Not quite sure how this slipped my mind…

But I've been meaning to show you my finished juicy quilt top for a while. I lost the plot slightly and decided to add in some 3/4 inch HSTs after all. Madness, I tell you!It's about 5ft square, I reckon. I can't seem to get around to basting it for some reason. Possibly because I have no idea how to quilt it. Any thoughts?

I suggest you put your sunglasses on now

If you follow me on Instagram (over here, if you're interested) you might have seen the slightly scary photos of my shiny-lycra-clad bum the other day. Just to give a bit of context, in case you think that's my usual attire, I was sewing the Bombshell swimsuit, from Closet Case Files. I've always been frustrated when trying to buy a swimsuit because (since I am not exactly blessed in the height department) the torso always comes out way too long, resulting in a saggy crotch. And let me assure you, that is not a good look for anyone. Eeeek. I duly chopped three inches off the bodice length and it came out exactly right. I think this is a fabulous design for those of us who may be [Read more...]

Englishness in a glass

I was out walking the pup yesterday and suddenly noticed the huge numbers of elder trees that are in bloom at the moment. They seem even more overblown than usual somehow - maybe it's the delayed spring we had or maybe it's the fact that until last summer (before Katie) I very rarely ventured outside. And certainly not for a walk. Shudder.I thought to myself, why not pick some of them and make elderflower cordial. It can't be that hard, right? It's just water and sugar and elderflowers (obviously), and maybe a couple of other things. Once again my poo bag stash came in very handy. Last time it was for collecting wild garlic scapes, which are a lot nicer than poo, I can tell you.I used this [Read more...]

Because I’m not making enough things

And also because I've had an Architextures jelly roll knocking around since last October.And also because I just got my sweaty little mitts on a 60ยบ ruler.And also just because.In other news, it's Katie's birthday today. I made her a cake out of fancy dog food with a crushed kibble base, just like a cheesecake.I didn't try it, but she seemed to like it - it lasted about a minute and a half. Happy birthday, puppity. We love you.

For Amy

It was Amy's birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to make her leeetle something to celebrate both that and the fact that she is lovely. I know that she has a bit of a thing for green (understatement of the decade) so I had a rummage around in my much depleted Oakshott colour box and made a teeny version of my Emerald City quilt. An Emerald Village, if you like.It's the pretty much exactly the same as its big brother, including the quilting. Just a lot teenier. I forgot to measure it before I bunged it in the post (of course) but I think it's about 16 inches square.And I only slightly buggered up the printing on the label. Is it just me, or are those rotating stamp things a total [Read more...]

Teacher’s quilt progress, also known as I hate sashing

The other day I finally got hold of the child who was missing from the handprint quilt so I could, at last, get on with the next stage in making the top. The sashing. Ugh. Is it just me, or is sashing the most tedious thing in the quilt-making world?Of course, it was made even more annoying by my moronic decision to use 1 inch finished strips. I cut them a little wider than necessary and trimmed to 1 1/4 inches after sewing the first seam. I find this makes it more accurate, and at least fifty percent more of a hassle. Anyway, it all worked out just fine in the end.The top is all done and I'm going to baste it this weekend ready for hand quilting. I need to get a wriggle on if I'm going [Read more...]

Bee in my bonnet

I'm sure I'm not alone in starting the day with a couple of cups of coffee and some blog browsing. It's a nice, calm way to wake up, and I really enjoy it. The trouble is that quite often I see something that totally derails my plans for the day. Like this wallet. Dammit.My old wallet was looking a bit worse for wear (there's only so much that Scotchgard can protect against) and I had some more Field Study linen that was burning a hole in my stash (that sounds so wrong, somehow). Coupled with the instant downloadability of the PDF pattern and that was that. Again: dammit.I made another one of those timeline mosaic things just to show you how quick this pattern is. It's also extremely well [Read more...]

So, where’s my apple?

I am very excited to be teaching a couple of kids' classes at The Village Haberdashery in the next couple of weeks, one of which is an introduction to machine sewing for ages 10 and up. We will be making a pillowcase (using this brilliant tutorial) - a nice gender-neutral project that includes the excitement of choosing fabric, as well as the more practical aspects like using a (very basic) pattern.Luckily I have my very own 10-year-old to practice on who was more than delighted to be given actual time on my machine and real fabric to play with. Of course, now she wants to make a million other things. I can't imagine where she gets that from.The finished article had to be tested immediately, [Read more...]