Sleeping with Sheep


I do have a fondness for sheep so couldn’t resist this cotton material which is now a second pair of pyjamas.   Made in my sewing class at Makewithmk .   I sewed the buttons on with my machine and the new (expensive) button sewing on foot.





When is aTriangle not a Triangle?

When the top gets cut off!.  As the picture shows these are no longer triangles although they started off as such – I’m blaming the pattern not user error!.   At least it is finished, motivated by our cold weather.  I’m glad as it is made from brushed cotton so is good to snuggle under.  I didn’t want to add any more weight so reluctantly used a 2oz polyester wadding – horrible stuff and not consistent in thickness either.  My machine, a Bernina, is very fussy and does NOT like stitching polyester or fleece fabric so I used a Janome purple tip needle which is designed to minimise skipped stiches.

Finished size is :   Width 50” Length 54”



Knitted mini Reindeer

I’m still knitting from Sue Stratford’s ‘Mini Knitted Christmas’ book – this year Reindeer.  They are small – 3” high at the head and 3.5” from nose to tail.  Despite their mini size they take a LONG time to sew up!.  I got through 6 this year before coming down with the flu.




Broderie Anglaise Bed Valance

This was a project for a friend who had seen one and wanted one.  I had to get all the material on line.  Once constructed there was 12 meters in length with 2 rows of trim, to be gathered into half the length.  I didn’t fancy gathering 12 meters in one go, so worked in 2 metre lengths.  Under the advice of my sewing tutor from MakeWith (, I used waxed dental floss attached with a zig zag stitch to do the gathering.  This worked really well.







Quilting Circles

I am practising with one of the shapes (circle) in my ‘Westalee” Template Sampler Set – the second of my 3 expensive purchases at the 2018 Quilt Show.  As usual using this at home is much harder than the demonstration sample I tried at the show!.  I have had to move away from using my Bernina BSR foot for free motion quilting; very surprisingly some of the results are acceptable.










Silk Coverlet Phase 1

I was given some wonderful pure silk material in jade green and gold; about 5 meters of green and 3 meters of gold.  I don’t wear silk clothes so had the idea to turn them into a bed coverlet.  The basic pattern came from my sewing group tutor, and I adjusted it – adding the vertical piece in the middle and corner squares of gold (not in the photo).   The approximate size is 88” X 88”

I have struggled with this for the last couple of weeks – ripping the pieces meant they frayed at a touch, there wasn’t a straight line to be had, the silk pins kept falling out and as it grew I had to lay it on the floor and crawl around measuring and pinning!.

Having got this far, thanks be to my newly acquired overlocker, it is going away for a rest.  The intention is to back it in soft calico and quilt with no wadding.  Eventually or maybe.








My latest gadget:

As I am making clothes now, I have seen the use for an overlocker and thanks to the help of my sewing group tutor I felt confident enough to go for one at home.  This is one of the 3 gadgets I purchased at the Quilt Show 2018.  I cheated on the threading – it came threaded with minimum thread, so I used the ‘pull the new thread’ method , and only had to thread the 2 needles.  And it works!

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