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?Β  😳

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 πŸ˜‰


Quilty Stitchery

I haven’t had a chance to post about the Little Miss Shabby Quilty Stitches sewalong… I am still catching up with it all, but it’s such a sweet project. I love recreating the blocks in minature, and can’t wait to have it all finished and hanging on my (soon to be) sewing room (see Upwardly Mobile)!

Here’s a photo of two of the blocks from a few weeks ago, I haven’t taken any new photos since, I must do that and post some more!!

If you’re looking for a sweet project to take up, especially for when you’re on the go, and have the itch to stitch, I’d recommend this one!


We’re upwardly mobile!

We put our house on the market at the end of February, 2 months later accepted an offer, and we’re now in the final stages of closing the sale. It means we’re leaving estate living behind us (perhaps for now, or maybe forever), and are quite excited about it. We’ve located a lovely rental property out in the country, where we’ll get the peace and tranquility we’ve craved for a while now… it’s hard to get that in the middle of an estate!

I’m starting to feel giddy at the prospects of getting my own space in the new house, there’s a lovely room which will become MY sewing room, so I’m very excited at finally getting somewhere to retreat to, to sew without taking over the kitchen table (and the kitchen)… It also means some purchases are necessary, so shopping yay! The boys get to have their own den as well, in another room, which means we can contain all their toys to that space on the most part πŸ˜‰

There’s a lot of trepidation though, we’re leaving the home we created for our family, and I’m sure as the time comes near, there’ll be tears and emotions around that. It’s paired with excitement and positivity though, we’re moving on for a better space and better life for us all, and we’re doing it together.





Bundles of bloggers…

I’ve been drooling over the Blogger Bundles on Pink Castle Fabrics and Fluffy Sheep Quilting. I mean, how could you not really?

Now I’m always seeing fabric I love, in fact, there’s very little I dislike πŸ˜‰ Keeping track of the fabrics I like has become an issue though, and I usually just buy as I see, or need, or both…. lol! Seeing the blogger bundles got me thinking though, I should create groupings of fabrics I see and like (which is so dependent on mood – I’m not alone there, right?), so that I can revisit them when the funds allow purchases πŸ˜‰ What better way to do that, than blog them πŸ˜€

I’m drawn to low-volume greys at the moment, so that’ll be my first one, watch this space πŸ˜€



Review of Sew Your Own Wardrobe #GBSB2014

Book cover

I was one of the lucky winners of a copy of the 2014 Great British Sewing Bee accompanying book: Sew Your Own Wardrobe by Tessa Evelegh. The competition was run by The Sewing Directory, and I was totally surprised when I got the message on Pinterest to say I’d won!!!

Published by Quadrille, the book is a nice hefty tome, with a separate slipcover which contains 5 HUGE pattern sheets! There are 24 garments to make using the book, yup, you heard me, 24 garments, the patterns and full instructions with really easy to follow images for all of them. There’s also a few other bits that you could make, but no patterns, so opening up the opportunity to just wing it somewhat!

Slipcover with patterns

Slipcover with patterns

The focus of the book, like the series, is on fabrics, and the behaviour of each. The patterns are ranked as easiest, easy, moderate, and tricky, with easiest being leggings/pencil skirt and others, and tricky being a 1960s coat and men’s trousers… Lots to consider, lots to try!

To use the patterns, you will have to trace or transfer (carbon paper on fabric), but it’ll give you great satisfaction (or maybe it’s just me on that one!)! As well as the patterns, there’s lots of useful sewing information, as I was reading it I was reminded of my Home Ec teacher from school πŸ˜‰ I recalled how much I enjoyed making sense of a pattern for my Junior Cert project and making up palazzo pants and waistcoat with covered buttons (it was the 90s..!!!) The book has brought it all flooding back, the desire to run out and buy a pattern, just to get that rush when you slip it out of the sleeve and feel the lush pattern paper πŸ˜‰


Oh Oh Oh Overlocker!

Tips and Threads

Pretty Pictures

I better not forget the imagery… There’s some really lovely photos:
including a nice few of Paddy – yes I’m a fan, I’ll admit it πŸ™‚

Yum yum

Pretty Pretty Pictures πŸ˜‰

Wrap Dress

It’s a wrap!

I have the book a few days now, and it’s sat with me each evening after work, and I’ve really loved going through it, picking up snippets of information every time I read it. I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to try first… It’ll likely be one of the skirts, since I should probably start off on the easiest level πŸ˜‰ The wrap dress is calling me though! I might do a blog post following the progress….

I’ve been really impressed with the book as a whole. I didn’t purchase the 2013 book, but based on this one, I think I’ll have to! I will definitely be trying some of the patterns, and while I might not use all the fabrics in the book (neoprene hmm), it’s interesting to see the uses and information about how to work with the fabrics…

If you’re not sure about making the purchase, I’d go beg your local library to get it in, so you can have a goo before committing… I can recommend it, it’s all about pushing yourself, so I say go buy the book and push yourself to try sewing at least one item for your own wardrobe!


Thanks again toΒ The Sewing Directory and Quadrille Publishing.

You can buy the book in all good bookstores, and it’s on sale at the moment on The Book Depository

Follow Up

As I stated, I haven’t tried any of the patterns in the book yet, but was very interested to read this review on Craft Candy. I’ll still try some patterns, but I will definitely be looking online whilst doing so, and possibly go with buying an individual, tried and tested, pattern for some of the more detailed projects…