Monday, 22 May 2017

Vintage Case Makeover & Garden Tour


Buzz and I had an outing to the Ripley Castle Decorative Home and Reclamation Show the other weekend.  The weather stayed fine and as usual completely forgot to take my camera so here is link  Ripley Castle.  They hold it every year in May.

Of course, I had to buy something.  It would have been rude not to.  Found this interesting vintage leather case with drawers inside.  Couldn't resist.

It was a bit tatty, locks wouldn't work properly.  Inside the lining was pulling away causing the drawers to stick.

Easy fix with book binding glue, brush and wallpaper roller.

Gave everything a really good clean, oiled the locks with Singer sewing machine oil to get them working.  Cleaned the leather case with saddle soap, it was filthy, then polished with black shoe polish.

  Filled with all my favourite things, Singer feet and attachments in the small drawer.

The bottom drawer is perfect for my rotary cutters and blades.

Decided that the inside colour was a bit naff, so got out some pretty papers.

The garden is looking pretty at this time of the year despite 2 bunnies moving in!

Buzz checking up on what I am up to.  The forget-me-nots have seeded themselves all over, they smell wonderful on mass.

The conifer is ready for a hair cut.  Love the purple alliums, if you leave the seed heads on they seed around the garden quite well.  I fill my borders to bursting to save on weeding gardening for a living means the last thing you want to do on a weekend is garden again!

I put this broken pot on top of the cover of the bbq as the wind in the winter was doing its best to blow it away.  A pair of robins have made a nest and are busy feeding their chicks but they are far too wary to pose for a photo so you will have to take my word.

This years tally of wild life in my garden is:  Wrens nests x 2, wood pigeons nests in both the front and rear garden hedges, another 2 robins nests in the front garden (one was made in an old watering can), blackbirds nests, loads of hedge and house sparrows.  The uninvited creatures are the bunnies and I think, rats under the shed!  Unfortunately, the thrush hasn't made its home in my garden so my hostas are getting nibbled by snails.

PS forgot Hegarty the Hedgehog visits the garden, Buzz keeps finding him and won't come in the house.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Dog tired


Just a quickie, took Buzz to the vet today for a health check as he didn't want to go for his usual walk this morning.  Heart and lungs ok but some age related nerve damage in his hips causing a bit of weakness in his back legs but the vet assures me this isn't painful, just causes weakness.   She said that he still needs his walks, he has to keep going otherwise he will go off his legs.  So rest for a couple of days and then see how he goes.

When we got home, he had his tea and promptly fell asleep whilst holding his chew!  It is a chew and not a fag, honest.

He does look cute.
Sharon x

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Vintage Sewing Spot & a few new projects


I sew in the conservatory, the light is good, its usually warm and I can look out onto the garden.

First a nice old table just the right height for little old me along with an old Lloyd Loom style chair to sit in. The more I sewed in there, the more stuff started to creep in. The other problem is that any fabrics or thread left on the table will fade.  I had bought different boxes and baskets but it was all getting a bit messy.

So I took out the linen basket replacing it with this little cupboard from the summerhouse, all the boxes fit inside.

It's ideal, will double as a cutting surface instead of the dining room table.  The iron and ironing pad on it now making more room on the table, the added bonus is that its at better height when I am stand to iron seams.

When I looked at the photo, realised that nearly everything is vintage and/or secondhand so a thrifty space.

Buzz's old leather collar finally gave up the ghost and I was going to chuck it out. Then I had a thought, I would make him a new one with pretty fabric using the buckle and metal loop.  Did try to get him to model it but he is a bit camera shy and sulked.  His coat is so thick it doesn't show up too well anyway.  He is getting an old chap now.

Made a couple of mini quilts.

I have started to use a magnetic pin dish to keep my machine feet in one place, if I just leave them on the table I always have to play "hunt the foot" on the floor.  Its really useful if you are doing something that involves more than one foot change.

Tootle pip


Monday, 24 April 2017

Quilt Exhibition


Had a quilty day out with my big sister Sandi on Friday to celebrate our birthdays instead of buying each other pressies.  We went to Tennants of Leyburn Auction House as they were hosting a Quilt Display supplied by the Quilters Guild formally the Quilt Museum at York.  There were some lovely ladies demonstrating hand quilting as well.

The old quilts were glorious, the middle one was my favourite it was made from left over parasol fabric, just love the way it was put together with the crushed velvet border. Totally impractical as a quilt, obviously never been used otherwise the silk parasol fabric would have faded and perished.

This is the description of a lovely hand sewn quilt.  Think the description is a bit unkind, I know the lady who made this is long gone but it seemed unfair to criticize the workmanship and even the fabric quality.  I would pay a fortune for old fabric like this.  In my opinion, it's lovely and if I had made it, I would be proud.

Another beautiful quilt.


Here is an inspirational hexie quilt (you know how much I love hexies).  Alas, not made into a quilt so a very old UFO.

We then went into Leyburn for a nice lunch, a browse around the outdoor market.  A trip to Richmond completed a very happy day.  Thank you Sandi for your company.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Large Handbags & A Mini Quilt


Thought my pesky knee injury was on the mend, was back at work (except the kneeling to weed bit), dog walking keeping up with marching Olwen and her terrier, Archie. Things were looking up, until I stepped down onto my newly mended knee.  It prompty gave way, Olwen went to get the car as I couldn't walk back home, while she was away, I fainted with the pain (what a wimp) cracking my head on the way down!  I am beginning to think that I am the most accident prone idiot I know.  Had been really careful about not stepping down onto my left leg while it was sore forgot when it stopped hurting.  Doh.

Anyway, a few days off, yesterday at the hospital.  Today, finishing off a shopping/hand bag.  I bought the pattern from a company called Monkey Buttons at the quilt show.  I had made a girly pink version to try the pattern out a couple of weeks ago.

Have had this label print cotton linen look fabric for a while, its ideal for machine quilting, straight lines around the labels and free motion on the sewing bits.  The more you quilt, the more fabric stiffen so your bag stands up.

I don't wear a lot of pink so made another one using some vintage suiting fabric (I made a jacket out of this material when I was teenager for my sewing exam at school many years ago).  The leather bit came from an off-cut from the furniture factory in the village.

Used vintage buttons on it which I think are 1930's buttons with the buttonholes made with the aid of my Griest Automatic buttonholer attachment on the Singer 201K.  Lined with Liberty Lawn fabric.

A tiny mini quilt was yesterday afternoon's effort after spending the morning in A& E getting my head bump checked out and knee xrayed!  I decided that sewing would take my mind off sore heads and knees.  Please note if you spot any mistakes in my sewing, I can blame the bump on the head!


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Hexie Quilt


This has to be one of my "took the longest" quilts. What is about these Hexie Quilts or is it me?

Started EPP quilt in Aug 2014, didn't really have a plan for it, I just needed something that I could take to Drawn Threads Sewing Circle Drawn Threads run by the delightful Sarah.  Kept getting distracted by loads of other things so its been a while.

This week, due to twisting my knee badly and having to "rest the piggin thing" finally finished it off.  Spent yesterday adding some sashing and putting the quilt together then machine quilting in a diamond pattern on the Singer 201K.

Tad daaa

Sharon the lame duck

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Mini Quilt Parade


Been playing about with mini quilts which is good fun cos you can complete a quilt in a couple of days, Yeah

The first one I did was machine pieced with hand quilting finish.  Used left over fabric from a lap quilt I gave my friend Julie for Xmas.  The finished squares are 1inch and the "quilt" measures 9.5ins x 12ins.

One of the ladies at Sewing Circle had a Tim Holtz half inch hexie punch and she kindly gave me some teeny hexies.  Had some left over fabric from the last baby quilt so did some English Paper Piecing with them.  This one is hand pieced and machine quilted the totally opposite from the first one.  Finished "quilt" size 9ins x 7ins. 

Last Saturday I went to the new Quilt Show at Harrogate Show Ground.  Bought this set of acrylic small templates along with an extra 1 inch apple core template from Crafty-uk

They came in a cute treasure chest.

Thought the back looked good.

Hand pieced, hand quilted measures 6 x 7.5 ins so the smallest yet.

I know that technically this isn't a quilt but it is hand quilted so nearly qualifies.  All antique mother of pearl buttons.

A little bundle of fun which fell into my shopping basket, 2.5 ins of loveliness.