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Welcome to The Dark Side / Anyone made a Hot Air Balloon?
« on: Yesterday at 10:40:07 »
I'd just finished my post about Strip piecing, when a message came through from DD about a Hot Air Balloon mobile for above Theo's cot.

Not sure if this comes under the dark side spec, but I don't know where else it would go....

This is the kind of thing:

Any idea where I would begin?


Welcome to The Dark Side / What do I do now?
« on: Yesterday at 10:33:11 »
I've wandered along here to look for advice, and not to be confused with a 'proper' quilting person.

I found some Strip Quilting Squares (?) when I was tidying up, and I wondered what to do with them.  I had a thought that they would make a nice play mat for Theo, but I am having trouble getting any further.

I really need to know how to join them together.  Do I use strips, or just stitch them together (I thought the seams may be a bit thick).

As they are already quilted (albeit in straight lines), I wondered could I back it with fleece?

Any and all advice welcome :)


Fun with Fabric / Pirates in my pram!
« on: Yesterday at 09:06:15 »
Just made the first of several of these fitted sheets for Theo.  I thought the ones he had didn't look so cosey.

This is from I piece of fabric I bagged last week, from a FB seller.  It's lovely quality, but she only had 3/4 metre.  Still, it will make some lovely coverings....

I made it slightly big in case it shrinks a bit (no time to wash it)

Two more cut out in soft fleece fabric, backed with Swallows and Amazons.  Should have them done today.

Picture attached.


Hmmm, seems like something I might like to have a go at....

Must have a look at what quilting cottons I have.   ;)

Just this one mind....


Today... / Re: Thursday 17th August
« on: Yesterday at 08:45:47 »
Miserable day today, although the sun is trying....

Got some sewing to do today, and may have another little tinker with the new (to me) Alfa sewing machine (it's filthy).

I may fit some work in between.  ;)

Whatever you are doing, enjoy your day!


In the wardrobe / Re: Ottobre children's patterns
« on: Yesterday at 06:47:07 »
Ottobre do have lovely boys clothes.  I'll be looking to see if there are any suitable for new born Theo!  ;)


Patterns & Fitting / Re: Burdastyle 02/2013 128 (again)
« on: August 16, 2017, 15:42:26 PM »
Acorn, if you use a whitening toothpaste, try that.  The paste means that it only goes where you want it.


Sewalongs and Competitions / Re: WINNER of the Japanese Sewalong is...
« on: August 16, 2017, 15:04:33 PM »
Well done everyone!


In the wardrobe / Re: Ottobre children's patterns
« on: August 16, 2017, 14:02:36 PM »
I've made a couple, and they're great OSS. No problems at all.


Fun with Fabric / Re: Adding a stripe to scout cravats (!)
« on: August 16, 2017, 12:24:35 PM »
Bias binding or grosgrain ribbon come high on the list for me Swisslass.


With modern machines it really is a case of 'you get what you pay for'.

It really may be a good idea to get your old machine out of the loft, and ask around on here to see if it is worth investing a bit of time and money on it.

Lots of us have gone back to older machines as they have excellent quality stitches, and are very reliable.

I'm sure someone will be on here with recommendations for new machines.

My advice would be, if you don't want to use your old machine, look for a re-conditioned one from either a good bricks and mortar shop, or a recommended internet supplier - you will get more for your money.

Good luck whatever you decide to do.


Access All Accessories / Re: Bag Making
« on: August 16, 2017, 11:04:04 AM »
Stitches, last time I made a tote, I used an old Lever Arch file as the base - it's lovely and flat, and very sturdy.


Vintage Machines / Re: Show and tell time - lets see some oldies!
« on: August 16, 2017, 11:01:58 AM »
arrow, I should probably open the motor, but I'm just not confident enough.  I'm always afraid that I will make matters worse - or start a fire!

I managed to undo the footpedal and remove the capacitors - mainly because I didn't have another foot pedal which fit the connectors on the Featherweight. 


The Cafe / Re: Stash purge
« on: August 16, 2017, 10:49:21 AM »
I can't bear to part with stuff!

I am my very own episode of hoarders :)  I am tidy though  ;)

Unfortunately, the stash now includes various random sewing machines too, so I really must put my big girl knickers on, and tackle the situation....  :S

:vintage: :fabric: :thread: :wool: :sew:

Patterns & Fitting / Re: Burdastyle 02/2013 128 (again)
« on: August 16, 2017, 10:43:56 AM »
It's still available on the website Missie, but they are charging a lot for their downloads lately (I think).

I found some lovely fabric in the stash this morning, which will make a lovely dress in the same style.  The dress has a lovely flounce/frill down the front.


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