My Make 9 for 2017- sewing plans (in motion!) 

So I’m pretty late to the party but here’s my #makenine for 2017 and I’ve kinda cheated as I’m half way through a few of them but never the less here’s my plans for the next month or so!

1. Jelly roll strip blanket – with kantha hand embroidery (this one might take all year!)

I got this gorgeous Craft Cotton Co. textured plains jellyroll as a Christmas pressie and then found the Indian garden jellyroll which includes some of the colours and tones in beautifully, also by The Craft Cotton Co.

I really enjoyed the Bollywood theme last years Barefoot festival I’d love to bring a bit of the vibrancy into our home and garden

2. A comfy Rosie bralet to go with my Evie La Luve Bella panties (New favourite obsession!) Check out her gorgeous patterns and kits on Etsy

3. My third Sewaholic Granville shirt – nailed the cuff plaque it this time! I’m hoping to make a fourth this year as a shirt dress pattern hack

4. I will finally use the gorgeous printed liberty silk I bought four years ago in simple and classic style  (Yes the one I mentioned in my stash using up blog post a year ago!)

5. Swiped the last 2.5 m of our red based printed floral cotton for a Summery Sewaholic Nicola dress

6. The images online for the cloth kits vintage tea dress do you not do it justice at all. I’m making it out of a super drapey double crêpe in teal

One of my customers made it in this fab polkadot and cherry print at the weekend

6. After making a Tilly and the Buttons Cleo for me (more on that in my next blog post), I’m totally ripping off lovely Rosie from The New Craft House and making one in bright pink cord for my friend Emily

8. This one is going to be a bit of a labour of love! I’m making a Kelly cagoule with all the trimmings including a removable faux shearling lining – wish me luck!

9. I will FINALLY Make up my second pair of Closet Case patterns Ginger jeans which I have had cut out since February 2015!!!

Better get sewing hey!

Sarah x

My First “Big” Quilt- Finished!

So a few months back after making a few smaller quilted projects including a sampler quilt sample for our 6 week quilting course, I decided to make my first “Big” quilt. Read about how I started out with this project in my previous blog post here.

At that point I’d pieced all my blocks and was ready to join them with sashing. I opted for wide 3.5 inch sashing to break up the bold blocks. After constructing the quilt top I used spray adhesive to create a “quilt sandwich” with batting and the backing.

After that I had a good think about how I wanted to quilt my quilt. There are So. Many. Options!

Quilting is a really creative art! I researched freehand quilting and other quilting designs and decided that as this was my first big quilt I’d go for simple in the ditch diamond quilting and foot-spaced stitching on the sashing.

I decide after this to go a bit mad and test out some of the embroidery stitches on our workshop machines along the outside border of the quilt. Some I like, some I’m not so keen on. But it does make it really unique!


I finished the quilt with straight cut binding which I hand sewed on whilst watching the Great British Sewing Bee.

 Have you been watching? Who’s your favourite to win? My money’s on Charlotte. I love her style and she’s a great quilter too!

I’ll be working on a few smaller quilting projects for now but I am keen to make another big quilt again soon.



My first “BIG” quilt

I never saw myself as a quilter, I’ve always been drawn to dressmaking and homewares projects, but as we’ve been sourcing new fabric suppliers for the shop and started getting more and more lovely quilting cottons in I’m becoming hooked!

After making a few smaller sampler quilts and smaller quilted patchwork projects like cushions and tea cosies, I feel like I’m ready to go the next step. I am making my first “BIG” quilt. It’s only going to be a single size as I don’t want to set my self too big a project and loose interest and not finish it.

I’m using some of the gorgeous Dashwood studio fabrics we’ve just got in  mixed with other coordinating fabrics from the shop and also some recycled clothes and fabrics too.

I used the 1/2 square triangle block which our Crafty Sew&So quilting tutor Harriet taught us in the 6 week block sampler quilt course in our shop. I played around with the pieces after making lots of little 1/2 square triangle pieces and decided they look really fun as windmills. I’m really enjoying seeing this come together.

And I’ve really enjoyed the fact that I can pick this up whenever I feel like it or have free time. I can do 1 block in a spare 5 mins or settle down for an evening of patching.

quilt 2

I’ve pieced all the windmills now and just need to add sashing, wadding and backing then quilt it, trim it and bind it.

Ollie seems to like it already!


The finished quilt will go on the end of our bed and I’ve chosen lots of cat-friendly colours to hide the cat hair as that’s (one of the places) where Ollie likes to sleep. I’m planning to then make a couple of new duvets sets to go with it too. Maybe a new dressing gown too as really need one after mine got eaten by the washing machine!