Slow Stitching

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Amaryllis 2017

Yes, it’s finally flowering and it was well worth the wait. Not the first to flower in the family competition by any means but bringing up the rear in a grand finale!

This week I decided to work a bit on my Dear Jane quilt – I seem to be stopping and starting quite a bit with this project now, so it was good to get on with it.

I had intended to do just two blocks as they’re so time consuming but have enjoyed it so much I carried on and got 4 completed with a couple of others all prepped and ready to go.


C8 Β Hani’s Crown – Foundation pieced.


J6 Granny Weaver – pieced.


K6 Ann’s Folly – Foundation pieced.


K8 Springbrook Park – Foundation pieced. This one was a familiar one as I’d already made it but I’d done it in the wrong fabric! So this was Springbrook Park mark II

K8 twice

I think I’ve managed to make three in the wrong fabric now, they will all be sewn together and made into either the quilt label or a cushion. After all the time they take to make I’m not wasting any of them!

I’m still doing my EPP spool blocks – nearly enough to make something now πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Chris x



Happy St David’s Day

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Today is the day that Welsh people celebrate St David, the patron Saint of Wales. As I have a Welsh hubby it’s a day when daffodils are worn. Hubby wears a real one in his lapel and so I don’t feel left out I’ve made this one for me to wear,


Lucy from Attic 24 has a tutorial for this pretty daff – just here. I made mine using Anchor Pearl Cotton thread (the yellow is colour 301, the orange is shade 304 and the green is a mystery as I’ve lost the band!) and a 1.75mm hook so it’s only 4cm wide.

Dydd GΕ΅yl Dewi Hapus!

Until next time,

Chris x

Being Brave

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This year two of my quilting groups are making syringe driver bags for the local hospital and this week one group dedicated our monthly all day sewing session to making these bags.

If you want to read about these bags there’s a link to a site hereΒ which also gives instructions on how to make them although if you want to make some it might be a good idea to contact your local hospital just in case they like them to be a different size.

My understanding is that syringe drivers are used mainly in pain management. They administer a continuous dose of medication to the patient via a needle or cannula. The drivers are like boxes with syringes attached and patients need to have them near by.

They are also an ideal way of using up a bit of stash fabric. I seem to have quite a bit of lovely fabric which has been hanging around for far too long with no other project in mind and this week was its time to shine!


The hospital encourages folk to add a label with your name on which is a nice touch isn’t it?

It must be terrible to be in so much pain so making a few little bags to help people who are being very brave seems a small thing to do.


I had a little production line happening on the day and now have 12 waiting to be finished. Each one with a cheeky monkey on the inside – hopefully to make someone smile πŸ˜‰


I was on holiday last week so I had some time to devote to learning my way around my new sewing machine. It’s very different to use from my old one and I feel like I’m having to learn how to do easy things all over again. In fact at the moment I feel like a beginner on both machines as I have to keep adapting what I do depending on what I’m sewing on!

Here are a few photos of my attempts at fmq – be kind.


A wonky start, with tension issues and lots of reading of the instruction manual to discover how to put things right.



The trick was to change the foot plate (my old machine only has one πŸ™‚ ) and use a silicon slider mat.


This is called poppy petals and is a new one to me.

And finally an update of my amaryllis…


Won’t be long πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Chris x


Cotton Reels

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After overcoming the disappointment of not winning the family flower growing competition (!) I’ve moved on to starting a new hand sewing project. I suppose this sounds a bit odd given that I’ve just got a brand new sewing machine but hand sewing is so necessary for long (or short) lunchtimes at work and for taking to sewing groups.

I’ve long admired the spool block and decided to english paper piece a few to make a table topper for my swanky new machine to sit upon.

I started by measuring the table and working out the best size of block to make. I want to use up some of my scraps so I went for small 3″ blocks – lots of scope for those tiny pieces of favourite fabric to be used up.

Then I printed out some 1″ squared paper from the Incompetech site here. (If you do this please measure the squares to make sure your printer prints them out square – otherwise you may get a wonky spool which sounds quite fun actually.)

I marked the various pattern pieces.


Then photocopied the sheet so I had lots of templates.

And I was ready to go…


Spools everywhere


Loving how this little block can use up really small scraps for the ‘cotton’ part of the spool.

This is me all organised for my lunchtimes (with sandwiches too!)


Until next time,

Chris x

Who’s going to win?

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These amaryllis’ were all planted on January 1st.

This one’s mine…


This is Daughter’s…


Not sure why the photos are a different size but anyway daughter’s and mine are pretty similar.

Son 1’s…


Son 2’s…


These two are looking very similar,

and finally my Dad’s …


Love the graphic and text Dad put on the photo. Of us all he is the better gardener but he does also live the furthest North of us all too, so perhaps that’s why his is lagging behind a bit.

So far it looks like a draw between Son 1 and Son 2.

This week will tell πŸ™‚

Until next time,

Chris x

Puffing Away

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Last week I told you about the crochet gift I made for younger son. Well this is what older son received as his ‘silly’ Christmas gift.


Some of you may remember that older son is a fan of all things fishy so this was PERFECT for him. This was another project with great details – those eyes and mouth really do pop out and all those lumps and bumps are brilliant. I really enjoyed making this.

There are so many brilliant patterns to be found on the web and this one is by Vanessa Mooncie. The pattern is found here – Crochet Puffer FishΒ you’ll need to scroll down the page a bit to find it but it’s there!

If you want to have a go at making this it’s worth pointing out that those bumps on the surface of the fish gave me pause for thought. The pattern says they are picot stitches and maybe they are but not what I’ve always known as picot stitches. Instead they are what I would call granule stitch – there are plenty of YouTube videos to help with this but the tutorial I used was this one –Granule StitchΒ with instructions for lefties and righties πŸ™‚

Update on the Great Amaryllis Competition

This is a competition some of my family are doing, we all started growing our bulbs on New Year’s Day. This is mine today…


and this was Son 1’s last week end!




Until next time,

Chris x


Crochet Fun

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Work has been very busy so little time has happened for crafting, although I am still trimming all those blocks for my Bonnie Hunter En Provence mystery quilt – a little bit of trimming followed by a little bit of piecing. Later today I shall be going to my quilt group and guess what I’ll be taking to do?!!

I love crocheting almost as much as sewing and I have a sort of tradition that I make each of my children a homemade gift for Christmas. The ‘sort of’ bit is because if it doesn’t happen I don’t get stressed about it and I’m sure they don’t either.

This year my boys (sorry young men πŸ˜‰ ) received crochet animals.

Youngest son, who is at University in Wales received a dragon.



I loved the details on this little fella. I can’t begin to describe the joy I felt when I realised he had nostrils! Those ridged wings look good too together with claws on the edges of the wings. The only change I made to the pattern was that when I stuffed him I inserted pipe cleaners into the body so he can be posed.

The pattern is a freebie and if you feel the inclination to make one for yourself here is the link.

Fierce Little Dragon by Lucy Collin

I’ll show you what I made for Older son in another post.

Now, back to the trimming πŸ˜‰

Until next time,

Chris x

En Provence

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I took my untrimmed Mystery quilt blocks to my Quilting group yesterday and was busy trimming them (a good job to do in company, I find, as the chatter and fun going on around me make it much more bearable!) when a new member came up to me and said, ‘ Is that the Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt?’ She’d recognised Bonnie’s colour scheme and the blocks, I was pleased πŸ™‚


I’ve just about made all the blocks now and the tedious trimming process is happening. I really should have trimmed as I went – lesson learnt!

Monday was the opportunity for folk who were making the quilt to post their finished tops on Bonnie’s blog and, my word, what a lovely variety of tops have been made. One lady has not only pieced her top but layered it and quilted it as well – very impressed. Why not pop along and have a look – just here.

I’ve only made one block and a few sashing strips so far. I want to try and get all my points right so I shall be going slowly. But I love how it’s turning out.


There’s still a lot to do but there’s no rush.

At Christmas my family all received plant pots containing an Amaryllis bulb so we decided on a light-hearted (!) competition to see whose bulb could flower first.

This is mine…


… so far I’m last!

Until next time,

Chris x