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My very first quilt!

24 Feb

My new granddaughter is due at the end of May so as an introduction from her gran (nooooo – I’m not old enough!!) is her very first quilt…


Little owlie…


A little cat..

1 Feb

Seeing as I’m nuts about cats (!), thought I’d have a go at the cat I remember seeing on Jenny Raiment ‘s first quilting classroom. Must confess I haven’t watched the rest of the programs yet – they’re all waiting to be recorded to a DVD for me to watch at leisure – whenever that may be!

Did some foundation piecing (if that’s the right term?) – probably didn’t do it quite right but am quite pleased with the result. Researches on You tube how to put bias binding on at right angles, so that was an improvement! What I need to know now is how to finish the joining bit properly – but I reckon the flower hides that for now!


Quite fallen for him...

Quite fallen for him…


13 Jan

Oh no!

Sewing machine was dragged out again after its Christmas break to make a book bag (didn’t know whether I could actually understand the instructions but had to give it a try…), and I was getting a tad irritated as the top thread kept snapping.

Changed the thread, changed the bobbin and even changed the needle but it wasn’t great at all. Cleaned out the bobbin area completely and that is when the machine just got into a terrible tangle and wouldn’t sew at all! Sob.

Rang Silver who said that it would have to be returned as the bobbin may need resetting but I’m just considering if it should be returned to the guy who deals with Silver in Newcastle. Only problem there is that he’s miles from a car park and the machine is a tad heavy…. Problems, problems, problems.

Never mind, trusty old Janome machine was brought in use and finally I’ve managed to produce my book bag. Had a few problems in that I managed to sew the strap inside the casing (!), but all in all I’m very happy with it.

Book BagBook Bag (Inner)






Happy New Year and all that gubbins…

6 Jan

So this is when all the resolutions start and all the good intentions begin eh??

Well broke the first one – so still spend too much time on laptop and forums etc; the diet is not going awfully well at all – but I am trying to progress a bit with the sewing machine so perhaps all is not quite lost!

Looking through my project box I found quite a lot of UFOs – a lot from workshops I’d been to at craft shows, started the projects, obviously didn’t finish them and would complete them later …. Anyway, this one had just been started and was patchwork pieced quilting to make up to be a sort of make up bag. Got to grips with it and added a bit of hand embroidery and it sorted of turned out all right!!

Make up BagSo onwards and upwards eh?

Quite proud of this one!

14 Dec

While I was busy knitting, it seems as if I was forever losing the cable needle, scissors, needle protectors etc – so I decided to make a little organiser bag to hold them all.

I’d also got a little Rowandean embroidery which I’d sewn from a birthday pressy – and it really needed a good home, but I just couldn’t decide what it should be until inspiration struck.. It’s not the best in the world, but I do feel proud of this although my sewing machine should take all the credit really. I added buttons and buttonholes as fastenings – really, really easy to do with that wonderful machine.

The best bit is that I e-mailed them in to a Debbie Shore sewing program on C&C and she read them out and showed the piccies! Trouble is I recorded it, and Steve is threatening to show Paul – the height of embarassment eh???

... with Rowandean embroidery piece on the front

… with Rowandean embroidery piece on the front

..... inside

….. inside

Busy with sewing machine..

13 Dec

Just love it, love it, love it! Why have I neglected this for these past couple of years??

Made a little mat to stand aforesaid machine on. Used some jelly roll cuts I also bought at Harrogate – but forgot to trim them all to exactly the same width so I notice they’re not all exactly even, but I suspect nobody else would…

Bit of a Newcastle theme perhaps??

Bit of a Newcastle theme perhaps??

Also made an apron from PVCmaterial I’d had for years – perhaps I’m becoming addicted to UFO’s or in this case, NSO’s (ie ‘Not Started Object’!).


Just seeing spots..

Just seeing spots..

Tissue Box Cover

A quilted card

14 Oct

My first attempt at making a quilted card using foundation piecing. I bought the card kit from a great lady at the Harrogate show and thought I’d have a go and make it mine..

Once I’d sussed out how to join the fabric together and to make some textured parts, I really enjoyed making it up and have since invested in similar pieces of landscape fabric to make some more!!