Monday, 9 February 2015

Cat Bed

Now i know after all the toys all Betsy ever really wanted was this empty catfood box. She only just squeazes into it.

A friend acquired a new (to her) cat, so I thought she might appreciate a little quilted cat bed for the new arrival.

                                                             Out this came..
And this was the result.

It was made with scraps - some of them new, some recycled fabric.
And the new kitty - think she's settling in!


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Quilty Dilemma

I've made a baby quilt top and now I'm ready to get it basted and quilted.

It's about 36" square and made with a Moda Folklore charm pack plus a white border and an outer border of some orange Katie Spain fabric, which I found in a box and don't remember buying.
I usually just go for a safe option and quilt with straight (ish) lines. So, stick with what I know or push myself to do something a little more challenging?

Friday, 6 February 2015

Waving Not Drowning

........With apologies to Stevie Smith. I hadn't added to this blog in a long while.
When I started it I had just left a job that I thought I would stay in until retirement, That wasn't to be. Whilst I only had to deal with unemployment for around two weeks, I found it difficult to settle. Subsequently, I've had four jobs in 2 1/2 years - not good. Until recently, my only gain had been weight.
It has taken all this time for me to get over the shock of losing something which was an intrinsic part of my life for so long, but thankfully I think I have. A few months ago I found the perfect position, so feel very hopeful about the future.

A lot has happened in the last couple of years - quite a lot of it bad stuff, from bereavements to a financial crisis to a mind numbingly boring and badly paid job to finding out who your real friends are (fewer than before) to an accident that left me housebound for nine weeks.

Not everything is perfect (if anything), but I think about the future a little more optimistically!

In blog land there is a tendency to post shiny, lovely things. I haven't been shiny or lovely in a long time, but attempted to focus on the positive stuff. I do, however have an all-singing, all-dancing shiny new sewing machine*, courtesy of my other half. Very pleased with it.

* Relative to what I had before - that one cost £15 second hand (and the one before), this one was hundreds and new. I know the sky's the limit, but for me, there was a cut off point.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

GBSB Tonight

It's that time of year again - The  3rd series of The Great British Sewing Bee starts tonight. Very much looking forward to this!

I'm hoping that I'll be inspired to have a go at sewing clothes again. When I was much (much) younger, I made most of my 'going out' clothes. This was necessary being a sort of glam punk ( spent a lot of money on hairspray and garish make-up).
Now my tastes are much more conservative, but it would be nice to make well fitting items without spending a fortune.
I think I need (well, want) to buy one of these!

A fast approaching birthday might be the solution. Wonder if Himself is feeling generous????

I have a baby quilt on the go at the moment - top finished, so I must press it and take a picture.
I used a Moda Folklore charm pack with some white and a bit of an orange Katie Spain fabric. The colours are much better than this image. Definitely a lot of orange going on.