Sunday Stash 14

SS 14

Some scrummy Sandi Henderson apples. Good enough to eat I think.

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Comfy Cushion and other things

I have had this gorgeous Darla fabric for a while and decided I would make some cushions from it. Well cushionS is not exactly where we are at, but cushioN, singular, is.


I followed the pattern here and although I hate gathering , I think it looks nice on my garden bench. It would look nicer with some company, but I have not found the time to make another one. Maybe next week.


I also had chance to make another couple of blocks for the Around the World Quilting Bee, I hope the ladies they belong to like them.

ATWQ block


My Dancing Queen

I had to show you a picture of this. It’s my daughter dancing in her new trousers. She loves them because “they have swooshy skirts at the bottom”!! She wore them until bedtime last night, I managed to persuade her to take them off in bed and at 6.00am she danced into my bedroom announcing that she was wearing her swooshy trousers again. A success don’t you think?

Dancing Daughter

Spotty Trousers and Cake

Yesterday I decided to look at what I wanted to make for Christmas and I have now re-done my TO DO List so that it doesn’t look overwhelming or confusing – which I am pleased with.

So because I felt organised I decided to have a bash at the ruffle pants/trousers from Portobellopixie. I had some pink spotty flannel which I tried to shrink as much as possible as per a post on the Superbuzzy blog. The pattern came together really quickly, but it would have been quicker and easier if I had a serger, I don’t, and certainly I won’t be able to persuade my darling husband to part with even more money (our washing machine broke yesterday) in the near furture so I had to go over all the seams with zig-zag, not difficult, just time consuming. My daughter, as ever, is one of my biggest fans and she is delighted with them and intends to wear them later when she gets home from school.


I have noticed in blogland a few people are already baking their Christmas cakes so I really have got to get the ingredients at the weekend to start mine. I love Christmas cake served with a piece of cheese. My Mum is from the North of England and as well as having yorkshire pudding with golden syrup for pudding (not something I have ever fancied to be honest), she has passed on the tradition of having a piece of Wensleydale cheese with our fruit cake at Christmas – yummy.

Lucky Me

Yesterday saw the postbox bulging with delights. I have been waiting for the Portabellopixie patterns for a while and they are finally here. I struggle to think outside the box and thought that maybe they would be put aside until spring when I would be thinking about warmer weather but Sandi suggested using flannel in the ruffle pants booklet to make some comfy lounge pants. How cute would that be. I have some pink spotty flannel so I will hopefully try and make those for the little girl next week.

Plus the Fat Quarter Shop did it again. It only took 7 days to get my order from Texas to The Netherlands. What great service. Now I am the proud owner of 2 packs of fat quarters of House by Annette Tatum. I plan to make the lotus quilt from Amy Butler’s free patterns for our bedroom. So excited!!

A jammed sewing machine and a pretty t-shirt.

On Thursday I had my first attempt at machine applique and what fun that turned out to be. I copied the pattern on Sandi Henderson’s site, backed my pieces as suggested and popped a stretch machine needle in machine. The applique was in four parts. Part one attached fine and I was eager to get on with next. The sewing machine had other ideas and was getting jammed every few stitches. After a fair number of swear words and school pick up, a ballet lesson, and making supper, I decided to clean the machine. I spent about half an hour looking for a screwdriver only to find one in the spare parts bag provided with the machine (doh) and then gave it a jolly good clean. Half an hour later the t shirt was finished, ironed and looking fab. Yay.

Matching t-shirt

close-up of applique

I need some advice tho from veteren applique doers (no idea what the term should be). I only have zig zag stitch on my machine and I shortened the length of the stitch somewhat – but should it be really close like a handstitched satin stitch? Or doesn’t it matter?

Had a busy but non crafty day yesterday, driving across the length and breadth of The Netherlands to get some jobs done. I did manage to walk past the local flower stall on the way for school pick-up and get 40 beautiful yellow roses for 7 euros, a real bargain. I need to do some gardening now so have a good weekend.

40 Rozen