Sewing Over-Drive

My sewing mojo has gone slightly through the roof this week. After my initial attempt at garment sewing a few weeks back I was itching to try more. I had fabric and patterns waiting in the wings so last weekend I made another Tova – this one wasn’t out of a vintage curtain but some nice cotton with a fine stripe. It all turned out beautifully with only a few lumpy bits and puckers. I made a small this time and it was nearly TOO small across the chest. I’ve pretty much been wearing it all week, it’s so comfortable and flattering.


My other clothing make of the week (get me!) is the Josephine top by Made by Rae. I’ve had the fabric for this for a while – I bought it with a voucher I won for my local sewing machine and fabric shop.  This was fun to make and actually less tricky than the Tova in a lot of ways. I had plans for dinner with friends last night and had really hoped to get the top finished in time. On getting in at 3pm I had a top with no cuffs, no neckline or hem. I threw some dinner on for the kids and the set to it. I finished it with half an hour left to bung on some make up.  It’s a great pattern because there is elastic at the back to adjust the fit. I made the small – though the elastic measurements for this were a bit tight to I had to add on a bit more so I could breathe!


I’ve also been sewing for my daughters birthday on Monday – but that will have to stay a secret for now.  So, a VERY productive week! My husband says I am displaying addictive behaviour. It’s true! – I am totally hooked on the idea of making clothes for my self, it’s so exciting!  I need to step away from the sewing machine as we have an 11th birthday sleepover to organise.

It’s Giveaway Time!


I’m taking part again in the fantastic Sew Mama Sew give away.

Hello!!! if you’ve come to visit for the first time. I won’t take up your time with lots of info as I know you have lots of blogs to visit.

This time there will be TWO WINNERS!

PRIZE NUMBER 1: A very pretty and summery (come on summer!) charm pack –  Billet-Doux by Verna Mosquera for Free Spirit Fabrics.  There are 30 5 x 5 inch charms in the pack.


PRIZE NUMBER 2: A mixed pack of 5 x 5 inch charms – there are approx 37 hand cut squares in a range of designs


Enter via the Raffle-copter link below. There are two chances to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This give-away is open internationally until Friday 16th May 1am GMT (5pm PST).  The two winners will be drawn at random on Saturday 17th. Winners will be emailed, so make sure you are easily contactable. Good luck and thanks for visiting – I may not have time to reply to all comments this time!


Chosen by Rafflcopter (couldn’t get it to dispolay on their page!) the winners are!!

Cindy who said: floral Pack is my first choice. Thanks for the chance to win. I’m from Canada.

Kat who said: Mixed, definitely. Thanks 🙂

Well done ladies, I’ve emailed both of you to find out where to post your prizes.

Thanks everyone who entered. It’s been great to read all your comments, can’t wait for the next one and I hope you enjoy my sewing ramblings in the meantime!







Beautiful Blocks

A few weeks back I saw on Instgram that Kerry was having a bit of a clear out and selling some fabric and past sewing projects. Amoungst this were 40 of the blocks she made for the ‘500 quilt blocks’ book. I jumped at the chance at buying them and instantly thought they would make a beautiful quilt.

When I started to arrange them I have to say I felt slightly daunted at the thought of making something with someone else’s (amazing) sewing and hoped I could do them justice. It was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle to get all the blocks to fit. I managed to use all but two. 

There is a big mix of colours and at first I felt it was all a bit busy putting together lots of blocks that were designed to have such individual style. A quickly finished quilt was my goal so I tried to ignore the purist in me.

Now that it’s all finished I love the mix of different blocks, it’s one of those quilts with so much to look at.

I used Lynne’s (who happens to be co-author of afore mentioned book) fast machine binding tutorial, it’s totally brilliant and works way better than anything i’ve tried in the past.

I made and had my binding sewn on front and back in 2 hours (that may not be fast for you but it was for me!)

So this quit is being donated to the fantastic siblings together charity, which you’ve probably heard about by now. There’s are photos here of some of the quilts that have been made and donated so far. It’s lovely to think about this quilt going to such a special owner, I’m sure it will be much loved. I’m struggling to think about parting with it now!