Travel Bag

This is a zippy little bag to put the travel bits in.  I know not many of us are able to plan any travel just now but get those travel docs and money ready, just in case!

Available in my Etsy Shop Sewn Up Gifts

Sewn Up Gifts Etsy

“Made sewers of us all.”

Have you noticed that since nearly all of us have been confined at home and perhaps garden, there has been an upsurge in all things crafty? Its amazing really. I used to cook, but now a definite no no to that. Perhaps a catering training was too much! I cannot draw well enough to show off my efforts and anything involving too much IT leaves me cold.

No, its gardening or sewing for me! Never done so much continuous gardening for ages and it shows thank goodness. Grass edges trimmed and seeds growing, just about, too.

But sewing is my real love. Its been mostly face coverings and scrubs lately of course, but they are needed so much. And now I can look forward to some dress making, all those lengths in a drawer which make me guilty every time I see them.

I have finished my last scrubs set I am going to clear that stash!

Promise Stitch Log Cabin

In my other sewing group recently I was shown the refreshing art of the Promise Stitch method of Log Cabin.  Oh I am a convert now, and this is more how I imagined what patchwork quilting was all about when I first heard about the craft in the early 70’s.

The three promises which have given the method it’s name are:-

Always use the double stitch

Everything is by hand so no sewing machines here.

Share, share your knowledge, share your fabric and last but not least share your love.

No rulers or irons are involved either so if you are quite happy judging half and quarter inch seams by eye, you will be a happy sewer.

Promise Stitch log cabin.

Promise Stitch log cabin.

Looking at my two sample squares you can see the dimensions and uniformity of the strips are wobbly, but when this method originated women were finding new uses for old clothing. Perhaps we should reinvent the whole idea.

My information was originally on Bayou Quilts and Dolls.  Have a peep it is fascinating.

New Comrade Quilters Group

For Nepal

Scrappy quilt, quick to make.


For a school in Lusaka

For a school in Lusaka

Thought I would tell you about one of the two sewing groups I go to as regularly as possible, if holidays do not get in the way that is!  This group is fairly new and we are all new to the patchwork quilting thing.  There are two lovely patient ladies who help, suggest and comfort when we make boo boos, but generally we just have fun!  We are also trying to help others, unfortunately if only in a very small way, but at the moment we are busy making quilt tops for the people in Nepal affected by the earthquakes recently.  We are making scrappy quilts using random fabrics and colours, pieced into 5 inch squares and then we will be joining them up.  It was suprisingly quick and easy to do.