Scrappy Mountain Quilt – my latest WIP.

As insomnia tightens it’s grip upon me for the night I decided that it would be a good time to let you all see what I am presently working on….. or what I had been, until the Meniere’s Monster reared it’s ugly head with a vengeance!

It’s been about 2 weeks now I think, since I was last able to work on my quilt (yes, finally this one is for me!) and I feel the familiar frustration welling up inside me as the desire to keep going whilst the mojo is still happening, despite the overwhelming urge to fall flat on my face in any given direction, and vomiting my heart out grows ever more insistent.

Isn’t it lovely? I’m making it entirely on Helga, my 1940 Singer 15K-88 treadle. I love the process of these  Scrappy Mountain Blocks – pair up, slice, sew, square up, slice some more, rearrange and sew up. I’m using a layer cake called  “Fresh Flowers” by Deb Strain paired with some white-on-white fabric. I’m really excited about this quilt! So far  I have about 4 rows done, with 3 more to go. I hope to be able to do some more tomorrow.  Even one pair of squares will be an accomplishment.

I’m determined to get this finished soon, so that I can begin the borders, the accompanying Scripture embroidery and the preparation for FMQ.

Watch this space for developments! Hopefully there’ll be some soon.


Gift making! It’s quite a process.

It still amazes me that there are people in the world who think it’s insulting to receive home made gifts, produce etc as a gift. That there are people out there who see no value in the thought, the planning, the angst, the jubilation – the process – that goes into such gifts. They don’t see the blood, sweat and tears behind the item. If I personally know any now, they hide it well.


These last few years as I have begun to progress in my sewing, embroidery and now Knitting I have purposed to try to have gifts predominantly home made over mass produced commercialised products. Each person is a unique individual and so should their gifts be.

I want the recipient to know they are loved, appreciated and thought about. You see….. it’s so easy to just buy something, wrap it and give it! It can be impersonal. See the item, think briefly of the person, buy, wrap, give….. and then it’s all over.

When someone makes something for you, you can be certain they’ve thought about you a LOT. Each stitch, pleat, pin and tuck; each paint stroke, stir of the Jam, batter etc that person has been planning, preparing, stock-piling, working – for YOU! And what’s more, they’ve done it because you mean something to them.


So, as I finish my Christmas sewing and Knitting, think of a few small other stocking stuffers I can make as well I now feel the familiar anxiety of the crafter – will they like it? Will they use it? Will they see the days, the hours of love in each and every millimetre?

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I hope everyone who reads this has a safe and Happy Christmas, whether that be with family, friends, strangers or on your own. However your Christmas is, may it be a Happy one!

A slight digression…..

My blog was originally to chronicle my Quilting journey, and, on the whole, it still does. It’s just that, lately, some other crafts have crept in unawares, and some other sewing interests like Bag Making and surprisingly Knitting! Here is my new Quilted knitting bag I made. I just had to make it. After all, we all need the right tools, don’t we??

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I have (finally) finished the Fathers’ Day Beanie for my husband. Not one word did he say about it’s tardiness in appearing. It went straight on his head and stayed there until day’s end (which is a sure sign he is very happy with the result!)


Does he care that my first 8 row pattern repeat was….umm…..less than perfect? No. I made it for him and that makes it special. For those of you out there wondering why people craft, or why they make things for a zillion dollars that they could buy mass produced for 2 – this is a classic example of why!

It’s the thrill of choosing the design, (this one pre-approved by hubby!) the colours, the yarn and the making of the item. It’s the anticipation of seeing the work finished – of holding it in your hands and having that tangible object, now no longer a picture on a page and the joy of giving it to it’s intended recipient. It’s seeing their delight and appreciation of all your work to make that item FOR THEM! Folks, that’s a buzz you can’t bottle! That’s the WHY!


Knitting is also addictive and I’ve already started a second Beanie, this time for one of our Grandsons. I hope he likes his as much as his Grandad did his!


Introducing Toriska’s new pattern The Flourish Clutch!


I was chuffed to bits to be accepted as a tester (my first time ever!!!) for the Flourish Clutch. A nice easy pattern and a whole lot of fun to make. Yes, I was binge watching The A Team whilst constructing this bag. Blame my daughter WR Gingell for that. She got me hooked on them a month or so ago….


I couldn’t wait for a frame to arrive, so I pilfered one from a purse I picked up at a Thrift Store for 50c some time ago.

So without further ado – here she is – my Pretty as a Peacock Flourish Pouch! Give a twirl for the blog readers sweetie!……..

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This clever pattern is gorgeous from ANY angle – even underneath!

The Flourish Clutch comes in 3 sizes – Small, Medium and Large. This little cutie is the Large size.

Here’s a shot or 2 of me carrying said Flourish Clutch so that you can get an indication of the size and versatility of the Large size:

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The Flourish Clutch makes her debut Friday the 13th of November (US time) along with her sister The Curvaceous Clutch, which is an equally lovely pattern with a totally different look to this one.

You can purchase the pattern via Etsy
Craftsy shop
The introductory price is $6 and goes up to $8 Monday.

Wow! Hasn’t time flown. It’s been ages since I blogged. Life and health often get in the way like that, but I am determined to be a more frequent blogger, maybe fortnightly to see how I go.

Here is a collage of some of the stuff I’ve been sewing/quilting since my last post. Of course, these are only the Bionic Gear Bag Notions Totes that I have made in that time. I love these bags. I still have at least two more to make for my Applique and my Embroidery to go in. The last one was for my Mother in Law for her birthday this week, one was for a bag swap (the one with the sea-life charms and hexies on the front) and 2 were for me – one for English Paper Piecing and one for Felting.

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Bionic Gear Bags were the invention of Sally Thompson (aka RipStitcher) from Craftsy. You have only to google the name of the bag for the pattern to come up! It is fantastic and I love making them.


I’ve also made a few Necessary Clutch Wallets (by Emmaline’s Patterns) and am equally enarmoured of this pattern. Such a clever and simple way to construct a complicated looking pattern, and this is exactly what both patterns share, a simplicity in construction that belies their complicated appearance. Kudos to Sally Thompson and Janelle Mc Kay for their brilliance!

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Where to now you ask? Now, I learn (hopefully) to knit. Not just knit, but knit right-handed! I am predominantly left-handed, and already do some things right-handed so I don’t see many issues with this. I have done a little practice knitting last year (some squares and this pathetic, but colourful, little bag)  but not a great deal.

 (I warned you it was pathetic!)


Hubby needs a new beanie, so I said I’d try to make one for him now that he has approved a masculine (and thankfully simple) knitting pattern. Hopefully my next blog will be about said hat, and also the obligatory knitting bag that I will now have to make for my new craft of knitting……… yes, I know, it is terrible that I will have to make yet another craft bag, but these things happen.

Until next time! Keep crafting!

A Whimsical Ruched Patchwork Pumpkin Pincushion: Mission Accomplished!

My lovely (well, I think so!) ruched patchwork pincushion is now finished. I changed the angle so that I could see more ruched surfaces at any one time and added some more pumpkin leaves. I also changed the pale twill tendril for a darker felt one. I felt it was more dramatic and a nicer contrast to the oranges of the pumpkin body. I kept the stalk pale – again for contrast and because, well, sometimes I’m just a little contrary and it’s the way I wanted it to be.



Then,  just as I said to my daughter Wendee, “I think I’ll put a button here to break up these leaves at the back, what do you think?” She said “Yeah, that’s okay, but a snail would be better!” So of course from there it snowballed to Ladybirds as well, because this is Whirly Whimsies after all so there has to be some whimsy about it – perfect! Just goes to show you that 2 heads are sometimes better than 1.


This side-on view shows the change in angle. I added leaves underneath too. I wanted it to look nice from all angles, and there were one or two ugly (and tenacious) bits of hot glue to hide, so the leaves did the trick.


Now it’s going straight on to my newly tidied sewing table……..






Works in Progress…..

This should really read "works in progress" as there are several.
Number 1: when finished will be the decorations on a fancy-shmancy spool holder for my sewing room wall.

100_8538  100_8543 Here are some pictures of some of the decorations for it. More will follow with a cameo of Hubby after using his drop saw to put the holes in for the dowel pegs….


Number 2: This swag used to be dark green and maroon and very sad looking.  I bought it from one of the local op shops (thrift stores.)In keeping with the colours of my sewing room curtains, I tweaked it and made it new again. The centres of the spools I used fabric and glued it to the shank. Dark brown and light brown alternated. Then I tied strips of fabric in Moda Bella Solids: Parchment and Christmas Red, purple and  a light orangey brown colour. This still has to be hung up in its proper place and I may or may not add a small hand pieced emellishment to each heart…


Number 3: Here’s a zippered pouch I made for piecing on the go as well as my first attempt at a pieced heart  (this is the WIP, the others are all finished YAY!). The coaster is reverse appliqued (also a first attempt!) and is basically just there to show I’ve not been totally idle!

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And…… back to Number 1: Here’s the spool holder in production. There will be a quilted flower pot underneath where the masking tape is with the dresden plate pictured above on it for a decoration. There will also be stems, leaves and hopefully tendrils if I can make them happen, so watch this space! It’s getting to that exciting stage where seemingly random bits of stuff all meld together into something quite extraordinary! Can’t wait to see it on the wall and finished!


Number 4: Accessory to the zippered pouch, and my last work in progress is a needle book of my own design. It has a pocket on the front and back inside covers and little decorations on the pages. I have finished the outside, but still need to finish off the inside. I have had to use it in the mean time. It will have to wait a little to be fully finished, as I have a few little sewing jobs to do besides my WIPs. Seems I’d better get a wriggle on and crank up the ol’ sewing machine…….. More later……