Success!  These were made from a very, very old pair that I deconstructed to make the pattern.  That’s a first for me – making a pattern.  The old pair were so old that the material ripped whilst being taken apart.  I found the cotton material in my local market at a cheap price which makes them more of a success.


Door Caddy / Hanging


This is a replacement for a very useful hanging given to me; I have used the original for years (and years) to store hats, scarfs and gloves.   The original had seen better days and as I had several cat printed strips they seemed a good choice for the pockets.

It has taken years for this to be made – mostly because I didn’t have a pattern to follow and so it was too difficult.  However I found the instructions for a similar item on the internet for a different size and finally got motivated/brave enough to have a go.  If I made another one I would change a few stages;  I used double interfacing to keep it stiff, but these adds to the bulk when adding the binding so I wouldn’t do that again.

Mostly I’m pleased with it, and it’s no longer an Unstarted Object.

Quilters Bag


For quite some time I have wanted a suitable bag to store my cutting mat and various rulers that otherwise end up all over the place and I can’t find them!.  When this course came up at The Bramble Patch, I quickly signed up.  Due to the snow back in February, the original day was postponed so this has only recently been finished.

The design is by Hilary Jackson but the applique on the outside pocket is my own, re-using some sheep from my sheep quilt.

Triangular Challenge

For some reason this year I wanted more of a challenge in quilt blocks (which I may well regret), and feeling the chilly weather I remembered some brushed cotton material in my stash marked out for a quilt for me.  I looked through all my quilt magazines and books for inspiration and the only one I felt fitted the muted colours of the material was a pattern made up of only triangles!  So challenge 1 – make an accurate template, challenge 2 to cut lots of accurate triangle pieces (not having a die cutter).  I sewed a few together to test my cutting accuracy and decided that was sufficient (not perfect!).  I now have over a hundred triangles cut out and more to go

Another Chicken Home to Roost


Another item off my Unfinished Object List – and a further addition to my Chicken collection.  If you hadn’t realised I rather like Chickens – real ones and crafted ones.  I saw and fell for the chicken fabric and now I have some left over!.   He is guarding a door, but also helps to weigh down fabric when I’m cutting out.

More Summer Dresses


The first summer dress I made (see above) was such a success on my Christmas tropical escape that I’ve now made 2 more in the hope there will be the weather to wear them.   Today it’s minus 2 C with snow showers so I’m not optimistic!.

Regarding THE shirt saga (see previous post), there was an outstanding error with one of the cuffs – the ‘lap’ around the opening wouldn’t fold neatly.  I wore it on holiday, but once back at my sewing classes I took the cuff off.  I sewed it back on in reverse with the button on the inside but it still wouldn’t fold flat.  I took it off again and my tutor spotted my mistake – the bottom part of the ‘lap’ should be on the inside of the cuff.  Third attempt and the cuff is the correct way around and it folds flat.  No doubt my brain will get the reversing confused again if I ever make another shirt – not for a while anyway!.

Bay Window Curtains

  While I know how curtains should be made from the hem upwards, having attended a one day course!, I am no way expert, especially when they involve lots of fabric.  I have helped to make some for a friend who has a Long kitchen island.  With this in mind I offered to make these up for a friend from the provided material (feet in mouth come to mind).  Over 3 individual day sessions borrowing the Long kitchen island and my friend’s (not the curtains destination owner) help we got the 7 metres cut up and joined.  Matching was not possible as there wasn’t enough fabric, but we decided the join wouldn’t show.  I managed most of the lining joining myself, but couldn’t have done them without my friend’s help.  The owner is very pleased and they do look good hung up.  Oh and they were the correct length because I didn’t measure the required length!.

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