Selfish Sewing

I started 2015 with this intention, so how is that I’m into April 2015 and everything I’m making so far is for someone else?  😳

I need to get cracking on finishing some quilts for me. So my to do list stands like this:

  • Quilt & bind Sound Energy Quilt – for a friend, but first being exhibited (a post to follow on this)
  • Finish Elemental Strip & Flip – this is a joint project between Jack and I. He wants to make a quilt for himself, we have it stripped, time to get the flip on.
  • My Road to Liberty quilt. I have all the pieces assembled, I just need to trim and start building the top. MINE!
  • Secret quilt design that is in progress… That’s all I’m saying other than this will be MINE!
  • Farming quilt for Adam, he’s begging for one, so I better make!
  • Two baby girl quilt gifts
  • Pocketful of Posies tunic top – I have the fabric, I must make!

I have a list of other patterns and bundles assigned, I need to make at least one of them in 2015… Otherwise the stash will keep growing and no quilts coming out the other end!

So 2015 isn’t all that selfish so far, maybe I’m not cut out for only sewing for myself!!! Really, what I promised myself is I wouldn’t get involved in swaps or bees this year… We’ll see how the rest of the year goes 😉


Things I’ve learned lately!

  • I need a design wall!
  • I need ready access to my sewing machine, or I feel sad!
  • Not seeing my fabric stash on a daily basis makes me antsy 😉
  • I don’t make enough time for myself to do the things I love (sewing, blogging, designing)!
  • It currently feels like there are more quilts I want to make, than time to make them!
  • No matter what you do, someone will always create stress for you!
  • I’m good at my job
  • Regardless of what I do, I can’t escape doodling, or being creative.

What have you learned lately?


Swooning Along

Back in 2013, I fell for the Swoon Quilt by Camille Roskelley at ThimbleBlossoms. There have been numerous ‘Swoon Alongs’, none of which I managed to keep up with!

My godmother mentioned she’d love a quilt for her living room couch, so I decided to make her a ‘small’ swoon. She picked out a selection from Cuzco by Kate Spain as the fabric, and I went ahead and ordered it. Little did I know at that stage that it would take me two years to complete the quilt  😳


Having received the fabric, we then embarked on putting our house on the market, and my sewing opportunities became fewer and fewer. Our weekends were full of prepping the house for viewing, and my head was full of making plans for the impending house move, and finding somewhere to move to!

In that time, I managed to cut and piece the blocks (most of them were actually pieced on my birthday in 2014!), and loved them so much! I learned a lot, not only that piecing and making in the kitchen is not the way to fully enjoy quilting!

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The blocks were all packed up then and we moved across the country. Eventually, last September, I finished the top, and as I did it late at night, I didn’t realise I’d used a different colour for the sashing strips (white instead of cream) ARGH. It then sat on my WIP shelf for another 3 months! Taunting me with the mistake, and I contemplated ripping it apart to redo the sashing… Then I took it out one day, and Leslie remarked that he really liked the cream against the white, without any prompting, he felt, when I probed further, that the blocks got centre stage because they were against white… So I decided to leave it was, we’ll call it a design feature!


I decided in late 2014 that I would finish the outstanding bits I had (bee blocks and Swoon), and then 2015 could be all about me sewing for myself, selfish-sewing so to speak! So I finally got the Swoon basted, and then I went hell for leather quilting it. Finally, it was finished! In all it’s Cuzco, Aurifil, Bella Solids, crinkly glory!


I delivered it to my aunt this week, and she is thrilled with it! I thought my mother would hide it on me, as she spent a few days gazing at it lovingly (hints received, loud and clear)…

I’m glad it’s done, I LOVE how Swoon makes fabric pop. I will make another Swoon, but it won’t be done in such a dragged out fashion!


  • Pattern: Swoon from Thimble Blossoms by Camille Roskelley
  • Fabric: Cuzco by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
  • Thread: Aurifil 50wt – pieced with 2024, quilted with 4668
  • Binding: Bella Solids in Aqua
  • Backing: Up-cycled pale green cotton duvet cover
  • Batting: Bamboo (won’t be using this in a hurry, it fluffed an awful lot


It’s a constant battle for me, to keep up on blogging, I want to blog regularly, I really do! Life keeps getting in the way though 😉

So much has changed in our lives! We’ve moved back to Kerry, where my family is from, and we’re in the process of looking at building our forever home! It’s hard to believe how much we’ve achieved in the last 9 months. Both Leslie and I have sold our house in 4 months, we moved our family across the country, and brought both of our jobs with us. I don’t think we ever thought we’d manage it, but we have, and it feels good to have done it! It was reasonably ok, stress-wise, I found the waiting for offers on the house the hardest part, and I will admit I reached my limit the weekend before we got the offer we accepted, I regret not holding on just a bit longer and keeping my cool, but hey! We’re close to my parents, and extended family now, which is lovely for the boys, and us 😉 We’ve spent so much time romping across fields, swimming in both the Shannon and the Atlantic, having relaxed afternoons with barbecues, and no need to travel 2.5 hours home… Bliss!

I’ve got my own room too! I work from home now, so I needed a space for myself, and I have it now! I am slowly catching up on the Modern Irish bee blocks I’m WAY behind on, and I’ve a big list of quilty plans!

I’ll have to do a post in the next few days with all the bits and pieces I’ve sewn in the last few months!