Thursday, 21 August 2014

A move!

If you read my blog regularly you may remember I turned one of my smaller bedrooms into my sewing room. Well! A few Sundays ago I decided to move from the smaller room to the second double room at the front of the house.

I didn't move in here in the first place as the light isn't so good but as half my stuff was in here anyway it finally made sense. I'd decorated it at the same time as my other sewing room as it had been DD & Gromit's room.

I've bought a rug so little Gromit can play on the floor whilst I putter in here.

You can see how much stuff I've got. It isn't all quilting materials as I also make cards, scrapbook, knit, cross stitch and anything else takes my fancy.

I am having difficulties with the light and the way it hits my sewing machines' needle plate that I haven't fully overcome but the space is great!

Little Gromit, enjoying his rug!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

My offering from the Festival of Quilts part 2

Looking at my photos I can see I tend to go for the more traditional quilt and scrappy too!

These 2 were young quilters quilts and I thought they were a lot of fun!

Miniature quilts with a seaside theme, again I am drawn to this type of quilt 

Monday, 18 August 2014

My offering from the Festival of Quilts Part 1

These photos show the quilts I was taken with.

See part 2 tomorrow!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

How I ....... making Advent calender bunting!

At the Festival of Quilts I bought a 2014 Makower advent calendar bunting panel. A lady on Facebooks' Sewing UK had also bought it and was asking for tips on how to put the little stockings together. I said I would show how I was doing mine (although I haven't been able to download the photos to FB as it seems to be playing silly beggers this afternoon)

I roughly cut each stocking out along with the backing fabric (you need 3/4 meter of backing fabric). I turned and pressed in a 1/4 inch seam.

I then positioned 3 inches of very narrow ribbon in a loop in the corner of the stocking-up against the stitching line. 

I pinned the ribbon in place and then stitched it down as I topped stitched both the stocking and its' backing fabric

I then stitched along the stitching line.

The stocking was cut out along the cutting line and the corners & curve clipped.

The stocking was then turned through to the right side and pressed.

I am mounting these stockings on ribbon with buttons stitched 3 inches apart (I saw this idea in my LQS & thought it a good idea as it enables each stocking to be taken off to be filled and emptied).  

Friday, 15 August 2014


I hadn't decided whether I was joining in FNSI or not as I've signed up for both this and FNWF and failed miserably so I have waited until last minute. 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

I'm back!

I didn't mean to go so long without writing a blog post but I didn't feel I had anything to say. I haven't picked up any sort of needle since the beginning of the summer so have nothing new to report on the crafting front.

I have done lots of running Dad backwards and forwards to various hospital and Doctors' appointments and we haven't finished yet! Mum starts next week too! She is having a cataract removed the week after next and she has her pre-op appointment on Wednesday.  I have also done my body weight in shopping as well as some cleaning for them. I have also being trying to get on top of my own house and have done a little bit of decorating.

I have started having Little Gromit 3 days a week now DD has gone back to work.

Little Gromit is now 5 & a half months old! He is a very happy little chappy too!

He loves his 'taxi' 

He loves his food and has started to be weaned.

He loves being out and about and steals hearts wherever he goes! He has a very endearing smile even if I say so myself!

He spends so much time in supermarkets he will be able to run one by the time he is a year old!

He is interested in toys now!

He is on the move! He is able to sit up and his sitting balance is quite good for his age, he is also trying to get his knees under him, getting ready for crawling.

He still doesn't sleep through yet and can have his moments trying to get to sleep at bedtime!

I am thinking about getting some projects done for Christmas, I need to pull my finger out and get on with them! My friend, J, and I go to the Festival of Quilts on the 7th & 8th of August so hopefully, that will inspire me to get on with some quilting!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

What I've been up to!

Now, I am supposed to be working on my FAL Q2 projects(I haven't finished any of them yet!) but I've got side tracked.

In this box there are the beginnings of 2 quilts for presents.

One is a Granny Squared and the other involves 9 patch and snowball blocks.

In this box is the beginnings of a X & plus quilt. I have wanted to make this quilt for a bit.

And of course cutting out for one quilt makes scraps! So what do you do with scraps? Start another quilt of course!

The one project of my FAL Q2 projects I really wanted to get finished is this cardigan because I wanted to take it with me on holiday. Well! I go on holiday next Saturday and it isn't finished! 

It quite close to being finished but not close enough so it will be travelling to Scotland in bits and I'll try and do a bit more to it while I'm away.