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Star Gazing Sew Along And More...

For those who are passionate about sewing and all things quilting...

We had a great time in the Facebook Group during the Star Gazing Sew Along week in September. Lots of different fabric choices which make a difference to the finished look of the block.
I chose a busy week to host it, just on the run up to packing our daughter off to University, but with a bit of planning and Facebook scheduling it all ran very smoothly. If you didn’t get chance to join along you can still get a copy of the pattern in my Etsy shop, and can catch up on the posts in the Facebook group with useful hints and tips.

Home from Home sewing

As I mentioned above, our daughter has flown the nest to go and study Veterinary Science at University. She’s a real home body and we knew that she would find living away in halls difficult, but so far I’m pleased to say that she is surprising us all and doing really well. She’s not too far away and has transport, so there have been a few trips home and some visits and lunches out so far.

What better way to help her settle in with a few homemade comforts. I recently finished this lap quilt which she chose. It’s made from the Forest Fable range of fabrics designed by Esther Fallon Lau for Figo Fabrics. The pack is available with the simple but effective Accent pattern used, from The Cotton Patch.

We chose a lovely soft flannel fabric for the backing and found this beautifully co-ordinating orange flannel for the binding. You’ve heard of Fussy Cutting, well I think I’ve invented the term Fussy Quilting :). My preference for quilting is a gentle Free Motion Quilting meander, but I couldn’t bare to stitch through the gorgeous animals, so carefully meandered around them.

It now has pride of place on her bed!

You can never have enough pencil cases or pen pots.

I came across an Instagram post from The Tartan Reel, a shop in Scotland, showing a very useful looking ‘pop’ down pen pot. On enquiries Janey set up a zoom group tutorial to show how they are made.
They have worked out perfectly for another set of Uni presents. I supersized one for all of her highlighter pens, although it’s a little more awkward to move the top up and down. I think that I might be downsizing it soon too for wonder clips and safety pins.

.. and last but not least. I took part in a sew long hosted by Sarah Ashford for her Love Improv Coin Purse again. This time one made for taking jewellery to Uni.
This has a special meaning as all of the fabrics are from her Aunt’s stash, which I inherited when she sadly lost her battle with cancer last year.
And the squirrel - to remind her of our wonderful family holidays to Centre Parcs where her Dad always seems to befriend a tame squirrel!

I have taken a little break from pattern writing recently. There have been a few too many family distractions and other priorities to consider, but in turn it has been nice to do a little more sewing and quilting for myself. We’ve had quite a bit of illness, with colds and flu, tonsillitis. I hope that you are all managing to stay clear of the illnesses about.

I hope to have a bit more focus in the weeks to come and am contemplating a block of the month or mystery quilt pattern. Please drop me an email (just click Reply) if you think that this would be of interest to you - don’t worry, it won’t mean that you are committed to anything!

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