free motion fun

I had lots of fabric scraps already fused to Bondaweb so I used some of them to make these fun houses then free motion stitched them to the background. When I began, I didn’t consider what I might do with them. Maybe a long pouch or a small wall hanging. Each ‘street’ is approx 8 x 5 inches (20 x 13 cm). They’re a bit very rough and ready but I like them.

upcycled #3

The first image shows lined snap pouches which use short lengths of metal tape measures to create the ‘snap’ closure. The circular purse was made from leftover scraps of fabric used to make a tote bag seen in the previous post. The pencil roll was made from curtain scraps and another table mat.



fabric bird 2

Another wren. The most difficult thing I’ve found with these birds is stitching the underbody gusset to the main body pieces without leaving a gap or creating a fold at the ends. I’m hoping that the more birds I made, the easier the process will be.


fabric bird

I recently bought a secondhand copy of The Artful Bird by Abigail Patner Glassenberg who blogs at The book has 20+ pages on techniques and several on materials and tools and I read through all those pages twice before starting on the wren, which according to the book is the one to master, after which the other birds will come “relatively easily”. I found some parts of the construction slightly challenging, particularly free-motion machine embroidering the wing parts once they’d been made up so I’d do that differently in future.

The book does not state if a particular level of expertise is necessary for making the birds but having made the wren I would say that it’s not a book for a complete novice. Abby recommends that even those with sewing experience read the instructions carefully and I concur! The wren was fun to make and I like the idea of a small flock of fabric fun birds perched around my work room so I’m looking forward to making some of the others.


random quilting

I found a blog the other day which showed a random quilting method, so with a number of fabric scraps to hand, I made a little quilt for myself. The smaller one (first image) was done as a sample to test various free-motion quilting ideas but when it came to the actual quilt I decided that just straight-stitching in the ditch around the fabric pieces was best. I used two different thickish fabrics as the batting which has resulted in it being too stiff for its original intended use as a lap quilt but it will do as a topping for my sewing chair seat.

sample quilt

random quilt

seat quilt

aiming for abstract

My current book at bedtime is a beginner’s guide to abstract art. For as long as I can remember, abstract art has left me shrugging my shoulders and frowning in perplexity. I just don’t get it. I rarely see what the artist’s intention was and several chapters into this book I am still in the same state of mind. Perhaps I shouldn’t be reading it just before I’m ready to sleep.

If an abstract piece is made from fabric, is it then classified as a collage instead? Fabric and fibre abstract/collage pieces sometimes perplex me too, especially scrappy quilts and fabric scrapbooks. I frequently read articles which assume that everyone did collage on a regular basis in school. Perhaps I was even more perplexed about collaging back then because no matter how hard I try I can only ever recall two or three instances of collaging in all my years at school.  Was the experience so bad each time that I have since stuffed the related memories inside a mental cupboard from which only the occasional draught of a partial memory escapes from under the ill-fitting door? Who knows?

I’ll continue reading the book and perhaps a lightbulb moment will happen but I won’t hold my breath. In the meantime, here’s the little piece I made from the jug and ginger jar scraps. I had no particular intention in mind when I began it but I liked how it turned out so I’ve since framed it.


what will this be?

I had a pile of scraps left over from making coiled pots so I stitched a few lengths to an 18″ x 12″ piece of stiff interfacing and then painted over them with acrylic paints. I should have given the scraps layout and the colour placement more thought but once I’d decided to do this, I just hash-bashed my way through. I’m happy with the end result and unusually, I have something in mind for it!

painted fabric


3 little birdies

I made this piece of fabric yesterday from some of the scraps left over from the latest felt flowers I made the other week. Of course, once the fabric was made I didn’t know what to do with it (so what’s new?!). Then I read this post on Gina Ferrari’s blog Fan My Flame and decided my ‘new’ fabric would be ideal for making some birdies of my own so that’s what I’ve done today. I’d cut and sewed around the edge of the bird body circles before I remembered that I hadn’t taken a reference photo of the fabric so just laid them back in place.


felt scrap fabric


3 birdies


still here

After a few days of sewing the seasonal things I mentioned in my last post, I had increased the quantity of fabric scraps which I’ve begun saving for a possible future project and yesterday I realised that the striped coiled pot would be an ideal holder for them, so in the absence of any other thing to show you, here’s a truly un-exciting, uninspiring photo of the pot and said scraps. Sad, I agree but at least you know I’m still here, foot to the pedal and fingers to the scissors although not necessarily at the same time.




I forgot until now that I hadn’t posted this latest piece of whimsy made instead of a standard ‘welcome-to-your-new-home’ greetings card because I couldn’t find one of those that I liked.  Fortunately, the actual house is in better condition than this embroidered one.