Friday Night Sew In – April

Hello and welcome :)

This post is linking up to Wendy’s blog Sugarlane Designs for

This week I’ve finally got round to making a project bag to keep all my new sewing notions together. It’s taken a while to decide which pattern to use!

I knew I wanted a bag with a flat base so that I can stand it up, but after that I didn’t really have a preference. I spent a few days wandering around the internet looking for inspiration ;)

There are so many lovely bags to choose from but I finally settled on a komebukuro bag or Japanese rice bag which I thought would go well with the origami hexagons I wanted to incorporate into the design.

I started by making four of the hexagons, I’m getting quite quick at these now!

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Decorated with beads just as before.

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I then appliquéd them onto the bag sides and I’m now quilting them with a bit of big stitch quilting using Pearl cotton thread so the stitches show up.

This is my progress so far

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I think it needs a bit more quilting and then I shall put the pieces together.

Watch this space!

Hope you have a great week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Sunny Day

Welcome :)

In between all the secret wedding sewing that’s happening here I’ve found a bit of time to work on my EPP quilt.

I used a tip that Karen of Faeries and Fibres shared and that was to quilt around the big shapes first to stabilise the quilt sandwich and then go back and fill in the smaller areas.

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As you can see I’ve done a big stitch round the hexagons. Boy was it hard to alter my stitch length! I guess we are all used to stitching the way we do that to suddenly change is tough, quite a bit of unpicking happened to start with as my stitches were too small for the effect I wanted, but I got there ;)

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I’m now working through all those stars, just going round them one by one. Funny when I made them I eagerly counted each one up to my target number of 126, now I’m eagerly counting down from 126!

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About half done now, but there’s no rush :)

The sun has been shining and as we are firmly into Spring here there’s a lot of seed sowing happening in the garden. This year I’m hoping to do more vegetable growing than before and although I don’t have a vast garden I do have a greenhouse and a small raised bed, both of which I plan to fill with goodies.

Happy days :)

I’m linking this post up to Esther Aliu’s Wips on Wednesdays post, why not check out what others have been getting up to.

Until next time,

Chris x

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More Knick Knacks!

Welcome :)

Last week my monthly quilting group got together and made a rather cute pincushion.

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These little mice slip onto your finger like a ring and provide a very convenient place to store a few pins while sewing (of course you do have to be careful how hard you stab the pins into it!)

Mine is the little white and brown fella near the middle. I did get him completed which is always good in a workshop but when I got back home I decided to rework his little face and this is him now.

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The black cotton whiskers have been replaced with ones made from smoky ‘invisible’ thread and his nose is a bit neater than his other one!

Now much as I love him I am wondering whether I need to make a turquoise one to go with my new matching sewing kit!

Until next time,

Chris x

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Knick Knacks and Notions

Welcome :)

I think you’ll all agree that blogs (and Pinterest) are great places to find ideas and inspiration and this was the case when I came across this post of Lin’s from St Victor’s Quilts.

I wasn’t planning on making any sewing knick-knacks but I saw Lin’s beautiful set and it made me think how nice it would be to have a completely matching set to use for my portable projects. So I pulled some fabric from my stash and started sewing :)

Now I haven’t copied what Lin made, but I have stolen her idea!

From this…

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into these…

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Yet another needle case and yet another pop up thread catcher and yet another pincushion to complete the set!

I’ve got just about enough fabric to make a bag/basket/box/container to put them and a few other sewing necessities in – anyone got any nice ideas for one?

Until next time,

Chris x

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SWS

Welcome :)

I hope everyone has had a lovely Easter break, we had a steady flow of family visiting which is always great. My daughter and her fiancé came for a couple of days and we were able to do a bit of fabric shopping for wedding supplies.

When we eventually arrived at the fabric shop we only had half an hour to shop before it closed (I know you’ll understand that this caused me major panic ;) ). We flew round the shop and were lucky to find most of what we needed.

Suffice to say the secret wedding sewing (SWS) has now started, so you’ll have to take my word for it that I have been busy, busy, busy. I’m so glad I had my sewing machine serviced as it’s purring through all the work I’m putting it through :)

I have been working on a mini project apart from the SWS which involves this,

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and has been inspired by Lin of St Victor’s Quilts. More on that later!

Until next time,

Chris x

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Mums the Word

Welcome :)

The wind is very blustery here in my corner of England and this morning we woke up to this…

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needless to say it was all hands on deck to get the fence panel repaired – the wind is still blowing so we’ll see if our repairs last!

I don’t seem to have much to show you from my works in progress just now so I thought I’d share something that my talented Mum has made. Mum is a great knitter and has been busy creating for our New Zealand baby too.

Here are her little makes,

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Gorgeous, hope I get to see some photos with baby in them :)

On my tutorial page is a  pattern for a Caravan pouch and Heather from Seriously Crazy 4 Craft has been busy making her own gorgeous version, why not pop over and see :)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Ladies Wot Sew Workshop

Welcome :)

My Ladies Wot Sew’s group had an in house workshop making, of all things, pop up thread catchers. You’d think I would be fed up of making these but no I quite enjoy them – simple and useful and fairly quick too.

I found this Youtube tutorial which I think is a good one.

Of course we didn’t finish them on the day

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but here are three of them a week later,

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together with some needle cases we made a few weeks before. We’ve decided that we quite like all making the same things every once in a while so I anticipate more ‘group sewing items’ in the future :)

If anyone has any ideas of some little makes we can sew please share – all ideas are welcome.

Did I mention that I’ve joined a new Quilting group? Well after years of only stitching at home I am now a member of 3 groups and I’m enjoying the company very much.

My new quilt group had a social stitching day last week and as they make charity quilts throughout the year for the local baby unit I decided to spend my time making my first ever charity quilt.

This is it, although the first photo showed a sneak peek of it!

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As you can see the binding hasn’t been done yet and that’s because I want to machine attach the binding front and back and just need to find the time to read up about it and then do it!

But have a closer look…

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I finally, thanks to all your encouragement, plucked up the courage to fmq on a real quilt! It’s not perfect by any means and I can tell when I got tired and tense but it’s a start :)

Enjoy your sewing today :)

Until next time,

Chris x

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Basket Case

Welcome :)

I’m still getting a little thrill every time I see my completed Daisy Chain quilt and I have to admit I’m probably spending a little longer than is necessary making my bed in the mornings just so I can look at it! After two years in the making I sort of hope this feeling will last a while :)

I’ve been sorting out the left over fabric from this quilt and I think that there may be just enough to squeeze a small quilt out of it if I’m creative with the fabric :) I’ve had a hankering to make a basket quilt for a little while now so that’s what I’ve decided to use the left overs for.

This is what I’ve done so far

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Little baskets prepped (using the starch method), glue basted onto the background and now ready to be stitched.

I’ll even get to perfect my sharp point appliqué skills I learnt from doing my Nautical baby quilt here.

The idea of this project will be to provide a hand sewing project to do when the need arises – car journeys, quiet evenings – you know the sort of thing. So not a speedy finish, but rather a leisurely journey (a bit like the original but hopefully not another two years before it’s finished!)

Until next time,

Chris x

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