Few words

After a busy week I’m a woman of few words. I may actually be trying not to nod off as I type this. Jess turned 17 this week! That makes me feel super old because that means we’re a year away from landmark birthdays; 18 (Jess), 40 (Me) and 21 again (cough, Yvonne). Β Where the heck does time go?

Anyway, I’ve been doing lots of sewing this week with deadlines fast approaching so I’ve tired myself out good and proper. I finished the FUCancer quilt for my lovely friend.

Front of FUCancer quilt

Rear of FUCancer quilt

Quilted in chevrons with grey Aurifil thread, then washed and tumbled to get the crinkle going πŸ™‚ It is lovely and snuggly so as long as the recipient doesn’t have a migraine this should be just right for comforting her on crap days.

I’ve also been working on another hand sewing project,Β Diamonds, kites and stars revisited πŸ™‚ I’m going to try and get it finished in time to enter the Pantone Quilt Challenge
Sewline glue basting for the win! So speedy and I may have converted a few ladies to glue basting yesterday at EMMQG πŸ™‚ Well that’s all I can muster for today. I hope you’re all safe and well. Catch you soon x

Actual sewing

I’m finally feeling well enough to get some sewing done! Woohoo! I’ve got a lot of projects on the go and unfortunately I can’t show a lot of them just yet. One I can show you is this FUCancer quilt which I’m making for a dear friend who’s having a tough time. I dug out a jelly roll of Lark by Amy Butler for a very cheery but quick to make quilt.

I’m still playing with the final layout but it will be chevrons! I absolutely love Lark in all it’s technicolour πŸ™‚

You can just about see a peek of my Never forgotten improv quilt on the left hand side too πŸ˜‰ I’m hoping to get in some more improv time now that I’m not so fuzzy-headed… Catch you soon x

Going crackers!

OK, so we all know I went crackers years ago but I liked the title so I’m sticking with that πŸ˜‰ I’ve been busily sewing away at a project I’ve had in my head for a while and today it’s finished so I can share it with you. Yippee!! Here’s the source of my excitement….drum roll please….the Animal Crackers Christmas tree skirt! No fancy paper piecing or templates required, a super quick finished in a weekend (or less if you’re on a mission) kind of tree skirt. I’ve used some of my precious Laurie Wisbrun stash for this version and I just love it, well who wouldn’t love a llama amongst other beasties?!

It’s so satisfying when an imaginary project turns out just as you had hoped it would in real life! I contemplated digging out the Christmas tree for the photographs but I’m too much of a humbug for that in November. I’ve set up a page link for the free pattern at the top of the blog but thought I’d give the quickest of tutorials here for the crackers as I can envisage them in all sorts of Christmas goodies like placemats and table runners. Think of it as an early Christmas present if you’re so inclined πŸ˜‰

For each cracker you will need: 1 focus fabric rectangle 6.5″ x 3.5″, 2 solid 3.5″ squares and 4 background fabric 1.5″ squares.

Β Mark the 1.5″ background squares across the diagonal and place them right sides together with the solids squares as shown above. Sew on the marked line then trim a 1/4″ seam allowance and press open. Sew the edge of the solids block with the background triangles to each short end of the focus fabric, right sides together, then press open. Hey presto!

Sash and go your own sweet way or use the tree skirt pattern, either way I’d love to see your version if you choose to make something. I’ve even set up aΒ flickr groupΒ just in case you’re tempted…it would be very sad if mine was the only contribution to the group but hey I follow my own blog so I am sad πŸ˜‰ Just time for a couple more shots that show the simple quilting and the yummy chevron binding.

As usual I outline quilted and did some basic straight lines around the top and bottom in trusty Aurifil. This red chevron from Riley Blake reminded of candy canes so it seemed the perfect choice for this project πŸ™‚Β 

So there you have it friends, the first major Christmas make of the year and undoubtedly not the last for me. Feel free to share this picture and link if you feel like spreading the tree skirt love around πŸ™‚

Catch you soon x
Edited to add: There’s a PDF link at the bottom of the online pattern now πŸ™‚