geisha progress

Crafting was put on hold while the Viking family were here to visit, but after getting the house back to normal, I had a few patchwork sessions, and my geisha patchwork is coming along nicely.

For info, this is the very rough sketch I drew for layout.

Looks like something drawn by a 5 year old, I know, but I somehow missed out on the artist’s gene!  Anyway, it’s enough to serve as a guide line, and things will look better, once everything comes together, I promise!  The plan for this quilt is to make separate panels, which will be joined together with the QAYG (quilt as you go) technique.  All panels have been sewn, with 1.5″ sashing.

And looking like this.

I’ve gone for random placement, which has resulted in maybe too many greens in one area . . . but I’m hopeful it’ll look less obvious once panels are joined together, with the darker solid.  I don’t have a large enough floor space to lay everything out properly so you only get to see the left side here.  Next step is to add more sashing, then think about backing my panels and start quilting.

geisha – no going back

Back in February, I pulled out some fabrics, gifted to me by my sister, in Feb 2014 . . . with the aim of finally making something worthy of the gorgeous prints & panel she sent.  I sliced up lots of 5″ squares, ummed & ahhed about what to do with them.

and then promptly folded everything away and forgot about it.

Fast forward to last week, when I decided I wasn’t going to let this project carry over into another year.  Lots of pondering, measuring & sketching went on, until I finally realised what was holding me back.

That rather vivid border around the geisha panel.  It’s pretty enough, but it kept giving me a mental blockage.  It was all I could see each time I looked at the panel.  So . . . I made the decision that it had to go.

And it’s gone!  To be replaced by borders of a plain fabric, and oh my! What a difference the plain fabric makes!

Now that is something I can work with!  I immediately set to work sewing 9 patches with my pile of 5″ squares.

Managed to get a total of 21 out of my pile of squares.  Then cut those in quarters, heading for a D9P design (disappearing 9 patch for those of you who don’t patchwork).

Idea being, you slice into 4 then rotate a couple and sew back together.

Except that I’m not going to sew them back together into large blocks.  My plan is to use each of the smaller blocks (which measure 7″ and of which I have 84) sashed, and around my centre panel.  Apologies for the dreadful sketch, but I know what I’m going for.

I’m going to make the quilt in 9 sections which will be quilted and then assembled with the QAYG method (quilt as you go) – to make a very large double-bed sized quilt with a lot of over-hang on the sides.

Above photo with a couple of my blocks just lying on the background fabric . . . since then I’ve made the decision to have 1.5″ sashing between blocks so it’s just a question of getting a nice balance of colours in each segment, and lining things up while sashing!


ScrapHappy # october

It’s 15th of the month – time to link up with other “scrapsters” for ScrapHappy day!

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy,
Jill, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnJuleGwen,
Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera,
NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Carol,
Preeti, DebbieroseNóilin and Viv

I decided to have a play with my ever-growing pile of 2.5″ squares. It’s been a long time since I did any patchwork, but I always have a huge pile of these small squares because I find cutting squares from scraps very therapeutic, and always love seeing the riot of colours that occurs.

As always I set to sewing squares together without any clear idea of where I was headed.  To begin with I made blocks 7 x 7 (therefore 14″ x 14″ finished size) but decided against making a square quilt . . . so I then assembled a band, two squares wide, and joined with sashing.

Then a white border, and more squares all around.


On measuring up, I decided to stop there, because I had a piece of (leftover) fabric in my stash, the perfect size to back if I didn’t go any bigger.



And voilà – one baby-sized quilt, that finished up at approx 44″ x 38″.  Going in the gift drawer . . . for next year.   So many scraps of loved and familiar fabrics in this piece – there are butterflies, flowers, rainbows, flamingos, dots, cats, flowers, foxes, lamas, feathers . . . each piece a memory of a past project, turned into something unique and brand new.

a bit of this & that

A little bit of this & that, as we almost come to the end of February.

First . . .

A little parcel, sent & received, to wish Yvonne a very happy un-birthday in February.  An Isabelle Vautier xstitch kit and a pair of fingerless mittens, crocheted in Stylecraft DK “duck egg”.  I followed the pattern by Loopy Mabel but added thumbs.

A belated birthday present for yours truly, from SIL.  She treated herself to a super dooper embroidery machine recently and has been having fun with that!  So two pretty embroidered coasters in green, and a bottle of perfume.

Some bargain buttons!  We have a shop locally called Noz.  It buys up old stock, from shops all over Europe ( including groceries, clothes, toys, books interior decoration, DIY and craft supples).  You never know what you’re going to find.  I always love to rummage, and on our last visit, came across a big box of old haberdashery supplies, including some rather “vintage” looking buttons.

They weren’t terribly exciting colours but they were being sold only 59 centimes for the tube – and there are 49 buttons in each tube plus one attached to the screw-on lids.  How could I not buy any, at that price?

I’ve also been playing around with patchwork fabric.  I pulled out a bunch of FQs and printed panel, gifted to me by my sister on my birthday 8 years ago.  And decided it’s time to start doing something!  As usual (for me) I jumped in with both feet, without really having a plan, and cut the FQs into as many 5″ squares as I could get.   Only then did I begin thinking about layout.  The difficulty being that I want to include the printed panel in the centre, but build up a much larger quilt for a double bed.

It’ll be a QAYG project, and I’ll be able to leave myself wiggle room with outer sections by adding a border to the panel.  For the moment, I’m toying between two different ideas. Squares and rectangles of prints sashed or

just squares, but with more light solids scattered about.  I’ve thrown a few other matching fabrics in the mix, and plan on adding more greens but the original FQs and panel are from the Benartex “tea house” collection, so very Japanesey (not the purple FQ at top of photo).

I need to draw a couple of sketches and do the maths before I go any further.

ScrapHappy # february

It’s 15th of the month, time to link up with

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnJuleGwen,
Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue LVera,
NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Bear, Carol,
Preeti, EdithDebbierose

and show what I made with scraps. Nothing very exciting, I’m afraid.  Still enjoying playing with the 2.5″ squares I cut from leftover bits of fabric.

And two more scrappy placemats were made.

Which I posted to eldest son, aka Mr Tattoo.

ScrapHappy # January 2022

I hope to continue linking up with other ScrapHappy members throughout the coming year.

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChrisAlys,
ClaireJeanJon, DawnJule,
Gwen, Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, EdithDebbierose

This first Scraphappy day of the year took me a little by surprise, I have to admit. And it’s without much imagination that I quickly sewed some 2.5″ squares together to make two blocks (for a future scrappy quilt).

The block on the right was a “what happens if I sew together scraps of the same print but in a different colourway?”  And the one on the left was more organised than my usual random colours.  Which doesn’t mean I don’t have more bright scraps to sew together, because I do !

and another year begins! (catch up)

Hello everyone!  I’ve been a bit quiet, simply because we were enjoying some family time with Mr & Mrs Tattoo, who we hadn’t seen in over 12 months.   They’ve left now though, so the house is quiet once more . . . and I’ll be getting back into my normal routine.

I’m not making any resolutions this year. I’ll just be doing what I fancy, when I fancy.  As the new year begins, I have two cross stitch projects on the go, plus one knitting project on my needles.  And some ideas bouncing around in my head for up-coming projects, which will be revealed as they happen.

I forgot to do a December egg-count . . .

so, using photo from last month, I can say that hens were in fine fettle for December and laid a total of 101 eggs !!!!

Restoration work was completed on the church Saint Georges, just before the festive season.  Following photos taken on 23rd December – just look at that blue sky!!


I finished a diamond painting.

and I can also reveal some secret crafting that happened in December.

a set of six placemats designed and made especially for my brother-in-law.  I don’t think I need to add that he is of Greek descent lol.  Suffice it to say, he was thrilled to bits with these.

Three pairs of mittens flew off my crochet hook (using the pattern by Loopy Mabel, but adding a thumb).

in Stylecraft Special DK (petrol blue, grey & black) for sister-in-law, niece and friend.

and a scrappy placemat for the same friend.

starting a finish (Tiny Treasures)

It’s getting to that time of year where I’m trying to remember what I’ve got hidden away in my drawers. Craft projects that never saw a proper finish.  You may remember that I stitched a lovely blackwork piece for the SAL, from September 2020 through to April 2021 ( I think) and, when I had finished the blackwork, I said I imagined it as a wall hanging or table runner for the festive season.

Well . . . the finish has begun!

It didn’t actually begin very well – see those two red triangles in top corner!  I’d carefully made some cute little HSTs (half square triangles) to add a border around the edge, but when I sewed the borders on, I realised triangles should have been leaning the other way on opposite strips.

And I had the same problem on a different corner – oops.  Out came the unpicker, and I had to sew a long and short band of triangles again.

With these right angle triangles, there was no way I could get all four corners looking the same, because of the lean, but I could, at least, make things look more balanced.

This is how things looked once I’d sorted out the triangle bands, added a slim white border, and with the length of green I plan on using for the binding.  So, next job is to sandwich & quilt.  This piece should be finished soon.  I’ll hopefully be able to share the happy dance on 28th November so SAL members can see the finished piece!  The blackwork design is called “Tiny Treasures” by Elizabeth Almond of Blackwork Journey.  It was a free download, and a pleasure to stitch.


a WIP and a happy dance

I have some very colourful photos to share with you today!  First, a WIP with the beginnings of a new patchwork project. Inspired by the photo below, of a design in the book “Quick & Easy quilts for kids” by Connie Ewbank.

My version looks like this

As you can tell from my choice of fabric print, I’m making a baby quilt.  It’ll be a lovely “I spy” & rainbow coloured snuggle quilt when finished.

I’ve also been having fun in the evening with some diamond painting and have finished a very colourful unicorn.

Canvas is only 30cm x 30cm which makes the actual picture only approx 25cm x 25cm.  I’ll be buying a frame for this, and it will be wrapped & gifted to one of our little neighbours on her 4th birthday later this month.