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Flying Solo

Quilted Tote BagHaving finished my first quilt, I decided it was about time I had a go at something on my own. Last summer, I treated myself to a layer cake and a jelly roll, both from the Hello Fall range by Moda. I came across a YouTube tutorial that seemed perfect for the jelly roll. The instructions in the videa are very clear and I had no trouble putting it together. The hardest part was cutting the fusible-backed foam to size. I needed a piece 15″ x 30″ and thought I’d done it, then measured again and I’d managed to cut it to 15″ x 24″! I’m not quite sure how that happened, but fortunately I’d bought a big piece with the intention of making more bags. The foam tends to slide about so I really didn’t enjoy cutting it but otherwise, everything was straight-forward. Read the rest of this entry »

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My First Quilt

Completed QuiltI have finally finished my first quilt. I was beginning to think I’d never get it finished, I made such slow progress on it. That was partly because I am such a complete novice at sewing, I only dared work on it at my quilting class, on a Wednesday afternoon. It’s taken me 10 classes to make this and I’m quietly chuffed with the result. The finished quilt is 36″x36″ and has been snagged by Jamie to keep him warm when he’s on his computer in his icy garret (that might be a slight exaggeration of how cold it is in his attic bedroom). It has been pronounced soft and warm and fit for purpose 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

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Old Market Hall, Rotherham

Old Market Hall

Front of the piano


I had to go to the sorting office to pick up another parcel today. Although it was still early, the day was already hot and on the way back I decided to cut through the old market hall, somewhere I hadn’t been before. If nothing else, I would be out of the sun for a few minutes and it looked like there might be some interesting little shops in there so I’d probably be out of the sun for a bit longer. I love places like this as they usually have unusual and individual shops, not the big chain names.

The piano in the old market hall, Rotherham

The piano in the old market hall, Rotherham

I felt like Alice must have done when she fell down the rabbithole! What had I stepped into? It looked like a cafe, but it isn’t, as far as I can tell. In the centre was a small closed up kiosk that houses a little business called The Button Tin. The market hall was completely deserted and it felt like I’d stepped into another world. It was cool, shady and peaceful – pure magic! I shall definitely be finding out more about what goes on here. I think it could be right up my street. Read the rest of this entry »

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