Maybe, but I doubt it

Finished the top of Little Bro’s quilt just now. It’s to be a surprise but since I’m reasonably certain he doesn’t read my craft blog I feel confident enough to share it this dull grey day.

It’s a ‘Film At Five’ utilising two inch squares and strips cut from my never ending supply of Himself’s worn out Thomas Pink French cuff shirts.

I’m not in the habit of submitting brag posts on other people’s blogs but I might just do that once this quilt gets quilted since the designer asks.

I’m thinking on machine quilting since I’ve not made one like that before and this is just a twin and therefore a good learner.


The Year Of The Quilt.

Well, for the IWOM anyway. I have two others on deck: all those Liberty print squares from my teaching days there deserve better than year after year in a plastic storage tub.

Stay tuned.


We get the job done. 

You need a lightweight dress for three specific occasions on holiday when capris and a nice top just aren’t good enough. (You’ll be in three different sets of company so only one dress needed). 

You’ve got three metres of a lovely plum and light blue print jersey 150cm wide which you picked up in Paris a few years ago. 

You’ve got Simplicity 2580. 

In about three and a half hours you have this:


We get the job done. 

(95% done: you of course let the dress hang overnight before hemming). 

Summer time

You’d think finding a pair of lightweight navy capris wouldn’t be difficult. This task defeated me over the summer months, but I did locate ankle grazing trousers in the color and weight desired. 

With a warm weather trip fast approaching, this was top of the mending – refashioning – alterations pile this weekend. 

I’m kinda tall, so I was left with some decent size scraps once I cut off seven inches to achieve the desired length. Two inch vents were left on the side seams as well to make these easy to walk in as well as comfortable for the road tripping involved at various points over our time away. 

However, the pockets on the trousers are, as with so many women’s garments, not nearly big enough so I pieced the scraps into a thigh side 6SPlus holder. 

Sometimes you just don’t want to carry a pocketbook so if the A list of November garden work gets finished I’ll have time to fuss with a hip bag to keep things even more hands free. 

Planning to (not) fail

One of the IWOM’s 50th Birthday Presents For Other People (since I neither needed nor wanted anything) was meant to be pinned to this homemade frame for the initial appliqué work. 

It was meant to rest on my lovely oak trestles up in the craft room or, on a sunny day, down in the sunroom. After the project was done, the wood lengths would live their second life as further drawer dividers. 

Well, the project technique changed so I don’t need the frame after all. The drawer project is in the middle of the winter house jobs but I’m patting myself on the back this morning for being clever in the first place to chose the wood I did. 

If it’s worth doing it’s worth overdoing

RIP Mythbusters. Got hooked on that our first of two years in Hong Kong when we had but a few English language channels. 

It’s time to start thinking about a vacation wardrobe to cover a variety of climates and temperatures: Florida heat and December NYC who-knows-what bookending three weeks and a dozen flights. 

A lightweight long sleeve chambray staple with a one and a bit inch gash torn in the back got itself over-patched with some denim shaped leftover bits from, oh, something or other. Honestly can’t recall. Most of the bag of shapes went to the Girl Guides earlier this week. I like how it looks washed and dryer- dried, which I wanted to do before thinking about a few beads. Doesn’t seem necessary. 

Moving on!

When will it end?!?

The hydrangea fabric I mean. Auntie B gave me a bolt of it years ago. I use it mostly for mocks and assorted crafts for charity. Recently I made a pile of gift bags for Auntie B’s use. 

The bolt is not getting any smaller. 

I swear. 

Something has to give. 

The latest donations to the Girl Guides have left the building so it was time for a desk tidy up in preparation for winter work. 

(Dad’s denim flag and The Nephew’s quilt and denim fish kept me from going buggy last winter so it’s time to rack up this year’s projects).

The very useful half dozen Ikea files have been relabelled according to their use over the years. I had a think then came up with six categories that pretty much covered everything on my plate at present:

Cheap project to be sure — I had half a can of spray adhesive with nothing better to do so cut a template exactly to size with one inch added for wrapping round the back for a tight fit. 

There was plenty for lining but with the files sitting well above eye level that seemed like overkill. 

Still a little more sorting to do but it will be easier now!


Nothing a half dozen 40 degree C washes wouldn’t have done in the ordinary scheme of things. 

Perhaps the softening technique I started last Wednesday — one cup salt plus two quarts water for three days — is better suited to more broken-in Ts?

Not gonna lose sleep over it. 

In the shop

The engineer who stripped down my Janome 3500 Memory Craft last week to clean it while waiting on parts info decided to rebuild the presser foot lever himself since a new one was (in his opinion) too pricey and would have to come from overseas. 

‘K. The IWOM is good at lots of stuff but lets a pro handle the things she can’t. 

The machine will be picked up tomorrow so it’s a weekend of handwork. Grommets to replace a handle that has broke a few times 

and design work for the next AC T

got the ball rolling. It’s time for another clear out for the Girl Guides and to get the craft room ready for winter projects. 

Outdoor crafting

With the nights drawing in and weather getting colder, outdoor crafting is the order of the day. I can quilt when there’s only six hours of sunlight during days with a permanently blowing gale. 

(Plus my Janome is getting a new presser foot lever and deep clean at present). 

A slatted shelf for my tall tool shed (which doesn’t actually hold any tools) makes better use of the space as well as adding strength to the whole shed. 

One last raised bed to build, the greenhouse slab to extend and assorted perennial moving will do it for the season. 

It is to weep for

I know one my biggest — if not THE biggest — of my woes is our T shirts being soft but NOT VINTAGE SOFT. 

Oh, the humanity. 

Because my Alabama Chanin and AC-inspired Ts are becoming coveted by my family I picked up some plain white 100% cotton Ts at Michael’s last month during a quick trip to my original side of the pond. (I’ve yet to make a T from scratch but it’s on the list). 

The shirts have been washed and are perfectly serviceable for my needs, but why not try this Pin?

I’m not sure how small the shirt would be to be brined in the recipe of one quart water to a half cup of salt so doubled the mixture for one XL T. 

Now we wait three days. 

An occasional stir seems appropriate.