Monday, 14 September 2015

Getting ready to #coatalong

Hello there! Well, today is the start of the #coatalong and typically I have a small boy home sick and last week flew by with secret sewing and other family related situations taking up my time, so I've not been able to write the blog posts I'd been hoping too. Ho hum. I did spend some time last week putting together a Pinterest board with interesting articles I've found about pattern matching, coat-alongs and interlining which will hopefully be interesting to you - if you find any other articles let me know and I'll make sure to add them as well as link up each of my blog posts so that you can follow along if you fancy.

So, excitingly, my second attempt at ordering coat fabric arrived yesterday. Woo hoo! I really love it and I think it's going to look amazing with the musical notes lining although I do admit to having slight (okay, many!) panic moments over pattern matching. What have I done choosing patterned fabric?! But I'm going with lots of prep and planning before any actual cutting....

Today I'm going to focus on finishing a couple of bee blocks that need doing and then I will begin cutting out all the pattern pieces. There are So. Many. Pieces!!!!! I fear it may take me all week just to do that! And then I'll make a start on a muslin.

There is no real schedule - partly because life is a little bit hectic and I don't want to over promise - and also because the idea is that we all sew at our own pace and give each other support. However, my plan is to post each week my plans, progress and failures (although hopefully there won't be too many of those!). See you soon,


Today's sky - overcast, grey and very rainy. Boo!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Would you like to #coatalong?

Have you got a wish list of things that you'd like to make? A quilt? A dress? A bag? Me...I have a wish list as long as my arm but one of the things I've been saying for - oooooh about three years now?! - is that I'm going to make myself a winter coat. It's become a source of amusement for Mr f&f each time autumn/winter comes along when there is no shiny new coat to wear. This year though I've decided to pull on my big girl pants and actually Do It (partly encouraged by the fact that my current coat is falling apart and I can't put anything in the pockets without it falling through the lining into Never Never Land. Very annoying!!!)

A couple of years ago I bought the Collette Albion Duffle Coat pattern but wasn't quite sure as it seemed like it would need quite a few changes to make it more feminine and then Grainline launched the Cascade Duffle Coat. Perfect! I've decided it will be my celebratory kids are back at school sewing project!

A chat on IG (where you can find me as @fabricandflowersuk) led a few people to say that they would also like to make a coat, and we thought it would be fun to sew along together in a #coatalong. Would you like to join in? It will be informal with everyone sewing the coat of their choice and helping/giving moral support to everyone else.

So, if you'd like to join in the fun (and maybe the odd bit of cursing!) all you need to do is come back early next week and I'll put together a blog post with an outline of the #coatalong with a view to starting Monday 14th September.

Have a great weekend,


Today's sky - some sun and still cloudy but no rain. Yay!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Recent goings on!

My word, the last few weeks have flown by! I always forget how little I get to do sewing wise over the summer. However, a few secret-sewing projects have now been published so it's exciting to finally be able to show you these! First up are these giant pin-cushions that I made for a new to me e-zine, Make Modern Issue 7. It's a really good read with lots of patterns, articles and a modern medallion Block of the Month. There are some fantastic contributors in there so I'm really honoured to have made it in too.

Next up is a Colour Block cushion that is published in Issue 14 of Quilt Now. These blocks are a gentle introduction to improv and a great way of using up little scraps of fabric. There is also a scaled down version of the block to make a set of coasters.

Other than that very little has happened! There was the very exciting arrival of a new sewing machine which I had to have an immediate play on.....

...I used some Cotton & Steel scraps that I had lying around to whip up this little pouch and took the opportunity to play with some of the quilting stitches. It was lots of fun but I felt like a new sewist trying to find my way around the machine!!!! Hopefully once the kids are back to school (tomorrow!) I'll get some time to play and get back up to speed.

In the meantime there has been some stitching of a different kind with a small knitting project. I've made a start on a Hitchiker shawl, I'm a slow knitter but am hopeful that it will be finished for Autumn/Winter.

See you soon,


Today's sky - mostly grey with the odd splash of blue and lots of rain. Meh.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

The last few weeks have been mostly about.....

...working on my Siblings Together Bee quilts: I asked for scrappy trip blocks when it was my turn with any colours. It's quite an eclectic mix to be honest! Its pretty much all finished now, so hopefully a ta-dah picture soon!

...visiting Alice Caroline fabrics for the open day of their new shop: you need to phone in advance to check they're around but if you're in the Cheltenham/Tewkesbury area it's definitely worth a visit! I was quite restrained and restricted myself to rummaging through the scrap buckets to get these beauties!

...working on my handpieced mini swap: as you would guess, this has been all handpieced and those little curves have been pretty tricky (the radius is just 1"!!!) but I'm pretty pleased with how it's looking so far. I just hope my partner feels the same!

...making lots of teacher gifts: somehow I've managed to make a total of thirteen dumpling pouches this week and a pencil case too. Crazy!!!

...cake making: Boy 2 is soon to be 5yrs and requested a "minecraft cake please Mummy". A quick search on Pinterest found me a pixel plan of a creeper and using my (cleaned!) 6" square quilting ruler was able to bulk cut the squares out!!!!! He seemed pretty pleased with it which was the main thing!

What a crazy few weeks! School has finished now so I think there will be more hand-sewing going on as I try to squeeze some sewing in amongst the craziness that is the summer holidays!

Guess I'd better get cracking!


Today's sky - overcast with regular showers...typical for the summer holidays!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

A new pincushion

It's been another busy time....I've started to notice a rhythm to the school year and the lead up to the long summer hols are always hectic: me frantically trying to get things ready for kids who are going to be bored (or is that just mine?!) and lots of school events. Mixed in with some secret sewing and time has been flying!!! So it was a lovely surprise last week when a gift from Jessie at Sew and Quilt landed on my door mat. 

Jessie has recently launched pre-cut paper pieces for EPP'ing - I think she's got all the shapes covered!!! - and I got the chance to try them out with this cute hexagon pincushion kit, the perfect project for a bit of relaxing sewing over the weekend!

I thread basted my hexies (through the back only) and have to say that the paper shapes are just the right thickness to make basting nice and easy and give a good shape but also strong enough that after removing them they are still good to use again which would be great for doing a bigger project, or maybe even another pincushion!

The pincushion is finished with a button through the center to give it a bit of a donut feel! I used a button for both sides because I couldn't quite decide which was my favourite so now I can choose depending on my mood!!!

If you fancy any paper pieces for yourself then do pop along to Jessie's shop - at the moment she's including a free Hexagon Pincushion pattern with every order! - I think I'm going to find myself another project for the summer, EPP is perfect for picking up and putting down whilst the kids are around.......


Today's sky - cloudy but sunny and warm!

DISCLAIMER - I was sent a free hexagon pincushion kit to try out, all opinions are my own. 
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