Buried in Bunting

Welcome 🙂

Son 1’s wedding is fast approaching now and Son 2 and I have been busy making metres and metres of bunting. While I was at work Son 2 was a star and sat at my sewing machine making the flags for the bunting, I then used my lunch times to turn them the right way round and today I had an all day sew in at my group and sewed them all to tape.

This is what 40 m of bunting looks like!



So that’s all the fabric bunting made. This week end Daughter is visiting to help make the paper heart bunting. I wonder how many metres of it we’ll make?!

Until next time,

Chris x


I Am The Good Shepherd

Welcome 🙂

This week end has been my Church’s annual Flower Festival and, just like last year, a group of us sewers (or sewists to use a term I heard this week to make us sound less like yucky plumbing!) were invited to create a display.

Our theme was ‘I am The Good Shepherd’ and here is what we came up with – prepare yourself for a photo extravaganza!


Our group’s display was less of a flower arrangement and more of a flowery mead complete with a river of daisies running through it to provide a setting for The Good Shepherd.


Our shepherd was adapted from a pattern one of the group had for a Japanese lady, I just made the figure taller and broader and it seemed to work, and that sheep is a big version of these little ones which, together with a few others, were hidden throughout the church for visitors to spot. It was lovely to hear people suddenly exclaiming, ‘There’s one!’ as they walked around 🙂


I finished all the clothes off with a simple running stitch, the shepherds crook was made from one of those wire coat hangers and a bamboo skewer all covered in florist’s tape. It was attached to the figure’s hand with a couple of stitches and pushed into a disguised piece of blu-tack on the window sill so it didn’t move.




The ‘River of daisies’. We made all the flowers from felt which was a new thing for all of us.

Can you see the ivy in the background? Well, years ago I did a spot of sugar icing and that wired leaf technique was something I learned from that – I knew it would come in handy sometime 😉


Little Forget-me-nots, using that sugar icing technique again.


A little pansy, daisies and what’s supposed to be cosmos, I loved doing those, I think the centres look great and are very easy to do when you know how.


Anemones providing a splash of colour.


The Bible verse was written on stones to illustrate our display.

And here’s a little look at a few of the real flower displays done by our very talented flower arrangers.


If you got through all these photographs – well done!

Until next time,

Chris x


It’s a Bit Fishy

Welcome 🙂

Son 1 has just celebrated his last birthday as a single man!

I usually crochet a fishy little something but I’ve run out of things to make, I really need to trawl through the internet to find some more 😉 This is what I made for him instead.



and a view of the back…


It’s a freebie pattern from Lyn Brown and can be found here.

Hope you (and he) likes it.

Until next time,

Chris x

Baby Time

Welcome 🙂

A friend of my daughter has just had her first baby – a little girl – so I just had to make a baby quilt! Winnie the Pooh is the theme of the nursery and I was lucky enough to be able to find some suitable fabric.


I’m hoping the grey on the quilt will blend in well with the grey Winnie the Pooh wallpaper in the nursery.

20170531_163626This is intended to be a ‘one theme’ i-spy quilt so Mum and Dad will be able to play with baby as she grows up, you know the sort of thing – how many Tiggers are there? Who’s to the left of/ right of/ above/below…? Point to something that’s red/blue/pink.

I love the idea of i-spy quilts so I do hope this one will be loved and enjoyed.

I also got carried away and made a little cardigan as well, I don’t often knit but there’s just something gorgeous about seeing a baby in a hand knitted cardi or jumper isn’t there?


I’m linking this post to Esther’s WiPs on Wednesdays.

Until next time,

Chris x

Dear Jane

Welcome 🙂

Here is my Dear Jane progress for last month. After wondering where to find the names of the triangular blocks, I discovered that they were in the most obvious place – Brenda Papadackis’ (writer of the DJ book) website called simply Dear Jane.


LS 13  Water Melon – a bit of foundation piecing and a bit of applique.


BR10 Nicholas’ Diamond – all foundation pieced.


TR11 Phoenix – Mostly foundation pieced, the exception is that little diamond at the top which is appliqued on.

Happily last month’s selection were OK to piece but I know there are more complex ones on their way!

Until next time,

Chris x