Wednesday, 26 February 2014

My Nanna's old sewing box

I went to stay with my Aunt last weekend and got to see my 94-year-old Nanna.
There are five generations alive in my family, from my Nanna down to my cousin's 2-year-old grandson.

My Nanna has recently moved to a care home near to my Aunt, so it was lovely to visit her daily while I was there.

My Aunt sewed for years making clothing and costumes so I came home with bags of ribbons, lace, sequins and some fabric,  but best of all I was given my Nan's old sewing box, which is about 80-years-old and it's so cute. It's about 14" long and it will become my table top box.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Table topper with pockets

I needed another table topper so decided to make a scrappy one.
I sewed a load of strips of various sizes together,  then chopped them into lines of square'ish patches, then sewed those together.  I then added a couple of strips in the opposite direction to make it longer.
Then I added some pieces on the side for two other pockets. I quilted it with stippling, made some pockets and attached those and then put binding all around... While doing that I found out you can't (or I can't) do inny corners in a continuous binding, so there was a lot of stopping and starting.

All in all I'm very pleased with it. 


I found this pattern on for foundation piecing cupcakes.

My first one, with the pink bunting, I unpicked it more than I sewed and the second one the middle sides seem to have shrunk, so the next one I am doing, I'm going to leave the sides a little longer, to see if that makes a difference.

They are quite time consuming, so I think I'll make four and make a big cushion out of them. I have a person in mind for it, a lady who makes fantastic cupcake, Touizer Treats, along with other gorgeous cakes and she's having a baby soon, so I think she'll need something for her back.

Monday, 17 February 2014

My very first fat quarter bundle.

I am very excited to have got a collection fat quarter bundle.  I got it at cost as well.
The colours are right up my street, autumnal.

It's got a lovely central panel,  so I'm thinking of doing a round robin type quilt, but I've got some projects I need to finish (and some to start) first.

So for the time being I'll just sit and stare at it and stroke and pet it ... and I know I'm not the only one who thinks like that :-)