Monday, 2 February 2015

Let's Try Again!

Hello to each of you and can you believe we are already into February 2015! Time as we know it is passing so quickly and it seems like one can hardly pause to take breath and there's another day gone!

I have been missing you all whilst not blogging even though posting quickies on Instagram has kept me in touch with a few of you lovelies. Anyway, I am very happy to be once again feeling inspired to open up my little space and share with you just a few of the makes that have kept me occupied and out of trouble of late . . . .  yes, well, you know what they say about idle hands, and mine don't like to be without some sort of crafty project on the go!

I am really looking forward to seeing what you've all been up to in my absence, even though I have caught snippets here and there in the IG world. I should say at this point that I'm sorry if some of the info here is doubling up a bit on the IG scene!

Let's begin with the little creatures I made from patterns bought from

I am so thrilled at the clear and precise way Alicia goes about sharing her information regarding making  Mr Fox, Miss Doe, and Miss Kitty and would encourage any of you who feel inclined, to go ahead and give these a go! They really are a lot of fun and I enjoyed every minute of putting them together!

I have also made up (twice) one of the lovely patterns from the beautiful Susannah of fame; meet my version of the gorgeous Pipi Lapin and her sister/friend/double - they have absolutely stolen my heart! Here they are all done up in their silks - little bits of stash that I've been saving for sooooo long ….. Here again, the pattern and method for bringing these sweeties together is so well written up and explained by Susannah that really, you can't put a foot wrong in the making of these little darlings!

Of course there have been practical makes too over the past weeks - bags of varying styles and shapes in the 'quilt as you go' method. Generally, I cut out the backing of heavy-duty interfacing and sandwich that between layers of iron-on wadding to give a bit of extra body, padding and softness, and then start stitching on little strips of fabric which gradually have to grow to quite long strips before completion of the bag!

First we have these two made with Japanese cottons, which I just love - the top two pics are the fronts and below those you see the back views . . . 

. . . and then we have three others made from a variety of quilting cottons. Again, on the top row of pics you see the fronts, and the back views on the bottom row!

Oh how could I nearly forget to tell you about my little coverlet which was included in the Readers Page of the latest issue of Australian Homespun! There it is and that's my little moment of fame! Seriously though, I was so surprised and excited to see it there when I picked up my mag from the newsagent a few weeks ago ...

I'll finish now with a little bit from our garden - and in case that painting on the wall has raised your curiosity, it's of the harbour in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, from whence I hailed a long time ago, and miss it still!!! 


It's been so nice putting together this post, just like old times! I do hope you decide to leave a little message for I love to hear from you, but in any case, please know that I appreciate you being here with me and taking the time to browse through my meanderings and show and tells!

Sending each of you my very best wishes,

 Joy xo