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

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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

Dear Jane

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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 ย 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

Cushy Life

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I seem to have fallen into cushion (pillow) making mode recently. It’s a nice way to try out a patchwork design without having to go the whole hog and make a quilt. Long ago I made a cushion using Hawaiian quilting (here and here) and it has rested on one of my dining chairs ever since, I thought it looked lonely so I’ve made another.

This one has the well known orange peel design on it which was all over the internet a couple of years ago.


I’ve used the same cream base fabric as the Hawaiian cushion and the same blue tones so although they are different designs they still work together.

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All hand quilted using Hobbs poly-down so the quilting pops out to create texture.

..and the obligatory view of the back ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My next cushion is moving on apace. Remember at the start of last year I took part in a challenge to make an English Paper Pieced hexie flower a week? Well, I made the flowers but didn’t do anything with them so here are some of them being put to good use in cushion number three.20170526_081214

I will need to make three more cushions and am pondering on what designs and techniques to use.

Enjoy your week.

Until next time,

Chris x


Busy Bird

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Can you believe that it’s the middle of May ALREADY?!! I love seeing all the growth in the garden at this time of year, our garden is definitely at its best in Spring and it explodes with colour before settling down a bit for the summer.

Hubby and I were on a walk a couple of weeks ago – taking a look at our local Bluebell wood when we spied this little butterfly cleverly disguised on some cow parsley.

20170501_113737Can you see it?Orange TipWe discovered later that it’s a fairly common butterfly called an Orange Tip – this is the female one which is a bit less showy than the male, and I’ve since seen the male version flying round the garden.

This little bird has been seen in the garden too recently!

20170511_17290820170511_17293720170511_17294320170511_172949A chunky fun loving bird with an mass of tail ‘feathers’ to flaunt ๐Ÿ™‚

I had fun making him last week when a friend taught me how.

Have a lovely week end.

Until next time,

Chris x

Dear Jane

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I spent the day yesterday working on my Dear Jane and accomplished 4 blocks, I was delighted ๐Ÿ™‚


K1 Crooked Creek – I remembered to mirror this one when I foundation pieced it.


K2 Grandpa’s Chickens – a nice straightforward machine pieced block.

The next two are triangle blocks from the border, I think they have names but in the book they are referred to as Left side 10th from top and Top Row 8th from left. If anyone knows where I can find out what they are called please let me know.

Left side 10th from top

This one is made by foundation piecing and a bit of applique for that bottom section.

Top row 8th from left

and this one is all applique, reverse applique was suggested by DJ guru Anina from That Quilt ย (without whose blog I certainly wouldn’t have got as far as I have) but as mine is made with such a dark blue I thought that it would show through the white too much and so I did applique.

Four more done ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Can you tell I’m happy?!

Until next time,

Christine x