No Direction

A while ago back in the Summer, I purchased some moda squares just because I liked the patterns & colours. They have sat in my stash as I have never been too sure what to do with them. To be honest, I still don’t know, yet I’ve started to try & create something.
All I am sure of is it will be a blanket. I have no idea of a pattern, scheme or plan. I’m just sewing & going with the flow. Bit by little bit.
The task so far….

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Birmingham NEC craft exhibition.

Oooooo…what a day 🙂

Me and my mum have spent the day looking around the craft exhibition! It was huge..so many stalls..so much to buy..so much money spent 🙂 I have had an amazing time and can’t wait to get stuck into some more cushion making this weekend ready for the christmas fayre I’m doing with my mum at the end of the month.

Anyone else going or have been to the show?

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Zip, Zip, Hooray !!!

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Another Sunday where I have managed to get creative!! Also another first…I have successfully sewn in zips to two new pillows! I checked the how to guide of my sewing book and took a peak on YouTube, then jumped in, needle first and went for it! Now they aren’t professional and I’m sure have faults, but for my first go..I’m impressed!

The material I used was gifted to me from a friend, which is currently stocked in John Lewis in various colours. It’s a lovely thick fabric and was great to sew with. I don’t have much left, so I will use the rest carefully.

I then went on a bit of a roll and also made a seat cushion for a chair in my bedroom and a matching mat for my new dressing table.

I think they look lovely and have added a nice splash of colour to my room…

Hope you like them 🙂

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Triangular pair

Once again it feels like forever since I blogged. I’ve had a manic October so far!

It was my birthday and my other half brought me this fantastic plaque for my sewing room

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It’s great isn’t it, I love it ❤

I then completed a 10k extreme obstacle course on the 12th, which involved all sorts of crazy things, swamps, cargo nets, iced water, mud, mud and more mud! A lot of my time has been spent at the gym trying to get as fit for it as possible. I raised £800 for cancer research and feel pretty pleased!
Here's a few mud shots:

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I finally got into my sewing room tonight! Its been too long… I created this pair of pillows inspired my a new book I have purchased, for patchwork and quilting. I have used various materials to jazz them up. I think they would look nice with some ditsy floral fabric too, I will try and make another pair at the weekend in different colours. The buttons in the middle are to disguise the fact I could get all the squares and triangles in line! I’m trying to suss out techniques to sort out these little issues I come across. Maybe I should read these sewing books I buy rather than just looking at the pictures! They turned out ok, I think they are quite funky!

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My little cat also came in with me and helped the best he could 🙂 he loves exploring my stuff when I’ve got it all out. Inquisitive little cat he is:

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My next mission is to try and sew in a zip to one of my cushions…I’m sure it will be interesting if nothing else!

Quick Sunday sew.

Despite my good intentions to have hours to spare sewing today, this is not the case. Mainly due to a lazy start to the day drinking tea and reading magazines in bed! That’s what Sundays are really for though hey.

Then the dreaded food shop took about 2 hours, followed by hoovering, washing bla bla bla…. We all know how our good intentions are easily distracted!

I finally managed a couple of hours down in the sewing den (in between pegging washing out) and I created this funky camper van pillow from the fabrics I brought yesterday. I will make some co ordinating pillows to go with it another day.

Now I’m off to see my lovely niece for her birthday and then I’ve got to juggle some studying and the ironing in later. Relaxing Sundays ? Nah!! I’d rather keep busy 🙂

Hope you like it …..

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Stocking up the Stash !!

I promised myself that today I would make time to go to the sewing shops to check out the stock.

I found two shops in a local town which I could have been in for hours was it not for having the bloke with me. He is quite enthusiastic, but not in the way that we like to delve through the shelves for ages enthusiastic! I must return to these shops with my mum!

I did treat myself to a few new bits and bobs. Some lovely fat quarters, one has a camper van pattern on and another pretty one.

I purchased some ribbons ready for Xmas makes, some embroidery scissors, another seam ripper as I keep losing the somehow?

Then I took myself off to the wool shop and brought a navy, deep red and Christmas green wool. Just waiting for some inspiration.

All I need now is some time to create something…hopefully tomorrow 🙂

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Sunday Makes

I was determined to get some more makes finished this weekend and to take time out from the usual weekend chores and get some selfish time. (Although whilst making these, I managed 3 loads of washing and got them all dry, multitasking woman!) so not completely selfish time.

I hate to mention the word, but it will soon be Christmas ! As the fete I’m doing with my mum at the end of November I thought I could make the odd festive thing. So sticking to what I seem to enjoy most, I made this little festive pillow.

Using a range of different fabrics from my stash, it turned out ok. I’m happy with it 🙂

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Then for my second make today, I rustled up this pencil case pouch to put my bits and bobs in. Like I don’t have enough to do, a full time job, a home and family to run, a strenuous gym schedule, I am also doing an online nutrition course. Which I somehow manage to fit in! Hence the stationary, hence the pencil case. I used my material I had left over from my sewing machine cover I made, so I can combine my two new hobbies together!

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Then finally whilst I’m relaxing this evening, I’m working on some more crochet squares for another project.

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