Scrappy squares, again

How many scrappy square quilts have I made? Hmmm… lots. Tonight, I finished one more that had been lying, almost-finished, since our last summer holidays. Tonight, ready to be washed, it is resting on our bed. I’m so glad it’s done. I was getting bored of it staring at me, in a forlorn pile, looking mutinous.

It’s a funny time at work: the students’ exams are over, but the new term is two weeks away. It’s hard not to work on planning next term’s teaching, although my conscience tells me I should also be writing. So it is nice to start the weekend having achieved something, after only post-suppertime sewing. Why did it take me so long? It wasn’t only because the sewing machine was being repaired. Hey ho, sometimes I just procrastinate, I suppose. 

Intriguing scrapets of news on some of that fabric!

Still, this still isn’t the blue quilt that needs finishing to match the freshly-painted wall. That’s for another time. This is just a thrown-together-get-it-finished scrappy, useful no-pattern quilt. I’ll have to find somewhere fun outside to photograph it.

I’m glad my creative energy is mostly back, partly helped a couple of weeks ago by a frantic creative venture making pink hats in crochet or fleece. I handed them out to people who looked cold on the march in downtown Geneva. Now that was a great way of channeling frustration with the barrage of depressing news!

And by the way, cheap pink furry fleece blankets make great hats… I wonder where they ended up?

Happy growling! JJ

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A bit of care from my friend Miss E of Busy Needle, and new rubber feet, new LED light, and a clear 1/4 inch foot, and my little flea market find is as happy as happy. I am thrilled! It is amazing to realise how things made in the 1950s last so well. I doubt things we buy now will be working in 60 years time..

Now, after a peaceful Christmas, I am happily playing and tidying my sewing room. So lucky!

Happy end-of-the-year! Xx jj

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Totally fabulous days

Spending a weekend sewing up a mountain in lovely company, one week into an academic term, was just perfection! What fun we had! It was the 10th edition of the now-famous Patchwork in the Peaks, led by the fabulous Elita, in Morzine in the French Alps. A little over an hour’s drive from my home.

 Elita, organiser-extraordinaire and our guest teacher the famous Lucy of Charm About You. A beautiful, inspiring fun and clever quilter, and a pleasure to meet.    

 Gina, leader of the ever-famous and legendary ‘scrap-attack’ projects, helping an experienced sewer/ new quilter, in the amazing temporary studio overlooking the mountains.  
Then, once back near Geneva, I had the pleasure of placing my newly-finished quilts around the house. Truly a treat.

And on the way home from work today, I popped into a second-hand shop and found this little beauty for all of ten Swiss francs. She clearly needed rescuing! Amazing, as quilts really aren’t much of a thing around here.

Right, now back to work for the rest of the term…

Happy quilting! JJ


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The heavens welcomed us home. So, so very lucky to be able to move. 


My new sewing room (!!!!) had crazy splotches on the wall where the previous owners filled up holes. I won’t have time to paint it before term starts, but the underlying colour is green (green! i love green!). Yesterday evening, using masking tape, I laid out a grid, and filled it in using all the mini-tester pots of paint we wanted to try out. Instant quilt, and fewer splotches!  

Now, to unpack more boxes…

Happy nesting! JJ

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We are moving, within the city, tomorrow! I will have a sewing room! Beyond excited… 

So much to pack, so much to unpack. Our third summer in a row moving, but hopefully the last for a while. And this one is not an international move like the two previous ones. 

Happy boxing! JJ

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It takes a family to pin a quilt! So nice to have help.

Happy pinning! JJ

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Sewing with children

A lovely way to escape the hot Tuscan midday sun with a 10 yr-old daughter and 7yr-old son. We all love my new machine!

Happy times. JJ


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