I am very disappointed with the weather up to now this year. It is the middle of May and yet the sun seems reluctant to show its face and we keep having rain and the occasional hailstorm. I haven’t even taken the winter tyres off my car yet. The first few vide greniers (aka boot sale/yard sale) have been rained off or, because there has been the threat of rain, nobody has bothered to turn up. Although I did manage to find this fetching Madamoiselle yesterday morning. I must say, she gave the dog a nasty turn.
Thank goodness then, that I have got back into my dressmaking mode as it has whiled away a few wet and windy hours. I was rather taken with the New Look 6873 skirt I made but obviously had to hand it over to Mlle Tialys the Younger as it is a little on the short side for a woman of my life experience, not to mention it is covered in grinning death’s heads. Still, it’s an easy pattern and I like the style so I plundered my fabric stash to see what I could find. I’m one of those people that has to do something IMMEDIATELY when I make my mind up and it was a sunday so I couldn’t go shopping (no, not in France!). Anyway, I found some Kaffe Fasset fabric I had bought at one time but there wasn’t quite enough so I made the pocket linings and yoke facings with plain chocolate brown material and, because I didn’t have enough fabric to hem it at a decent length, I used bias ribbon to hem it. Can you bear it? I’ve only just got back into dressmaking and am already doing tricksy things like that . Here it is hanging on a hanger as it was too cold today to model it with bare legs and it would look hideous with tights.
My next project – which I have already cut out – is from a French magazine. Impressed aren’t you? Well, I will take it slowly and, if I get stuck, take it to my mini sewing bee on Thursday so my friend can help me translate the more complicated bits.
I like the panelled skirt and the neckline which is a little bit different. Also, as soon as I saw it I could imagine it in the Liberty of London Carline design, some of which I just happen to have in purple.
I have now received my pattern for the Elisalex Dress, which alone is a little work of art, and I have been contemplating fabric. It is supposed to be made in quite heavy weight fabric – even upholstery weight - in order to hold the shape of the tulip skirt which, I am assured, is flattering to all but I am not totally convinced and may reserve the right to draft the beautfiul, fitted top onto a different shaped skirt. Also, I don’t like exposed zips so I will have to adapt that. Whoaa! There I am again going all tricksy. Anyway, I haven’t quite gone ‘upholstery’ but I have gone ‘home décor’ and bought these fabrics with which to give the lovely Elisalex dress a go.
I actually bought the white patterned one – which is called ‘Marie Antoinette’ – for another pattern I bought – Simplicity Project Runway 1803 - so I might make the spotted one up in the Elisalex in a short sleeved version and, if I like it, I’ll use the ‘Marie Antoinette’ to make a sleeveless version. If I’m not keen I’ll go with the Project Runway dress.
Where, I hear you ask, am I going to wear all these pretty, feminine dresses and skirts when regular readers know that, not only do I live in a beautiful yet cultural backwater with very few opportunities to wear a posh frock, but I have the sort of lifestyle that mostly requires jeans in the winter and shorts in the summer. Well, once I have a small but versatile stock I am hoping to start making more things for my Madamoiselles. The Elder is very into fashion and would probably throw herself into choosing patterns and fabrics and might even have a go herself. Unfortunately, she is in the U.K. at university most of the time so, when she comes back for the summer, I will tie her down, take her measurements, ban her from eating the usual student’s diet of crisps, chocolate bars and vodka so that she stays the same and then I can make clothes for her ‘in absentia’ . Didn’t know I speak Latin too did you? The Younger (as we have seen) is more into black, red, skulls, wolves, etc., hasn’t got much interest in fashion and certainly not frocks, so she might prove a bit more difficult.
I haven’t been completely idle on the craft front and here is another cartonnage box I completed recently. No sewing involved – lots of glue and different thicknesses of card. I was making this at my friend’s house and, as the glue was still drying, left it there weighted down with some of her antique flat irons. Ooops! When I returned the following week, she was all upset because some rust had transferred itself onto the fabric. Ho hum. Another lesson learned. I still like it though.
On the quilting front, I bought a Moda Layer Cake in ‘Little Black Dress’ design and I am having a go at this ‘handbag’ quilt from the book by Pam and Nicky Lintott. I was drawn to it as it is a little bit different, fun to make and not too huge. I think, when it is all joined together, I might quilt it again simply using cotton perlé maybe around the handles and outline of the bag. What do you think about that idea and what sort of colour thread do you think? I cannot get the hang of free motion quilting and, after all the hard work of piecing, I would rather do something by hand not least because it is much easier to unpick if it goes wrong.
So that should keep me busy. However, bowing to pressure, I agreed to add to our little flock of chickens today as the chicken man was at the market. We only have 2 ageing hens left now (thanks for that Stan the dog) and a cockerel so I have had to start buying eggs again. Whaaaat? There is no comparison. Even if you buy the most organic, free range, pampered eggs in the shop, they cannot compare to your own chickens’ eggs. So we have another 3 now, some Light Sussex. Here is Mlle T the Younger with Isis (don’t ask). I wanted to call them Milly, Molly and Mandy but she had other ideas so I might just have to be content with Milly and Molly although it doesn’t have the same ring to it.
So, chicken wrangling – and everybody knows you need plenty of posh frocks for that.
On Saturday mornings I go to a yoga class. I go for my body but I wish it would help me with my mind too. I just cannot meditate or ‘switch off’. If anybody needed a bit of chanting and zoning out and chakra and zen (see, I even misuse the terminology) it’s me. My lovely teacher, Elizabeth, who is calmness and grace personified, tells us that, if we find our mind wandering during relaxation or meditation we must just acknowledge it, put it to one side and start concentrating on our breathing again. I try, I really do but all the time I am thinking of what I am going to do the rest of the day, what fabric I’m going to use for which project, whether there’s going to be a good flea market on the next morning, will I be able to understand the next episode of Dr. Who and just ‘stuff’ in general. This is why I can’t sleep at night.
I keep going though because it’s supposed to help with arthritis – which I haven’t got yet and don’t want – and flexibility. Apparently, I am very flexible. I am keeping this a secret from Mr. T in case he gets any ideas. Also, who wouldn’t want to pitch up here every saturday morning?
It’s a lovely drive on the way there too. Lots of fields and greenery and livestock and deserted roads and teeny villages and time to stop and go aaaaaah.
Any tips for ‘switching off’ would be gratefully received – preferably non-alcohol related as I do that already - although not before yoga on a saturday morning.
Well, there may have been more but these are the five I most remember – and happen to have photographs or links for!
This amazing quilt featuring the 10th Dr. Who (David Tennant) made by an amazingly talented person called Kirsty. Click here to see how she did it.
Having just got back into making clothes again, this cool fabric that I’ve used to make Mlle. Tialys (the more gothy one) a skirt. It’s not finished yet (note the hem!) but I was so excited that I had to take a photo.
A bit of a change from the usual things I blog about but autism is a subject that has touched my life. Last year hundreds of bloggers came together in a show of support and solidarity in response to an anonymous person’s Google search “I wish I didn’t have Aspergers”. The posts that came flooding in from all over the world were a beautiful example of the power of strength in numbers. With so much negativity still surrounding Autism and the misinformation and misconceptions that continue to abound, people were invited to share some of the positive things they have experienced instead. This year, on 30th April, the same thing happened and, if you are at all interested, you can read some of the ‘positives’ here.
In France, unlike the U.K., they tend to have their public holidays on the day of the actual event that they are commemorating or celebrating. Hence, the 1st of May is a ferié (or public holiday) on the actual 1st of May which, this year happens to be a Wednesday. Of course, if this were the U.K., the 1st May would have become the 3rd May, which is a Friday this year, so that it could be tagged on to the weekend. With me so far?
One cause for celebration is that on the 1st May in France, it is permitted to erect a stand (or indeed, just stand) by the side of the road and sell muguets (or lily of the valley) without having to pay tax on any proceeds. This is the one and only day that this is ever allowed and you can’t stop at a bakery or pharmacy (everything else is closed, of course, this being rural France) without seeing somebody with little posies of lily of the valley for sale.
Apparently, this is all thanks to Charles IX of France who, on May 1, 1561, was given a lily of the valley as a lucky charm. Thereafter, each year he offered a lily of the valley to the ladies of the court and it became a custom, at the beginning of the 20th century, to give a sprig of lily of the valley, a symbol of springtime, on May 1st.
I am confused because there was a vide grenier or flea market today. Usually they are on sundays (or occasionally saturdays) but today is wednesday and I went to one this morning and now I can’t get my head round the days of the week. I will probably try to watch Antiques Roadshow tonight now after cooking a roast dinner.
Anyway, this doesn’t lead on at all nicely but I’m going to tell you anyway that I went on a guided tour of Toulouse last week. Well, a small part of it anyway. Usually I just go to shop or to eat or to watch a film in VO (or version originale which translates, in my case, to ‘in English’) so I thought it might be interesting to hear about some of its long and interesting history. I don’t usually like guided tours – I think the last one I went on was at school and we went to see Stonehenge which was so long ago I think it had only just been built. Anyway, some friends were going on it and there was a promise of a good lunch afterwards so I signed up. I won’t bore you with the details and history – and anyway I can’t remember most of it now which is another reason I don’t normally bother going on them – but I did take a couple of photos.
Love these gothic carvings which were originally inside this church but were one of the only features to survive some disaster or another (see, I told you I don’t retain) and were put on the outside of the church afterward. Of course, being France, somebody has plonked an electricity box just to the top left of it (!) but never mind, I just love these little men. And, to think Ikea is trying to get us to ‘say no to gnomes’.
Inside the same medieval church, were some beautiful stained glass windows by a French artist Louis Gesta in the 19th century who had his atélier in Toulouse which was the “largest stained glass window-manufacturing firm in the world” at the time. Despite this, and building a castle for himself in Toulouse, he ended his life in poverty having ‘overextedended’ himself according to my guide.
The shameful sight of part of the castle that Gesta had built in Toulouse in the 19th century using reclaimed friezes, moldings and other decorations and materials from medieval buildings as well as the traditional Toulouse bricks. At one time this was occupied by a language school and they wanted to buy it but the city of Toulouse wouldn’t let them. The city then proceeded to leave it to fall into ruin and eventually it was taken over by squatters who set fire to the inside and gutted it. There were beautiful paintings and other artwork inside apparently. It has now been boarded up and has a corrugated fence surrounding it and there is talk of knocking it down. See, I do listen.
On the ‘making things’ front, I have received my dressmaking patterns, having been influenced and inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee and the fact that I ‘ran up’ a couple of skirts recently in super quick time, and now await the arrival of dressmaking fabric which somehow sounds much grander than craft fabric. I love the term ‘ran up’. Where did it come from? Who first coined the phrase ‘I’m just off to run up a couple of skirts’ and were they misunderstood? Sorry, just rambling there. Anyway, I have decided that my love of Liberty tana lawn need not stop at the ears of bunnies and the linings of storage baskets or purses. Indeed, I have a yen for a floaty, feminine summery blouse and so I have yet another excuse to indulge my Liberty obsession as my current stash doesn’t seem to have just the ‘right’ design for a blouse.
Meanwhile, I have been getting sticky again with some cartonnage and enlisted my friend Sandra for her embroidery skills as mine are non existent and it’s one of those crafts that don’t appeal to me – too fiddly – so I probably won’t bother to learn anything more complicated than a ‘tige’ which I believe translates as a stem stitch.
Anyway, it’s not Sunday, it’s Wednesday so I am off to do some more work and, just in case you are wondering whether I actually bought anything at the flea market this morning, I did. This is one of my favourites -
This seems to be some sort of pop-up version of the Great British Sewing Bee. Make a costume for a cat in less than one hour. The tailor on the left seems to have lost part of his head so he won’t be back for another week!
Anyway, this seems to have been an, even more than usual, rambling and meandering post but, you know, I thought it was Sunday.
To celebrate all things greening up, I got this handpainted roof tile from my friend Jan which she has done in the style of Alphonse Mucha. I put it up on my terrace and the blue matches the window shutters so ‘le printemps’ has officially started in my garden now.
Because of the Great British Sewing Bee programme – the final is tonight and my money’s on Lauren although Ann is soooo talented too – my daughter has shown an interest in dressmaking which I am trying to encourage. I found this easy peasy skirt tutorial over on Lily’s Quilts. Being a quilter, first and foremost, Lynne has devised this pattern which only uses those implements beloved of quilters and patchworkers everywhere, the rotary cutter, mat and quilter’s ruler – so I thought I’d give it a try. Madamoiselle Tialys loved the Echino fabric ‘Buck’ that Lynne used so I ordered some in pink.
I might put a bit of ‘ease’ in it next time as it does work out very body hugging but I think it looks quite cool and she is chuffed to bits with it.
(I think this is what the U.S. queen of posing – Tyra Banks – calls the ‘booty tooch’ - I blame satellite T.V.)
Of course, she is finishing Uni for the summer in another six weeks or so and it won’t be worth installing a sewing machine in her flat until the next academic year but, when she comes home for the holidays, I will try some more patterns with her and keep up the momentum.
I made a ‘rough’ copy first for myself, just to try the pattern out, but it actually worked out quite well so I might as well wear it.
The trouble is, I made it out of the same Ikea fabric I covered my kitchen stools with and, because I know this, I probably won’t feel right wearing it out and about. However, it will be great for just hanging out at home during the summer months. If you want to have a look at the tutorial I followed, you can find it here.
Do you remember I was going to make some hot cross buns à la Paul Hollywood. Well, I did and they turned out good enough to photograph as well as to eat. The problem was, I followed the recipe in the T.V. Listings guide which was not exactly the same as the method or ingredients he used in the actual programme. So, at one time, I was a bit worried the dough wasn’t going to rise. Also, by the time they were ready to go in the oven I had to leave to pick Mlle Tialys the elder up from the airport so I had to leave the cross application and baking to Mr. T. They were rather gorgeous if I say so myself and I don’t think I’ll be able to go back to shop bought ones now. I think the apple he uses definitely makes them softer even though I was a bit panicked about the amount of apple when I was mixing the dough.
Flushed with success, I made some scones too – here displayed on one of my vintage cake stands before they were demolished.
Two new addictions I have are retro 1930s, 1940s design fabric and hexagons. I bought some pre-cut fabric hexagons and some pre-cut cards for paper piecing and now I have something portable to sew that I can take downstairs and do whilst chatting with the family, watching t.v., etc. which makes a change from closeting myself upstairs in my workroom when I am sewing anything. This has taken the place of crochet roses which, sadly, do not seem to be multiplying and are lying sadly neglected somewhere – I can’t even remember where I’ve put them. I don’t know what I’m going to do with all these hexies when I’ve finished but I’m sure I’ll think of something.
Somebody asked me to make one of my throws with a patchwork top using Liberty tana lawns and, although I don’t usually do this as there is too much work involved in patchwork to recoup the hours spent in making one, in my opinion, I agreed this time as it has no batting and I very simply hand-tied it so it wasn’t too arduous. I think it turned out quite well but, to be honest, you can’t really go wrong with lovely Liberty.
I’m very excited because there are two ‘births’ on the horizon and I love making a quilt for a baby – a good, manageable size! One will be in the summer and the father is a friend of Mr. Tialys mostly but I went to their wedding and I need no further excuse. The other will be in October and the future mum is my goddaughter, Hannah, so I am very excited about that and am waiting for her next scan to see if she reveals ‘girl or boy’ before I choose the fabrics.
Mr. T has also been busy and in his own version of my ‘excuses not to do the housework’ which I call ‘excuses not to clear out the shed’ he decided to build a pond in our garden to encourage toads and wildlife. This was no mean feat as our garden consists mostly of a very steep, occasionally terraced, stony terrain with lots of bedrock. Still, I think he has done a good job and, when it is planted up will be lovely to sit by in the summer once the fig tree is in leaf and shades it a little and the solar powered waterfall is making the lovely trickly water sound. I can just see myself dozing by the side of it whilst pretending to read a book.
We have put a few small fish in there who, after the first 5 minutes, have never been seen again. This may have something to do with the fact that, as soon as one of our dogs saw the pond, he thought it must be his personal bathing spot and plunged in. We might have to think about a small barrier…..
If anybody ever wondered how Matt Smith amuses himself between zipping around time and space for the B.B.C. as the beloved Dr. Who, I think I may have the answer.
Could this be him selling vegetable seedlings in the poster for a DIY store in France? His new assistant looks sweet but I think the wardrobe department needs to do a bit of work on the outfits.
Mr. Tialys will be pleased as he always complains that, for a time traveller with the whole universe to choose from, Dr. Who spends an inordinate amount of time in South London.
I sort of knew that violets have a strong scent because there’s those sweeties – parma violets is it? – and also some incredibly strong (and cheap) perfume which I vaguely remember they used to sell in our dear departed Woolworths when I was a tot but I don’t think I had ever encountered the smell ’in the wild’ as it were. We have tons in our garden and they have been bursting out all over for the past week but I still don’t recall smelling them. Then, yesterday, I went to my friend’s house, parked the car, opened the gate to her garden and I was met by a wonderful waft. It was a hot day (for March) and maybe it was very still but the air was definitely full of scented violets.
Talking of going round to Sandra’s, who is my sewing friend, sometimes when we are trying to think of a project to do next, we mess around with little bits of fabric and some tried and tested patterns and this little owl was the result of that session. I remembered that I had some vintage(ish) folding scissors at home so I left sewing his bottom on until I got home and attached the scissors by a black ribbon, stuck in a decorative pin et voila!
I like that, in french, one of the words for ‘owl’ is ’chouette’ which also means ‘nice’ or ‘cool’.
I also asked her to help me with my fumbling crochet attempts. I am trying to make individual roses to make a blanket but, at this rate, I’ll be lucky to end up with a coaster – although that won’t be any good as the surface is raised and the cup would keep falling over, but you get my drift. I don’t know what goes on with this crochet business. It’s supposed to be easier than knitting and I’m good at knitting. I am having trouble recognising what is a stitch, what is a loop, what is the first loop of the first round and the 3rd loop of the last round – Gaaah! Anyway, here are my attempts so far. Do you think it will matter if they are all slightly different sizes? Will it really matter when they are all joined together? Should I have used fiendishly expensive Rowan yarn when taking my first baby steps?
She looks a bit stressed doesn’t she? Not my favourite vintage mannequin but my antique ones have a pole where the sun don’t shine so I couldn’t get the knickers on any of them! I think these bloomers are cute for sleepwear and, once I’ve ironed out a few of my first timer mistakes, I am going to make some more. I am going to give these to Madamoiselle Tialys the Elder for wearing as sleepwear as, let’s face it, if you put those on under a frock you might as well be wearing a bustle! However, she did point out that her duvet cover is almost the exact same red and white polka dot pattern and she might disappear into the bed and nobody find her which as the mother of a daughter living away from home and getting up to lord knows what, doesn’t sound too unwelcome a scenario to me!
I’m always searching for vintage, quintessentially french fabric but don’t often find it so was pleased to find this the other day. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet but I’m sure I’ll think of something.
I’m still working on hand quilting the birthday quilt – only 2 weeks overdue – but did have to stop for a while as I am completely unable to function using a thimble and, as a result, vaccinated myself against something with the end of the quilting needle and had to give it a rest. It has now healed up so I will start again tomorrow. On the hand quilting front though, I did find this in a charity shop which doesn’t go with my décor, is too heavy to post so cannot be offered for sale, and is therefore totally useless to me but could not, under any circumstances, be left under a pile of polyester sheets, ignored and unloved when somebody, somewhere had gone to all the trouble of putting all those stitches in various patterns, no doubt vaccinating herself against things and using up all the plasters in the medicine cabinet, only to have it flung out with last season’s clothes in a bin bag. Don’t worry somebody, somewhere, I have rescued your hard work for posterity and will appreciate it more than the ungrateful wretches for whom it was made.
Look at all those stitches. How could you throw something like that out? I have told my daughters I will come back and haunt them if I ever see one of my quilts in a dog bed.
Have a great weekend and I hope you find lots of violets to smell. x
We have just had about 3 days of snowfall which, coupled with a strong wind causing it to drift, made for some deep snow in places and the birds were frantically feeding on our balcony.
We usually get lots of blue tits, great tits and the occasional marsh tit but, this time, we got some more unusual visitors.
This goldfinch and a few of his mates became regular visitors – they have never been before so it was really good to see them. Note the fat balls getting low.
We’ve been cooking up some rice for them but it’s difficult to feed some of the birds who usually take worms and things although, even they have been braving the balcony to forage. I feel I am compensating (just a bit) for my 4 cats. I suppose , out at the back of the house, the birds have been taking more risks than usual to search for food and the Ginger beast, Henry,who would make Garfield look skinny, killed two birds recently. Lord knows how – I think he must sit on them, I can’t imagine him running. The cats can’t get out on the balcony so I feel I’m providing a safe haven.
The 18th Birthday came and went and I am still hand quilting. Not entirely my fault this time as I had to wait for supplies to arrive. Well, I suppose if I’d ordered them earlier they would have arrived in time but I am good at shifting the blame. I am quite enjoying this quilting with cotton perlé no. 8 (get me being all technical), not least because it is allowed to do big stitches as they are supposed to be visible plus you can choose from some lovely colours. I’ve quilted 5 stars – only another 20 to go.
On the knickers front, I have made a toile for the retro 1940s big pants which is fine but my 4-way stretch jersey hasn’t arrived from the U.K. yet and I’m beginning to think it has got lost. So, in the meantime, as I haven’t got enough other things to do, I sent for another pattern which is for more ‘normal’ size knickers with cute ruffles which you could wear as sleepwear or perhaps under a voluminous skirt or dress unless you want a somewhat bizarre panty line. For these it is possible to cut the fabric on the bias which enables you to use lots of lovely cottons. I haven’t finished them yet but here’s a sneaky peak. Yes, thank you, they are supposed to have that frayed effect – you tear the strips of fabric instead of cutting them but the jury is out on what I think about it. Next time, I might make neater ruffles. I’ll see how they look when I’ve got the other leg hole done and the elastic put in. Cute polka dots though, aren’t they?
By the way, in case any of you have any trepidation about the modelling of finished knickers, fear not. I will employ (or coerce) a younger, fitter, smoother, leaner version or use a mannequin. Or, I might just decide not to show you my knickers at all.
I hope, what with the title of this post, the names of certain birds and now tantalising glimpses of knickers, I am not attracting the wrong sort of visitor. However, if you have arrived here by way of certain Google searches, I do apologise for any false hopes I may have raised.
Yes, I have been foraging for flannel this past couple of weeks. Well, I haven’t quite resorted to flannel nighties yet but I have started amassing flannel sheets and fabric for my favourite thing of the moment which is making rag quilts. I found some vintage flannel on Ebay which came in some pretty little prints but, as it was in the U.S. the shipping cost more than the fabric so I’ll have to narrow my search to the U.K. and France in future.
After scrounging some more pieces of flannel from my friend Sandra – including a beautiful soft bolster cover which I couldn’t actually bear to cut up! – I set about the fairly mammoth task of cutting it all into 20cm squares which I did photograph but, as the weather is so pants here at the moment, I couldn’t get a good enough picture. However, I am sure you can imagine almost 300 20cm flannel squares cut by hand – a big thanks here to the inventor of the rotary cutter without whom it would not have been possible or at least not have been attempted.
I won’t bore you with the details of ’how to make a rag quilt’ here as I followed an excellent tutorial which, if you want to make one, will be all the information you need. The only things I did differently was to use flannel for all three layers and use bigger squares. Also, having had a go at a rag quilt some time ago and almost ended up with a claw for a hand, I invested (very wisely) in a pair of Fiskars rag quilt snips which spring back open after every cut, have blunt ends to avoid snipping your stitches and make the job so much easier they are worth every penny. Also, I went a bit ‘maverick’ and each time I joined a row of squares I snipped the seams to about half an inch of the outside edges so that it wouldn’t seem such a daunting task once all the rows were joined.
Here it is after one wash. I told you the weather was grim! The amount of lint that comes off these buggers is phenomenal so, not knowing where the local launderette is, or even if there is one, I put it in an old pillow case and sewed up the end and put it in my own washing machine. You are supposed to tumble dry them too, to get the seams to go ‘fluffy’, but I haven’t got one of those so, until I go and find a launderette and case the joint to see if there is a ‘guardian of the machines’ who might object to me putting such a lint-shedding object into one of her babies, I will just keep shaking it and, with a soft toothbrush, brushing those fraying seams up.
I do like the look of the soft cosy flannel and all those fluffed up seams – it looks all comfy and cuddly – but, as a bonus, the other side looks like a regular patchwork so you can always turn it over and ring the changes.
Nine days to go until my youngest’s 18th and her quilt top is ready and waiting to be sandwiched and quilted. I waited 15 days for some cotton batting to arrive from the U.S. – it’s hard to get the good stuff here – but, when it got here yesterday, I realised that it could only be quilted up to 2 inches apart and I am going for a ‘minimalist’ approach so, after all that, I have had to order some Hobbs Polydown from the U.K. which will hopefully arrive soon so that I can handquilt 25 stars and then bind it ready for the big day. It might be a teensy bit late.
Just one block – there are 25 of these, just haven’t taken a photo of them all joined up yet.
Meanwhile I have made another soft and cosy, towelling backed throw with some gorgeous Tilda fabric and have started piecing my Union Jack so I am not being idle.
and not liking to let anything go to waste – I used the remainder of the Tilda fabric to put a roof on one of my little cartonnage house boxes.
Don’t miss my next post when I will be attempting to make my own knickers! Although not, I hasten to add, in flannel.