Sewjo is back

After being missing in action for quite a while my sewjo has recently returned. I think this has been partly due to necessity – a new baby needed a quilt and my work clothes wardrobe was looking rather depleted.  Whatever the reason, I’m glad it’s back.

These are some of my recent makes.

A quilttop for new baby Samuel which will be finished over the Christmas break. His parents are originally from Colombia and they requested the colours of the Colombian flag – hence the colour choices.  I made this up as I went along and I’m quite pleased with the result.Samuel's quilt

AG top


I drafted a pattern for this top from one in my wardrobe and made a few alterations such as lengthening the sleeve and adding side vents.  I used some Alison Glass cotton which sits well on the body. I have received compliments each time I’ve worn it, so I count that as a success. Plus it’s the first time I have drafted my own pattern and perfected a side vent –  some new skills have been added to my repertoire.


The next project was a Santa sack for my workplace secret Santa gift giving.  They didn’t have one and of course I volunteered to make one.  I didn’t want to mimic the northern hemisphere – it is very hot in Australia at Christmas, so I chose some Alexander Henry fabric which is more in tune with the bright colours of an Australian summer.


Each side is is different but from the same range.  It will get some use during the year as a quilt WIP bag.

Christmas tree

My latest project  finished last night is this improv Christmas tree wall hanging (approx fat-quarter in size). I live in an apartment and don’t have much room for a real tree, plus “the boys” Pepe and Cosmo, would probably tear it to pieces anyway. This  “tree” is about to be hung on the wall above my tv unit bench and the gifts will be placed underneath.

I just improvised  as I went along. I fused the green strips onto the background fabric and then zig-zagged the edges as a QAYG method. The red balls are beads that I hand stitched.

My new skill this time was making a hanging sleeve and it’s my first ever mini!

I have more making plans for this week so until next time – enjoy stitching and making.  Keep calm and eat cake!


It’s been a long time!

Time has flown again  – it has become far too easy to do a quick Instagram post rather than taking the time to write a blog post.  However, here’s an update on what’s been happening.

On the stitching front I’ve been doing some garment sewing and enjoying getting back into that again.  So far this year I have made two tunics, a pair of shorts and a pair of linen pants. This is my latest effort – a dress combining a medium weight linen top with a contrast bottom of Anna Maria Horner cotton on the bottom.Processed with MOLDIV

I have even decided to improve my fitting skills and have enrolled in a one-day course in amending commercial patterns to fit your body shape.  I have short arms and a short length between neck and shoulder which always seems to cause problems with sleeves and necklines, so I hope the course will help me remedy that.

More babies keep arriving for my young work colleagues and I quickly made this baby quilt for a new baby girl who has a Portuguese heritage – what better fabric than Porto from Cotton and Steel!

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Another project was my contribution to a group quilt that our SydModSquad Group is entering into the Sydney Quilt show mid year. We all made a border for a medallion quilt and used a rainbow colour scheme. I used small floral fabric for one size and small polka dots for the other.

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I’ve also joined a new craft group which meets one night a week in a lovely store/workshop space called The Happen Store.   We are a group of 12 and diverse in terms of age and craft interests.  It’s always a fun night with cake and wine to share and lots of laughter. I’ve mainly been doing some EPP handwork for a Tessellations Quilt by Brigitte Giblin which I hope to finish by the end of the year.IMG_4853

Last but not least, a young fellow cat lover had a birthday last weekend and I whipped up a quick pair of pillowcases for her as a gift.IMG_4939

On the home front I have almost finished a bathroom upgrade which has kept me poor and stressed , but it it almost done and is a vast improvement.

IMG_4823Cosmo and Pepe keep me entertained as always, with lots of fluffy cuddles all round, although it is hard to get up and go to work when this is the view at the end of my bed :).

I hope you are having a good start to the year … til next time.



You must watch this! Unravel is a short video by Meghna Gupta about how Indian women recast and recycle the clothes the West throws away.  It certainly spurred me on with my ongoing  2015 Simplify campaign.  It also made me feel ashamed of how wasteful we can all be, particularly in contrast to the people whose job it is to recycle our cast-offs.

The people featured in this video have so little and spend their days being confronted by the waste of people who have too much. They have dignity, grace, beautiful smiles and a sense of humour. How many of us can say the same?

I came across it courtesy of my blogging friend Maryline of Mary and Patch.  Thanks Maryline for letting us know about it.

A Site to See: 4

I stumbled across Open Culture after following a debate online about intellectual property rights and copyright.

It is a veritable feast of free resources on everything from art, language learning, audio books, movies and online courses.  I was particularly interested in the free art images, art books and exhibition catalogues, some of which would never be available here in Australia.

Take a look. I’m  sure you will find something of interest – some of the art gallery images are stunning.

Lyre  Charles JamesI loved this coat from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – I want one just like it!

Some of the shoes are also divine….


Charles James “Lyre” dress ca. 1945 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Things that make me smile

I was out shopping this afternoon for a birthday present for my friend Lucy who turns 12 today.  I don’t know about you, but whenever I go gift shopping I always find things for me too!

PomPom Slippers

PomPom Slippers

I spotted these and of course I had to have them.  It has actually turned a little cold the past week, not that I needed an excuse, because they made me smile.



So tonight I am happily snug in my new slippers – the boys do not know what to make of them. They have both had a sniff and a bite of the pompoms, but they are not sure what they are.  I fear they will be chewed to bits unless I hide them.

As you can see Cosmo is in no need of additional warmth – his fur is like a blanket at the moment.

A happy cat!

A happy cat!

I hope you had reasons to smile today.