Thursday, 28 April 2016

Box Bag

I had a small disaster a few weeks ago, in that my foundation kind of exploded over my makeup bag, meaning no foundation and no useable makeup bag!  I did debate buying a new one, because sometimes life is too short, but I decided in the end that I had better things to spend my money on.

I used this tutorial and whizzed it up in an evening!

The mushroom fabric is from a fat quarter I had and it's quilted onto a light weight batting.

The lining is plain calico in case of future makeup disasters!  But I'm really pleased with how it looks and how nicely it fits all my makeup.

Monday, 25 April 2016

In Between The DIY...

There have been snatched moments of crafting!  And a long awaited trip to London to meet a small person!  So I made said small person a little present, just because I could.

It's a giraffe taggie!  The body is made of some poly cotton scraps and stuffed with toy stuffing.

The ribbons are a mixture of embroidered, velvet and grosgrain that I had in my stash!  It was very well received by the small person who grabbed it and immediately started chewing on it!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Raspberry Cake

There's been a bit less crafting here recently, mainly due to the fact I'm spending all my free time either packing boxes or doing diy on the house as we get ready to sell!  In the meantime, have a picture of some cake I made a while back and please excuse any absence from this little blog.  It'll only be temporary I promise!

I still have a coat and gambeson to show you, but I need to get some better pics of both!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Green Quilt!

I made this for my parents to use as a throw for their bed,  It's huge.  Stupidly huge - I am never making a 3 metre square quilt again!

It's made in greens to match their bedroom redecoration and edged and bound with their curtain fabric (my mum made the curtains and gave me the leftovers for this reason!).

There are nineteen rows of nineteen squares, each surrounded by sashing.  Then there is a border of the sashing fabric and another border of curtain fabric.

It's hand tied (every square has for knots in it) and it took forever!  Mum and I shopped for the fabric in September 2014.  I then stitched the top together in between other projects.  Last August I went to my parents for the weekend so I could lay it out and pin it to the backing and wadding (because I don't have any large enough rooms in my house!).

The squares are diagonal and I love the way it looks!  I will confess not all the lines meet up (bad seamstress) but it was so huge and unwieldy I'm afraid I slightly gave up caring...

I then spent from November til the end of February hand tieing it.  I watched a lot of live at the apollo and call the midwife re-runs!  The reason it's not been on the blog til now is I only delivered it at Easter and since then I've not had time to write it up!

Monday, 4 April 2016


I didn't mean to disappear from blogland!  I have just been madly busy and neglecting to write up projects when I've finished them, bad Luthaisea!

Still, I have a gambeson, a quilt and a coat to show off, so there will be posts for at least this week!

Today though, have some photos of a framed embroidery I made Katy for her birthday!

Yep, I found a tardis pattern!  It was mostly a simple sew, but the teeny tiny writing was really tricky.  The pattern can be found here.

I used white linen, blue stranded embroidery cotton and black ordinary sewing thread to make this.  I'm a bit sad about how my lines ended up wonky, but I think overall it just adds charm, right?

Mr Kit was dispatched for a frame, picked this one and helped me frame it, so it was a joint gift from us!

On Thursday, I'm going to show you a quilt I've been working on for about 18 months!