Tuesday, 30 September 2008


Obsessive or what? - I have just started my latest read... Jeffrey Deaver, its the 5th or 6th of his books that I've read - the Lincoln Rhymes series .. anyway due to my obviously obsessive nature I can't put it down. I have to pace myself and not pick up a book too often - otherwise nothing gets done - I'm really hoping that it's not just me! :-) Still it will only be a couple of days ( and long nights - who on earth can pick up a book to help them to go to sleep ;-) ?) and I can get back to thinking about my next project .. I really don't have time to go out to work ..needs must I suppose .. at least until I win the lottery!

Sunday, 28 September 2008

time to relax

WORDLE Word Cloud

tried this out it's good fun - i will look again later to see if my blog priorities change

anyhow- taking the day to sit and think and chill .... i find decision making EXHAUSTING .....

Saturday, 27 September 2008

gift sewing

Well I am busy with small gift ideas – I like my bag for bags – a plastic bag dispenser – just because its functional doesn’t mean it cant look good , heh?. I am currently playing with the ideas of colour and pattern – these are green themed obviously – but the red in the stripes really lifts the whole look of the bag- (the photos don't do the colours justice, they seem a bit washed out here - but they are really quite lustrous) I’m happy with it and because the fabric is quite heavy, it holds its shape – so I'm pleased and I hope the recipient will be too as they were looking for storage for their bags – lets hope

I have noticed that with these small projects I don’t have any pattern at the outset so it’s sort of organic – but I get too excited to see if it will work out...then when it does – like the bag bag I am disappointed that I didn’t spend longer doing embroidery and embellishing – however as I keep reminding myself .. Less is often more!!

Found this while out blog reading - reckons 1974 for me????

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Evening wind down

Here’s my latest bit of 'making stuff after work' , a quick evening 'make' that I get a quick fix of satisfaction for something finished – it's something I’ve been meaning to get round to for ages. It’s a thread holder for all my bits in case you cant tell from the photos, ( and no, that’s not my hand…my son was reluctantly roped in to model it for me!) I need it because my OH keeps getting accosted by women removing bits of thread from his suits!! ( I don’t know where they all come from as I’m sure I keep my work area lint free and i don't know who takes it round the house? ;-) )

So both he and I are now happy… I just love the fabric – the circles are soft and fluffy, very tactile – irresistible...I just want to stroke this material!!! I made a hobo/slouchy bag out of it and its great because you just want to hug it as its draped over your shoulder – I’ve got a metre or so left so I am thinking of items to make that I can stroke – without looking too strange if you know what I mean….

Sunday, 21 September 2008

bargello decisions

Well I ended up not cutting!!

But I really want to make a bargello top so ….. I made another strippy top! – luckily I had overcut most of the strips for the first top – so I just cut some more and patched the bits I had left and hurray – another top – and I love this one too…but I WILL cut this as I think the bargello design will be even more gorgeous – at least I hope so..

Here are the 2 and I think it shows that the colourways will be fantastic.

Anyway I am in the process of calculating how many strips and how wide for each – I sort of started with a plan but as with most of the things I create its taken a life of its own…..one day I will follow a pattern?

In the meantime I’m going to play - I’ve made this bag - for "stuff" - I’ve put sewing bits and bobs in for now

It's lined with a zip top and I really enjoyed the freedom of simple piecing and embroidery - and using up my stash scraps!

The flower is one of my favourites - maybe I will post how it’s made? Or links to where I found the instructions - in a Japanese site

Friday, 19 September 2008

starting bargello quilt - at least that was the idea!

all was going soooooo well.....

....until this happened

fortunately i overlocked the edges and they aren't too bulky .. hurray back on track but then, all ironed -- and i just love it. don't know if i want to cut it up now!! will i risk it?

Monday, 15 September 2008

Quilting and Stuff

I'm just starting this blog as others have inspired me with their works. So if you find anything that makes you move on to that next piece - please share....

This quilt is a work in progress - I am at the DECISION stage -is it finished? or what/where to quilt? - I'm thinking of quilting patterns in each of the white squares - but i sort of like it plain. I think i will leave it for a day or 2 and leave it laid out - maybe that will help?