Thursday, May 22, 2014


 I have been bitten by the Sewing bee bug. I have cleaned my old sewing machine. I have not used it for over 25 years. I'm not even sure I can remember how to thread the old girl but  I am desperate to sew something
I went to a knitting and stitching show this year in March and had a wonderful time getting all the supplies I need, well actually I don't need it at all much more a question of "wantie" (that's what my daughter used to say when she was little).

 I grew up in a household that repurposed  all old clothes .We had rag rugs and  patchwork blankets .Everything was re used .When we grow out of cotton vests I remember my mum would use them as dusters/cloths to clean, they where boiled on the stove for hours. Did your mum boil your socks for hours or was that just my mum. Can you tell she was not a knitter.

Anyway , as I was saying I really don't need any fabric but my goodness a new world has opened up to me. Jelly rolls, charm packs,fat quarters, rotary cutters , self healing cutting mats, rulers. It all mounts up .
I bought these beautiful fabric from a wonderful stall called the Japan crafts .Gorgeous kimono girls, bunnies and beautiful baubles make this fabric such a delight to look at .I chose with no colour scheme in mind. I want a truly patchwork effect.  
                                     Off to another stall for spots and fabric with macaroons.
                                                 Some plains, a few charm packs
I took out my pretty flower pot pincushion , sat on the floor with my new large self healing mat. I like sitting on the floor
I used my new rulers and rotary cutters and I cut out some squares. I struggled at first using a rotary cutter. The right amount of pressure is needed but I got there in the end. Have you spotted my new clover mini iron. I know it is just an iron, something the Mr felt he ought to point out , but it is so handy. It has its own stand and I love it and it will be invaluable when I have to iron the seams for my patchwork passion.


I bought some thread in colours I wouldn't normally consider using but I want some contrasting bolder stitching on my patchwork. I'm still cutting as we speak as I am a novice this process is slow but I am enjoying it thoroughly. Ooh, a word of advise do not have a glass of wine when cutting fabric, ha ha  .



  1. Have fun with it. Some of those fabrics are a real delight. Have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks I cant wait to start

  2. I know just what you mean about getting caught up in a new hobby or craft. A good few years ago I was in the sewing mood, and yes I too bought all the paraphernalia that went with it. It was addictive. Now though I'm into paper crafts and journal making but I still have the cutting mats, rotary cutters, rulers etc etc and other than a couple of more gadgets I still need or want, I'm all set up - until the next fad takes my fancy! It's all good fun though. Enjoy your quilt making :-))

  3. I love to choose fabrics and cut patchwork pieces. You're going to have a lot of fun with this hobby.

  4. Some lovely fabrics there! There is always so much choice at those shows!
    Enjoy your sewing!
    Gill xx

  5. Lovely fabric choices Helda!! I hope that you have lots of fun with your sewing and that you enjoy using your mini iron - which is very cute by the way! xx

  6. You've chosen some lovely fabrics, look forward to seeing what you're going to do with them.
    I'm gradually getting to grips with my sewing adventure and I'm enjoying it, so hope you enjoy your sewing too!
    Yes, my mum did boil my white socks and my vests and dad's hankies. In fact anything white could be found bubbling in a bucket on the stove!
    My mum still uses a stainless steel teapot and that can be found bubbling away every Wednesday morning having its weekly clean. When I was a child I can remember sometimes the tea tasted of persil where she hadn't rinsed it properly. Fortunately I survived!

  7. You are going to have so much fun experimenting with all of your beautiful fabric and fun new sewing toys.

  8. What gorgeous fabric. I'm not a sewer but my daughter has a sewing machine which I fancy having a go with, I may be joining in with your new hobby soon.

  9. This post made me smile! I was the same two years ago before I started sewing - I bought a big bunch of fabric fat quarters and just went for it! You chose some really happy fabrics and colours, too! Have fun cutting and sewing! Chrissie x PS I remember my old vests being used to dust the furniture, too! :-)

  10. Nothing better than a new hobby! Enjoy :)

  11. Gorgeous fabrics! The sewing bug has bitten me too...I love it. I love your little flowerpot pin cushion, it's really sweet. Looking forward to seeing what you make. Happy sewing :)
    Marianne x

  12. Sometimes you just have to sew something, don't you - I get like that sometimes. I find it really hard to resist those gorgeous bundles of fat quarters you see in the shops, they are always so tempting, Happy sewing! x