Leftover Hexagon Quilt

This used up all of the leftover fabric from the ‘Big Hexagon Quilt’ from earlier this year.  The brown on the back was from some other project.  The corners are rounded because there wasn’t enough material to make them straight at one end!

Destined for the charity Project Linus https://projectlinusuk.org.uk/

Length approx 53”,  Width approx 39”.  Click on a photo to see the detail.

The Saga of Summer Trousers

Yet again, an attempt to make clothes that fit turned into a saga – this one took over a year to finish!. Please read all of this to appreciate the funny side. Who recalls the Saga of the Shirt? If you look under the category ‘clothes’ you will find that one.

· I wanted a pair of thin summer cut-off trousers for the occasional heat wave days. So early 2020 I got a pattern that had instructions on how to adjust to fit (ha ha) , and started making a test piece. Cut out, sewn together and guess what – yes it didn’t fit. With my sewing tutor’s help I took bits of it to pieces and made adjustments.

· Then we went into lockdown(s). I lost interest over the winter cold.

· In 2021 with sewing classes back up, I found the abandoned item and unenthusiastically decided to carry on. I sewed the front to the back, tried it on and it seriously didn’t fit !. Having no memory of the pattern I had sewn it incorrectly (ha ha)

· Yet again it was undone and re-sewn together. It mostly fitted, but was a bit tight over the bum (which had got bigger in lockdowns). We decided that if I used smaller seam allowances it would fit.

· So I bought some batik material online (no stores nearby and much cheaper online) (actually I had to order from 2 sites as the first one didn’t have my choice and eventually when a substitute arrived the second site order had arrived).

· I Cut the pieces out and started sewing together at home. By now the heat wave was well over so they were not going to be worn. I really struggled to understand parts of the pattern (which you recall I had already made into a test garment) but did get the pockets and zip sewn correctly (!). I did all the topstitching, overlocking etc.

· Before I put the waist band on I tried it on. It seriously didn’t fit over the bottom!!!. So I undid the side seams, and re-sewed with smaller seam allowances. I undid the topstitching at the centre back and gained about 1cm. Still too tight!.

· Frustration!. We decided I had to re-cut all of the back pieces adding more space at the sides. My sewing tutor and I spent at least an hour undoing the side and crotch seams and overlocking. (not fun)

· I cut out new adjusted back pieces, sewed them together and put the back and front together.

· Result – they fit mostly being a little tight when I sit down Now I am making a second pair for next year. I have to remain on a diet between now and the next heat wave.

Flower Fairies Wall Hanging

2021-06 flower fairies wall hanging Click on the picture to see a larger version.

I was asked by a friend to make a wall hanging from printed material of the A to Z of Flower Fairies, with quilting. There were 24 pictures, some with very intricate designs. I cut out the individual pictures and appliqued them on to the backing. The Back of the hanging is the same material as the front. The pictures were hand quilted, before adding the back of the hanging. My friend was very pleased with the result.


Orchard Quilt

Another one out of my ‘to make’ list.  I’ve had the material for years and always planned to make this quilt, and finally done!.  The pattern is one I’ve used several times because it is good for large prints.  No idea what I’m going to do with it.  The material for the back uses up all but very small pieces of fruit pattern material.  Approximately 56” square.  Each piece is free motion quilted.

Sheep meet Yoga Mat Bag

 For me !  my own Yoga Mat Bag – not that I go to Yoga classes now, but I do use the mats at home.   Using up the last of the bright green sheep material and the last of the plain dark green – also used for the lining.

No I still haven’t got to grips with the pattern!!

Big Hexagon Quilt

This was another lockdown time eater, and a ‘use up material’ project.   Finished size approximately 56.5” X 61”

The fabric I had originally bought online for my winter quilt (see the post Winter Quilt)  but when it all arrived I realised there was too much pink ( I don’t like pink!) . Yes I knew there was pink in the patterns when I bought them – don’t ask what wasn’t going through my brain!.  Also the colour scheme did not fit in with my bedroom which is yellow and  blue.  Altogether a silly purchase.  Sad because the fabric is all brushed cotton, soft and warm and good quality. 

Anyway I had seen the pattern in a quilt magazine, liked it,  and I had a plastic hexagon template gadget that gave 6” hexagons so I went for it.  Sewing the Hexagons into columns was straight forward, but sewing the columns together was more challenging as after each little seam it all had to be rotated with needle down.  Oh and all the seams had to start and end 0.25” in from the ends.  I found I could only cope with sewing at the most 4 columns together in a session. 

The backing used up all of the flower material and majority of the plain cream.

Partly machine quilted – around the outside of the hexagons, which I could do in more or less straight lines .  Hand quilted inside the hexagons because the quilt is very heavy and thick and I couldn’t face continually heaving it through the sewing machine arm round and round the hexagons.

Another Yoga mat bag


I was asked to make one for a yoga mat as a gift, and the recipient is fond of Art Deco.  The requestor  settled on this fabric . The lining is the same as the outer. I think it looks good.


Knitted Sheep Cushion

Back in time, many years ago now, I saw this knitted cushion pattern and having a fondness for sheep couldn’t resist.  Over the years my patience for intarsia knitting has dwindled so it didn’t get knitted.  Until a friend of mine said she didn’t know what to make next in one of the lockdowns.  I know she is a very good knitter so I offered my sheep cushion!.  I rather think it was more of a challenge that expected but she came up trumps.  Doesn’t it look good?  It has a plain back

Thanks Mary How  – do look at her web site, she makes amazing items



3 ‘Leftover’ Quilts for Project Linus

Having finished my winter quilt (see my earlier entry), I had quite a lot of brushed cotton material leftover.  To use it up I made quilt top 1 – a leftover quilt size 36”  X  44”.  The sizes of the squares were fixed to match the leftovers.

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From that there was Still leftovers, so I made quilt top 2 – a leftover of the leftovers size: 35” square.  For this I had sufficient uncut material to do the ‘rail fence’ pattern.

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Still more fabric left, so quilt top 3 – a leftover of the leftover of the leftovers size 26.5” square.  This is really oddments!.

All with pale grey fleece backing.

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And yes I STILL have a small amount leftover!.

Another Door Caddy / Hanging

I made the first one of these really useful hangings some time (years) ago, and ever since have wanted a second one to hold the many hats, gloves, scarfs, and now face masks that are needed to go out.

When the Yoga mat bag was finished, and the 3 quilt tops (entry to come) this made the top of the ‘to do list’ whilst waiting for the fleece for the 3 quilt tops.

It is smaller than the first as the remaining cat picture fabric was only 2 wide.  This did mean I had to re-calculate the cutting sizes (not my strongest point).

this is the first one: 

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