Tuesday, 19 August 2014

catch up on the festival of quilts

Hi all,
I had planned to blog last week but time got away from me again - well really i was enjoying having the house to myself for a week and watching lots and lots of doctor who!

Me and my Mum went to the festival of quilts. It was mums first trip and she was wow'd by the quilts. 

We also did a workshop - It was a book cover - run by Christine Porter (www.quiltingtheworld.com)

we used new modern machines, mum struggled with the speed of hers (some one had made it slow and we couldn't work out how to make it faster!).
I struggled with the foot - it was lowered by a button not a lever - most confusing!

Mum working hard with some of the lovely helpers in the background)
This is what we made - it used some fantastic multicoloured threat from the Cotton patch (yes i went shopping and got some other colour blends!)

whilst sewing it
I didn't get it finished but did that at home - just have to decided which side i want as the front


Wednesday, 30 July 2014


What ho,
I've been away and as yet haven't gotten started on anything post holiday.

We didn't go far, me and the children went to the Hotel L' Mum and Dad!
Its fab, food is cooked for you, tea and coffee on tap and presented to you in bed. child care included. washing gets done, etc etc. (thanks mummy and daddy!)

As i didn't have a sewing machine i did knitting, it made a pleasant change and i do need to knit more,

I can't show you what i knitted (its for a swap) but I'm quite chuffed with the results and i also had loads and loads of left over wool for mum to use up.
anyways - hope you are all enjoying the weather, I'm finding it abit too hot and did enjoy going skating with my lad and Tiny on Sunday (hubby also came along for a good cool down!)

Friday, 18 July 2014

Cake and frocks

What ho,
Tiny had her birthday so i made her cake and a frock

 Oh yes, she loves twirling in it. we had a fantastic pant display while she twirled (he he)

 Yes, ice skating Dinosaurs where a feature of her cake
and yesterday i made a 'better late than never' birthday frock for my niece, hope it fits!

yes, she loves cats too!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Teacher gifts

Hi all,
 i know not everyone does teacher gifts, after all they are just doing their jobs but after having a year with tiny i do think a teacher needs a thank you - 
 heres what i've made

couldn't resist the book work fabric!Just hope the teachers like them.

Monday, 30 June 2014

A finally finished frock

At last i have finished the frock i have been procrastinating over - i do find it hard to sew while hubby is watching the football, that game tends to numb my brain!
anyway, its a peppermint candy swirl dress. once i'd seen the pattern i had to have it, but as usual i've hacked it slightly, 

I thought the neckline was too fussy so made it a round neck, and once made i thought a sash would just be tooooooooooo much! i find i seem to be one of the less is more camp

although too small for tiny she modelled it for me anyway. the little cap sleeves are made in the fabrics from the skirt, a different one, top and bottom and on each side - to match it up with the mix in the skirt. I basically rifled though my fabric cupboard and hunted out the reds! i never knew i had so much red!
I also tried doing s pretend overlock finish on the hem. I folded it over a little and then did a tight zigzag on it. 1/4 of the way round i was regretting it because this frock has a way bug hem!
it does look nice though and i ended up with a cabbage (usually called lettuce edge but i said this to tiny and she said i do like the cabbage edge, so i'm renaming it) edge as i had to pull it though the machine as it didn't want to feed it though!
quite chuffed with it, but will probably tweek it abit more when i make it again, i owe my niece a frock and tiny so i'll be busy (procrastinating again no doubt!)

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


Hi all,

 i have been plodding along at a project (i need to pull my socks up and get on with some stuff, i have projects pileing up!)
Its very red 
this is for the skirt of a frock. lots of little fiddly bits to cut out. its taken me 3 evenings to get it cut out. it doesn't help that hubby had bad wind while i tried scrabbled around on the floor trying to cut it out! beats football anyway!

Monday, 9 June 2014

Craft party

How do,
 Well on Friday i got my self out and about and went to the Coventry Etsy craft party (what that is  )

well i went along and found a part of Coventry i hadn't ventured to before (although it is close to Starbucks!)
It was being held at the old blue coats school -  a beautiful building that was once part of the priory type buildings 
I got there early (not planned but the offspring were distracted by mine craft so i escaped before they noticed!) and had a chance to oogle the building
lovely old stone work
modern stone work

old and new!
 I love that new stone work!
Anyways, after a short delay in opening due to an accident (i hope the lady involved is feeling better now)
me and my friend went in. there were stalls to look around and we had a go at sewing on a photograph.

Anna sewing

This was my try. I want to pop a second layer of stitches around the skirt, or maybe 2 more.
It is a lovely way of making picture/postcard special. It is something i think would be wonderful for making card unique.
 anyway - thank you to all those who organised it