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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Back in Tuscany…

After a year back in Switzerland, with downs and ups, we are back in our beloved Tuscany for the summer. There was one thing missing in the house. That is now sorted! Rather than agonise over options, models, prices, online shops, and delivery dates, I took myself to the closest shop that sold sewing machines, announced I needed one to sew straight lines, zig-zag and freemotion, and left the shop clutching this. Win-win: I support local business, don’t faff around, and solve my problem. I LOVE it! 

Happy sewing!


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Hand-pieced hexagons

So much quicker than paper-piecing, and just as portable once you’ve cut out the shapes: piecing hexagons by hand. Duh. 


 I’m not sure why it took me quite so long to work this out? I had tried with larger, pre-cut shapes, without marking seam allowances, but I had never really thought of trying with teeny ones. But it works a treat. Now, what shall I make? All I need is another long sunny weekend, with time to spare. Oh right, maybe that is part of the problem…

Happy experimenting! JJ

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Back sewing!

A great treat to be back in a chalet in Morzine, in the French Alps, sewing sewing sewing. Finally. Nothing beats a retreat to carve out time and mental space. Some projects I brought along to work on since the theme this time was “finishing up”. #Peaks9

  This was is only a top for the moment: baby and toddler clothes too stained or worn to pass on or save, fused to the fabric. I will anchor them down when I quilt it.

This is know as “The Chicken Quilt”, started last year in Tuscany. But it’s a monster to quilt!

This is the back of the Hexy quilt. I got bored about sewing hexagons by hand, so I appliqued them to a background and let it evolve. Now I love it! But it is a bit odd… The back is made from whatever I had at hand!



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