Thursday 27 December 2012

Time free to sew.

I hope you all had a very happy Christmas. We had a great time with a quiet leisurely Christmas day and our older daughter and her boyfriend visiting on boxing day (26th). We have also managed to take Scamp (our Yorkshire Terrier) out for a good walk each day without getting wet. Quite a feat since we are having a monsoon season here in London.

Today I had some errands to run including posting the FQ's she won to Connie at Freemotion by the river. I also had a delivery from Green Fairy. I had ordered 3 charm packs ready for planned projects.

Moda Charm Pack - Get A Clue With Nancy Drew by Moda

The Nancy Drew charm pack is ready for the blog hop in March. I've a couple of ideas of what I want to make, I just need to make a final decision of which one.

Moda Charm Pack - Sakura Park by Sentimental Studios

The Sakura Park is for a project with my Brownies.  The final one La Belle Fleur by French General is for me just because I really love the designs.

Moda MINI Charm - La Belle Fleur by French General

With errands done and only a small amount of cleaning and tidying needed I finally had time to do some sewing. We are a family of tea drinkers ( well all the females are) and my older daughter had complained that the tea got cold in the pot before she had finished it all. So my job for the day was to make a tea cosy. The Rusty Bobbin has a great tutorial for making a cosy including how to measure your teapot so that you make the right size. I love it when all the guess work is taken out of a project. Kathryn has always liked cows especially black and white ones so I chose this fabric for her. As a toddler she called the black and white cows moo moo cows which is the name of this design. Every so often on the fabric there is a black cow and I cut the shape so there was a black cow on one side

I chose red for the lining.

I used Hobb's heirloom for the batting. I quilted around the outline of each cow and I added piping. I think this is the first time I have done piping (I think ... must be getting old because I can't remember for certain.)

I am quite pleased with the finished result. I hope Kathryn will like it. Now I have two more tea cosys to make, one for my teapot and one for Lucy's. The quilting doesn't show up in the photo but gives a lovely puffy effect. 

So a gentle ease back into sewing. Hopefully I will have some more free time tomorrow. For now I have a TV programme I want to watch and I can't make up my mind whether to do some embroidery or knitting while I watch it. I hope you have had some sewing time today.

I am linking this post up with Richard quilts - link a finish Friday. Why not pop over and see what other people have been up to.


  1. My little son is sitting here with me and he wants you to know, "I like those little cow ones; He's really cute." I have to agree. We especially love the black cow. Great little project.

  2. OOOOh those charm packs are tempting! I love the French General line too! The tea cozy came out great and you have motivated me to make one 'cause I have none and my tea gets cold too! Happy New Year, cheers, Claire W.