Two Hearts

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The family wedding is no longer creeping closer it has moved on to a steady gallop. Next weekend the happy couple will be Mr and Mrs and we’re all really looking forward to celebrating with them.

This week I made them a little something to make them smile. I had a few bits of fabric left over from the mountain of bunting I made for them so I thought I’d use it up and make a table runner.


As I was using scrips and scraps I knew I wouldn’t have enough fabric to make the binding using my usual method but luckily I remembered a tutorial for ‘Susie’s Magic Binding‘ which shows you how you can use two different fabrics for the binding and create the look of having a narrow flange.


Now I hadn’t used this method before so I was pleased with how it worked out, the trickiest part was joining the binding together so the flange part looked continuous – it took a couple of goes but perseverance won the day!


If you’re ever in a similar situation of not having enough fabric to make a binding this method is worth giving a go, or I did use another method a while ago but without the flange, it’s here on my old blog UK City Crafter.

On another note I’ve started a ‘C’ project, here’s a glimpse…


Have a great week.

Until next time,

Chris x


Unpicking Galore

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Yet again not much of a sewing week but plenty of reverse sewing happening! I unearthed a project I started about 2 years ago where I had a bit of a frenzy of cutting up scraps into 2 and a 1/2″ squares and sewing them into 9 patches ready to make something with, however like so many of these ‘on a whim’ projects it got sidelined for something more interesting.

But it resurfaced this week and I didn’t like it! So I’ve spent a happy few hours carefully ย unpicking all the seams (during my lunchtimes mainly – me and my work desk were covered in little bits of thread ๐Ÿ˜‰ )


Now I have piles of squares all sorted out into different fabrics ready to be made into something I do like when the fancy takes me ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s changed from something I didn’t want to think about into an opportunity to look forward to when I find the right pattern – that’s got to be worth a couple of hours unpicking, right?

Funny thing happened in the car this week with Son 1. I had glibly said that I’d do anything to help with the wedding, ‘Anything?’ he asked, ‘Yes,’ I replied, ‘Even more bunting?’ says he. Now thinking that he was joking because all the bunting had been done I said,’ Of course,’ to which he pushed a tub of cut out hearts into my hand and smiled, the term ‘walked into that one’ sprang to mind ๐Ÿ˜‰


At my monthly quilting group this week we made angels – little beaded angels held together with wire and safety pins. The language was far from angelic as we struggled making them but we were all pleased with the results.


Not sure I’d make another but if you want to have a go there’s a similar thing hereย on Craftbits.

I hope you all have a good week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

Sewing Machine Pampering

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Not too much sewing has happened this week – just the paper bunting which daughter and son in law did last week end, they are carefully tied up in bundles so they don’t get all tangled up between now and the wedding. Hopefully that’s all the bunting done.


As it’s been busy, busy time at work Iย thought you might like to see somethings I made a while ago but didn’t blog about.

After I made the spool block mat for my new(ish)sewing machine to sit on (post here)

20170323_152528someone mentioned that it was a shame that my machine would cover up the mat and I wouldn’t be able to see it. Well that got me thinking that I could also make a cover for my machine. And that’s just what I did.

20170708_14050020170708_140422I loved sorting out all the little bits of fabric from my scrap drawer to put in the spools – so many little reminders of what I’d made over the years. As you can see it’s a simple rectangle with some lace ties to hold it loosely on the machine, and the best thing about it is that I get to see it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Of course once that was finished I felt like I should make a cover for my trusty old machine. I was ‘spool blocked out’ by that time so I looked around for another sewing related block and came across the thimble block.

I used these templatesย (the 1 and 1/2″ templates) and yet again enjoyed sorting through my scrap drawer for lots of bits and pieces (Why is it that the contents of my scrap drawer don’t seem to have gone down after all this raiding?)

This is the top when I’d made it up,

20170504_065544I’ve quilted it with a loopy, swirly pattern (technical name) which I practised on paper a lot beforehand – actually I got some tracing paper and lay it on top of the fabric so I could see the thimble design underneath (I did have to be careful not to press too hard though!)

20170504_065721Then I practised the fmq on a sample sandwich…

20170601_133225and when I was happy with that I started on the actual thing – I always find this part nerve wracking.20170601_065210

20170601_133342The stitches were mostly alright but I did find a couple of these hiccups where before and after were fine but something strange happened in between – thickness of fabric maybe? Any ideas?20170601_133334and the finished cover…20170708_14014620170708_14013720170708_140055I’ve learnt the hard way that I need to prepare before I quilt if I want good results. The good news is that after an initial wobble my new machine and I are getting used to each other and may even end up being friends ๐Ÿ˜‰


Hopefully this week I shall have a bit more time to sew.


Until next time,

Chris x