Thursday, 30 June 2016

A New Project: Noah’s Lightning Bolt Quilt


I have a new project on the go, and I have to say – I’m rather excited about it! It’s nice, first of all to be sewing something for my boy! It really does feel like it’s been a while! It’s also nice to be quilting again. I haven’t done that in a while. Lastly it’s nice to be trying new techniques and learning new skills – the new skill here being ‘foundation paper piecing.’

I have used ‘English paper piecing’ before when I made Pipi's hexi quilt; but that involved a whole lot of hand stitching, and I’ve now discovered that foundation paper piecing is quite a different kettle of fish (but equally as fun!)

The pattern I’m using is this one by SLOstudio that I bought off Etsy. I was initially planning on using a free pattern, but because I was new to this skill and wanted a bit of a better tutorial, plus I really wanted a square block, I decided to pay the couple of dollars for the pattern. And I’m so glad that I did.

For fabric, I was intending on buying a new cool fabrics I’d seen online, but one day, all of a sudden a bit of inspiration hit and I just wanted to get started so I grabbed a few fat quarters from Spotlight. Luckily for me they were half price that day to so it worked out well!


Noah is very excited and also eager for it to be finished already. When I first started and had completed a few blocks he woke up and saw it and informed me that he liked it but thought it was a little small! Haha! There’s still a bit to go son, still a bit to go!

Although it is a bit of a slow burn project, I’m enjoying it so expect it to grow quickly – it already has grown a bit since I took these photos. I plan to post photo updates here from time to time. I’m aiming for just slightly bigger than a standard single size, maybe king single. (Borders will be added at the end.)

Also, I normally quilt in rows and am not sure how I came about doing columns, but never mind it wont make any difference to the end result.

What is your current WIP (work in progress)?

Jen x

Friday, 17 June 2016

Pipi’s Liberty Vest

Pipi's Liberty Vest

A quick glance at my blog would lead most to believe that I only sew for Pipi, or perhaps, even that I only have one child! And yes, while most of my recent makes have been for this little button, first let me justify that fact by stating that a) the other 2 have less need given that they wear school uniform a lot of the time, and b) Pipi has had a growth spurt and is still in desperate need of a few more warm Winter layers (despite receiving Isabelle’s lightly worn hand-me-downs!) I guess this happens when your children are born in different seasons!

Of course, this little vest is one of a number of handmade birthday presents that I’m still milking for blog posts! ;) (See more about Pipi's birthday here and about her bunny hat here.)


The pattern for this little vest is  The free woollen vest pattern by Little Kiwis Closet. I’ve previously sewn it before here, it’s such a quick and easy sew and I already have an old woollen blanket cut out ready to make Pipi another one. That one will be her rough kindy one, however I’m a bit more protective of this one with it’s gorgeous Liberty of London fabric!

The lining is a vintage wool (most likely poly) blend with a kind of waffle texture to it. I scored it free along with a bunch of other vintage fabrics from a friend’s grandma a few years back. (Thanks Kirsten’s grandma!) I used kam snaps in place of buttons, which make it reversible too, although I’m reluctant to hide that Liberty fabric, if yannowhatimean?!


It’s such a beautiful vest for my beautiful girl!

Until next time (aka the next addition to Pipi’s Winter wardrobe!) Seeya later and happy sewing!

Jen x

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

{Sewn} Merino Singlets


After experiencing a pretty mild Autumn here in the Hawkes Bay (NZ), we have recently been hit with a bit of a cold snap. It’s official, Winter has definitely arrived!

My Mother-in-law had kindly nabbed me this grey merino fabric (along with others) at a Levana sale sometime last year. Right away I knew that it was destined for little singlets/ vests – there’s nothing better as a sewing Mama knowing that you’re making something to keep your little ones safe from the Winter cold and potentially bugs and all those things that come with the cooler weather. (It kind of makes you feel like some kind of Winter battling super hero! ;)


For a pattern I used the FREE 'tank' pattern by Fish Sticks Designs. I made a size 3 for my little, just turned 3 year old and although they are a little roomy, they fit well enough under layers and should last for next Winter too. Bonus!

I enjoyed putting little pops of colour around the arm and necklines, and something like this is a great way to get good mileage out of your fancy/ favourite/ expensive knit fabrics. The black and white ‘stroke’ fabric is from Elvelyckan design and the pink fabric (with little snowflakes that are hard to see here), is something I got from a fabric destash group on Facebook.


I still have a bit of this merino left as well as a couple of other colours. When I find the time, I hope to make Noah and Isabelle some to wear under their school uniform, plus a bunch of other merino things.

Happy Sewing all!

Jen x