Today’s the day

OK today’s the day that I have to sandwich my daughters quilt ready for quilting it.

It’s only taken me 3 years to make the quilt top, cos other things keep getting in the way and it was ment to be for her 18th birthday but that came and went and then I promised her that it would be ready for Christmas that year, and then her birthday and then Christmas… you get the idea!
So today I will get on and hopefully have it ready to go under the machine by teatime tomorrow.

It’s a double and I hand made the top and had intended to hand quilt it. but she has been waiting so long I’ll have to machine it. Bless her she hasn’t pestered me at all for it but I know she’s anxious to have it finished and put it on her bed.

I was a very big project for me to take on, as up untill then I had only ever made a cot quilt for my new (at the time) baby grandson. Not realizing that a hand made double quilt would be such an enormous task. Still I know better now.
I can’t remember where I got the pattern from, I was on a web site somewhere, so I apologize for not mentioning the site but 3 years is a long time and my old gray matter isn’t what it was, Haha!
I think it was called “Kite” or something so if anyone can point me in the direction of any quilt patterns called “Kite” I’ll take a look, if it’s the right site I’ll put a link on here.

I will take some pics of the top before I put it together and upload some to this page for you to see and then some of the finished quilt, cos I’m pleased with myself. Haha!

Anyway best get on with it because my daughter is sat here getting very figgity and raring to get going, I asked her to help put it together, I think she agreed just to get it done.

I did have a few problems when I was putting the quilt top together, some of the strips wouldn’t fit, some too long some too short, but I soon discovered that it was my own fault, I hadn’t been as hot on my 1/4in seam allowance as I should have been. So I had to do a lot of undoing and restitching.

So be warned seam allowances have absolutely GOT to be smack on perfect or it will add to the task of making it and could well put you off finishing yours.

Right, Here goes then!!!

Wish me luck.



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Published in: on 08/11/2009 at 11:10  Leave a Comment  
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I have decided to have a go at making some Morsbags. For those that don’t know what Morsbags are check out this link.

Anyway I think they’re a great idea and more of us should be making them and doing our bit for the planet and telling the supermarkets to stop supplying the plastic ones. As far as I’m concerned there is NO need to use plasticbags at all.

So what I thought I’d do is make one and post my efforts on here so you can see how easy it is (or hard, but I don’t think it will be) then it might encourage others to do it too.

I have other ideas up my sleeve on different shaped bags that can be useful so check back here often cos I’ll post what I’ve made. My ideas are not unique, obviously, but  I thought I make different one’s for those who want to go at something a little fancier.

My advice is to check out the Morsbags website if you want to get started now and not wait untill I’ve added my makes to this blog.

Be back soon folks…

OK so I made a Morsbag and I have to say, even for a novice sewer this was easy enough and it only took me 1 1/2 hours to do.

Just had to make sure I got the measurements right and it all went well.

At first I was a bit bewildered that I had to start sewing the side seams of the bag on the outside and then turn it inside out to sew again but it went OK. In the instructions it says that this type of seam is a French seam, so I learned something new too.

I made the bag out of an old curtain that I had and that’s what the Morsbags web site is all about, “recycling” and not using the plastic bags from the supermarkets.

Anyway I encourage you to have a go, I’m a novice sewer and I found it simple enough.

Although I’ve been sewing bits and pieces for most of my life, I’m not trained and the only sewing lessons I’ve ever had was from my mum and my sister (I don’t count school lessons cos I hated them and learned nothing at all).

You could embellish your bags with beads, sequins,embroidery or anything else you can think of to make it a special Christmas present.

I’ve posted pics of my efforts below. The photos are not the best in the world but then I’m no photographer either. 🙂

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Published in: on 25/10/2009 at 13:18  Comments (2)  
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The Sewing Cottage.

Right or wrong I’m going to start my blog with an introduction to my sewing web site

I should think a lot of people will be a bit miffed that I’m starting with a site of my own instead of one belonging to someone else but I can and will bring other web sites to you soon so I thought I’d start with my own.

TheSewingCottage is new and it about all things sewing related, with a little bit of knitting thrown in too, so If you want to pop over and take a look please feel free. If when you get there you don’t see a section on the type of crafts your into then just drop me a line and maybe between us we can come up with something for you and others in your niche.

So far we have a forum, magazine news, photos and videos.

Anyway I hope you like it and will feel the urge to join.


Published in: on 19/10/2009 at 14:17  Leave a Comment  
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