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Today... One thread per day / Sat 24 October
« on: October 24, 2020, 06:32:45 AM »
Up early, as the dog seemed disturbed by the wind and now I can’t get back to sleep.
My wonderful mum passed away on Thursday and despite no sleep for over 40 hours, I just can’t settle well in bed. I so miss seeing friends at this time, I have a lovely sister and husband and grown up children, but sometimes just sitting having a relaxed cup of  tea with someone not so closely involved really helps. My mum was widowed very young, so she was our only parent and though she had a long life and slipped away peacefully , I can’t yet imagine life without her. She introduced us to all sorts of crafts and it has been a great gift. I know in a week or so I’ll find my sewing room a lovely escape.
For now, I’ll pass some time reading the threads here that I’ve missed in the last few days.

In the wardrobe / Toddler’s simple pinafore free pattern?
« on: May 27, 2020, 18:28:44 PM »
Does anyone know of a downloadable pattern for a simple toddler pinafore with a round necked bodice and gathered skirt?
I’ve made 2 pairs of dungarees for my granddaughter and thought I’d like to try a pinafore. I was going to try to modify this dungarees pattern, but then thought I might just waste the fabric if I didn’t get it right.   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

I was thinking ahead and looking for blue wide fabric to back my b.o.m quilt. I couldn’t see anything I liked.
 I then got an email from Dawsons’s Dept Store, from where I often get quilt covers, towels etc. I looked at their most discounted quilt covers and bought a 100% cotton double duvet cover ( V&A) for £14, which must be at least 4m of extra wide good quality fabric. There is free postage over £50  :D, so I just had to buy another different one for my stash, some towels for my daughter and a beach towel( ever hopeful we might get to even a chilly Scottish one this year!) Much better value than buying fabric by the metre and I’ve even got some buttons I could use on my knitted things.  0_0


1.10.2019 - 31.10.2019

It’s Autumn folks, so forget fancy dress making and
Fall into the Big Bagathon!
It’s your big chance to try a new skill,
learn how to transform your mounting remnant pile into a great quick gift :
Perfect for all sorts of occasions- Birthdays, New Arrivals, Christmas, the list is endless ...


- Register your interest
- Soak up the tutorial ( or do your own thing!)

Big Bad Bagathon

- then post pics in this thread-
show us your fabulous fabric choices,
your fussy cutting, your flights of fancy.
(ok I’m getting carried away :D)
-but please show us your progress
- and finally .........

 to Midnight on All Hallows’ Eve
( 28.10.2019 - 31.10.2019)

Where you post the pics of your finished bagnificent creations.

Make as many bags as you want, and if you wish, offer up your creations for sale to other TSP members.

**To access the tutorial instructions, click on the link above, click on the first picture and then on the ‘i’ icon on a pc or the three dots icon on an iPad to bring up the step by step instructions. Its as easy as that !!!

Have fun!


Current Projects / Bags of bags
« on: September 18, 2019, 17:22:41 PM »
Started out this week making a nursery fabric basket as a gift. When looking for fabric, I found a bag of left over bits of non patchwork fabric and was inspired to make storage baskets for the sewing room, then made one as a birthday gift. It got a bit addictive!  -<  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Current Projects / Wonky quilt or optical illusion
« on: August 14, 2019, 17:17:09 PM »
Here is my latest baby quilt, which is not my finest creation! I was inspired by ‘Tidbits on Tuesday’ in My Quilting Life , but as I was trying to use up scraps , I think I don’t have enough contrast.
However, my problem is that even though I’ve squared it up , it still looks wonky to me. On the inspiration quilt the pinwheels formed lovely squares, but to me it looks like my pinwheel squares are heading towards the right. Maybe it’s just an illusion- hopefully putting a border on, then sandwiching it and quilting will help. -<

Current Projects / Crosshatch quilt, unintentional patterns
« on: June 10, 2019, 00:28:12 AM »
Have just sewn the last blocks to my crosshatch quilt, which is intended as a wedding quilt for my daughter. It still has a 6” border of light then dark strips to be added.  I wanted it to be practical , with not too much light fabric and a range of colours to match different rooms.
I laid out the blocks 2 rows at a time, when I was sewing the blocks, but now it’s all together I see unintentional patterns, especially when I took a photo e.g. from 7 down and 6 in to 9 down and 4 in there’s a very dark strip. The idea is that the darkish strips go left to right and the lightish ones right to left. Should I try to reposition some of the blocks or just accept the randomness? Only 6 weeks to the wedding, so need to get on!

Machine Accessories / Buttonhole foot - hate it!
« on: May 31, 2019, 23:10:59 PM »
I’m mainly a patchworker so not much call for buttonholes, but today I was trying to make a posh apron for my baby granddaughter to wear at a wedding. All went well until I tried to use the automatic buttonhole foot on my Janome. I did everything as per instruction book, tried it twice with scrap fabric, but as soon as I used it on the real thing, it went wrong 3 times, stitching big lumps of thread that were awful to unpick  :o
 At that point I remembered having this problem before and reverted to the old method taught many moons ago at school, using pencil drawn guidelines and good old zig zag- perfect😁. Think it’s time to throw the buttonhole foot away!

I have had my eye on this quilt as a possible wedding quilt. I found the photo on Pinterest, but the link is just to an Instagram account, so no instructions. The person who posted said there was a ‘trick’ to making it. I wondered if anyone has made this pattern.

 My guess is you make the light squares with dark border squares ( I plan to cut 5.5” square light fabric and border of 3” dark fabric). That’s the easy bit. I think you probably then make a dark centred square with 3” light border and cut it into 4 diagonally to make the 4 outside corners. I might be wrong even about this .

 I’ve been trying trial and error to work out border thickness and the size of the square to be cut up, but there must be a mathematical way, which would avoid me wasting fabric :P. My husband has a maths degree, but he doesn’t understand what I’m getting at. Hope you Dark Siders are on my wavelength and can give me tips  :D

Current Projects / Disappearing 4 patch
« on: March 22, 2019, 22:08:06 PM »
Just started my first attempt at a disappearing 4 patch quilt. After finishing my PL monochrome and bright quilt, I was looking for a nice pastel baby quilt design. I’d never heard of this pattern. I’d seen disappearing 9 patch , but not 4. I love the plaid effect of this and it looks misleadingly complicated.  :D Also it’ll be good for using up my stash of pale fabrics that I hardly ever seem to use. I’ve decided on pale grey, lemon, turquoise and lilac. Hopefully suitably gender neutral for a friend’s expected first grandchild.

A bit of a 'do' / Adding straps to strapless wedding dress
« on: February 07, 2019, 00:55:07 AM »
My daughter is marrying in July and has bought a very simple chiffon dress with a lace over jacket. She thinks she may take the jacket off at the reception and would prefer to have straps on the dress.
Do any of you experts have any ideas? She will need to have it taken up, so there will be some matching chiffon available. I’m not doing the taking up myself as I’m not skillful enough ( mainly a patchworker!) to deal with all the layers of fine fabric, but I think I could do the straps. I don’t want the straps to detract from the pretty off the shoulder neckline of the jacket, so I wonder is there anything I could do other than simple shoe string straps. Originally I thought of pleated chiffon straps, but not sure how that would work.
Any ideas would be most welcome.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Fabric advent calendars
« on: September 22, 2018, 09:49:14 AM »
A few years ago I made myself an advent calendar, based on one I’d seen online.   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  I made all the little items , which was fun but very fiddly. You can’t see them in the photo as they are all in the pockets, but every one is different.

 I’d like to make one again for my little grandson who is just 20 months and like the idea of a picture that builds up: my tree gets more and more full. I was hoping to do something a little less fiddly this time. Has anyone made something like this? Lots of the ones I see just have pockets, which don’t look any different as the days go on.

House Beautiful / Sausage dog pattern for draught excluder?
« on: July 17, 2018, 18:33:10 PM »
Hi, I’ve been asked to make 2 excluders for son’s in laws, but I can’t find the pattern I used last time I made one of these. It would be so much quicker not to have to make my own. Does anyone know of a free pattern?

Current Projects / 3 quilts on the go!
« on: July 02, 2018, 10:21:10 AM »
This is a first for me, I always like to finish one quilt or other project before I start another, but at the moment I have 3! I started a scrap busting log cabin quilt to use fabric before my sewing room got reorganised. Then someone asked me to make a baby quilt: no specific instructions- so I started a very bright half square triangle quilt. Having made the request I heard no more from them,despite texts, so now I’ve started an appliqué farmyard quilt for a friend’s grandchild. Hopefully I’ll soon get them all finished, but the weather is so weirdly good, I don’t want to miss it and my sewing room is so warm :D Maybe I’ll have to start a night shift!

Hi, I have 2 metres of 147cm wide cuddle fleece. I bought it to back a quilt as it looked quite pale aqua on the website, but is really a stronger turquoise colour. It cost me £14 plus £3 postage, but if you can use it you can have it for £8 including postage.

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