Thursday, 26 April 2012


With football on the TV last night, I had a great opportunity to crack on with the second block for April in the Craftsy BOM, as my other half would be too occupied to expect any conversation! The instructions for the second English paper pieced block produce a sun-ray block with a "grass" border, but that wasn't going to work with my colours, so I adapted it slightly by taking out the grass border and increasing the rays.

As this class is all about learning new skills, I decided to have a go at machine applique for the blocks too. I have only done this once before with circles and they are definitely easier to do, no corners to worry about! Originally I had planned to put some hexagons between the rays, but it ended up looking very cluttered, so decided against it. It might have worked with very small hexagons, but I have my limits!

The project for this week of the Zakka-style SAL is a small portable sewing pouch with another pincushion. I don't really use pincushions much but made it anyway. I am sure it will come in handy on our next road trip. No zig-zags involved so a doddle compared to the tote project, although I did manage to attach the leather thong the wrong way round so the long end was on the inside! It was a good thing that I had overestimated the length needed.

The interior fabric was a FQ from the bundle for my teatime quilt that was a bit too "babyish" as the quilt is for my mum, but was ideal for this. The embroidery motif on the pincushion is from Aimee Ray's Doodle Stitching.

Next week's project is a pencil case, so should be fairly straightforward too, although some of the pieces seem very small!

Have been measuring and cutting away today, so will, hopefully have more progress to report soon.


  1. What a fab sewing case! I love that little panda! I think I'm going to redo mine... I see more cutting and prepping in my future...

  2. Your block looks great. And I love that fabric you chose for the inside of the sewing case.

  3. Oh I like the way you did your hexagon block - looks good!

    Very sweet little sewing case too!

  4. all looking good like the hexi block ,cute sewing pouch :))

  5. I love the sewing case... excellent!

  6. Your sewing pouch turned out great! It makes me want to make one.

  7. That little sewing pouch is adorable! I most definitely need to get myself a copy of that pattern. I've been thinking about making hexies but wasn't sure what I'd do with them. I love the layout on your block, very different from other layouts I've seen.


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