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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Some Kind of Wonderful...

..is the name of a book by Anni Downs which I had seen mentioned on several blogs. I liked the work that I saw which had been produced using the book and although it is totaly not my usual sort of thing! I sent for a copy.
And I am very pleased that I did. There are some really lovely ideas in the book which will be great starting points for projects. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and Anni's embroidery designs are quirky and original.
These two items caught my eye and as I needed some handwork to take with me to UK last April they seemed and ideal project.

Sewing bag with matching pin cushion.

The bag is about 7" x 9" and 3" deep. The little sqaure patches are 1". I enjoyed doing some embroidery again and hand piecing is always relaxing. It is the first time that I have constructed a bag like this so it was good to learn.

I do wish that I had padded the handles and a little quilting on the gusset would have been good. I did machine quilt the sides of the bag to the lining as I felt it needed it to be firmer.

Having completed these two projects I spent some time tidying away the leftover scraps of fabric from my Mystery Quilt. Some of them were cut into squares for my Scrap Therapy collection, others machined together into 4 1/2" blocks to add to my collection for a Super Scrappy Quilt.

We are having a really horrible cold, wet spring here - this afternoon we have had  torrential rain although it is brightening now. Maybe we shall see the sun tomorrow.

Thank you for dropping by.



  1. Useful things so pretty to see. And I love the embroideries.

  2. your bag and pincushion look fantastic. You have done a great job. I have made the pincushion but not ventured to make the bag as yet.
    The zip part scares me.. lol

  3. Wow Lin, I love what you have made! The colours are gorgeous. Now you can take your portable stitching in style!
    The book sure is popular...

  4. Hi Lin What wonderful projects. Love the colour way you have used for the bag. I to have often thought about buying that book but not got around to it. After seeing what you have made I think I might just pop over to amazon and order it. :)

  5. I love the embroidery designs and you did such a nice job making the bag and the pin cushion. I can see why you liked her book!
    Hello from Idaho,

  6. Wonderful fabrics and your bag and the pincushion are just beautiful!


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