I started quilting this in February after finding clothes items made with sumptuous Asian fabric in a charity box, adding fabric from my own stash. Result, this small bag, quilting, patchwork, adding a covered button, handle and magnetic clasp. . . . . The clasps were bought at 'Mrs. Johnson's Emporium', Blackpool - a sewing/knitting/ haberdashery shop near South Shore. A lovely old fashioned shop with old-world interior shelving and knitted mice in the window. The clasps were in a large jar and the half dozen I bought transferred to a small paper bag. The assistant said, " We're going back to the old ways and getting rid of all those small plastic bags and containers". .. 'Hurray!' I said. . . .
I couldn't resist, this royal blue which had been a small top. It wasn't until I started to unpick seams at home I noticed a tiny pocket that had a beautiful blue shiny piece of matching jewellery inside. I wonder if anyone realised it had been left there. Another bag make, adding a thin velvet ribbon to hide the seam at the bottom, sewing the sparkly jewel to the closing flap.
As the stormy winter weather had returned, retreating indoors, more sewing: Tabards for a friend no photos as they are basically squares of material - maybe later if she lets me photograph her wearing them. ..and, another bag using up some left over fabric; I've used the same pattern in various sizes for years, small bags, peg bags, large totes. This child's bag, Ocean design, spotted red lining, handle and covered button and a looped tie. I enjoyed making this one; the Ocean fabric is very summery, and the red with white spots gives an all year round appeal.
I'd almost forgotten! The mildest, hottest February recorded in the U.K. Just had to get out, switch off for a couple of days. At the time seemed hard to do, with so much that could be done at home. Instead, thirty five miles done the road, a couple of very enjoyable days in Southport.
Just a few miles south a visit to Formby Point, National Trust nature reserve for Red Squirrels. . . Quite surreal unseasonably hot, blue skies, a pine wood next to the beach, being February, almost devoid of greenery. The frightening apocalyptic shades of climate change. Even so, the red squirrels were a welcome distraction, and there were one or two redcurrant bushes, a bright yellow gorse bush, and a wonderful wood carving on a fallen log.
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