Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Abigail Bag


Yesterday I posted that I was going to show you the Abigail Bag I tested for Christine and thought it may be a few days but luckily for me I can do that today. I was busting a gut trying not to post. LOLLL

Christine is one amazing designer to have come up with this one. You wouldn't believe the amount of pockets it has. Perfect to keep everything organized and in it place. If I ever loose anything in this bag it will because I've forgotten which pocket I put it in. LOLL

As you can see from the above photo it has two pockets on the front and two on the sides.

Either side of the main zip compartment there are another two roomy pockets with a magnetic button closure.

This is the inside view.

And if that still isn't enough pockets for you then there's still more. Open up the zipper and you will find another zippered side pocket and two slip pockets and a pen pocket.

Is that enough pockets for you, if not then may I suggest you take a suitcase shopping with you. LOLLL

Now I just know you will all be dying to get your hands on this pattern so you can go to Chris's blog at

Chris has made three in different bright coloured fabrics and also she has a very pretty feature on her front pockets that I didn't sew on mine. If your thinking it looks too difficult, it is an advanced bag, don't worry there is a ton of step by step photos in the pattern so you're not only getting a pattern but also sewing lessons. LOLL

Thanks Christine, this has got to be the best one I've tested for you yet.

~ Maria ~

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy


It's been a week since I've posted so thought I'd just quickly drop in and let you know I'm still around.

No, I haven't been partying LOLLLL these are for 4 dresden plate table toppers that I'm making for a lady who ordered them. She saw one I had made some time ago and wanted some. I explained I might not have the same fabrics but she said it didn't matter.

This is the one she saw.

 Opps!!!! I've just spotted a pin in there. LOLL I didn't have the red cherry fabric or the purple but found one similar and changed the cherry one to a darker flower one. Hope she likes them.

This last week I've also finished testing a bag for Christine and will post more about that when the other testers have finished theirs. Make sure you don't miss that post it's a smasher. Before I get too overcome with excitement and give anything away I'd best get back to some sewing. 

Happy Sewing everyone.

~ Maria ~

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Table Runner & Coasters


This took a little longer than I thought. In fact the coasters took me longer than the table runner. I must remember never to bind coasters again. Sewing up the seams on the binding was so fiddly. The table runner measures 16.5" x 41.5" and the coasters 4 3/8" x 4 3/8".

This was one piece of fabric so there was no piecing to do.

The back I just did in a plain fabric and the binding from the same fabric as the back.

There was just enough fabric to make one of these little fabric baskets. The tutorial can be found at

If you notice the inside I've sewn my layers together. That's not in the tutorial but I find it makes it sturdier.
And one last photo. It wouldn't be complete without some matching pumpkins. I actually made these a few days ago, remember my pumpkin post, the colours matched perfectly.

As usual after each sewing project it's off to clean my sewing room. I always say I'll be tidy and organized while I'm sewing but I just can't seem to manage that. It really is like a bomb site. LOLLL

~ Maria ~

Friday, September 14, 2012



Yesterday I was just looking around the net looking for a project that wasn't going to take long and wouldn't involve much sewing so was thrilled to bits when I saw that Bethany over at
had posted about her Pumpykins. As soon as I saw them I knew that was what I wanted to make. Go take a look at hers and also the link for the tutorial, they're so cute.

I started off making these three which took all of 40 mins to complete.

Guests came round so had to stop but as soon as they left I started making some more. This time more like a production line and ended up with a total of twelve.

LOLLL I think I got a bit carried away with this project. Looking at the photos I think I need a couple more orange ones then I'll stop....... maybe....

~ Maria ~

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Please Read CD Sewing Case Update


Remember the CD Sewing case I posted about on Thurs 6th Sep. Seems as if there's been a bit of a commotion about it. So I'm writing this post in the hope that things will be cleared up once and for all.
The original creation belongs to Jutta over at


she saw mine on my blog and that I had had problems with sewing the hinge on mine because of the poor photos on the other link and very kindly sent me her tutorial. Thanks Jutta.
As far as I'm aware Jutta is not giving this as a free tutorial unless she changes her mind. If she does and lets me know I will post the link to my blog.

To read the full story this is what Liz  wrote on her blog. I've copied the post with her permission.

Hope this clears things up and we can all get back to doing what we love most. Sewing and sharing with others our creations.

Something good, gone bad…..

its amazing that the internet with all its good, fun, creative, exciting, inspiring ideas can also be a nightmare.
Since January I have been doing my Sewing Room SewAlong…every month I have posted links, blogs, inspirations that I found on the net for you to sew.
To my pleasure & surprise my little blog inspired, motivated a bunch of you …for this I am truly thankful. It has made my sewing days more pleasurable !
Till this is month!
I posted a link I found on another blog for this round case. Since then I have been bombarded with crazy emails .
Cylindrical zippered bag pattern at Black Forest Quilters
This sewing case looks like one that was created by Jutta at Fraulengraben
Jutta created this pattern 2 years ago and posted it as a freebie for one day as part of a Christmas calendar…which I was lucky enough to become since I am a member of that group…which I had hoped to sew this year in my SAL…which I did not share!
As I was preparing this months Sewing Project post. I came across a link …on another blog…for a round case…that I thought would make an adorable sewing case…so I posted the link thinking you would all love it.
Since then I have been bombed with crazy emails !
I want to get a few things cleared….
When Jutta wrote me and said the pattern looked like hers …I asked her if I should remove the post/link from my blog and she said "  Nein - sie brauchen nix löschen/wegmachen - der "Fehler" liegt ja nicht bei Ihnen." 
“ No – I don’t need to remove anything – The error is not yours”
That meant the topic was closed for me !!!
But due to respect for Jutta & her design…I am deleting the link from my blog. You can still find it in the net but not through here.
Since I am relative new to all this crazy blog stuff and don’t wish to intentionally, break any rules, step on any toes ….
I have some questions for you all…
  • Is it a breach of copyright when I post a link that someone else posted …and they could be breaking the copyright rule ??
  • does this mean any pattern / link / picture I think looks like another …I can't post since it may be a copy of someone else's ??
With this kind of thinking …that means I can't post anything since everyone copies each others ideas ??
Ahhh…the joys & headaches of the internet! I wonder if Bill Gates knew what he was starting ??
I am going to continue writing my posts like always and if I make mistakes ( which I am sure I will, since I am am only human)  …I am sure someone will let me know.
Tell then ….lets just sew!

~ Maria ~

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sidekick Tote Bag tested for Noodlehead


Hope you all had a good weekend. I was busy sewing a test bag for Anna at Noodlehead and it's a beauty.
Here's the link to her blog so you can take a look at hers.

It won't be on sale until the end of the week so check back then to make sure you get yours.
It really is a lovely bag with a recessed zipper, inside and outside pocket. You can choose from two bag sizes and two styles of outside pockets plus the strap is adjustable. What more could you want.

For those of you who are visual sewers her pattern is perfect. Loads of lovely photos and clear instructions. No wonder I finished so soon.

Ok here's mine. I chose to make the larger version.

I used upholstery fabric as the pattern said denim would work so figured it wouldn't be too thick.
The binding is a very thin pleather to match the pleather strap.

The way the zip was put in was also new for me. It's sewn into the lining.

Great bag and a good size. I'd love to make one in denim some time.

~ Maria ~

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Moderated Blogs


I'm still around for the moment but just a few days ago someone posted onto my blog and rather than a name a load of numbers and letters were present. It seemed a bit weird but the comment was nice, nothing malicious. Soon after my monitor started getting all these lines going across it and then a greenish white screen would appear. After restarting it a couple of times it seemed fine. Then yesterday my monitor packed up. Luckily my son has his own computer so I borrowed his. Connected it up and had no problems all day until today. After finishing what I was doing I turned off my computer but later when I tried to turn it on I noticed his monitor wouldn't go on. At first I was panic stricken, not only has mine died on me now I've killed of his too. LOLLLLL He's not going to be happy.

I quickly returned his to his room and turned his computer on to test it and it was working fine so I came back to my room and connected up mine again to see if it would work or not and it did. Very strange, which got me to thinking it can't be my monitor that has the problem it must be my hard drives. I'm writing from mine now while it's working. Could it be that this comment has done something to my computer, a virus maybe?

I took my blog off moderation a while back because I found that when I go to blogs there's nothing I hate more than having to type in a code to prove I'm human and then waiting for the comment to be moderated.
I'm going to see what happens with my computer but if I find that it's because of this comment that was left on my blog then I'll have no choice to revert back to moderating.

How does everyone else feel about moderation and typing in codes? Does it put you off commenting? I'd like to know as I love hearing from my followers and wouldn't want you to stop commenting just because of a code.


~ Maria ~

Thursday, September 6, 2012

CD Sewing Case


Here's another sewing case ready for the sew along over at Liz's blog you can find the tutorial for this one and the others there if you want to make one for yourself.

This one was a little more difficult because the pictures on the tutorial weren't very clear. It was the hinge that was the problem but I managed to work it out on my own eventually.

I think this is my favourite of the three I've sewn because you could use it for so many things. It's made from two old cd's so a good recycling project too.

A sewing case.

Or a jewelery case or for hair accessories.

Next project will possibly be some fabric baskets.

~ Maria ~

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Yo Yo Sewing Case


I'm back with another sewing case I made up last night for the sew along over at

You can find the free tutorial for the sewing case on Liz's blog.

I'm keeping my Yo yo maker in this one so when I'm sat in front of the tv I can still do some sewing.

If you look at the photos of the thimble below you'll notice it doesn't have a top. Has anyone seen one before?
This is a mans thimble. Apparently they have thicker fingers than ladies so theirs is different. I bought it because when nails get a bit long the closed top thimbles can be very uncomfortable. Why is it they make life easy for men only????? LOLLL

I have another two projects I have in my mind that I want to do so I'm off to decide which one to start first.

~ Maria ~

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Needle Case


I've completed my first needle case that I've been needing for a very long time. I'm using mine for my sewing machine needles and have labeled each section with the size of needle.
This is part of the sew along I've just started taking part in, I'm a bit late as it started in January but it's going to be fun catching up and the prizes aren't until the end of the year so there's still a chance.
Check out all the wonderful tutorial links and photos of past projects of people who are joining in here at

Here's mine.

I'll be making a different one this afternoon.

~ Maria ~

Monday, September 3, 2012

I Have a Button


It's been a learning experience for me today. I've spent the best part of it trying to make a button for my blog and then trying to learn how to add a code to it. Now it didn't take so long because I had made a wonderfully intricate design for it more like I didn't have a clue what I was doing. LOLL

This is what I came up with.

As you can see nothing special but it's the best I can do for now.
After searching for tutorials to make my button I came across this site.

as well as using

which was the easiest part.
I've added my new button and code to the right hand side bar just below my followers. I don't have a clue if it works so I need to ask a favour. Would you please test it out for me by adding it to you blog to see if it works. You can always delete it if you don't want to keep it. My feelings won't be hurt. LOLL

Thanks for your help.

~ Maria ~

My 2nd Triple Zip Pouch


I started making this one just before I made the Cot Quilt and had to abandon it until the quilt was finished so tonight I sat down to finish the pouch.
I did as I was told this time and used cottons and it was much easier. If on the other hand you want to be rebellious and make it out of denim like I did on my first one I suggest you make it without the batting.

This is the link to the free tutorial if you'd like to make one yourself.

I think my next project will be a sewing case. There is a Sewingroom SewAlong over at

I've already decided which one I'm going to make so hopefully will make a start on that tomorrow.

~ Maria ~