I’ve been missing a month or so…

December is a busy month for most people I hear.  Nothing new there.  For us it was extremely busy and challenging financially.  Our businesses is having a downturn and we’ve had to lay off a staff member and cut the hours for the other, however, the workload is just the same, if not busier.  This has meant we’ve had to put in 7 days a week, juggling the finances, running two farms, three kids on school holidays and probably a thousand other things.  I can’t say it has been fun and still is not fun, I’m just hoping the worst is behind us, but as usual, there are no guarantees.  At times I feel like a mouse in a spinning wheel, just running to stand still.  I had decided 2017 was going to be the new, fresh start, where everything would magically just fall into place.  I. WAS. WRONG.  2017 started with some really sad events that I just can’t go into.  As January 2017 comes to an end, I just hope we can move forward, take a deep breath, remembering this is life. Real life, where some ordinary shit happens and you just have to pick yourself up and march on.

Strangely enough I have managed to do some sewing.  Only very early in the mornings, between 05-07am.  Me, sneaking into my sewing room, still half asleep, with my huge cup of coffee, listening to French music (that I am so addicted to these days) and sewing away. Whist doing that, none of my other problems and sadness can touch me.  I go into another world, one stitch at a time.

I finished a quilt that I started a long time ago.  It was my very first scrap Log Cabin quilt.  I love it so much, as it has so many different fabrics in it, from so many projects.  Looking at them, remembering what I made, who for, etc is a nice little memory quilt which I will keep for myself.

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I also started on another baby quilt.  Midway through I decided I would make it a single bed size as my daughter Mia fancied the fabrics featuring dogs and horses.  I only had half a yard of this old fabric by one of my favourite designers, Heather Ross.  This one was from her old collection Mysterious Bugs and other creatures – Dogs on Yellow.  I became curious if anyone else in the world was still selling this old print and found someone on Etsy selling it for $60 per yard.  Good on them.  I get it.  Some of these old fabrics are like gold to us sewers.  I have set myself a goal that no fabrics of mine are off limit.  What I mean by that is that some fabrics I just love a little too much. So much so that I can’t bring myself to cut them.  I seem to have overcome this and I find I’m loving using these old prints, that are no longer available, that I could sell for a small fortune, but I wont.  They are there to be used by me and just enjoy the process.  I cannot sew with fabrics I don’t like.  It’s just not me.  So here is the quilt I finished last week for Mia.

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Blue, Green & Lemon Baby/Lap Quilt

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I finished this quilt last night.  This quilt can either be for a baby or an adult as a lap quilt, or just hang nicely over a chair.  The colours used are mostly low volume prints, mixed in with a few stronger colours for contrast.  I have used fabrics from some of my all time favourite designers such as Amy Butler, Urban Chics, Lotta Jansdotter, Michael Miller, Heather Bailey and Sandra Henderson.

Finished size is 35.5 x 46″ –  or  – 89cm x 115cm

This quilt has just been listed in my Etsy shop, you can find it here!

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Baby Quilt Finished

Today I finished this little scrappy Baby /Lap Quilt that I have been working on this week.  This quilt measures 80cm x 105cm or 32”x 42” and would make a beautiful gift for a baby girl or lap quilt for an adult. It’s modern and bright, handmade with 100% quilting quality cotton, 100% cotton batting and thread.  I have listed it for sale in my Etsy store which you can find here!

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Some of the Fabric designers used in this quilt are: Alexander Henry, Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler, Aneela Hoey, Heather Bailey, Heather Ross, Urban Chics, Moda, Riley Blake & Lotta Jansdotter.  It features pictures of dogs, fish, birds, apples, pears, bicycles, flowers and polka dots.

Carnaval Dog Jackets

So yesterday I was in the mood for making some new jackets for my two dogs, Yoshi & Sunshine.  I think the next one I make for Yoshi (the greyhound) will need to be a little bigger, but it still fits okay for little walks!  Both jackets have a ring holder for keys and plastic bag pouch.

Eiffel Tower messenger bag

I decided to make another Kennedy Bag, this one I used Michael Miller’s Eiffel Towers in hot pink with Aqua Ta Dots fabrics. Once again I didn’t have all the accessories so I modified it a little. I changed the corners to a round shape (simply because it was easier…)

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Bird Messenger Bag – Kennedy Bag pattern

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I love finding new (free) patterns online.  I made this bag using The Kennedy Bag pattern by Sara Lawson from her Sew Sweetness Blog that I stumbled across.  I didn’t have all the accessories needed to make it, so I left a few details out, but still feel very happy with it.  The pattern was great to read and easy to follow!  I think I will make a few more!

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Asian Doll Tote – pattern from SEWCANSHE

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I got inspired today to make this tote using a free pattern from The Inspired Wren (which I found via SEWCANSHE).  I didn’t really follow the instructions as per usual, but used all the measurements.  It was quick and easy to made, the fabrics used was Asian Dolls on Pink by Alexander Henry and Tilda Red Dots by Tone Finnegar.

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