No direction.

I had a day off work today and had promised a day in the sewing room.  After a long lay in, shower, hair wash, kitchen clean bla bla bla…I finally got in there this afternoon.  Once in there with all my ‘stuff’ out and ready to go, I realised I hadn’t even planned my next make! I decided to get out my ‘patchwork’ book and get some practice in and try some things out of it.  So I created these:

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I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do with them at all !! I’m sure something will crop up.

I then found a pattern for something a step further from these squares, so embarked on this and ended up creating this quilted patchwork pillow! It has many faults. A) some squares are bigger than others b) the border is not equal c) I rushed it to finish it off.

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Although saying all of its bad points, I still am proud of it as it’s another ‘first’. I need to remember to cut out things bigger than needed to allow for seam allowances, then my things may end up equal sizes.

I think this ‘quilting’ lark is certainly something that takes a lot of practice !!!

The Cryptic Crochet Code

I am trying to brush up on my crochet and trying to jazz up my granny square abilities. I have a few crochet books, one of which my mum gave me. I found a great pattern for a lovely rose square, I really want to set this in a cushion. 

Now..having suprised myself by actually managing to crochet the rose insert, I am now so frustrated as the rest of the pattern, from round 9 appears to be in a language unknown to me!!  I’m desperate to finish this off and accomplish this square as I love it!! 

Why wasn’t I born with a natural understanding of this secret crochet code!!! …… So frustrating!!! 

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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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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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Quick cat pillow

It has felt like forever since I last got in my sewing room and created something! I decided to have a selfish session on Wednesday and locked myself away!

It’s another pillow, using the same cat motif as last time as I think it is cute. I used an assortment of linen fabric for the actual pillow and used mainly cut offs for the motif.

I will put this one with my stash! I’m doing a Christmas fete with my mum in November, she also likes to make things, so it will hopefully make a nice addition.

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Cute cat pillow

And today’s little creation is this cute cat pillow.

I am totally a cat-a-holic !! I have three in my house and given half a chance I would have a houseful.  My retiring dream would be to own a house and convert it into a cat sanctuary for unwanted cats. I love the little furry creatures xxx

So it delighted me to make this pillow today. The motif is from a patchwork magazine I brought ages ago (where I also made the cat doorstop from) It is meant to be part of a big patchwork throw, but I’ve just used the one motif to create this. I’ve used several pieces of material to make it a little different.  I used the motif stitch on my sewing machine too which got a Lot easier the more I went on.  I’ve added a cute love heart button for its nose and hand stitched the remaining details.  Then finished it off with a little bow.

At the moment this lives in my sewing den, but I think I might put it more on show somewhere xxx