Friday, 13 February 2015

Filling the gaps

I have enjoyed this little play with fabric scraps and everything came from the scrap bin. It has sparked off a few ideas in my head which need to be jotted down for future reference. I will keep a wide border but as of yet still thinking about how to quilt it. 

Shows what you can do with those scraps. Who would have thought it?

Happy Stitching.


Monday, 9 February 2015

Circle play

On my list is this idea which is in my head and needs to come out for a play.


Take  1 fat quarter. Mark a 12 inch square.

Next, grab those scraps from the overflowing bin.

Packs of plastic circle templates.

Draw round circles and applique them within the 12 inch square. I am needleturning these circles. It won't take long to fill that square. That large circle is probaly 3 inches across. Thinking of the projects those scraps have come from makes for a lovely evening sewing. 

Happy Stitching.


Sunday, 1 February 2015

January's catch up

Just in case you are thinking my talk is as blustery as the January weather then I am here to say that I have been busy and I have been plodding on with the contents of my monthly list.

First up. Socks. Finished. They will be off to keep the tootsies warm of a certain someone who I love dearly. My plan is to get knitting and use up this sock yarn that I keep buying but this may be an unending task. Having been away for a weekend where there were a plethora of gorgeous shops that I might have over indulged in this is going to keep me busy for a very long time. I have a vast array of Nephews and Nieces and this year they are all going to get a pair. Two down. Not thinking how many more to go yet. Long, long list, huge stash.

Yarn used - Wendy, Happy. This is a delight to knit with.

Sutton Grange by the lovely Di Ford Hall made it out of the box and the applique in the centre is now almost complete. Needs a few more little butterflies. I think I have also found the perfect inner borders fabric. At the moment it seems to look right but I shall wait until I have made the next round to see if it really works. Right now, I like it.

I have sewn together a little section of a few blocks for Green Beans and Sweet Tea by Jen Kingwell. If you like colour then this is the one for you. It has a bit of everything. It has every colour in there but somehow it still looks more pink. This is a hand pieced project.

Plodding on with the Trip Around The World quilt which started as a bit of fun on Facebook with Brigitte Giblin. Now that the rounds are much bigger it feels like the steam is running out almost at the end of the journey. I am making myself keep going because the end is in sight and I am on row 27 with a few squares of the next row to break up the rounds. My plan is to get it done by the end of February. It has been great fun though watching how everyone else's quilts have grown and evolved.

Managed to fit in a few Liberty print hexagons. Secret sewing. Shhhh!

February's List is sorted. Looks like the same projects on there as they are ongoing. One or two new additions to keep me excited. I managed to tackle 9 things on January's List which makes it around 75%. Had I included curtains and a dolly blanket the success rate would have been much higher. All in all, I am counting this month as a success.

One thing is for certain after what feels like a very long time coming I feel like being creative and want to stitch non stop. Yay!

Happy Stitching.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015


Before Christmas my daughter Sarah asked me to make curtains for her bedroom windows. There are two windows. Thankfully small but, they proved to be a little tricky in the making. The fabric is a lovely Cath Kidston print. Because the windows are small and in a recess they have a bespoke iron rod with a curly end to them meaning that ordinary curtain headings would not work. They had to be bagged out and hidden tabs added and the tabs had to be deep enough to fit over those curly end brackets. I am not a curtain expert and did what I thought would work. They look lovely and I am glad they are done and out of the way. I am also waiting for the call of "Mum, can you make the next pair?" .  Ask me if they were on my list! No, they were not. Silly me. Could have had a few finishes here.

Also, not on the list was a little bit of crochet in the form of a dolly blanket for Maisie. This ball of yarn was winking at me on top of my knitting basket and I thought it was perfect for this quick project. It is actually sock yarn and a double knit and I made a mistake buying it thinking it was 4 ply. It made up very quickly. Good practice. It is stretched out and pinned to my carpet. Looks much better for it. Makes for a jolly expensive dolly cover but I was never going to make up a pair of socks with it.

My friend Janet knitted Maisie a beautiful sweater when she was born and she is just growing into it in time for the cold weather.

Time to think about what is on that list and tackle something. Desperate for a finish ( not counting the two items not on it) I chose to do the binding on this quilt. It has been staring at me for so long and I hate doing bindings. At least now it is done and crossed off. Just needs a label. Daisy may get her quilt very soon. It is so cosy with that flannel sheet backing.

On Saturday we had a little run out to Dunster for lunch. It felt too cold to be wandering around and we did not hang around for a walk in the Castle grounds.

These three handsome chaps were the recipients of a bit of Christmas stitching. Olly my Son in Law, his brother and his Dad. Surname Young. Scottish connection. Clan Young tartan. Ties and waistcoats. The ties nearly drove me mad but the waistcoat was sheer pleasure to make. One day they may have an occasion to wear them. They look pleased. 

For Sarah there was enough fabric left over to make a lined wrap and in my stash was the perfect Liberty fabric given to me many years ago by a friend. So you see, I may not be posting very often but I am being kept busy.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for your patience and understanding during the recent email blip. I sincerely hope you were not affected or infected.

Happy Stitching.

Love Shirley.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015


Hello everyone. Just to alert you that if you have a dodgy looking email from me please DO NOT OPEN it. I have not sent it. I apologise for this. Trying to sort it out.


Thursday, 1 January 2015

New Year, new list.

A brand new start to a brand new year and I love the positive feel that this brings. I like to think that there is the opportunity to start afresh and make new plans. Last year was a pretty exciting one in lots of ways and may be hard to beat.

The first thing I like to do in the new year is to plan my sewing activities and there are some lovely things happening later in the year. I have yet again written a list. I call it A Quilter's Dozen. Twelve items to be worked on and a thirteenth which invariably gets me into a lot of trouble. The thirteenth item is always so much more exciting and anything goes. If I can tackle those things on the list I shall think I am doing well and any finishes will be loudly cheered. The eagle eyed amongst you might notice several things on there that have appeared on previous lists.

I was given this lovely notebook by my friend Kate. I love notebooks. This one came from the Quilter's Guild of the British Isles. Inside it has a handy little ruler which detaches from the spine and there is a good mix of lined and plain paper. I think it will be quite useful. My new mantra for 2015 is "Eat, Sleep, Breathe, Stitch It". It covers a multitude and in past years my words and resolutions have not lasted very long. This will be a work in progress I think. Does anyone keep to their resolutions? Last years word was Content. I definitely failed to deliver more content on the blogging front but ending on a positive I definitely felt most content on Christmas Day.

Also inside the notebook are a couple of handy plastic pockets and oh joy! Graph paper. I love graph paper. You never know when inspiration is going to hit and you need to jot something down or draw it.

The new year has got off to a good start and I have finished five blocks for the Stonefields Quilt. Cheating a little as I had prepped them a few days ago but it feels good to be able cross something off the list already on day 1.

Total blocks now made comes to 25. I am loving this project but feel glad that I am not following it as a Block of the Month because I get so hopelessly behind. The secret to this project is preparation. For the next set of blocks I may prep a job lot and then I can just stitch.

That leaves me now to just wish you all a very Happy New Year. May your year be filled with love, laughter and plenty of stitching.

Love Shirley.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Oh! Modern Christmas Tree

A few weeks ago my friend Stina from Kviltstina blog fame designed a pattern for a modern, low volume christmas tree and sent me the pattern details to proof read. I liked it so much that I just had to give it a go and put the Stitcherydo stamp on it.

I am proud and pleased to report that mission was accomplished and it is finished and hanging up on my hall wall. Three weeks from start to finish is little short of a miracle for me plus it is machine pieced AND machine quilted. Is it perfect? No. Have I learned things from making it? Yes. Do I love it? Absolutely.

Everything came from my stash. I did not buy a single thing. Did not realise I had so many lovely glittery christmas fabrics although one was a recent acquisition. The squares were already cut and stashed away from a session of making use of scraps. New they would come in handy one day. Free motion quilted tree bark and straight lines of quilting half an inch apart and it was done. I used a iron on glue based wadding for which I can only think I bought for bag making but it worked well and stayed in place and was in my stash waiting to be used.

If you want to make one of your own then there is still time and you can find the details on Kviltstina blog where Stina has generously shared it as a free pattern.

Happy Stitching.