The Sewing List, a review


The finished quilt. I'm really pleased with it

Happy, happy! I love this quilt so much!Isfahan, complete with scrappy binding

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The nightie, posing artfully in front of my fabric cupboard

The blue one. I can't decide which one I prefer.

Three 'flying quilts' for my nephew's triplet baby daughters. Left is Komeet (Comet), centre is Vlucht (Flight) and right is Wervelwind (Whirlwind)Outside, and my favourite button finally finds a home

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Screen shot 2014-05-25 at 10.07.59 PMThe finished Survival Kit.  It holds quite a lot for such a small bag.  The side pockets have Velcro dots to hold them  closed, or they gape a bit when empty.


I haven’t done too badly, but it’s still just as well that the To Do list isn’t meant to be completed this year! It’s more of a rolling record or reminder of what I have worked on and still want to do. I looked at it last in March, 3 months after I started work, and another review a further 3 months later seemed timely.


Tree of Life Quilt: Done
Isfahan Quilt: Done
Happiness Quilt: Done
Nighties: Done
Survival Kit: Done
Sewing Kit: Done
Wervelwind, Komeet and Vlucht Quilts: Done
CD Box: Done
Holiday Top: Done
Broken Bottles Quilt: Done
Teacosy: Done
Egg Cosies: Done

That’s seven quilts so far this year! OK, three of them are baby quilts, but even so, that’s going it a bit, even for me… This blogging business sure does keep me on track.


Wedding Sampler: Halfway done
Woolly Thing: More than half done
Amistad Quilt: Started, waiting for blocks and fabric to do layout

Still to go:

Quilts for 4 grownup nieces: Blue Again, Bookworm, Molasses, Bubbles
Hatbox Quilt
Big Pink Print Quilt
Nat’s Quilt
Fluffy Thing
Jersey dress
Wide leg pants
Cushion covers
Posh nightie
Fabric baskets
Steampunk Quilt (Jule’s Wheels)
Winter Quilt
Irish Chain Quilt
Bulldogs Quilt for Carolyn’s husband

Right, back to the grindstone.


On the chain gang

I’m very tired.

Between us, the Husband and I have shifted a cubic metre of fist-sized river stone, and a cubic metre of hardwood wood chips, dug up about 7 square metres of turf, laid weed matting and got all three garden pods ready for their planting medium. It’s been warm, sunny weather, and we’ve laboured hard.

So, no gleeful exposition of finished quilts. In between times, while the Husband is getting his afternoon sleep before night shift, I get a little sewing done. But I’m usually tired, achey and my hands are sore, so I’m not making much progress.

I haven’t been entirely lacking in creativity, though:

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Egglantine has now joined her earlier sisters Eggatha and Eggnes.  And that will be quite enough of that. As my friend Cath over at Wombat Quilts ( says, perhaps it’s time for an intervention…?  They are, after all, just egg cosies.

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And I’ve made a nice heat pad from the two spare Broken Bottles blocks. Maybe I’ll send it to Yvonne with her quilt. Or maybe I’ll keep it for myself. I’ll see how generous I feel when the quilt’s ready. And speaking of Broken Bottles, the quilting is about 2/3 done. There’s one bit I have to unpick, it’s looking a bit bulgy, but it’s just a small line. For the rest, I’m pleased with how it’s going.

Off to rest my weary bones. Tomorrow is the day for getting the lucerne hay and compost for the pods, and then, finally, I can plant!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend.

Breakfast inspiration

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It’s not often that my breakie egg gets my creative juices flowing…

But it was a nice brown free range one, soft boiled, and it was just a tiny bit cold, as I got distracted (not hard). It struck me that I have no egg cosies. Normally I eat it as soon as I’ve boiled it. So while I scoffed my egg, I thought about what I wanted. I had some nice pieces of brightly coloured felt (not the real handmade stuff, but some commercial bits), and I thought I’d use that.

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Two hours later...

Not too bad for two hours’ work. And my next egg will stay nice and warm. I’ve already cut out a blue one as well, on the basis that hens need a rooster around, and the Husband doesn’t much like a cold egg either. Whether he’ll use something so relentlessly cute is another matter entirely. Maybe to please me…?

OK, back to some proper work. Think I’ll go and mark up Broken Bottles for quilting. AFTER I’ve done the housework…