Last sunday I got to go to the amazing Festival of Quilts in Birmingham with the lovely Mary, Emily and Susy (thanks again driver Emily!) we had a really fun day, though I’m quite ashamed to say that we didn’t actually start looking round the quilt exhibition until an hour before the end if the show (oooops). The quilts were amazing!

So, yes, we shopped and chatted and chatted and shopped. Mary was has an invaluable eye for a bargain.

During all this shopping I noticed Mary and Emily pulling out rather nice wallets from their (equally nice) bags. Mary had only just whipped hers up the night before. Then I spotted a piece of laminate in the sale box at The Eternal maker stand – a plan was hatched!

This was my first time sewing with laminate. It’s not as tricky as expected but you have to remember; you can’t pin it or iron it and if you make a mistake those needle holes are there for good.

My bit of laminate was only just big enough. It was a fiddly ‘mofo’ to make (no idea how Mary did hers in an evening!) and oh my sewing would go so much more smoothly if I read in instructions properly! Why does sewing seem to take me back to my school reports!?

I’m very pleased with the finished results. I did have visions of a mangled mess at some points. Here’s the link to the tutorial if you fancy giving it a go (not that I’ve really sold it!)



My Space

Today, a little tour round my sewing corner.

20130814-110723.jpgThis used to be my husbands office and is still my office and our spare room (and general dumping ground!). Last summer my husband who works from home, had a posh shed/office built in the garden. So without delay I moved my machine onto the empty desk. I have slowly filled the shelves with fabric (not difficult).

20130814-110833.jpg Vintage fabrics and sheets, quilting cottons below (with a slight lean to the left!)

Although having a dedicated sewing space might seem like the holy grail, my space has its pros and cons.

Of course it is wonderful not to have to clear everything off the dining room table for each meal or have all my fabric stacked in plastic boxes on the floor. The cons are that it’s a small room. Add in ironing board and cutting mat in the floor and I’m pretty squashed.

As it is upstairs, it means I have to take myself away from the family if I want to sew. Don’t get me wrong, escaping from the melee is often needed but there is something nice about sewing in one room while the rest of the family are just next door and not abandoning your husband to watch tv in his own in the evening.

Do you have a dedicated sewing space.? How does it work for you?

20130814-111015.jpg Some childhood photos and other pretty things.

Sewing Unplugged

While I was at the Fat Quarterly retreat in London a few weeks ago, I sat with a lady called Susan from New Zealand. We were between classes and as I had nothing to do she gave me a quick lesson in English Paper Piecing.

This is the type of ‘old fashioned’ patchwork that my mum used to do. In fact she spent a large part of my childhood sewing fabric around cardboard hexagons. A while ago she gave me what remains of her collection. 20130802-131723.jpgLast week I combined my newfound skill, these hand me down hexagons and a camping trip.

It was very satisfying sitting hand sewing and helped me not go too stir crazy on the couple of rainy days that we had. 20130802-133655.jpgI’ve now got theses nice little flowers (I’m sure there is a more technical term for them), which I plan to make into something for my mums birthday in September. I’m also itching to start creating some of my own hexies during the rest of the summer holidays. 20130802-133128.jpg