Thursday, October 28, 2010

It’s “finished”!

Hi, there!

I’ve just finished sewing the borders so that I can show you my version of Paganini:


I’ve never made a scallop border before, it is going to be a challenge for me - I think it’s not easy-peasy!

This is a strange picture, but I did it on purpose.

It’s a birthday gift for a friend!

Can you guess what it is? I hope not!!!

But I hope she’ll like it.  I’ll show you when she opened it.


Have a lovely weekend!

Happy sewing!

signature Suzie flcl1j

Sunday, October 24, 2010

As you sew, so shall you rip…



Though in this case it won’t help this block anymore…

I’ve cut the fabrics before I noticed the mistake…

Pretty silly, isn’t it?….

I’m making the blocks for Paganini, the first “Le Petit” project. It is a great one, there are 4 different ways to sew the pattern, they are all beautiful!

I read the instructions, cut the pieces, start sewing.

So far so good!

No idea what I was thinking of (perhaps nothing!) when I added the corners in the wrong position. But still enough fabric left from the Charm Pack so I could make a new block ! :-)))

Sorting the blocks:


I chose Awesome by Sandy Gervais (Moda) because I want a new wall hanging with Fall colors. My wish is to get it done for this Autumn!

The handles for the new bag are now finished.

I will show you how I inserted the thick batting inside.

First, roll the batting as tight as you can:


Use the twine to secure and tight it well:


Make a little hole with an awl or stiletto:


The hole is for the big safety pin:




Now you can start to pull through.

My advice….

At this point you could ask your own hero at home, your Indiana Jones with strong arms to help you with this issue!  ( My wrist had to be operated once, I’m very careful since then).


He will get it faster! 

That’s how it looks like:



Pretty busy days ahead!

Wishing  you a lovely and creative week!

Happy sewing!

signature Suzie




Sunday, October 17, 2010



Hi, there!

I would like to introduce you to my Young Quilter in Training!

She is the daughter of a good friend of mine.  She is only 12 years old and full of enthusiasm and excitement about sewing!

It all began last year when she came here for a couple of days to learn how to sew. The fist thing I taught her was the English Paper Piecing Method because it was easier for her to do it at home ( my friend, her mom, did not have a sewing machine). She made many things and was so interested that she wanted more. Now she has a sewing machine and she tried by herself at home.  She phoned me, “Suzie, may I come to learn and sew with you? I have school holidays and I would love to sew bags!”

Can you resist such calling?!

The passion for sewing, for fabrics, for being creative is a gift, you should not turn your back on it!

She came by train on Wednesday and brought all what she could – her sewing machine also!

With her backpack full of fabrics and a heart full of wishes, we started planning. This time I showed her how to do some simple math, use the rulers and cutter.

She loves bright colors!

Choosing from her little stash, the production began!


She worked very concentrated and paid attention to everything.

Even a zipper was one of her wishes! And she got it right!

The results of three intensive days of sewing:


“Oh, my parents will soon come to pick me up!

One more thing, please!”



And there it is, a little bag in her favorite color!


The last piece before her mom and dad came with cake for a nice talk in the afternoon. They were stunned! “Did the two of you got some sleep?! It is incredible!”

Yes, we slept!

Yes, I did my best to keep up pace with her!

Yes, it was a lovely time!

You have to come again, my dear YQT!

Next day was the bag course so I sorted my things out and packed them.

Needless to say that I forgot “some” important things…a piece of batting – my friend shared hers with me – a bodkin and cotton twine…and the worst of all, I forgot my bag at home….

No money, no phone cell, no camera, no cough drops…

It was raining when my friend came to pick me up, my attention was to get my sewing machine and all the other sewing things dry and safe in her car. I said bye to DH and left. I’m lucky that the shop owner knows me, she said I could pay later!!

Bird brain or my fatigue?!

You tell me!!!

The bag is almost done, the rest is hand sewing.

This is how the zipper was sewn together with the binding:



The sides of the bag are also sewn by hand:


And the handles…We had to make the thick batting fit inside!

It worked! I still have to prepare two more, I’ll show you how in my next post.



Today I need some rest!

Wishing you a lovely and creative week!

signature Suzie



Sunday, October 10, 2010


After a couple of weeks with a very nasty cold, I finally could get my hands busy again, that felt sooo good! Thank you for all your good wishes, it sure helped me.

On Thursday afternoon I could attend a class on a Japanese Weave technique. I’ve seen that in a Japanese Book, but never tried it. First you have to cut very thin strips of fabric and iron them using a bias tape maker (from clover).  On a prepared foam board the “fun” begins, the strips are pinned on vertical rows, then you weave from right to left – and you still “see” nothing… You turn the board the other way around and weave for the third time and, oh, now I can see the stars!!!


It  was a good idea to have batiks, it frayed less the normal cotton fabrics.

Here you can see a better detail:


The instructions were a bit short, the rest we were supposed to do at home. My “homework” was to finish this piece (I’m almost done), then iron it, let it rest for a day, iron it again and let it rest once more. Then I have to sew around the boarder. I know you might be asking, “what are you going to do with it?”, right?

That is going to be part of a bag, the front of the bag. So, my next “homework” is to prepare the bottom of the bag, a piece of batik, batting and lining and quilt it with the machine.

The class about how to sew this “simple” bag is on Saturday next week – can you imagine how curious I am? My thoughts are, how will it turn out? Will I be able to get it right? Did I bite off more than I can chew?…We’ll see!

Yesterday DH and I went for a short walk, the weather has been nice the last past days, temperatures around 15°C and the sun has been shining. I love the beginning of Fall with all the leaves changing its color! It is the season for bold colors, the season when you say good bye to Summer, but to Winter you say, wait just a little bit longer!…

It is the time for the warmth of a fireplace and a cup of tea (or coffee or hot coca, whatever you prefer :-)), a quilt on your lap and a good book, or even better,  do some quilting or sewing!

Before I go back to my homework…

Some photos from yesterday:


Have a lovely and creative week!

signature Suzie


Monday, October 4, 2010

First a wry neck, then a bad cold


After days with a “pain in the neck” – I could not turn my head half way to the right, it hurt so much – a bad cold took over.

My whole body started to ache and I knew that meant something bad was going on.  A week with a terrible headache and a red blocked nose, now a sore throat and I cough like crazy…

They say:

“If you take medication the cold will be gone in 2 weeks.

  If you don’t, it will take 14 days”


I have been taking all medication I can get, drinking all kinds of tea, steam inhalations, whatever it is meant to help.

I’ll come back to you as soon as I get better.

Missing you


signature Suzie