Monday, 28 October 2013

Sewing up a storm!

Bloggy friends in Britain will know that we all had to hunker down last night, and sleep through what was apparently the worst storm for 30 years... Thankfully, since our house is surrounded by large trees, the only damage here was that hubby couldn't get to work today with the trains not running ;-) Instead, he sat at the computer, and Miss PR and I had a lovely day of pottering about.

I may have produced a number of drawstring bags in the past...

None of them for me though! Good job Jen came to the rescue with one of her fabulous Pants Bags :-) 

The pattern I use works well for a smaller bag, but Jen's design is great for a bigger one, and would lend itself well to accommodating school sports' kit. So, with time on my hands today, I experimented a bit, and came up with a different design which pulls from the top, and is a bit more robust...

In fairness, I didn't make this one especially large, as I didn't know if it would work. However, it was rapidly claimed by Miss PR as a suitable carrier for her underwear and socks for a mini holiday we are taking this week. So, we will have coordinating bags for our pants!

The next project involves some speed sewing, with a number of little people's birthdays coming up:


Have a great week, especially those on half term!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Thank you... Catherine of Knotted Cotton! Recently Catherine blogged about the beautiful music bag she had just made for her daughter. Miss PatchyRose happened to be reading over my shoulder, and fell in love with its extreme cuteness! We dropped a hint to Catherine that she might think about a little business venture, and she responded by so kindly whipping one up as a gift. Isn't blogland the best?!? 

Catherine has much better photos on her blog, which clearly weren't taken late at night in the dark British autumn! Needless to say, this made a little girl very happy when she got home from school, and her piano teacher arrived a few minutes' later and was full of admiration too. If you aren't yet familiar with Knotted Cotton, do drop by, and consider joining the Slow Blogger movement which Catherine began!

My own sewing has been simple stuff this week, begun on Friday night, when the methodical joining of squares was all I needed. This charm pack had been in the drawer for ages, so long it had somehow lost one of its squares, meaning I couldn't do a 6x7 layout. However, the last thing we needed was another small quilt...

So, I went for a giant cushion instead :-) Perfect for the guest bed, for visitors who like to sit up and read. Despite coming from different designers, I love the way it coordinates with the quilt.

The five spare squares found a home on the back, along with one random one...

Lucky I had that half metre of the same range in the drawer! There's only a scrap left, so it wouldn't have fitted without those extra squares. Another satisfying project, and nice to manage it from start to finish in a few days, without it being too taxing :-)

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Better a finished quilt...

...than a work in progress.

This one has been the longest time in the making, and is really far from perfect! Funny how after years of practice, you can still have a humdinger... Firstly, it turned out I was not that wild on the scrappy trip when I made it myself, despite admiring other people's. Then the quilting took forever, involving a ridiculous amount of broken thread and a trip to a faraway shop to buy a new spool.

However, it had hung over the bannisters for way too long, and finally today I finished the quilting and whipped up a binding. Yes, even cheated and sewed the binding on by machine, which I hardly ever do! But, huge relief that it is finished!

Frankly, very little of it shows behind the cushions anyway ;-) And, as ever, it looks fine from a distance...

Other sewing, which was super speedy, was to whip up a little birthday present:

I'm starting to feel like fabric covered notebooks are to me what Pants Bags are to Jen!

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Back to basics...

Thank you so much for the nice comments on my last post. Making a simple bag inspired me to spend a couple more evenings sewing this week! Lately I hadn't done much sewing, as sometimes you can end up with just big projects on the go... But making a bag put me in the mood for the simple stuff.

Remember the Pink Penguin fabric basket pattern?!? I made so many of those when it first hit blog-land. I hadn't made one for ages, but needed to think up a raffle prize for a charity event coming up soon. So, I whipped one up with the leftover piece of clock fabric. Only trouble was, I only had enough fabric for one handle... Thought it might look quirky, and persevered (blame late-night sewing), but it just didn't work. So, instead of going to charity, it has found a new home in the bathroom...

Last night saw me whip up another one, thankfully far more successfully, and a good use of some of the rainbow charm squares. That made it quick and easy to put together!

This one will definitely make it to the raffle, and hopefully add to the funds for Cancer Research.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013


... has to stand still when disaster strikes.

...while we step off the merry-go-round

and allow ourselves time to heal.

It doesn't happen overnight...

...but we get there in the end.

For a lovely friend, who will be spending time mending.