So many ideas, so little time!

When I publish the previous blogs I think what will I talk about next week? As the week goes on the ideas come the end of the week its which ones do I talk about?

Lets start with making my winking owls. I would like to make little sort toys of my winking owl. I have managed to make a pattern for the head. Now I have it the size I want it, I need to make the eyes and beak. I have drawn them out and asked my daughter to draw them on her Wacom( yes I didn't know what it was either. Its a drawing tablet attached to the computer.)

winking owl fabric shop
My daughter has done a good job. See if I can do the same?

Then I can digitise it, making it compatible with me embroidery machine and sew the eyes onto my fluffy fabric. Let see how that goes.

I am making stock for, dare I say, Christmas fayre...OH NO NOT CHRISTMAS!!!.

I know but with everything else I am planning on doing I am getting stock ready so that I can go to lots of fates and craft shows. I also think that it might get me in the festive mood!!

Sewing purses
Started my purses for ...Christmas

Any way that's enough of that!

I have started my youngest's jumpsuit. Not difficult really. Shorts and trousers come together quite quickly. Will show you next week the fabulous finished make as plenty of sunshine and wine took up a lot of time this week!!

100% cotton - all he same quality?

When you go shopping for fabric and you wonder why some places charge more for 100% cotton than others? Are they just trying to get you to spend more? Well this is a fabulous explanation from the Cotton King :- Lets start with the thread count. Thread count simply refers to how many threads – Vertically and Horizontally – are woven into one square inch of fabric. With finer threads, such as those produced with pure Egyptian cotton, more threads can be woven into each square inch, which produces in turn, a finer, softer and more flexible material. In general, the higher the thread count, the higher the quality of the sheets. The thread count of basic or standard cotton is around 150 – good quality sheets start at 180 thread count and are considered percale. Whilst thread count is a consideration, there are features much more important to measuring comfort, quality, and value. This includes the type of cotton, the feel of the fabric and the nature of the finishing process.Fine linens begin with fine cotton, and the quality of the cotton depends on the length of the individual fibres, or staples - the longer the staple, the better the cotton, allowing the cotton to be spun into a finer-textured thread with more tensile strength, and woven into a softer, smoother and more supple fabric.

new fabrics- The Cotton King.

And so when buying 100% cotton and it is fairly inexpensive, check the texture and softness.

No homework with this!!

Bentley news - he has more interest than I have, which wasn't the plan, so I am going to make him his own blog and story page so watch this space. Not that hes that bothered..

Bentley dog relaxing
take it easy Bentley!

Speaking of Bentley, I made a small quilt some time ago out of the disappearing 9 patch block. This block makes it look like you have made to much effort but haven't!

Disappearing 9 patch block

Here is a few diagrams to show how easy it is to do.

It is quite easy to follow. Clockwise from the top left -

Arrange and sew 9 patch.

Cut exactly down the middle width and length ways.

There will be four blocks (like bottom left).

Turn two opposite corners 180 degrees.

Sew back together.



Well, I didn't get 30 views so what I have decided it I will add a new give away each week and when i do reach 30 views then winner takes it all. This week i have 2 lovely Moda fat quarters to give away.

Moda fat quarters
Moda Fabric fat quarters

So that's it for this week. Have fun in the sun!!

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