Sunday, October 25, 2020

Playing again!

 While I am hand quilting in the evening, 

in recent days I have been playing with these 

Anna Maria Horner voiles, 

which have been in my stash for way too long!

The floral on the left is for the backing

They deserve some attention, don't you think?

I thought you might like to see my process....

Initially, I thought I'd do a simple patchwork,

so started with four and a half-inch squares.

They sat on my cutting table for some time, while I 

pondered my decision.

Then I stumbled across Jenny Doan's quick method of 

making hourglass blocks!

They start with a four patch, then another....

placed right sides together,

stitched around the outside and cut diagonally into four.

Before I knew it I had 12,

then 36,

then a photo collage for the 90 I am aiming for.

I thought it was worth converting that into a black and 

white photo, 

to help with the placement of that rich turquoise!

Hopefully, by the end of the weekend, I will have the 

top together.

Then it will go into the TBHQ (To Be Hand Quilted) pile!

 Happy sewing!



Sunday, October 18, 2020

Two for one!

 I have two finishes to share today....

This one is pieced by my sister

And hand quilted, mainly by me.

I finished it with binding and a label!

The pattern is available from Treehouse Textiles.

Isn't it pretty?

And the Smorgasbord quilt is 'sort of finished'....

I had to delve deep into my meagre thread stash

to find enough of various colours.

No more pink or mauve!

Now that my sister has provided me with a reel of  


I can finish it properly!

I had a bit of fun with this label too, finding this food 

fabric as a 'nod' to the quilt's name.

Happy sewing! 


Sunday, October 4, 2020

Short and Sweet!

Although I have quilts to quilt

1. Smorgasbord (- finishing it up!)
2. Quatro colour
3. Snowflake
4. Shine Your Halo (- hand quilting it!) 

I needed to make some quick finishes, so satisfying ...

I started with this Weebraw bag,

made mostly from furnishing fabric I'd purchased for 


And then, over a couple of days, 

I made a Devon Pouch,

from a long-hoarded linen fat quarter!

 I had to upscale it slightly to suit the zippers I had 


But I think it worked out beautifully

thanks to such a very well written pattern!

Do you have a favourite 'go-to' gift to make?

Happy sewing,


Friday, October 2, 2020

A Countenance of Masks!

 I don't know if there is a term for a group of masks,

but I think there should be, 

All these were given away!

considering the numbers being made and worn around the world!

This is my grandson Eli proudly wearing his!

I've made over forty so far, 

most having been given to friends.

These (above) are made from a pattern I found here.

As I am going back to 'real-life' teaching soon,

I thought it was important I had enough to 

give me plenty of choices!

The latest two, and the ones above, are made following 

my favourite pattern (found here)!

It's the only one that effectively stops my glasses 

from fogging up

without having to insert a wire or pipe cleaner!

I used a much-loved, long-hoarded piece of Tula Pink 

fabric (below) for this one...

Perfect for sunnier and longer Spring days!

While they look at little large on my face here,

I know they will shrink a bit after washing.

Have you been making masks?

And what is your favourite pattern?

Happy sewing!


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