Friday, 24 February 2012

Cats and quilts

Our cat of 15 years died this week. It was a very sad time and made harder by trying to explain to our 3 year old where the cat had gone :-( I stopped sewing for two days as every time I went to use the machine, my eyes welled up so badly, everything went blurry. (Here she is sitting on my strips of tshirts I was half way through sewing for my quilt).

I want to try sewing a sleeved bib for messy meals, but before I tackle that, I made a few regular bibs. They were fun and, with the great fabric around these days, look fab! Who doesn't love minky!!

I finished my quilt last week, it only took a couple of evenings to cut up all my squares and a couple more to sew them all together. I decided to use iron-on batting to hold the tshirts firm (to stop them stretching too much) especially when sewing them to the denim. I am really happy with the result. I won't be entering it into any quilting shows, but it has awesome memories and will be toasty in winter! (photos = back denim, front tees)

Do you like the pockets I left on? I think they look so cool!!

Happy sewing!

Friday, 17 February 2012


Welcome to my new blog dedicated to all things crafty. I've read so many first blogs from crafty ladies who say having daughters got them into sewing... well I'm no different. I have always loved all crafts (including sewing) but suddenly I just can't stop making little girls things, it's an addiction (I'm taking medication - ha).

I keep thinking of new things I want to sew that my list is getting ridiculously long and my house is getting seriously neglected.

I decided to start a little teeny tiny business to sell a few of the extra things I'm making and to earn a little bit of money to makes ends meet (and so I can afford to buy a few bits of fabric here and there). Check out Zealous Design on facebook!

Since I've started sewing madly, my son keeps asking me to make him things too. So far he has shorts, trousers and a superman cape and next I thought I'd make him some winter PJ pants.

I've also been trying to declutter my wardrobe and didn't have the heart to throw away all my old tees that have so many cool memories (but just don't fit anymore), so I decided to make a quilt (kinda like Bella's mum on Twilight) using my tees on one side and old jeans on the other. I'm having so much fun. I'll post pictures as I go. For now, here is the pic of all my denim squares cut out. I used the cardboard square as my template.

It's meant to be summer here in New Zealand, but I'm feeling seriously ripped off this year... it just won't stop raining... grrr... oh well I guess that means more sewing time :-)