Sunday, 11 February 2018

2018 wk 7 - more retreat making

I did have slightly longer than usual in Ireland than usual, but considering one of us was a bit under par  I am astonished by how much we made.  Much of it is on yesterday’s post, but here comes the rest . . .

I hand stitched three Farmer’s wife blocks (thanks Plum for the book, and Jim for the fabric!). A slightly unconventional fabric choice but I’m loving it!!!

We made these,

Which open out to these

(One is slightly narrower due to someone forgetting you can’t iron vinyl!)

We used some more cork to make these Pythagoras pouches

With an inside pocket

We made two girly baby changing wallets - exactly the same method as Plum’s notebook cover but big enough to pop a nappy in one side and pack of wipes in the other.  We added a hanging look and a closing loop in case they were useful

Our final project were these two pouches - a useful 9 x 9 inches with a 7” vinyl pocket front and back.  Jackie wanted hers with a boxed bottom and I didn’t so that’s why they look different heights.

Then I had to take the long lonely journey back to Dublin - just me and the hire car!  Why don’t hire cars have a place to put a mobile phone / sat nav?  Luckily I had a scrunchy with me so I bodged a phone holder.

Now I’m home - it’s all over for a couple of months!  Love you Jackie - thanks is for a great 4 days xxxx

Friday, 9 February 2018

2018 wk 7 - Irish retreat

I’m at Jackie’s for a lovely long weekend.  Sewing has been a bit slow but chat and catchup and cuppas has more than filled any gaps!!!

We made cork boxy pouches

We made a leather zippy pouch and coin purse

We made a blocking octagon so these yummy crocheted octies can be blocked before being joined

And we’ve worked out a way to join these La Passigalia cogs

Jackie had made a knitting project bag (from Attic 24) but it stretched as stuff was added.  We folded a length of fabric into four, then drew around the bag also folded in 4 and ended up with this shape.  We’ve stitched into a lining shape and are now joining it to the bag.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

2018 wk 6 - ooops

I was making a quilt for my step-sister’s second grandchild.  Six months ago I made this for the first one, Liam

And knowing his cousin was on the way I planed a similar but different one for her.  She arrived in December, and I remember thinking June was an unusual choice of name for a December baby.

But somewhere along the line ... maybe having spent an afternoon with my friend Jane, and having Rod Stewart’s Baby Jane song in my head for some reason, I managed to finish her quilt and embroidery her A name

Just in case you missed the problem - baby is called JUNE, quilt is embroidered

So, sigh, now I’m making *another* quilt to send to Baby JUNE!

So far so good

Fingers crossed the name goes ok tomorrow!

I also making 30 or so patches for the pre school (being hand stitched to little fleece zippies) before starting on 60 or so sweatshirts and polo shirts.

Next weekend will be MUCH better - I’ve just booked my flight to Ireland for 4 days with Jackie!,!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

2018 wk 5 - class prep

I actually got to turn on my sewing machine today - woohoo!!  After I’d finished the meeting minutes and helped Lisa with her tax return I ignored the big boxes of uniforms to be embroidered and cut some fabric and sewed it back together!!!

Sooooo therapeutic!   I made a sample twisty thread catcher.  It’s not finished so I can show the ladies the various stages

I also did some painting!  I’m teaching a class later in the year where we’ll stick fabric and fabric related stuff onto card, paint the whole lot with black gesso (?) and then add a thin layer of bright colour (I’ve got purple, red and blue) then add a little bit of metallic wax (pewter, bronze and mother of pearl) to highlight the raised textures.

I expect it has a name in card making circles, but “painting” is all I can give you, apart from photos

Nice result but only just fabriccy (and the black gesso is like tar - sticks until you can eventually peel it off hands, jeans, cutting boards (!) etc) but the ladies want to try so we will

Friday, 26 January 2018

2018 Wk 5 time to sew??

Its been a bit of  a struggle to find time to sew, although this weekend is looking promising.  To get myself back in the swing of things I *might* have popped in to Helen's to buy a little bit of fabric (possibly just over eight meters, but lets not dwell on that!!!!)

There has been some making - the never ending embroidery (for the preschool and the scouts)

a taggie for a new grandma at church (well obviously not for her, but you know what I mean)

attending a master class for the Days4Girls sanitary sewing


and a lot of boring agendas and minutes

The sewing room is starting to feel like home (husband has been invited to share but so far hasn't shown any interest so I'm kind of filling 'his' area!!)

And the the Days For Girls ladies had a really productive morning - some of our early shields didn’t pass muster with the charity but aren’t being wasted - one of our ladies is off to The Gambia next week and will take a dozen kits with her

And apologies if I haven’t been to *your* blog for a while - I’ll be there soon - In one week’s time I go down to 4 days a week at work which will give me some time to return to the creative world!!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

2018 - Wk 2 Chertsey - waste fabric

The Christmas tree has been put away, I've had four days back at work, I've done my tax return, the new bedroom is sorted (and very 'cozy' - aka small) and I finally have a working computer in the new sewing room so things are heading in the right direction!

We had the first Chertsey Museum session of the year on Friday.  The finished EPP Christmas stars were brought in and admired: Some other were still up with Christmas decorations, others had been put away - Stephanie made 4 and strung string between them to hang her Christmas cards from!  I think we'll call that a success!

This month we were making waste fabric.- basically strips of waste fabric woven over rug canvas.  It's difficult to see from the pics but there were some great colour combinations here - I especially liked the ones that used black and white and a bit of colour.

Once the weaving has been done, the fabric is stitched on a sewing machine

I've told them to use all the fancy stitches they have never use - and to use up all the odd bobbins and spools of thread that aren't really worth keeping but we do because we don't like waste 

I look forward to seeing them next month

My sewing room is now looking like this

a bit busier than when it was my bedroom

And I keep trying to remember it's husband's office too!!!!!  (the wardrobes will eventually go!)

And finally - Goddaughter was delighted with her Christmas pressie:

Monday, 1 January 2018

2018 Wk 1 - on the move 

(I don’t know how this post will look - I’ve used Blogsy to write blog posts for a long time, but it hasn’t been updated so I’ve switched to Blogger - let’s see how it goes!)
All sorts of changes over the last few days.  This was my sewing room . . .

Now it’s my (our) bedroom

And this was my (our) bedroom

And now it’s starting to be my sewing room (and his office)

The only problem is that there seems to be an awful lot more stuff to come up here!

We’ve also ordered new sofas and they arrive this week so we have moved the old ones to the girls’ house. Our living room is looking bare

And theirs isn’t yet ready for them so they have become kitty climbing frames while the girls finish painting their walls

I’m fairly sure I don’t need to go to the gym at all this year - I have used all sorts of muscles I never knew I had and must have burnt all the Christmas calories in moving all the furniture to it’s new home!!!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

2017 Wk 50 - gifts for men

I made zippy pouches for the girls at work, but struggled with what to make for the Manager, James.

I decided he needed a coin purse (he never has cash on him so if I go to get him lunch we spend days reminding him that he owes me money, so a small pouch that holds £3 (meal deal from Tesco) seemed ideal)

I bought some leather scraps and got prototyping. I started with a triangle one I saw on Pinterest, but didn't like the knot in the elastic. Also I tried pyrography but that distorted the flap.

V2 had an elastic band stitched in, but I didn't like that either, and the embroidery placement didn't work

V3 worked much better, but Brian was worried the flap may come untucked


So V4 had a different flap shape which seems to work well

Except Brian has now ruined it . . . by telling me it would be great for condoms

It's too late to make something else so it looks as if James will be getting a condom pouch for Christmas! I'll put £3 in to convince him it IS a coin pouch!


Sunday, 17 December 2017

2017 Wk 50 - Fun with Kids

I taught a great bunch of families yesterday! I think there were 30 people in today - mums with kids, and dads with kids. The theme was Christmas decorations and I told the adults that this was for the kids to make something, using their own imagination, and we didn't want to hear a single "no, not like that" type of comment - and on the whole they behaved!

I didn't get pics of them all but they were all amazing! I think the polar bear on a sledge is my absolute favourite - all her own idea!

And here they are all hard at work!

Meanwhile I have broken needles quilting through too many layers

Thank goodness for grippy scissors that can put the broken bits out (and thank goodness it was stuck in fabric this time!)

But it was worth it - I have quilted

And finally finished, God-Daughter's selvedge quilt

I've also embroidered a whole load of pre-school uniforms but that's too boring even to warrant a photo!

And I've progressed a bit on an I-Spy quilt for a cousin of this one (she arrived last week)

I had the triangles cut, and some joined back into squares. I finished the others. I planned the design and then realised I'm out of light grey spraytime so this one will have to wait

I had an order for a Christmas sack. I generally don't do these any more, but Magnus has three siblings and three cousins who all have one so it seem very unfair to say he *couldn't* have one too! (Just need to hand stitch some buttons to hold the ribbon in place)

And finally - we've manged to put up the Christmas tree and room decorations - It's starting to feel Christmassy here - jut 4 more working days yippee (I have Wednesday off. Double yippee!)!