Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Sneak Peek

I have been working on a new pattern and it's almost ready for release. Just a bit more proof-reading to go, and it'll be done! Here is a sneak peek:

Trees, trees and more trees! I hope you'll like it.

Bye for now - I hope to be back soon with all the details.

Happy Sewing!

Hope x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Find me on Facebook

So, I took the plunge and started up a Facebook Page. I hope you will come and say hello.

Bye for now, and happy sewing!

Hope x

Friday, 5 September 2014

Ella's Heart Quilt

I received a lovely email this morning from Sue, who has finished making a gorgeous twin size quilt using my ZigZag Love pattern. I just had to share it here (with permission of course). Look at all those hearts! Such bright, cheery colours, perfect for a little girl. A lot of time has gone into this quilt, and I dare say a lot of love. 

The quilt is for her baby granddaughter Ella. Lucky girl, I say, to have such a quilt to grow up with, and won't she feel special when she's old enough to appreciate how much time and effort went into it? 

Thanks so much Sue for sharing your quilt. 

Bye for now, and happy sewing!

Hope x 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Pretty Little Pillow

It has been so long since I've popped in here, hasn't it? I'm still around, but life gets funny sometimes and blogging takes a back seat. I thought I would quickly share a photo of a pillow I made a little while ago to go with the doll quilt my niece and I sewed together.

The back is the same as the front, minus the heart. It was so fast to put together and required very little fabric. Just four 5" charm squares (two for each side), a strip of fabric and a heart (cut from fabric fused to some interfacing).

To stuff this sort of thing I use the innards of an old, lumpy pillow. I machine-washed it, then cut an opening in the end so I can reach in and pull out the stuffing. Great to have on hand for pin cushions, little stuffed toys and the like.

Bye for now, and happy sewing.

Hope x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Why I Pre-Wash my Fabric - Part 2

Greetings! I made this little quilt with my niece on Monday for her 7th birthday. My sewing machine is still away, hopefully being fixed up, but I was lucky enough to borrow my Mum's sewing machine for the occasion. While we were making it I remembered that I was going to do a post on why else I pre-wash my fabric. (The first post is here.)

The little quilt, fresh out of the washing machine.
You see, when we were pressing the pieces, there was a smell. Not too overpowering while making such a little quilt, but not particularly nice. I think it must be from the chemicals that are used to treat the fabric in the manufacturing process, I don't know. It's something I notice whenever I use pre-cuts, which are the only fabrics I don't pre-wash. After a while I get a headache from it. I also find that I get sore eyes, and the skin on my hands can become irritated (which also happens when I handle new fabric purchases when I get them home).

Now, I have a sensitive nose, and sensitive skin, so this probably doesn't happen to everyone. For me though, it's definitely reason enough to pre-wash my fabric. Actually, I'm seriously contemplating pre-washing my pre-cuts now too.

Do you ever experience the same thing? Craftsy have a blog post on the subject, here. It's interesting to read through the comments at the end and see what people have to say on the matter.

Bye for now,

Hope x

P.S. By the way, the fabric we used is Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott for Moda. I'm not sure about the purple - there's nothing on the selvedge, and I've had it for years.

Thursday, 26 June 2014


I've been a little sad this past week. My sewing machine broke last Friday while I was quilting... so it's in for a service. I was going so well too, quilting echoing swirls on a table runner:

Since I bought my machine I've never had to do without it, and now I feel a little lost. I'm also a little silly apparently. Since I was quilting when it happened, my brain thinks that it's only quilting I can't do any more, so says things like: "Now would be a great time to finish your curtains!" or "How about you sew a mini block or a Farmer's Wife block instead". Hmm. No, brain, I can't do that because my sewing machine is broken. So silly.

I would guess I'm not the only person who feels lost without their sewing machine, right? What does one do? Well, I have started cutting more hexagons to make more of these:

This quilt will be made entirely from our worn out clothing - except for the white. It will be a mix of polyester, poly-cotton and cotton, and will no doubt take me years and years to complete. That's ok though, it's not a race. I'm more of a slow and careful sewer who enjoys the process than a "Get it done now!" sewer. If I want "instant gratification" I will sew a Farmer's Wife Sampler block, or a pin cushion. How about you? Are you speedy or slow?

I sometimes wish I was speedy, so I could get more done more quickly. I feel decidedly unproductive when I see how much some other people are able to get done. I doubt I'll change though.

Bye for now, and Happy Sewing.

Hope x

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Happy Heart

If there is one thing sure to brighten my day, it's having someone email me a photo of a quilt they've made from one of my patterns. A little while ago I was sent this photo by Mary Lou, and she was good enough to let me share it here on my blog:

Isn't it gorgeous? All those hearts, beautifully pieced... I love it. It's a twin size made for her granddaughter - lucky girl (and what a cutie she is too). Did you spot the heart-shaped label?

Mary Lou was also kind enough to put some photos up on Craftsy. If you click here, you can pop over and have a look.

Thank you so much Mary Lou for sharing photos of your quilt - it's beautiful.

Bye for now, I hope something wonderful happens to brighten your day.

Hope x