Quilt Block

You may remember that I am part of this quilting bee. This was block number 5 on someone’s quilt. I haven’t done triangles before and realise now that I really need more practice to get them lined up right because the centre square is a little off. I think it gives the block ‘character’. I hope the recipient doesn’t mind! 



In other news I have finally added more items to the shop. Please go check it out!


The Mini Quilt

Well folks here it is. I’m afraid my photography skills are pretty limited, and, as they (whoever they are) always say, it really does look better in real life.

So what do you think?

Mini quilt

I have never hand quilted anything before and there were a few injuries on the way. My husband asked it I needed “one of those things you have to stop all the finger pricking”, but I’m afraid no thimble covers the whole hand does it?  

Any way, I love my little cup cakes and when I can find my mini pegs I will put it on it’s little wire hanger and place it in my sewing room.

A little W.I.P

A wip

Above is a sneaky peak of something I have been working on. I was inspired by this: 

for Emily by nanaCompany.

It was made by the lovely Amy, she is a very talented lady and she has an etsy shop here.

I have done most of the applique work on mine and I am going to do some hand quilting, which is another new thing for me to try so you may not get to see the finished result for a little while. But that’s OK, isn’t it? 

Pretty little bunting


As you know my daughter loves pink (so do I), plus I love Cath Kidston as you saw yesterday. So what could be more perfect than pretty pink bunting incorporating some CK and Tilda fabric.


My daughter’s bed and the bunting in situ, it really looks delightful.


It was super easy to make, I just cute 2 triangles for each flag with pinking shears, sewed around the edges, then attached some binding. Job done.


Until next time………


It has been really stormy here with torrential rain and howling winds, which is a bit of change from last week, when we even went to the beach for ice-cream. Nothing like a cold day to get the knitting needles a-clacking! So I finished the scarf.


I could have made it in the evenings in about a week if I had tried. Note: I am a very slow knitter. But yes, it has taken me a year. 

Interior Cath Kidston Pouch
I also made some more of the zipped pouches (not again!) and hair accessories for my friends daughters, their birthdays are coming up in the next few weeks. After the success of last weeks gift giving I have decided to keep to what I know, and the girls are getting the same. I still have to make the headbands but that will have to wait until another day. Incidentally the pictures are not great as there has been rubbish light here due to the storms!

Exterior Cath Kidston pouch

I am also aware that this blog is called bake and sew, yet I haven’t done any baking recently. Well the freezer is empty, and the children are fed up with what I am putting in their lunch boxes so I will try and make same cakes and cookies over the next few days. So check back soon for some yummy pics!

Imperfection rules and a pincushion!

Before starting this blog (just over a week ago), I had been a ‘lurker’ for a few months. You know what I mean, checking out other peoples blogs, never leaving a comment, in and out with no one knowing I was there! Anyway I was a little daunted by some of the crafting/sewing blogs as they are so beautiful, and the bloggers had such perfect homes, producing amazing items day in day out, and have such great pictures that I thought what I did at home in my messy, untidy, home wasn’t worthy of being in cyber space. So imagine my joy when I read this post on Lila Tueller’s blog. She has summed it all up for me. Love her honesty.

I have been at the hairdresser all day today. Yes all day, well for 3 and half hours!! Crazy. So consequently I haven’t done anything at all. However I thought I would show you a picture of my pincushion as I think it’s pretty cute. It was inspired by the Tilda Sew Pretty Homestyle book and uses Tilda fabric for the top and has Cath Kidston fabric at the base.


Pollo Alla Cacciatora and

I watched Nigella Lawson‘s Express the other night and saw this recipe being made. My Mother-in-law bought me the cookbook at Christmas so I thought I would have a go.

Pollo alla cacciatora


It was a super easy dish to make, I added the cannelini beans and served with a small portion of rice to soak up some of the sauce. The children thought it was great and asked for me to make it again. You can’t ask for more than that………….

I also had a go at embroidery this weekend and copied a design out of Tilda’s Sew Pretty Homestyle, I am really pleased with the look of the large rose. I filled the hearts with a mixture of stuffing and lavender which I harvested from the garden. Is there any end to my talents? Oh yeah housework – that never gets done!

Tilda Heart Embroidery

Tilda Hearts