Sunday, July 25, 2021


I was waiting for 5 minutes of free time since Spring to fix my husband's pillow. He is using a long pillow, and it was quite used, and low on feather, so he got a new one. The old one was sitting in a corner of the wardrobe to be fixed as a couch pillow. After several months I took the 5 minutes and cut it to a smaller sized cover and created a perfectly stuffed little pillow. I need only a new sheet to use it!

When I ordered a fabric for my sister-in-law I also ordered a stuffing material. I chosed a big one (5kg) of siliconed puff, and it came in a huge packet. I sewed up 3 pillowcases and stuffed them (~650g each). They still look a little bit bumpy, but I will smoothen them out soon.

The original huge bag

The remaining stuffing material - still a lot!

Friday, July 23, 2021

A bag for my sister-in-law

My sister-in-law is a physiotherapist, and when needed, she also takes her folding therapy bed for visits. The cover was kind of falling apart, and she asked me whether I can make a replacement. This was my first time with waterproof material, but I said I will give a try - and I did. 

I found online a good place to buy durable fabric (hektor extra 400D, 325 g/m at k-elme, could be even stronger). It turned out quite easy to sew, the most difficult part was the measuring of the original (90x75cm)! I took the original zipp and main strap, for the smaller handstrap I made a new one. I added a sidepocket with covers as well. I also realised that my velcro had adhesive on the back and it killed 2 of my strongest needles, so I skipped it.

Thursday, July 22, 2021


The last arch is ready!!! Cherry on the cake, no more confetti tree background, all the arches are done!

Chatelaine: Pomarium
Fonal/Floss: DMC + many silks as suggested in the kit
Anyag/Fabric: Zweigart antique white 32 ct Belfast

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Pomarium - Apple

Last week I have finished the apple tree in the last but one arch, there is only the cherry remained. The confetti flowers took quite a while to stitch, but putting it on the blog was even more time consuming :)

Chatelaine: Pomarium
Fonal/Floss: DMC + many silks as suggested in the kit
Anyag/Fabric: Zweigart antique white 32 ct Belfast

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Baby book

I have finished my first soft book. The planning and choosing of the materials was quite tedious, the actual sewing went quickly! The name is not contrasting enough, but I did not want to frog, so it remained. Otherwise I am quite happy with the result, the 10 months old hopefully will be as happy as me :)

The size is 6,5" for the coversheet and 6" for the inner sheet. For the coversheet I added the applique and stitched the 2 sides together reversed then turned them out. I did the same for the inner sheet, then did a stabilising stitch ariud the perimeter twice and also in the middle, then stitched them together. There are many different materials to stimulate the baby fingers: plush, felt, corduroy, canvas, handstitched embroidery on a cotton background.

Polka dots

I have finished this polka dot quilt for my niece, a few weeks (months?) back. She had chosen several designs, and the first I have prepared for her went finally to the teacher of my son last June. I was thinking choosing a different one, and the rainbow dots gave the idea. It has extra soft minky-like backing, which is also dotted. 

It was a very quick finish, the background is white-on-white 10"x10" blocks with an appliqued circle of 5". I sewed the rows with a half shift to give a little play to the design, and arranged the colorful dots as you can see. 27 circles all together: 8 green, 4 blue, 5 yellow, 5 pink, 5 purple.

I used 27 5"x5" charms for the dots, 30 10"x10 for the background, and 1m 1.5wide minkie for the backing. Approximately 1.5m material for the top, 1m for the back, all together 2.5m (2.5yard) fabric usage to finish.

Polka dots: 49" x 58"

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Matching up!

 I was curious to see how my Pomarium goes, is there any hidden hickup along th lines - so I quickly did the matching up of the border and also the last arch for the fruits. All is well, both are perfect, not a misalignement anywhere! I am hoping for a next finish, but it will take some time...

Chatelaine: Pomarium
Fonal/Floss: DMC + many silks as suggested in the kit
Anyag/Fabric: Zweigart antique white 32 ct Belfast

I am planning to move forward with my wip killing, and buy a box for the Stitches around the world piece, and mount it up. If it is done, then I can start another Chatelaine to accompany Autumn Watergarden and the 2 other ones: the kingfisher and Long Dog sampler, Sans soucis. I thonk it was a good idea to start with a smaller Long Dog, because I realised it is not as exciting as it seemed last summer. I am not saying I do not like it, but it is for sure that I do not mind leaving it in its cover at all.

The decision is which Chatelaine should be the next one? I have Mushroom and Fern, Herbularius, an Deep Blue Sea kitted, all are different. Deep Blue Sea has darkflue fabric, so it should be a piece when my eyes are not tired. Herbularius is similar to Pomarium, but full green. Maybe Mushroom and Fern are the easiest, grey fabric, medium sized, nice colours. I have also realised, that I have ordered Tinctorium as well. This is the 3rd of the Cloister Gardens (Pomarium for fruits, Herbularius for herbs, Tinctorium for dyes, Rosarium for roses) but it has quite cold colours, what I am not sure I want to spend years with...However, it is not urgent, there are several months of stitching in Pomarium, too.