Thursday, June 8, 2017


 Here's an update on my handpiecing project:
I gave up.

I joined the initial circle of diamonds and then started on the squares
and it started to go crooked.
Now I see the attraction to paper piecing.
It's so much neater. 
And it's addictive.

I have my little travel kit all set to go everywhere with me now.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Finishing school


I thought I would share my recent completions....

some fabric is just too good to cut up so it's best used for something special.




And more backing too good to cut up.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Paper cuts

Recently I spied this shape, an octahedron, and thought
'I want to make one of those'.

 After much searching on the internet and youTube I found instructions.
What fun!

It is made up of 12 folded units.
I used an old Melways which was  perfect
and don't you just love maps?

Ha ha. I did it!

So I did it again!
Much quicker the second time.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hand piecing

I have been thinking about this project for ages.

I have been unpicking, washing and ironing

old (ish) kimonos.


And this afternoon I finally started cutting out this project.

And now, this evening, I have started sewing....

hmmm not so easy sewing black and darks in the evening.

See how I go?


Saturday, April 15, 2017

how to

Did I show you how I made these bangles?
Take one of those plastic things that secures the lid of a yoghurt container,
made sure it fits over your hand...

Wrap it with padding. I used pellon.

Then cover it!
I used fabric, cut on the straight (not vital) about 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" wide.
You can see I used contrasting thread and  the same stitch as for appliqué.
There you go....

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

On the house

I thought I might try a house instead of the tree.

Not so sure.

What do you think?

Looks better as part of a set....


Friday, March 24, 2017

And also

Do you like textile jewellery?

I do so I had a try at these.....

Yes... Some fabric bangles. I love bangles.


I must find the book that inspired these.


I even had a go at sketching them.

There are more of my sketches on Instagram if you are curious.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Two more


I've made two more.

I am enjoying exploring working in a series.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

So much for blogging more often

I suppose to keep blogging I have to keep making.....



I have made 3 of these now and have a couple more on the way.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

One tree or two?

I have spent weeks hand quilting and I'm almost up to the binding
but today I had the urge do go back to something little.

Not sure whether to add another tree or
Is less more?

And while we're here
what are your thoughts on matts?
And I want to talk about something else....
The other day someone was telling me how all her favourite bloggers have deserted her for Instagram.
This, she said, is only giving her a brief encounter rather than the spending time with friends.
I think I agree. I miss that lots of my favourites blog less often and the way Instagram 'orders' the posts it is easy to miss things, not to mention nuisance 'followers'.
So, revive the Blog I say.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Nearly there

I am nearly finished my first ever real teddy bear. 

He is so cute,
so huggable.
I must thank my friends who came to the rescue with spare parts and instructions!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Remember when

Do you remember when everyone, or so it seemed,

was making teddy bears?

Well I didn't. I never finished the first one.

I think I started this in the last century, millennium even.

I no longer have the pattern. I probably never did. Just all the pieces cut out.

So it's all sewn up and when my friends come to the rescue he will have some joints.

Stay tuned!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Almost March

Sometimes it seems time passes so slowly and then all of a sudden it's gone!

Since Christmas I have been cutting lots and then sewing a bit everyday

until finally I basted this quilt a few days ago.

I must admit I wasn't overly thrilled with the quilt when I had finished the top.

Don't you hate that?

All that work and then an underwhelming result.



I like it better now I have started quilting.

I am using Wonderfil Spagetti thread.

I really like this thread: it's thicker that quilting thread but thinner that Perle

and it is mercerised so it slips through nicely.

What do you think of the colour choice (orange)?


Monday, February 13, 2017

Home at last

So glad to have my quilts back from overseas


But don't you just love Judge's comments

in lead pencil no less.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

sign me up.

I rather feel I have lost my mojo the last few weeks.
Not sure if it is all the political turmoil or just because it's Summer.

I have enjoyed a bit of hand stitching though.
Always keeps you going doesn't it?

And I do like a good sign.