Oh, Santa was good to me this year.

He knew my mojo was lying prostrate on the rug with a bottle of wine and a bag of liquorice allsorts.


So he brought me a pile of inspiration to kick Miss Mojo up the derrière and get her back at the needles and machine.

swatch book



Oh, such wonderful styles and ideas.

The Gentle Art of Quilt-making by Jane Brocket

The Gentle Art of Quilt-making by Jane Brocket

Stunning quilts that even a novice like me can make.  And oh, the fabric choices!

These books are definitely working their magic on me.

But Santa didn’t stop there….

2 mtrs of Art Gallery Voile - Praline Honey

2 mtrs of Art Gallery Voile – Praline Honey

This is from The Husband…isn’t he just the best?! It’s so beautiful…breathtakingly soft and such vibrant colours.

And Fiona from Diary of a Chain Stitcher, who was my partner in the Sew Very Merry Christmas Swap organised by Vicki, sent me the most sublime jersey in a very regal purple.


It has Tiramisu written all over it and I’m so thrilled with it.  Fiona really hit the nail on the head with this fabric…she has fabulous taste! Thank you so much, Fiona.

My head is buzzing with ideas of things I want to make.  A baker’s dozen of dresses.  The school run project.  Coats for me and Button.  Hats for The Husband and The Boy.  Quilts up the Wazoo!

I’m hoping to get a couple of UFO’s finished this weekend, and a bit of mending, and then the table will be clear for new sewing projects.

And first up will be…..



I’m not sure what fashion crack (thank you Tim Gunn)  they were smoking when they came up with this cover shot, but the line drawing shows a good basic shirt pattern:

M6613 (1)This is to be one of my Christmas gifts to The Husband.  I have the most fabulous navy/white gingham with coordinating stripe cotton from The Cloth House for him.  It’s a brave new world for me, shirt-making,  but I’ve been promising to sew for him for years and he’s feeling more than neglected!

So I’m hoping this will start to make it up to him.

Fingers crossed!