Sunday, 18 February 2018

A touch more blue

and a little further on with this, mind it should have been more but a little miscount a little frogging and back on track.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Frame at last!

I finished this birth sampler a while ago however, I had made my usual mistake of being captivated by a design without first checking I had a frame to put it in.

I have a STASH of frames (to which kind people occasionally add) and occasionally I plan and pick the frame and design together, not as often as I should.  Then I have to find a frame, normally not too difficult  for smaller pieces like the sampler.

Except this year the fashion in frames appears to exclude any with a six inch square aperture unless they are made with very deep sides like a box.

It has taken an age to find a frame the right size and in the end I had to get a framed picture and take the picture out.

I meant to frame it yesterday, take it into work and ask if one of my co-workers would be passing the parents home and could drop it off.  Regrettably I was not feeling up to it and thought another day won't make a difference.

So at work at lunch and there are mother and baby having popped in to say hello.  How frustrating I could have given it to her personally, ah well it is done now and I will take it into work.

Birth sampler

Oh the date of birth, time and weight are in white so only visible if you look very very hard.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Little Sunday kit


This was a quick start, hoping the rest goes as quickly.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Sandwich basted

sounds like I have been cooking!

Nope just time to quilt.

Those of you who have been visiting here enough to have seen the early stages  of this quilt may be thinking "oh you have added the edge." How did the mitering go. 

Well, the mitered corners were perfect, a thing of wonder and a joy to behold.  No, they really were. The slight lines all lined up and everything, I was so excited.  The observant will have noticed the past tense there, that they were perfect rather than they are perfect. 


When I laid the quilt out to sandwich and started pinning it was to realise the edge was not lying flat.  Whilst making beautifuly lined up with the pattern corners I had managed to get the outer edge too long.

There would have been very proud close ups of those original corners, I tried to think of a way to keep them.  Alas it was not to be, they had to be unpicked and resewn, still mitered but those lines are a little out.  It was a trade off, reasonable corners (but not close up worthy) with a flatter if not exactly flat edge.  

I am quilting the squares by hand and contemplating free motion quilting for the edge (in the hopes the more intense quilting will help to disguise the wibble in the edge).  Although I am suddenly indecisive about the colour to use. The backing is a dark blue and the binding will be dark blue.  Contemplating!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Red, blue and green

a touch of black and just the backstitching to go

and then the stitching is finished


And all is revealed.

now to get him framed!

oh and choose a replacement for my Sunday Stitching.

Sunday, 14 January 2018


nearly almost done. I have the feeling that makes the question of what this is much clearer.

Today I think I also decided what to do with it when it is finished.  That is going to speed up the finish as I am using this piece to get me back to sewing following the cold (although following suggestd it is gone, I am still coughing) and before I get back to any quilting.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Tissue box to Hat

This is a project with inspiration in stages.  It began with one of the many antique related T.V programmes. My mother watched the programme and it had a thinking cap on it.

My brother likes hats, wearing them, collecting them, so my mother mentioned  the thinking hat.  He noted it sounded like his type of hat but not at the £45 the one on the show sold for.

She then mentioned it to me and that lead to the oft expressed phrase of the crafter, I could make that.  Together my mother and I though about what material we might have at hand and of course there would need to be a tassel.

I am not sure if the project would have gone any further had I not spotted a tassel out of the corner of my eye in a box of mixed items at a Stray Aid Charity Shop.  I rooted it out thinking the tassel might be one I could use for the hat.  They can be expensive new.

The tassel was one of two attached to a cover for a paper handkerchief box.  A rather sumptuous handkerchief box cover. With two tassells, and looking like it had never been used, score!

Tissue box cover

The more I looked at it, the more I thought it might supply more than the tassels for the hat.  Look at the dark green velvet, the brocaded satin.  It even had lining and maybe the bias binding could be used.  I handed over the most reasonable price,(surely less then I would have paid for one tassel retail) got an odd look from the volunteer as I noted I was going to make it into a hat, and took it happily home.

I started unpicking it and the more I did so the more I thought this might all work for a thinking hat.  I looked them up online and viewed other peoples blogs, one of which had a nice link to Godleys patterns. I looked at lots of pictures  and realised that I needed something pivotal before I could start.

Measurements, the size of my brothers head to be exact. So I messaged my sister in law and asked her if she could get them for me without telling my brother why.  I thought she might measure one of his other hats.  Shortly thereafter my brother posted on facebook.

"Earlier this evening, as I sat in my tub chair watching nonsense on wife measured my quietly and unobtrusively as possible.....there was no exchange of words.....I pretended it wasn't happening......that's just normal isn't it.....happens to everybody doesn't it?"

Oh how that made me laugh, I could just picture the scene. My sister in law when passing on the measurements noted direct and silent usually worked and had made my brother most contemplative, she did not ask what I wanted the measurements for, content to also wait to be enlightened. Now I had the measurements I needed it was time to figure out a pattern to fit with the material I had. Basically a long strip pieced from the velvet and checks and then six triangles from the satin brocade.  This required some geometry!  I checked it would fit the material, finished unpicking and paused.

Then as I was looking for something to watch I came across Bagpuss, the pink and cream stripped cat who oft required a thinking cap in order to think of a story to fix things.  Between the Wombles and the Mice from the Marvellous Mechanical Mouse organ in my formative years is it any wonder I hoard, use scraps and discarded stuff and mend things...I think not.

Anyway back to the thinking cap/hat. I decided to reverse the order of the material and have the checkered at the bottom as it was stiffer being a gauze ribbon over a slightly quilted satin, and the velvet at the top in the hopes it would be easier to sew the top of the hat in.  There was already a thin layer of wadding in the hankie box case so I kept that  adding a bit of quilting to the velvet to add to its structure and hold the wadding in place. 

Whilst the material for the top had to be made from triangles to get the circle out of the strip of satin brocade, I could do the lining for the crown as a full circle cut from the lining of my charity shop find. 

It went together quite well. I did even manage to use the bias binding to make the edge all nice and neat.

Thinking Cap

Tassel on thinking cap

Inner thoughts? 

The original item had one small label attached to the lining 

It said


I thought that quite suitable for my rather oriental looking thinking cap. So I left it on.

The Tassel went on through the crown of the hat and into the crown of the lining thus holding that in place.  Of course there were two tassels so I still have one left for some other tassley project some time in the future.

Happily it  the measuring was successful and the hat fit.

As requested, and gracefully granted by my brother, picture of thinking hat on the thinking head.

Playing cat and mouse

with two bits of material gifted to me from a fellow quilter I met at work.  There were bits in her stash she had not got plans for so they became my stash.

There can be interesting inspiration in gifted bits.  Material I might not have chosen for myself but looking at them I am inspired.

In this instance it had to be a cushion for my cat mad brother and his equally cat mad wife. Then I thought perhaps one each using the gifted material on the front and something else on the back.

That morphed into the back being decorated using T shirt pens and the fabric dye pastels,  as the seams would take bits of the original cats and mice away.  Add their names ready to make cushions.   

They turned out OK I think.                    

Maybe a little big for the filling, but then it has room to move.

My brother and sister-in-law liked them.

Monsieur Twiggy Toupe (yes they really did call this cat that) really really likes this one and has claimed it as his. 

That one of the cats would end up on the cushions was not unexpected.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Day Fifteen of the Advent

Some of you will have seen this design developing (and upside down) today it takes its intended place as the picture for day 15 of the Online-advent-calendar hosted by Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching. If you came here direct and not via Jo then why not click on the link, look at the previous days and join us for the rest of the hop.

So the question Tom wrapping ready for gifting on Christmas Day or unwrapping early?  Either way he looks rather happy.

In addition to the Christmas Picture to go behind door number fifteen Jo asked I share any Boxing Day traditions.

I have been mulling it over and there are not many, a fry up for lunch from Christmas dinner leftovers.  Try out any gifts that were not already full explored the day before...mooch in front of the TV and eat far too many chocolates.