Hungry Caterpillar

I was asked by a friend who is having a baby if I would make them a very hungry caterpillar quilt. I seized the opportunity. I was a little disappointed that they didn't want to use some of the other fabrics in the set, but it was their choice.
I enjoyed putting it together and it did help that it was one of my kids favorite books when they were small.

Very poor pictures from my old iphone. I must remember to take some with my camera before it goes to it's new home.


I'm a piece

I have written about the I'm a piece project on my facebook page, www.facebook.com/frutejuce, but wanted to spread the word a little further.

Stupidly I have handed my jigsaw pieces over and forgot to take a photo before I did, so thought I would send you over to craft guerrilla to find out more. Take part, it is fun, it gets you thinking and it would be great if it made a real difference, be a part of it.



Year of the Rabbit Treasury

My Calico Rabbit has been included in this lovely year of the Rabbit treasury. I am so impressed with the cleverness of etsy folks. Lots of lovely bunnies to browse.
We have just moved into the year of the rabbit, a time for quiet after the year of the tiger. A person born in the year of the Rabbit possesses one of the most fortunate of the twelve animal signs. The Rabbit, or Hare as he is referred to in Chinese mythology, is the emblem of longevity and is said to derive his essence from the Moon. Here is the treasury on etsy.


Don't ya just love a bodge

I was making a few things this evening with my sewing machine when the bulb fell out and dropped on the floor. After managing to drag it out from under the table I discovered that the filament was broken. Luckily I had a spare bulb so went to put it in my machine.
Normally quite a simple procedure, oh no, not simple at all. My machine is  Pfaff select 4 and you can't remove the end where the bulb sits as it is constructed from one piece. You are meant to squash your fingers into a weird position and force it into a tiny hole and then turn it once your fingers are being cut into with the sharp edge of the casing.
It says in the manual 'simply' blah blah blah, or buy the bulb inserting tool. What I want to know is if you need one of these to put in a darn bulb why not bloody give you one with the machine!
So I went to look for one on the web and couldn't find one.
My other half started to have a look around to see if he could come up with anything suitable to make one with. The complete star came up with my new bulb inserting tool which now lives in my sewing machine tool box.
It is a lid from a rescue remedy bottle (quite fitting really!) and a latex glove screwed up inside. Works like a dream. Sorted! 


Etsy Forums

Have you heard all the buzz about the etsy forums? Tweets, facebook posts and forum posts abound!


Latest treasury

I have decided that it may be a nice idea to show any treasuries that I am included in here. Some of them look really nice and it is a shame for them to pretty much disappear into the ether.

This treasury included my matryoshka lavender bags, thanks to vintagegirl on etsy for making it.


The Rabbit in Red

Latest Bunny to hit the streets.


Sugar Skull Lavender Bags

I have been busy making my latest sugar skull lavender bags, I have printed the fabric myself and it is amazing how well it comes out. I have used my normal inkjet printer to do this. I have so many other ideas up my sleeve now I have tried this.

Before those Sugar Skulls came these, but I felt I wanted to make my own from start to finish. 

Must not chat too long, can you tell that I am putting off other matters that I should be dealing with.....


Summer Dress

Yes summer dress at this time of year. You can guess that it has to be for my Mum who never does things in the way that others do.
She had her heart set on having a couple of ruched dresses and in true style wanted them made rather than bought.
So we set to and made them. I think they came out really nicely, I was pleased with the result.
Have to say that it is fiddly hand winding the bobbin with the elastic but the rest is really simple. So by the time the weather warms up she will have them ready.


Overlocker Gathering

I have been trying to get gathering right on my overlocker for some time. I have searched all over the web for tutorials but non have quite done it for me, it has always ended up being clumpy with a very uneven gather. This evening I came across this blog here which gives straight forward advice on how to achieve nice gathers using an overlocker (or serger to some).
Tried it, it works. La la la!
All gathered.

Attached to straight ungathered fabric. I used black thread so that I could see how the stitches are forming.

Right side of fabric. I am all ready now to make a little dress for my granddaughter, I just have to decide which fabric I can live without in my stash to make it!



I bought some purse frames from etsy. I was going to make some glasses cases with them as my sister needed one. Frames arrive and they are tiny, not even my thin glasses would fit through their teeny jaws! I only blame myself as the sizes were clearly stated in their listing. So they are becoming little purses instead.
I cut the fabric much larger than you normally would for purse frames of this size as I wanted them to be exagerated. I like it, more to be made methinks!


Little Trews

I have now finished the little trousers I have been making for the grandchildren. They fit well and look really cute.
The kids are not fussed about them but me and the Mums like them.