Sunday Stash #18

You know that thing when you wait for a bus and then three come along at once?  Well it felt a little bit like that this week on the fabric front.

The lovely Jo alerted me to a sale over at Fancy Moon last weekend.  She mentioned Echino and Melody Miller at £10 per metre so I dashed over casually checked it out; sat next to me on the sofa my husband pointed out a few he liked and later in the week this lot arrived:

l-r Camera Red, Camera Green and Scooter Turquoise.

So he’s now pondering what he’d like me to make with a metre of each.

This week I also received the last bee block for my month (September) in the Siblings Together bee, so I pieced them all together and then pondered a backing. Not wanting to make it easy for myself I drew this in Touchdraw:

Siblings Together back

I didn’t have enough of the anything green or blue to make the cross so remembering that I’d seen M is for Make had a sale on I hopped on over to see if they had anything suitable.

This lot arrived on Friday lunchtime:


I’ve not seen these Kona Dimensions before; you can see the hexagons most clearly on the chartreuse of which I bought 1.25 metres, a fat quarter of the red and of the Michael Miller Dumb Dots in Boy and Navy.  Before it was time to pick up the children from school I had this:

quilt back

Since then it’s been pieced, basted and quilted, I just have the binding to handstitch down!  Oh, there is nothing quite like quick progress.

As of now (Sunday morning 8:30 UK time) both sales are still on – just in case you were wondering…

Go on over and see what others have been stashing or just acquiring to actually sew with:

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Scraptastic projects

You may have come across Leanne and Nicky’s new monthly link-up of scrappy projects. It got me thinking about my love of scraps and what I use them for.  I used to keep the tiniest pieces and then gradually started sorting them for this project:

Scrap busting quilt top

At that point I decided that anything smaller than 1″ had to go!

Recently I completed a commission in which I do use some tiny pieces of fabric:

Soft book for Tabitha

A soft book for a 1st birthday gift.

My creation

Every single piece of fabric for the applique came from my scrap boxes. Some are much smaller than others, some have come from projects I’ve worked on and others are from scrap swaps.

Soft book for Tabitha

I think I spend more time selecting the scraps to use than sewing them! I’m becoming more ruthless in disposing of scraps but when I’m working on projects like the book I remember how valuable those tiny pieces are. Do you keep every tiny piece?

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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.

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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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