Pretty little zipper pouch

Hi everyone,

Just popping in to say hello and show you what I’ve been up to lately. Not nearly enough in the crafting department I’m afraid!

Anyway, after using the batik fabrics on my last project, I remembered that I had a few scraps of other batiks in my stash. I haven’t had time to tackle a quilt top but found a lovely tutorial for this zipper pouch and I couldn’t resist making it.


I used different fabrics on the front and back. From the other side it looks like this.


The main fabric here isn’t a batik but it matches very well.  The inset fabric is my favourite Moda Bella solids which are available in my shop.



It is also fully lined with white Moda Bella Solids.


Did you spot the pretty lace? Well, that belonged to my late Aunt Edith so it is probably from the 1960’s. It would have been left over from one of the bridesmaid’s dresses that she used to make. If you’d like to make this bag, pop over to Pattydoo where you will find the pattern and a fab tutorial. I know I’ll make many more bags using this pattern so thank you very much to Ina for sharing Smile.

I’ve also just finished stitching a card for my daughter’s birthday which you can see over on my other blog Sewing Beside the Sea. It would be nice to see you over there!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Avis x

Catching up on the SAL

Just a quickie post to show you all how my blackwork trial worked out. It is a small project from a SAL organised by Claire on her English blog and her French blog. I’ve used 16 count aida fabric and DMC 6 stranded embroidery floss (a single strand was used for sewing the design).

Here is the work in progress and the lovely clear free chart called Summer Flowers at


I’ve made it into a card. I hope you like it 🙂


Claire has opened my eyes to another form of embroidery that I have really enjoyed. I plan to make a much bigger design when my cross stitch is off the frame 🙂

Time to sew now!

Avis x

Fancy trying something new?

My blogging friend Claire is holding a SAL for a lovely little piece of blackwork on her French blog. If you haven’t tried blackwork before, this would make a great introduction to it as the project she is doing is small enough to fit into a card for someone special and the chart is free at 🙂

Why not take a look at Claire’s blogs and join in the fun?

Here is my progress so far.


I am going to put it in this card when I have finished. This first stage took me a couple of hours to do. I know it isn’t black 😉 I am already thinking dark blue aida with white snowflakes for next Christmas. Sorry! 😆

I’ve just linked up at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday. Hop over and take a look at the other projects 🙂

Happy crafting!

Avis x

Happy Easter!

I know this isn’t quilting but I thought I’d share it anyway 🙂 This is my card I designed a couple of years ago. I sold a handful of  kits on ebay at the time but they didn’t sell well in the UK. We don’t seem to go for Easter cards here 😦

I don’t do very much cross stitch these days but I do enjoy it 🙂

Happy Easter anyway!

A few photos of past projects and UFOs

I thought I’d share a few photos of things I’ve made before I started this blog! So you now have a better idea of my crafting history 🙂

I’ve done lots of knitting, needlepoint, cross stitch, sewing etc. I nearly always design my own pieces and have also sold kits for the cross stitch cards and cushions which are my own designs. Everything pictured here is designed and made by me. I have lots more but these give a flavour of my work. I really enjoyed making everything and just wish I had more time  to craft 🙂

As always, comments are most welcome.

Here goes………

I love this large printed gingham.

I made these personalised ones for a man in America. They were one of his presents to his girlfriend for the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Sing along……On the second day of Chistmas my true love sent to me…….two personalised cushions 🙂

I used 16 count aida across the top and bottom and embroidered the names in cross stitch. The top name is the place in Mexico where his girlfriend was originally from. Apparently, the monarch butterflies migrate from that area every year and his friend also migrated to America. Hence, the butterflies and the names. It was all his idea. How romantic.

He was really pleased and said Mayra loved them too. Awww!

And here’s a table runner that comes out every year 🙂

and another…..

Bunting. Sooooooo pink 🙂 I sold some of these on ebay.

A cushion cover which has “stitch in the ditch” quilting like my table runners. I have to admit that the cushion inner is a bit large. It was the only spare one I had.

This is a quilted table topper which I made for my sister. It is about 25 inches square and I’ve used it for my avatar thingy.

This quilt top is ready to quilt. Its been waiting for quite some time. I love blue and purple!!

And a few cards from kits I designed and occasionally sell.

This one has beads to add a bit of extra sparkle.

I used beads for the baubles and metallic thread for the pot.

I hope this gives a flavour of my projects past. Whatever I do next is sure to involve sewing of some description…………..

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