Before totally moving into quilting mode I made a couple of dresses this week. One for a friend who gave me the fabric. And the other just because I felt like it. I have one more already pleated, ready to be smocked

For the blue dress I combined smocking, beads, buttons and the embroidery machine. Love how it turned out

Not totally in love with this one, but I think it came out ok. Hope my friend will be happy with it

Winter is here and poor Mollie is cold. She threw out fabric to make room for herself in the bookcase I use for my fabric



Quilting or knitting?

It is a well-known secret that I don’t like knitting. It is also well-known that I said I have retired from quilting. But I am itching to do something different. And I was tempted when I went on the Splendid Sampler FB group – they are starting Splendid Sampler ll in June. So here I go again! I really enjoyed this QAL when I did it in 2016, and also I didn’t make all 100 blocks I was still very happy with the quilt I made.

So fabric ordered, book ordered…….I am ready for the June kick-off. This is going to be a blue quilt, with a touch of green and yellow


In the process of choosing fabric for the SS quilt, I came across the Sweetest Things QAL 2018 and fell in love with the blocks already published and, as I was now in quilting mode, decided to do this one too 🙂


Shoe bag

I have seen these pretty bags people have made on their embroidery machines and I have been itching to give it a try. I watched the YouTube video about a 100 times, read through the instructions over and over and read all comments and tips in the FB groups. But didn’t have the courage……

Three days ago my son invited me to go to Rome with him, as he was rostered to fly to Rome. He then suggested we visit London and a few other places before I fly to Canada to visit my daughter. My Canadian trip was planned for June/July. When my husband and I discussed it I realised he would have loved to go to Rome. We cannot travel together as we have 4 spoiled animals here at home. I offered my trip to him and he will be leaving for Hong Kong, to start the big travel with our son, in about 10 days

Which brings me back to the ‘shoe’ bag. I want to send my daughter, her partner and my son pressies. But didn’t have a clue what to send to my daughter’s partner and then had an ‘ah ha’ moment………..the shoe!!!!!!

So today was the day!!!!!!! I found the whole experience quite stressful and finished with a bag and a headache. But the next one will be better

I also made my daughter a bag, using gifted leather and denim. And I love it. Embroidered the same panel for both sides of the bag. I love it and I am sure will too


Um, um and yep, nope, maybe………

I embroidered a pair of booties to go with a little romper, for a pregnant friend. After lots of umming and yep and nope I decided I wasn’t 100% happy with those and embroidered a new set of booties this weekend

These are the first ones, but I decided it wasn’t done well enough to be gifted


Now I am happy and the set will be gifted to the pregnant mum this weekend. These are the new booties and they are perfect!


I have smocked for a very long time and still enjoy doing it. Wish I knew years ago how well the smocking and the embroidery done on the embroidery machine would compliment each other

Busy smocking weeks

The weather has been quite miserable here, with lots of rain, and it is getting cold. I am also still (trying) toilet-training a puppy and therefore decided to just spend time in the sewing room which allowed me to keep a close eye on her

One of the students I taught about 10 years ago is expecting a little baby boy and I made some rompers so that I can give her one for the new baby. I had enough fabric for four rompers and decided to use all the fabric, instead of saving the rest for another day


I’ve had my eye on a specific smocking plate for a long time and decided it is time to use it on white batiste fabric. It was supposed to be a little dress but the fabric decided it wanted to be a top, with pink under it. I love the little flowers on the smocking, it is such a dainty little top

The toilet training is very hard!!!!! I have to remind myself she is still a baby and to be patient. But personally I think people of a certain age should not be allowed new puppies. She is such a bright, sweet little thing and although she doesn’t understand about going outside if needed, she can ‘sit’ and ‘come’ on command



Since last week………

Since last week I have

  • made a dress – not smocked – I cannot remember when was the last time I made a dress without smocking!
  • cooked chutney with the apples from our tree in the backyard
  • knitted a cardigan
  • cleaned half of the kitchen – washed out kitchen cabinets, repacked everything, washed the doors. When I say I cleaned half the kitchen I actually mean I cleaned half of the kitchen cabinets
  • been trying to toilet train a puppy!!!!!! Oh dear, I have forgotten how much hard work a little pup is. And she is a cheeky one, she runs in circles outside and runs away when we try to catch her. I am now limiting her to an area in my sewing room during the day. She sleeps here, under the watchful eyes of the cats, and I take her outside the minute she opens her eyes. There are always treats in my pocket and I have different places where I sit outside to watch her. But as I said – it is HARD work