A little extra something

It's almost time to send off the Brit Quilt Swap mini quilt (assuming I can bear to let it go), so I snuck a bit of time yesterday to make a little extra something. I thought a pouch might be in order (not least because you can stuff it full of sweeties), so pulled out some scraps and put together another Perfect Zip Bag. I really love this pattern - it is so well written and easy to follow. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to try zips for the first time. Anyhoo, once I had finished it I decided that, actually, I really really needed to keep it. It's perfect for all the extraneous handbag crap (headphones, keys to my grandma's flat, car key, pencil, moo cards, shiv) that [Read more...]

Sew hexy

Yesterday Aneela came over with Pennie and Kelly and we spent the day sewing with Cherry Christmas. It was so exciting to see it in person - the designs are gorgeous. Cute teeny robins and snow globes, and loads of fantastic other goodies. Plans are brewing for a tree skirt, and maybe some napkins for Christmas Day. Hmmmmmm...As a thank you for helping her out, Aneela very generously emptied a giant bag of Sew Stitchy scraps on the table and let us loose on them. I don't think this is even available in shops yet, and there was a lot of squealing involved. The prints are gorgeous, so clever and pretty. How brilliant is that stripe made of chain stitch, and those pins? Genius!I stitched [Read more...]

Happy day

As I mentioned yesterday, today is our second wedding anniversary, which calls for cotton gifts. How extraordinarily convenient.Lucie's porthole technique, with (of course) SummersvilleI don't want to get overly mushy (I am English, you know. Stiff upper lip and all that), but I really would marry him over and over again.I also took advantage of Lucie's brilliant fabric design skills to whip up a coaster:ok, so there's some linen in there. Sue me.And I am just going to leave this here, because why not. Happy Anniversary, baby. Love you 8.

Blimey

I had a busy month!Looking at this I am not sure how I managed to fit in anything else. Luckily I still just about had time for the basics, like feeding the kids and taking a shower.Linking up with Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day

A herd* of handbags

*not the actual collective noun for handbags   I have a new 241 tote, following an unfortunate incident with a ballpoint pen last week. Those pens look like they have only a tiny amount of ink inside, but BOY does it go a long way when they leak. I can't say that I am too disappointed though, because I used my favourite Flea Market Fancy print and a lot more interfacing than last time (including fusible fleece) and am really pleased with its relative sturdiness.   It is my big girl's bat mitzvah this weekend and I *need* a little clutch bag to take to synagogue. I have a serious lack of smartish bags (to be honest, I have a pretty serious lack of smartish anything), so had a rummage [Read more...]

Fantastic things

A lot of pretty wonderful stuff has happened in the last few days. First, my Oakshott quilt won favourite throw quilt! Thank you all so much for the votes and comments - I am incredibly happy and honoured! This was my first time entering the festival, and it was such a great experience. I look forward to the next one.Next was the Fat Quarterly retreat. I could only go for one day, but what a day it was. It was so much fun to finally meet all these people I have been stalking following for such a long time, not to mention hang out with the other members of the London Modern Quilt Guild. I took two classes: freezer paper piecing with Kerry and frame purses with Katy, both of which were [Read more...]

Last minute panic sewing

I decided, pretty much at the last minute, that I can't possibly go to the retreat without an assortment of pouches to hold my sewing guff. Just so we are clear, I'm not suggesting for a moment that I took a sneaky morning away from work to do this, and that I am now in a blind panic trying to get everything done before we go away next week. No, that would be irresponsible of me.Anyhoo, moving on...I desperately needed (ahem) a sewing kit, so had a go at the one from the Zakka Style book. It's perfect. Nice and small, but holds all the necessaries. I added a popper to the large pocket so that things wouldn't slide out when it was closed, and enlarged the pockets slightly from the pattern [Read more...]

Inspired by Klee

The London Modern Quilt Guild challenge for this month is to use solids to make something inspired by abstract art. I love a challenge and coincidentally really like to avoid work whenever possible, so this was a match made in heaven.I love Paul Klee's work, none of which is a quilt, but really could be. After revisiting my shot cottons quilt last week it occurred to me that these fabrics have a really nice painterly quality that would work well here. So, armed with a bit of graph paper, I sketched out a design based on this painting and got to work.There were a whole load of partial seams to sort out, but it came together really nicely. I quilted it in a grid of [Read more...]

Two birds, one stone

I've been wanting to make a little something extra to send along with the doll quilt for the DS Quilts swap. I also have been sent a book to review for UK Handmade. I thought I should test out at least one of the patterns in the book before I wrote about it, so had a go at making the little sewing pouch. It's a really sweet pattern that can use as many or as few fabrics as you like. I customised my version by including a scrappy patchwork strip on the front, using up all the little tiny crumbs of fabric I had been hoarding saving.I can't give too much away now, but I had fun sewing this up. It's really quick to put together and would make a great little gift, I think.I hope my partner [Read more...]

Licence to spill*

*Ink, obviously.   Lucy, who is 9, came home from school yesterday proudly waving her "Pen Licence". It looks just like a driving licence, with a photo and everything, and means that she is now allowed to use a fountain pen instead of a pencil at school. One (pink) fountain pen duly purchased, all that she needed was a pencil case.  I had seen a lovely boxed pouch over at Mommy's Nap Time, and Emily very kindly shared some tips with me this morning on the best way to go about making one. I still managed to totally stuff up my first attempt, of course. It's not completely useless, but is really wide and shallow and not quite the look I was going for. I'm sure Lucy will find a [Read more...]