Sunday, 5 July 2020


I'm early this month BuT as I'm going away I wanted to make sure I added my item.
It's a simple sewing pouch...

Thanks again Narelle...

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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

30th June Last snowmen

Tuesday morning in England, weather grey and coolish for summer. I've just noticed whilst taking these photos that I have missed eyes and a nose from these last two. I'm still unsure how to finish the project. I have the beads and things for the individual blocks but not sure of the sashing.
A new sew along starts today, wool Christmas ornaments, which I hope to start if I have the right colours.
First snowman who looks bare without his nose and stars.
Second snowman minus his eyes.
I hope everyone is staying safe and well, I have spent a lot of time in the garden and at my allotment. 

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Child's Chef's Hat

It's been pretty busy around here with the garden,
19 new chicks and lots of quilting so I kinda skipped
last month...and maybe the month before?

For today, I wanted to share a chef's hat that I made
up very quickly for my grandson.  Turns out everyone
is out of interfacing (for masks I guess??) so I had to
substitute with some funky stiff stuff.  That and the
fact that I was trying to hurry means it's not my best
sewing.  But now I have it all figured out again
 (I made one years ago) and would love to make more...
if I just had some interfacing!!

SO, my point is that I may just give him this now
and then perhaps make another hat along with an
apron for Christmas--and in more fun fabric.
Like dinosaurs.  If I could find dinosaurs cooking
or eating (pref not eating other dinosaurs! Ha!),
that would be really cute.  Once I figured out how
to make it, it went together very quickly so I wanted
share the idea because they would be cute gifts for
kids who love to cook with mom and dad.
Or maybe even a teen who's aspiring to be a chef?
Hubs and I are big foodies so we raised a whole family
that cooks so I may even make everyone a hat for fun.
Once upon a time, I would make a fun gift for everyone
to open on Christmas Eve (on top of all the other gifts!) 
but it got to be too much and I ran out of ideas so
I stopped a few years ago but this has me thinking.
(And yes, one year I made aprons.)

By the way, the hat I made years ago?  I made it for my
Goddaughter, along with a matching apron with her name
on it and I packaged it all up in a big bowl with wooden
spoons.  It was a super-huge hit and I still have a pic.
Somewhere.  (I'm horrible about pictures!)

I also wanted to share one of the things that has been
keeping me so busy because it might be a gift:

I have someone interested in buying a queen-sized
version of a previous quilt so I have been working to make
this option for her.   I do not do special orders so I'm just
making another version my way and if she likes it, super.
If not, it will be a Christmas gift instead.  I've been mulling
over border options for two days--I have to add another 25
inches to get it up to size.

I hate that I've missed a couple months but gosh, we're
nearing that half-year mark so I know I've got to pick up
this Christmas gift thing!  Other than quilts, chef hats
and aprons, I'm not sure what else to make?

How's everyone else doing?

Thursday, 25 June 2020

A Berry Merry June

Greetings on this very chilly evening. I've been managing a little stitching in the evenings and have just put the last stitch into the centre piece of block 4 - A Merry Christmas Garden.

Hopefully over the weekend I can sew all the sections together and share a pic of a completed block 4 before the end of June.

I will also have more about a lucky draw or 2 for those lovely elves who have been keeping busy in the workshop. We're halfway there ... how is your Christmas stash looking?

Monday, 8 June 2020

I KnoW its EarLY

but I finished another mug & rug carry bag... & the way these months are flying by... I thought I better post about it now...

That's my story & I'm sticking to it...

Thanks Narelle... for hosting this monthly group... xox

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Sunday, 31 May 2020

May 31st Just in time.

Finished these two a week ago but very slow at getting them photographed. I need to finish them all before adding embellishments. I have found some pretty star buttons, now to find suitable buttons for the snowman's coal buttons.
I have spent most of the month of May at my allotment, digging, sewing and weeding, it is beginning to pay off but the weather is so dry in my part of England that I've nearly used up my limited water. There is none on site, only what I can save from the shed roof when it rains.

I've already started on the last two snowmen.
I haven't been able to find suitable sashing yet, I won't be dashing off to the shops, even when we're allowed.

May I Please

May I please ... find a moment to catch my breath. With a full house and crazy at work, I'm exhausted by evening and achieve very little. Just a bit more prep on block 4 this month.

Guess what I'll be working on for June? 😜

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

May finish

Finally managed some time at my machine & made this little stocking up today.
Happy Stitching,

Friday, 15 May 2020

For MaY

I finished off 3 sets of Picnic Pals.
A quick & easy gift but a very handy one to use as a clean space to eat from which carries a knife & a fork.
You can also include a napkin.
Thanks Narelle...  this is a great group to belong to each month.

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Thursday, 30 April 2020

April finish

Just scraped in with a finish. The tablemat was another bonus project from Gail Pan's Christmas BOM last year.

Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

What day is it?

Due to the strange times we live in now, I have lost track of time and days, dates etc. Here are the next two Snowmen blocks, they need the finishing embellishments.
Ornament seven.

Ornament eight.
 I need to add something to this one, not sure what.

I'm wondering if they could be added to a Christmas tree skirt. Just four more to do. I'm looking for my next project.

A lot of my days are now filled with digging at my allotment, we are allowed to go as exercise, it got rather neglected at the end of last year. The greenhouse is full of plants waiting for warmer weather.

Happy sewing

Sunday, 26 April 2020

April Progress

Before the mayhem of having our daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons moving in, I got cracking on block 4 and made a good start.

They're staying while SIL waits for knee reconstruction surgery  ... loving the time with family ... sewing will resume one day 😘

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

a year in advance!!

I had originally planned to make one snowman heart a month..... but I got a bit ahead of myself...

I think I will need a special tree to put these on... they are fun

It is a free design from Bunny Hill Designs (but now on squares not hearts)

I have also done this Christmas stitchery....  It could be a tray cloth or a wallhanging... we shall see

I have a few Christmas projects kitted up so plenty more still to do.

Keep well and safe, and smiling..... I hope you are all doing okay ... everything feels odd and I'm not sure which day is which most of the time

Friday, 10 April 2020


I added a set of Picnic Pals to the Xmas gift box...
To read more about these LaPKiNs...  click HeRe...
Thanks Narelle for acting as our lovely host every month...

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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

March's Finish

Another Advent Calendar for my sister's Craft Fair.  I finished the sewing earlier this month and just finished adding the buttons last night.  I made a little drawstring pouch to store the little felt pieces.