Monday, 15 June 2015


This week I had a skirt making week 
 I love making skirts - they are quick & fun and you can make them plain or decorated 
 I started with this little skirt for Aleesha 
which was very quick - I added some pink ric-rac to jazz it up a bit!!

Then i moved on to this skirt for Aaliyah -
I started with the red floral layer - then i added the bottom tier and the first row of ric-rac - then I gathered the lower tier and sewed it to the middle tier and added red ric-rac - then i gathered the middle tier and added it to the upper tier and added red ric-rac - made the casing inserted the elastic and it was done!!!

I then made this skirt for me - i have been thinking about making myself a skirt out of this fabric for a wee while - so i did !! This one was a bit different as it has panels - first i sewed part of the panel seams then i stitched in the panels - then did the side seams then made a seperate waist band - added elastic and hemmed - it's just the right size and length!! Yay!!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Deer at the barn

Yesterday when I arrived at the barn I surprised a young female deer, she ran off through the field of wheat - but kept stopping and turning round to see if I was coming!!
She stayed about 40 yards away for a long time watching mebefore lying down and then i couldn't see if she had gone or not!!

Then today I walked in to the back of the barn and there were two young males right outside my window - they were nibbling at the moss - when they saw me they just looked up and stared. 
 I tried to take a photo - but I have bars on the back of my window - and as i tried to slip the phone behind the bars - they wandered off behind the hedge.
After a few minutes I went outside to see them - and they bounced off over the field - they were so beautiful - so swift - so supple they covered the wheat effortlessly. 
 I am always amazed by these beautiful swift shy creatures - they are so graceful and lovely and it is just another example of God's beautiful creation!!
 Til next time 
 God Bless

Mariners compass 

This is the first section of the Mariners compass- I used 16 different red blends to create this quarter compass.

This is the completed compass - I didn't sew it up in the right order - so it didn't work out quite as I expected - I shall sew another one in blue and try to improve it.
 I think they look quite spectacular - they are time -consuming to sew - ( particularly if you have to unpick) but well worth it!!
God Bless 

Appliqued cushion covers 

These are no more difficult than ordinary cushion covers - the only difference is that before you sew the cushion cover together - you sew the applique design on the front piece.
These silhouetted birds in soft blue work well with the grey tree branch- then using the same fabric as the piping - helps to balance the design
Why don't you have a go?
 If you need any help - just pop in - I will be happy to help you 
 God Bless 
Sue ..x

Friday, 24 April 2015

Cushion cover making 

Today I made these two cushion covers - they are not difficult to sew. 
 These are to fit an  18" cushion
Do you prefer the silver or the gold?
 How I did it
First I measured the cushions to be covered 
 then I added 1 1/4" to both measurements & cut out one piece following that measurement ( i.e 19 1/4 ")
 I then added a further 2 1/2 " to one dimension and cut a piece that measurement - ( 19 1/4 " x 21 3/4 " ) 
 I then cut a 5" strip off the larger piece and sewed it right sides together back to the piece i cut it from leaving an opening 16" long.
 I then turned under 5/8"along both seam allowances and fitted a zip.
I then cut a length of piping cord the perimeter of the cushion plus 2"
I cut bias strips from the contrasting fabric and sewed them together to make a long enough strip to encase the piping cord.
I then sewed the piping around the cord using a zipper foot.
 I then lay the piping around the edge of the single piece of cushion curving around the corners - I then placed the other piece( the piece with the zip in ) on top right sides together and sewed through all the layers using a zipper foot
 I then trimmed the edges and turned it right sides out and it was done!!
 Didn't take long 
 til next time 
 God Bless

What an amazingly beautiful tree!!

This tree is just outside the barn where I have my workshop and shop
I think it is absolutely stunning - If God hadn't made this first you couldn't dream this sight up- it is amazing!!
creation & nature is just so incredible!!
 God Bless 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Ladybird dress

I loved this fabric as soon as I saw it!! I knew I would just have to make a dress for Aleesha from it - and then when my daughter showed me the new red shoes she bought for Aleesha - well that clinched it for me.
 This dress is not difficult to make - it has a fully lined bodice and a zipper at the back!

 Here's how I did it- first I cut out the two back bodices in both lining fabric and ladybird fabric - then I cut out the bodice front on the fold in both lining fabric and in ladybird fabric. Then i cut out the two skirt backs and the skirt front (cut on fold) 
step 1 - staystitch around the neck of all bodice pieces
Step 2 - sew shoulder seam together in main fabric and in lining fabric 
step 3 - sew lining bodice to main fabric bodice around the neck and armholes 
pull through to right side & press under 1.5cm along lower edge of lining
step 4 - sew lower back seam and side seams
Step 5 - sew large running stitch ( by machine) along top of skirt
step 6 - pin skirt to bodice gathering skirt to fit
step 7 - sew skirt to bodice - trim seams 
 Step 8 - stitch 9" zip to back opening 
step 10 - slip stitch pressed edge of bodice lining down.
step 11 - measure lower skirt and take up required amount and hemstitch down 
step 12- topstitch around armholes & neck edge
I told you it  wasn't difficult !
Tomorrow I plan to make some cushions - I will put the instructions on here tomorrow evening 
 til then 
 God Bless