Blog Break

Welcome all ๐Ÿ™‚

I think I should be welcoming myself back as well after a period of time when my blogging mojo just disappeared. I hadn’t really appreciated how long it had been until Lin from St Victor Quilts emailed me asking me if I was OK. Thank you Lin, I really appreciated your email and yes I’m fine.

Like many of you I’ve been busy making ‘secret’ things which still can’t be revealed but I will make sure I take some photos of each item before the wrapping process happens ๐Ÿ˜‰

Back in October a dear friend got married. She has been a member of my ‘Ladies Wot Sew’ group from when it first started and so we got together and made her a wall hanging which was used as a Lectern frontal during the wedding. We didn’t leave her out of the sewing process, oh no! Everyone made at least one flower which seemed very appropriate as together we’ve been part of producing a couple of displays for our Church’s flower festival. We will miss our friend but wish her all the happiness in the world and hope she will visit when she can.



When my vicar saw the frontal he was delighted to see what he thought was a new piece of textile ‘decoration’ for the Church and, I think, was a bit disappointed to discover that our friend was taking it with her. So I set to and made a second version so future couples can have it at their weddings.

The second of my ‘Show and Tells’ is a heart wall hanging cum lap quilt which I saw on Pinterest and liked. It’s taken me a long time to finish as it kept being put to one side but after my new daughter -in-law saw it and liked it I was motivated to finish it and give it to her for her birthday, which was this week.


Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville’s Quips and Snips has started her 2017 Mystery quilt instructions, after taking part last year I was hugely tempted to join in this year too especially after seeing the beautiful colours she’s chosen for her version. But although I’ve completed last year’s design, it isn’t quilted yet and perhaps I should concentrate on doing that first. I’m saving all the instructions though. I’ll content myself with watching everyone else’s creations take shape.

These seem to be the only photos I took of it, another reason to get it quilted so I can show you ๐Ÿ™‚

Until I post again, take care.

Chris x


Like a Bat out of Hell

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Son 2 had his birthday this week and his little home made gift was this little fella…


The pattern can be downloaded from here.

Does anyone know of a good source of free amigurumi patterns please, I’m running out of ideas and Christmas is a coming!

Until next time,

Chris x

And That was Summer :)

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What a LOVELY summer we’ve had, not necessarily weather wise although there have been some beautiful summer days along the way.

Son 1’s wedding was a joy, the weather behaved and everything went smoothly. Here are a couple of photos of the happy couple.


Our new daughter in law is German and apparently it it a tradition that the bride and groom cut their way around a heart before the groom carries his bride through the heart shaped hole.



This is an artistic shot of all the guests making a tunnel for the happy couple to walk through as they left the reception. Can you see all the bunting in the background ๐Ÿ™‚

It was the real highlight of our summer, closely followed by a lovely few days in the Lake District with Son 2, Daughter and her hubby where we stayed in an idyllic little cottage near Kendal.

Heads CottageNot much sewing has been done over the summer, a few Dear Jane blocks which haven’t been photographed yet and that’s about it – but now that September is here I have started making a few gifts for Christmas. The Santa I showed you in my last post is now finished and I’ve two other projects on the go with more needing to be started soon.


I will have to photograph my Dear Jane blocks so you can see them – it’s all triangles ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time,

Chris x






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



Buried in Bunting

Welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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This week end has been my Church’s annualย 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 theseย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚


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 ๐Ÿ˜‰


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

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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

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A friend of my daughter has just had her first baby – a little girl – so I just had to make a baby quilt!ย 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