Monday, May 31, 2010


Sorry but just haven't had chance to post anything for last Wednesday, things here are a bit hectic to say the least. I will up date you on the news when I can.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Today, I managed to find a couple of hours this morning to finish off my bag. It is a pattern by Melly & Me. I really love it, but I am not sure if it is too posh for me!
And when Sara got back from her morning down by the river (Tagus River) with her Dad and grandfather, she had ideas that she was going to keep the bag for herself. I don't think so!

Friday, May 21, 2010


I know I promised to show you today "my something for myself" but had to go and work, plus household jobs, so bang went me going into my sewing room and finishing my project. Hope I get a chance on Sunday to finish it off.
Anyway I forgot to show Fernanda's triangle project, so here it is. It is going to be a mat, originally it was going to be for her cat to lie on it, could still be though!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

All Day Workshop

Yesterday we had an all day workshop on using Bethany S Reynolds Kaleidoscope technique. This is mine and I will admit that joining those hexagonal blocks gave me a challenge!
And one of the hexagonal's close up.
I must admit each time I joined a block together I got this wow feeling. And I think the ladies did too. Here is Carmen cutting some of her strips up.
Fernanda and Helena busy putting their blocks together to see what surprise laid in store for them.

And here are some of Manuela's with her brown and Sofia's (blue/yellow) and just a bit of pink, not red though.
And I only managed to take one of Fernanda's blocks. It will be interesting to see how Manuela, Fernanda and Paula's blocks come out because they are using the same fabric design but one has a black background, one is brown and the other has cream as it's background.
A lot of time was spent on helping them to cut their fabric up, which I think is the part that takes the longest. But once you get sewing it starts to come together. We will see next Wednesday how much homework they did. Today I took it easy, no not really. I went into my sewing room, to make something for myself, which will be revealed tomorrow!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Door Organiser

Well Teresa sent me a picture of her finished organiser. She decided to use Tilda fabric. Isn't it beautiful.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Half Triangles

Today the ladies wanted to know how to make half triangles. We used this method which is a quick way for the project we were doing. There are obviously other ways, but I like this way.
Here are some of the examples of the ladies.
Can you guess, this is Sofia's who has decided that she is going to change some of the colours to make it work better.
And Maria hasn't decided which way she is going have hers. This way
OR this way
I now there is hardly any difference, but we managed to get down to these two!
And Carmen needs to make a few more
The other ladies were still deciding which way to go and Fernanda was thinking of placing plain black squares at various intervals, which was looking really nice when I last saw it, but sorry no picture, yet.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Saturday's Class

I managed to make it to class on Saturday full of cold and a croaky throat. The project this week was to make a door organiser like this.
But before work started Sofia showed us her finished Mat & Ruler Bag, it was red which is her favourite colour.
By the end of the day Fernanda and Paula had done this much and were going to go home and finish the binding off by hand.
and Sofia just needed to choose a button and ribbon to finish it off.

Theresa who does everything very neatly wouldn't let me take a picture until it is finished. She will send me a photo. Don't forget Theresa.
This Wednesday those that haven't done half triangles before are going to make this.

You can visit here to see a better picture of the project.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Wednesday's Mat & Ruler Class

On Wednesday with kind permission from Angela the ladies started making their Mat & Ruler bags, so that there will now be no excuse why they won't bring their mat and ruler to class!
No one actually finished their bag at the end of the morning, but hopefully next week we will see some finished. Some got as far as the pocket for the ruler. We were putting flying geese blocks down the middle and then they were going to go home and do their homework!
We had a new lady join us and to say she had never used a sewing machine, she managed to get her quarter inch dead on. Only thing I had to keep reminding her was to close her rotary cutter (if you look closely in the picture you will see). No homework for her, as she hasn't got a sewing maching at home, yet anyway!

And finally Aldora who is recently new to quilting but not handicrafts, made a cover for her sewing machine. Isn't it cute?
I am working on a project that is for an up and coming workshop, which I can't show just yet.