red poppies

I like poppies and today I sewed two versions. I fused some red cotton to Bondaweb then cut out some poppy shapes, bonded the flowers to black linen then free-motion embroidered them before quilting the background with small circles. The other version is just free-motion machine embroidery on the same red cotton.

I know someone else who likes poppies and the next time I see her, she’ll be offered one of these tissue holders. My poppies may not be considered as authentic but I’m sure she won’t mind.



May flowers

We’re only four days into May and I’ve already completed the sewing challenge for the month – twice! When I spoke to big sis earlier this afternoon, she admitted that she had also already completed two pieces!

I coloured the background fabric and the daisies with oil pastels before machine stitching the daisies but I can’t decide whether to quilt around the daisies or not – whatdya all think?



Yellow buttercups were the basis for the second piece on silk tinted with water soluble wax pastels.  The fabric around the flowers was puckered after machining them so I bit the bullet and quilted the whole thing but I think it’s ok.

yellow flowers


educated in an afternoon

Quilt, the first,

and the following is how I imagine a quilting teacher would report on my efforts:

“This is considered a beginner’s project and should have been well within Crunchnrustle’s capabilities. She has spent many hours researching quilting via YouTube videos, books, blogs, and magazines, so she knew what skills and equipment would be required. She was also aware that she did not have a stash of standard quilting fabrics but went ahead anyway. The use of different fabric weights and textures has contributed to the skewing of the quilt. C only used a long narrow metal ruler as a cutting aid which she says was difficult to hold still against the rotary cutter and claims that this must be why the books are curving out of shape and why the shelf appears to be warped but this may just be an excuse for inaccurate measurement and a desire to make the quilt in one afternoon.


C had also recently discovered a quilting blog which provided demonstrations of hundreds of quilt stitches but she did not bother to practice any of them at any time, as is evidenced by the lack of consistency in the background quilting pattern size. The only redeeming feature of the whole quilt is the hand and machine embroidery on three of the book spines.
I suggest that if C intends to undertake any further quilting projects, she practices some basic stitches on a regular basis and builds a stash of fat quarters as well as purchasing a quilting ruler. I am undecided as to whether this quilt deserves a pass mark.”


I am as ever, undeterred.  I have even added quilting as a category in my blog so I guess that sub-consciously I intend to begin another quilting project, but not today – a crochet hook, wool, and a new pattern are tempting me. This first quilt will remain on view to remind me that it is not possible to become a master craftsman without first being an apprentice. Still, you gorra have a go, dontcha?  And I did learn a lot. Loads in fact, none of which will go to waste. Do you quilt? Was your first effort a success? Do tell.

Leah Day’s blog supplied all the little videos on the stitches I have spent hours just watching, fascinated by her talent. If you want to do the bookshelf quilt project yourself, the instructions can be found at Don’t Call Me Betsy.

out of luck today

Today I went to see what my local quilting shop could offer me in the way of threads. When I got to the front door there was sign saying the shop was closed until next week because of a quilt show in the Midlands. I wouldn’t have minded so much but it’s been tipping it down with rain most of the day and I got soaked on the way home.

At dinner time I couldn’t get the rice cooker to turn on. Changing the fuse in the plug and trying another socket didn’t help. We’ve had the rice cooker for nearly sixteen years. It will be sadly missed. RIP.

I needed to crush garlic for our meal but the garlic crusher insert looked like this when I took it from the drawer:

I’ve straightened it out now but how did it get twisted out of shape in the first place?