Sleeping & Stitching

Despite spending a large amount of this weekend sleeping, it has been a productive one (not that sleeping is bad, sleeping is definitely good!). In addition to cleaning and vacuuming my bedroom, the living room and corridor I did some sewing yesterday trying to fashion a top out of the leftovers from my most recent pyjama bottoms (which was going really well, I’d managed to squeeze all the pieces I needed onto the fabric… and then I cut one of the pieces backwards, causing a slight change in plan, but more about that another time.

Today I set up my sewing machine on the coffee table, put on some classic chick flicks (Love Actually, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Bridget Jones’ Diary 2) and approached the piecing of my quilt in a slightly different way.

The other day I reorganised my pieces to be in pinned piles separated by sheets of paper in a lunchbox, as suggested here by Aneela over at comfortstiching. I can’t believe I hadn’t thought to do it before, and it’s made the piecing SO much easier to keep track of everything.

Anyway, I decided to stitch all of the white strips onto my pieces (see pic below), and next time I’ll cut them all, then iron them all, then stitch it all together. The fact that doing it row by row was taking me almost an hour a row was getting me down, and this way doesn’t feel as long as I’m doing so many strips at once! The logic might not work, but that’s how it seems.

Even though my sewing was marginally interrupted by homemade pizza and then an excursion for churros by the end of the evening I have finished sewing the white stripes onto all my remaining strips, oh and re-fallen in love with Colin Firth (in all three films!). Definitely a productive time!

Below is a picture of the 8 strips I’ve sewn together so far, I’m still on the fence about whether I like the design I’ve picked or not. Not that it matters as I’m too far in to change my mind now! My favourite part of the quilt (and my last one) is that all the fabric has a memory attached to it, so it’s nice to look through it and remember the different projects each one was a left over from.

In other news, I tried on my JJ with my Laura dress this weekend, and if I’m not greatly mistaken I think they go together very well. I’ve only actually worn the Laura once, as the fabric I picked was a bit heavy, and that combined with the shape (and possibly length) of the skirt makes me feel all frumpy. However, with the JJ it is a bit better, so while we’re having this cold snap I may whip out this outfit.


  1. comfortstitching

    Sewing, watching colin firth and eating churro's – not a bad combination!!!
    Glad you found my organizing tips of use! It's one of the things I love most about blog hopping, finding out how other's work…..always so much to learn!!!

  2. EmilyKate

    Hi Rachel! Glad to have found your blog. I'm so impressed with your JJ, and I think it does look good with the Laura. You make me wish I had some sort of warm overdress made of heavy fabric… it HAS been a cold winter!


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