Quilting, it’s a great paper pieced block (or 4) that came together fairly quickly.

Hopefully I’ll have 2 finishes to show before too long!

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A finished EPP project #ALYoF September

My goal for September was some English Paper Piecing (EPP) and a Hexagon Handbag (pattern from 1, 2, 3 Quilt).

I took it away on holiday and spent the evenings stitching. It took me 4 or 5 evenings to baste and then stitch all the hexies together.

I felt fairly pleased with myself and had a quick read through of the pattern to check out the next step.  It was at that point that I realised that the EPP panel was just for the front of the bag and the instructions were to use one piece of fabric on the back.  I wasn’t so keen on this idea so once we returned from holiday and the children were at school I cut another 36 hexies and basted and stitched them together!


The rest of the bag came together fairly easily.  The pattern suggests using a canvas weight for the lining but I didn’t have anything suitable so used Soba in fog by Lotta Jansdotter and added some batting to give it some shape.   This turned out to be not the best idea!


I had a pair of bamboo bag handles that I planned to use, but once the bag body was finished I realised that there was no way that they would be big enough.  So I searched online for bigger bag handles and really struggled to find any larger than 6.5″.  I ended up buying a pair of wooden D shaped handles after checking with Julie the shop owner about the internal measurement, it’s approx 5.5″ the best I was going to find in the UK I think.

When the handles arrived I realised that I was going to have to squidge the fabric in and I really could have done with an extra pair of hands!  I cut back the wadding from the top of the bag so that there was as little bulk as possible in the top part that needed stitching over.


So it did work ok in the end, but if I ever come across wider handles I think I’d be tempted to replace these ones:


Fun was had fussy cutting too:


I really enjoyed the hand stitching, it was a good starting point for a first EPP project, not too big and it turns out quite achievable for me!

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Sunday Stash #16

On Friday I had the opportunity to go to the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show at Westpoint thanks to 2 pairs of free tickets I won from Sew Scrumptious and Sew Magazine.

I went with my friend Sue and we had a lovely hour and a half browsing the fabric stalls, mostly ignoring the papercraft and knitting ones.  I made some great purchases:


From left to right; 1 metre of a cream on cream print Muslin Mates by Moda (I like a tone on tone print and this one will have many uses I’m sure), 1/2 m of Simply Sweet Orange Zig Zag by Lori Whitlock (yellow/orange are lacking in my stash), Geekly Chic lavender glasses by Dorothy Tsang, Gracie Girl numbers in pink by Lori Holt and 2 metres of a text print from the Sunkissed line by Sweetwater.

It’s not often that we find great bargains in the UK; but considering that I had free tickets to the show and no postage costs, all this fabric for less than £25 is brilliant and I’m rather delighted to have new stash additions!

There was something in particular I was looking for but didn’t find so ordered it online when I got home, hopefully I can show you it next week along with the project I need it for.

Check out what others have been stashing and share yours:

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Time for bed

A year on from these and these both of my youngest children have almost grown out of the pyjamas I made for them so I browsed online fabric shops for flannel before remembering that I have some in my stash!

Amazingly when I showed Leah these flannels she was happy to pick out two she liked:

Flannel - Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille

Using the tried and tested pattern Goodnight Sweetheart pattern from Sewing for Boys I cut out a 6/7 for her:


As before they stitched up wonderfully. I made piping for the trim around the neck facing, I’m pretty sure it was Kona Coral which went really well.

For Mathias I made size 4/5:


Both children were delighted to be allowed to bounce up and down on our bed which Tobit took some photo’s:


Both pairs have large turn ups on the trouser bottoms so I can lengthen them as the children grow.


You never know; new, snuggly pyjamas might encourage them to curl up and go to sleep:


Or not:

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My Super Supertote

I am just a little bit excited to show you my new bag.

Last year at Fat Quarterly Retreat I took a paper piecing class taught by Joanna and Julianna which I wrote about here (free pattern available here).

The result of the class was this block:

Read between the lines

It has hung rather beautifully ever since on the wall of my sewing space; patiently waiting.

In January this year a local lady came round to pick up some fabric she had purchased from me and suggested that I used the block on a bag.  That suggestion stayed with me.

I’ve had Noodlehead’s Supertote pattern for a while now and a few weeks ago decided it was time to tackle it.  So I read the pattern through a couple of times, read others people’s reviews and modifications of the patterns and set about thinking what to do with mine.

Laying the pattern piece for the exterior pocket on my typewriter block I was delighted to discover that it was the perfect size for it (I had to remove the glasses as they would be caught up in the seam allowance).

I opted for recycling a pair of jeans from the charity shop for the main panels and gusset as I wanted something hard wearing and that would contrast well with the typewriter.

I was struggling slightly with the amount of denim I had to work with (approximately one and half legs!) and creatively cut up one of the seam lines and used the uncut seam as the middle of the back piece.


The changes I made were to add an internal zip pocket on one side rather than the elasticated pockets.


Here are the elasticated pockets on the other side:


I added piping to the top of the pocket and all around the gusset, it adds a great pop of colour to the dark denim. I used the same orange on the back as I used in the typewriter block.


On the front I used a packet of vintage bias binding that went well with the typewriter paper:


You can see some of the detail on the top stitching in Aurifil 40W 2150 a dark orange which again just adds some lovely detail.  For the straps I used webbing and top stitched the paper clip print (Type by Julia Rothman) on to it, in keeping with the desk/office theme!

Conveniently I had a chunky bright pink zip that I’d bought from the charity shop for 50p that was the perfect size for the recessed zip:


I even remembered to add a label too:


In summary I am pretty delighted with my new bag:


It’s a great pattern, lots of preparation work to do before you start sewing but it’s worth it. Not only do I love it but Tobit has declared it’s his favourite bag that I’ve made too!

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A bag fit for a crocodile

For a while Leah has been asking for a handbag like this one I made for Bethan a couple of years ago.

Hazel Hipster Mini

I suggested that she might like something a little different and showed her the Mini Messenger bag by Make It Perfect, she was quite happy to go along with my suggestion.

make it perfect bag

She had a rummage through my fabric stash and pulled out the fabrics she wanted me to use.  I have a few rolls of different coloured webbing and one of them went perfectly with her chosen fabrics, I also happened to have a packet of vintage bias binding that matched the webbing.

It’s a free downloadable pattern, so I printed off the pattern and got cutting.  I talked to Leah about what she might use the bag for and what she might want to put in it and we decided to add an inside zip pocket and patch pocket.  I also suggested an adjustable strap so she can wear it across the body or on the shoulder and it will grow with her too!

The pattern does not call for any sort of closure so I decided to add in a magnetic snap:


The pattern suggest using a medium weight interfacing, I used interfacing left over from another project, I’m pretty sure it’s the UK equivalent of Soft and Stable, it’s worked wonderfully, giving the bag some shape.


You may be interested to know that a medium sized crocodile fits comfortably inside the bag (that is of course when it is not being swung around by it’s tail).


Thanks very much to Make it Perfect for the great free pattern.

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