Monday, December 28, 2009

Tilda little purses

I made these 3 little purses, all lined and closed with a white pop up, before Christmas.
The 2 brown ones have gone to a friend and as a secret present in my quilting group, the Golden Lion Quilters.

I still have the light green one, made with some japanese fabric.

They are all a bigger version of the smaller one I made in a blue and white fabric, see more information here.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Baby shoes 2

And now that Christmas has come and gone, I can show you the present I made for my niece, the lovely Juliette, who is 6 months old.

These were done with the same pattern as the blue ones, made over a month ago, at the request of Juliette's Mum, who happens to come and visit my blog.
I didn't see them on the little girl, as she wasn't very well unfortunately.

My brother and his family have left us now but it is the turn of my first and third daughters to be sick. You can't blame them for looking after their smiling little cousin.
Hopefully they should get better soon, as we are leaving Paris on tuesday to go back home, where I am hoping to have more time to sew.

Secret Santa present

On Christmas eve, as is the tradition in my family, and very often in France, we opened the presents. It was after Father Christmas managed to sneak in the living room while we were in the dining room (it was my 15 years old nephew this year). The youngest boy still believes and we all indulge him.

I opened my present from Secret Santa on BQL and was very pleased to find a log cabin bag. Thank you Secret Santa, whoever you are.

I hope you all had a great day.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sorry for the silence

My thousand excuses for keeping quiet for so long.

I have been sewing but had some problem transferring photos from my camera to the computer. I need to sort that out.

I also have the problem of not being able to show photos of presents that are surprises. That will soon be sorted, after Christmas.

We left England for Paris in France last Friday, and got caught in the big problems with Eurotunnel, after the snowy storms in France.
We waited 4 hours in the car, queuing to get to the Eurotunnel terminal, only to be told that it was officially closed. 5 trains got stuck between the 2 countries, and I pity the people aboard them.
We then tried to get to the ferry, 3 hours stuck on the motorway, and when we finally escaped we tried a hotel. It was 2.30 am on Saturday. Hotel was full but the person on duty found another one the other side of Dover. We left, got lost and found the ferries. After more queuing, we were told at 4 am that there were no tickets for sale for the ferries.
At that point we were lucky to find a hotel.
Later on Saturday, after 4 h sleep, we booked a crossing for 10 pm, and arrived in Paris on Sunday morning at 4 am.

A journey that should have taken 7 h, ended after 35 h.
We were stuck in the car for 12 continuous hours with no toilets or additional drinks. Luckily I had taken some and the girls were good because it was night time.
We had not planned to pay for 6 persons in a hotel, and hope to have our money back, as we also had to pay full price to book another crossing.
For you, quilting friends far away, this problem that happened last week-end has been in the English and French papers a lot. It is a disgrace for the Tunnel Company. They had nothing for the thousand of people stuck in their trains. No food nor drink.

Now we are rested, and amply fed by my Mum, everything is fine.
Tomorrow we will listen to the Christmas Mass and have a massive family meal. then Father Christmas will come...

I wish you all, who come and read my little posts, a very Merry Christmas, with lots of sewing related presents, and your loved ones around you.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Secret Santa

This year for the first year, I am taking part in the Secret Santa swap with BQL. I have received my parcel, and it is waiting neatly, still in the envelope.

On Friday I sent my own parcel and am allowed to show its content, without revealing who will receive it.

I embroidered the front of the needle holder with a design found on Cynderberry Stitches by Natalie Lymer called "Sweet and spotty Needle Wallet". If you look on the website there is a free download of this project in the column on the right.

The pin cushion is made with 2 squares sewn in a strange way.
You start with one corner sewn on the middle of the side of the other square. You keep going like this all the way around. I then added a button in the middle.

The 6 fabric coasters you have seen before in a post.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bear Brooch

I found this tutorial on the net, to crochet a bear and mount it as a brooch.
You need 2 big circles and 2 small, easy.
And then my daughter, can't remember which one, said it looked like a pig....maybe because of the colour of the cotton !

Anyway I wore it once and got some interest, so I can say that it is a ..nice .. bear.

You can find the tutorial on Folksy, the author is Irenestrange, and it is called an amigurimi bear.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

November Calendar

And November is going on quickly, Christmas seems to be running towards us.
This is my interpretation of our block for our perpetual calendar on BQL for this month.

The block was "Drunkards Path", and we could
machine applique a circle in the middle of a
square, then cut it in 4 to get 4 little blocks.

I complicated it a bit by putting 2 circles in, one being much smaller than the other. It was all calculated so that the final design would give the impression of a continuity between the squares on the block. It worked if you don't look too much in detail.

This photo was taken before the quilting-embroidery-ribbon were added.

I love the result, tried different fabrics, on the basis of a blue, white and red choice.
And then I thought there was still a lot of space in the red area, and added the embroidery (machine) and the ric rac ribbon.
It looks a bit old fashioned, which I find interesting.

I enjoy trying a different technique every month, and a small project gives you the opportunity to play a bit with fabrics, ribbons and quilting.
Soon I will be given the instructions for Christmas, I wonder what Kandy has done for us...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Fine cell work

I have just been watching a video about "Fine Cell Work".
This organisation is teaching men and women in prison in England to sew, embroider, make patchworks. They produce cushions and throws sold to the public, admittedly they are not cheap but very good quality, and the designs are beautiful.
The video is very interesting, so if you have a few minutes, go and have a look.

They have made things for Dover Castle in a medieval inspiration and will have a piece at the V &A museum in a coming exhibition.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Baby shoes

Julie who lives next door from me had a baby boy last Friday. We are all very excited about this new addition to their family and I made some little shoes from a pattern made by Amy Butler inher book "Little Stitches for little ones".

There are some other projects which are quite tempting. My only regret is that my own children are too old, and I think I didn't have enough time to make all the things I would have liked to make when they were baby girls.

But I'm still making some for the babies around me.

I followed the pattern in the book, done in a size 3 months in this case, but wasn't happy with the space left for the leg of the baby. I then changed the position of the velcro on the shoe, put it higher, and it works much better.

This photo with my hand is just to give you an idea of the size of the shoe. It needs to be roomy enough for the socks as well.

Now should I make another one for my young niece in France, in size 6 months...

Friday, November 06, 2009


I am sorry there was a gap in my posting.
I went away in France for a week and took some sewing with me, but didn't find the time to do much. Nothing finished anyway.

We came back in time for Halloween, walking the streets with my youngest, and then on 1st Nov was the Malvern Autumn Patchwork show.
I went with my friend Jane and her daughter Amanda and it was a great day. I didn't buy too much fabric in the morning, but the afternoon was more productive.
I also bought some wadding in advance as I hate chasing cotton wadding for a project, and paying a high price. In fact what happened was that near the end of the show I mentioned it near a shop and was offered to buy whatever wadding was left for £5.50 a metre. A bargain. So instead of a roll I have pieces going from 1 1/2 metres to 4 metres, but I know that some of them will be used for small projects, so it's not a problem.
I am still looking for some black fabric for one of my projects. I am running low but the rolls in the shop have a slightly different hue, and I am getting nowhere. I left my phone number with a shop and haven't heard from them after a week. Another one has something close to the right colour, is that good enough ?
I am hoping to get more sewing done now.
Oh and I have a new computer, much faster, that should help as soon as I get used to the new features.
Enjoy your sewing..

Tilda bathing lady

In the last 3 days I made this beautiful doll, from the tilda book "Sew Sunny Homestyle". There are a few other projects that tempt me for later.
I bought a fat quarter of the black with white spots fabric, from the Tilda collection, and a metre of white croquet ribbon. I already had the fabric for the skin, plain calico.
I had fun and am pleased
with the result.
Now it's your turn to try.

Here is a photo of the book, it has recently been translated in english, and I bought it straight away as I already love Tone Finnanger's other books. Here is a link to the product on Amazon uk no affiliation.

I was wondering how to do the hair but followed the explanation and it worked. I put some pins around her head and weaved the knitting thread around the pins. Then I sewed everything in place, and took the pins out.

I just need to put some colour on her cheeks.

Monday, October 19, 2009


This is a simple project, you can use whatever size of fabric you have at home, or some remnants or bits left at the end of another project, which is what I did.

I assembled the fabric to make squares 4 1/2"
unfinished size. Then very simply you cut a square the same dimension for the back, put them right side together on a piece of wadding. As a remark I can add that I used leftover wadding, and didn't cut it until after I had sewn around my coaster. This is easier.

So you put the walking foot on the sewing machine, start 3/4 down one side of a square, and sew 1/4" all around your square, leaving a gap at the end to turn everything right side out.You cut the corners to reduce the bulk there, and turn your coaster out.

There is some hand sewing involved now, to close the gap. I use a ladder stitch that disappears in the fabric.
The last step is to quilt each square 1/4" all the way around the top. They should finish close to 4" square, but that's not very important as long as they are all a similar size.

I can say it is a quick project, but it depends how many coasters you make, and how long it takes you to make the top. You could choose to piece it with a small block, or embroider it. I had 2 bits of trees left from another year, and used them.

I chose not to be too precious about it, because I want these little coasters to be used, and washed. They will be little presents ready to go, I don't know where yet.

I love the batiks and their colours.

I hope you find this inspiring and start yours. It could become a little Christmas present...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Blog award

I was nominated by lovely Gill for the Dorset Cereals Blog award.
I don't know if I have any chance, but I ought to try to participate. As we say in french "Qui ne tente rien, n'a rien!".
So I would be very impressed and pleased if you would take a few instants to vote for me on their website : I am going to put a little banner at the bottom of my right hand side column to take you to the right place.
With lots of thanks, from Pascale.

Friday, October 09, 2009

October calendar

And here is my next panel for the calendar organised by Kandy for BQL. Kandy also has a blog called"A break at home" where she posts about her sewing and her family, as well as looking after us on the group site .

This October we made some windmills, in 3D. They were easy to make and effective when finished.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Cat purse

This is a small project I started and finished yesterday. It is for my friend Chris who has 2 cats, and for whom I made a bag with the same fabric. I'm not sure if she still uses the bag, but she can use this on its own.

It is lined in a beige fabric, and I have used a thin wadding, plus my little label of course.

I am working on different things but they are either not finished yet, or I need somebody to help me to take a good photo. I'll show them soon.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

September Calendar

And here we go again with my square for September in the British Quilters List Challenge for 2009.

This is a small interpretation of Log Cabin. The logs are cut at 3/4" and end up at ...oups ! 3/8" instead of 1/4". at the end my block measured 13 1/2" so had grown 1". But then when it is on the wall by itself nobody will notice.

I made my 16 log cabin squares and played with possible designs. Here are a few photos.

I chose the last design, partly because I had never done it.

And here it is pieced together.

And I wondered how to quilt it.
I opted for some kind of leaves, accentuating the diagonal lines. There are 3 in 2 corners of each little square.

They look almost like butterflies, or hearts.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Owl pencilcases

In August I was lucky to attend the Festival of Quilts in Birmimgham. I bought this fabric and have made 3 pencil cases with it.

One has gone for DD1, the second to Kandy from BQL and I'm keeping the third one for myself.

I spent Tuesday at Kandy's house and we had lots of fun. She has displayed a lot of her work around the house, and showed me where she sews. I had a little taster on EQ6 (the program to plan your quilts, but it does lots of others things as well..). And very quickly it was time for me to go pick up the girls from school.

We'll have to do it again Kandy. It was great.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

House key ring

Here is a little project I started during the holidays.
I made it all by hand because I didn't have a machine there, and finished it when I came home because Iwanted to use a key fob; this way I can change the keys, or not take the little house with the keys if I have a very small bag.

It comes from this magazine, written by Veronique Requena, which went out of print because it sold so well, and has been made into a book. I am afraid it is only available in french at the moment, also I only looked on Amazon UK for an english version.
She is also the owner of the shop in Bourgogne, France, "Born to Quilt".

The pattern is pretty simple, measure your keys and the space they need, and you could adapt it to suit your needs.