Sunday, February 20, 2011


This is the quilt that Heleen will make. These are the squares cut from the stash that will go in the quilt that Heleen will make. This is the rotary cutter that cut the squares from the stash that will go in the quilt that Heleen will make. To be continued...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Ruby's Emporium

As you may know, I have a tendency to go op shopping. A lot. And of course often I can't help myself and end up walking out with things I don't really need but just can't leave behind. It's getting a bit silly in my craft room, so I thought I'd better make some space by selling some of my treasures. Ruby's Emporium is the place where you will find beautiful, mostly useful vintage items from my stash. I'll keep updating it when I get a chance, but I managed to make a start today. There's still lots of wrapping paper, greeting cards and haberdashery galore to make it to the shop, but that will have to wait. It's weekend! Have a good one :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Just thought I'd share with you our favourite place on hot summer afternoons, good for reading or shut-eye if you're lucky. Also pictured is our favourite summer snack. The boys and I ate half a watermelon this afternoon, seriously. An addiction of the best kind.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Quilt inspiration

I am officially inspired. I've been collecting fabrics for years now, with the vague hope of one day making a quilt. I've been toying with idea for a while, as you might have noticed. The thing is, the quilt I want to make is so big and the skills I'd need are so...advanced, I think. But this book is changing my mind. It's called 'The gentle art of quiltmaking' by Jane Brocket. A strange title, if you ask me. She's not very gentle in her approach to colour, or design; rather quite fearless.

Apparently she also used to have the same misgivings as myself (and I expect there are more of us). A conversation with a friend changed that: 'Oh for goodness' sake Jane, all you have to do is cut up some fabric and sew it together!', she was told. And of course it's true. It's only as complicated as you make it. In this book she talks you through her inspiration and design process for each quilt, which I find very helpful. I also like her refreshing attitude to making quilts; to have a go and enjoy it without getting caught up in the 'tyranny of perfection', as she calls it. Here are a few images from the book (all these quilts are discussed in detail, from design to choosing fabrics and directions):

This one caught my eye. Maybe it was the colour scheme, maybe just the fact that it's made from little squares, a nice simple design. It's called the Swimming Pool Quilt, for the colour scheme and the random arrangement of the blocks to suggest a dappled effect.So here's what I've got so far: a lot of turquoises, limey greens and duck-egg blues, with little accents of yellow, purple and possibly some vintage hand-embroidered linen with a touch of pink. My plan is to make the simplest quilt on the planet, without border or fuss, and it will be called the 'Summer Quilt'. For this year or next, who knows.

Coconut ice

In a lucky find yesterday I happened upon this: about 250g of the softest cotton yarn in the softest pink colour. It even came with a completed lace panel that I could unravel if I need more yarn. But you know I could never do such a reckless thing....

It's Patons Gem in fingering weight; looks about right on 3mm needles. Any ideas for a suitable, easy baby knit? For a friend of course :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Shirred Part 2

As promised, here is a photo of where my shirring fascination took me next. It's a typical little girl's dress with shirring and spaghetti straps, made with a little scrap of fabric I had left from a Christmas project. I looked for online tutorials and found this one useful. The model in this picture is much fluffier than the actual recipient, and I can guarantee you it looks even cuter on little Molly. If the idea of spaghetti straps puts you off, or you've just never tried making it, look at this tutorial over at SewMamaSew. It's really changed the way I feel about turning over a tiny tube of fabric!