Being Brave

Welcome πŸ™‚

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

Welcome πŸ™‚

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?

Welcome πŸ™‚

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