A couple more mug mats. I’m seeing a friend tonight for a birthday meal. It was really nice to be able to whip one of these out of my little stash of gifts! I hope she likes it and the one I’m giving her doesn’t develop a big hole like the other one!!

And here is the bag I made for my friend Jenny. It’s called ‘lets go to the park bag’ and is just as the name would suggest – big enough for lots of kid clobber, lots of pockets inside, plus the funky circular one on the outside. I was REALLY pleased with how this turned out – and would actually quite like one for myself!  

Having lots of fabric joy today, as this lovely lot arrived. My first purchase from the US. It is so much cheaper to buy fabric from there and I took advantage of a half price shipping deal. Thankfully I didn’t have to pay any customs charges!

Today I found these fabrics in the charity shop. On the left is a big purple retro duvet cover. Not authentic retro, but I liked the print and it’s HUGE!

Also, a searsucer table cloth, a large linen pillowcase and lastly some very funky orange floral totally vintage fabric. I paid far too much for this.

There were two small pieces and one large but one of the small pieces was wrongly up priced the same as the large one. I will remember next time to check what I’m buying first! At least it goes to charity!

On Pinterest I have a board called ‘One day I might make a quilt’, where I’ve been pinning ideas and inspiration for quilt making. I’ve never really been into the idea of quilting – it had a bit of a mumsy all-American image, but I’ve found some amazing photos of beautiful and very modern quilts online.

So finally I thought, rather than just wondering about making one I’d have a go. I’ve been looking for and buying all the things I need for it for about a month. Yesterday my 1/4” seam foot for my machine arrived – so I started. It is a very simple strip quilt – but I am really loving seeing it coming together so quickly.

This is about two thirds of the quilt top so far. The only thing I’m not sure about is the big block of pink at the top – but if I’ve been sewing my strips in the right order, there should be one to balance it out at the other end.

Essentially I am making a giant mug rug!

Now I’ve been sewing for a few months I found I was accumulating an awful lot of fabric scraps and off cuts. I found this great little tutorial on Pinterest for making a mug rug/pot stand using selvedge edges from fabric. I didn’t have many selvedges, but used lots of other pretty scraps I had. I’ve made lots now in all shapes and sizes! (more photos to follow!)

Party bags made for Thom’s 7th birthday. These simple drawstring bags are made with Riley Blake Orange and Blue Bullseyes from the All Star Collection. Thom says it looks like cowboy matieral!