Hats off

It’s half term guys…almost Summer…last weekend was a scorcher, so much so that I scored a sun hat for £1 from a charity stall at a local fair as I was in danger of becoming a burnt offering to the sun god(s).

Scroll fwd to today, rain, cold, dank. I needed a spritz of summer. So I trimmed my hat using feedsack quilt block scraps, buttons and ribbons…



Just need some sun now…

Bag a prize

I’ve raved about the wonderous http://www.bagsoflove.co.uk and their digital printing service. I’m working on some fabric designs based on my house sketches at the moment and I have played with digital florals too. 

Well, they’ve just launched a competition which may be right up your alley, I know I’m having a go! The full details are here.

in a nutshell (for the impatient amongst us)….

  • Design a floral fabric using the tutorial provided (or not);
  • submit it
  • sit back and enjoy 20% off at BOL and get an A5 swatch of your design FREE!
  • Possibly win!!!

whats not to like! I will blog about my entry but what will yours be? Let me know:)

Prints charming

Well, you guys now that I have dabbled in the fabric design previously. Up until now though, I’ve how to use an American provider, Spoonflower. But, that seems to be set to change…

Introducing my new design courtesy of bagsoflove.co.uk -This is a UK outfit and they are offering digital printing at £29.99 per metre. Yes, I know that sounds a lot, but these are one off items and I think if you had a lot, there would be a bulk discount. I am certainly enchanted with this. It only took three days to get to me too.

The design is a photograph of a flower I did a while ago, shown above, reflected and rotated 360 degrees like a kalaidoscope. You like?

So now, what to make with it? I can’t decide. Either, some kind of tunic top, or, maybe two scarves? Oh I don’t know. Have you got any good ideas. The nice problem to have of course is that I now have a piece of fabric I really really don’t want cut up. Maybe floor cushions? Who knows. Anyway, it will be fun try to work it out. I’ll show you when I know ordo more 😉



Here’s an idea I’m playing with. Based on samplers and also ideas from Pinterest, I want something personal. Also, I love houses and quilts and embroider. So why not do a sampler of houses only?

I also want to do something along the lines of the journal quilt project. But, not quilting. So here
Is my idea. A years worth of houses with each house showing something going on in the family. March is the boys’ birthday month, for example.

What do you think?

La Stitcheuse? C’est moi!!!


Elder has to dress up in red, white and blue tomorrow in celebration of World Awareness Day and France in particular. I’ve not made trousers for ages but managed to knock these up this evening. You like?

They take less than an hour to do and are done comme ça::



Fuzzy felt

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Have to share this find…hand stitched felt children! I spotted them in a charity shop (rhymes with Boo High-der). They were on a manky antimacassars which I chopped off pronto. I auditioned backgrounds and went for some beautiful wool I got a few years ago, pre Portas charity shopping. I’m trying reverse appliqué but its a journey, lets say…any tips would be helpful!