Tuesday 16 July 2013

Anything Goes at Anything Goes Challenge #97

Time for another challenge at Anything Goes which is Anything Goes, so come on and show us your crafty creations, 

I used to be an avid dressmaker, making clothes for myself, my mum, daughter and ocassionally for others. However, when I returned to full time education I no longer had the time, study and looking after the kids was all consuming and the sewing machine was put at the back of the closet never to see light of day until......... I started papercrafting! Then it came out for machine stitching cards, mixed media projects etc.

Then I found patchwork and quilting! Wow! I so wanted to produce some of those fabulous tote bags and quilts - unfortunately time was a problem. Then at the end of March I reduced my hours at work to 3 days and  my DH bought me an all singing all dancing quilting machine for my birthday! I was off on another craft! 

But where are you going to sew DH asked? There's no room in your craft room! Well........ I will need a large table for cutting out (says I) sew (so) the dining table is ideal. Yes! You guessed it - the dining room is now my sewing room! I have even cleared out half the sideboard for my fabrics and notions. Problem is I already need the rest of it and I can't find room for the dishes elsewhere! LOL!

I needed to protect the table sew I made this mat to put the machine onto together with a pin cushion and bucket for the scraps.

I bought the fabric from the lovely Lynn at The Craft Den and it is called Sew Retro Montage by designer Makower and it is 100% cotton, 44" wide. Isn't it lovely? An ideal choice for this particular project don't you think?

The mat has been quilted using cotton batting and a matching blue fabric with a tiny design, all from the Craft Den. The pin cushion and bucket (gosh this is so useful at the side of the machine for all those bits of thread!) were made using the same fabrics and the pin cushion was filled with rice to provide weight. So pleased with this as it was only my second project!

My very first project was a craft bag which I made at a workshop with Lynn at The Craft Den. She runs a regular patchwork and sewing workshop one Saturday a month and she has a fantastic selection of fabrics. Lynn will sell you any length you want even down to a 2" strip!

Love the fabrics but it took me an age to decide which to use 'cos there was so much choice and I liked 'em all! Lynn does have a great selection and has recently expanded the range.

This bag is so useful for workshops as there are lots of pockets. I even took it on holiday to hold all those bits you need when sunbathing eg book, sunglasses, suncream etc etc.

Unfortunately The Craft Den website is undergoing a face lift at the moment but if there are any crafty goodies you need then do give Lynn a call at the shop 0114 234 0732.

Don't forget to check out all the fab creations from my teamies at Anything Goes 


  1. WOW... What a superb project!!! I love the fabric you have chosen and great to see things other than a card too! This will certainly protect your table and the addition of the bit bucket is great. What a neat idea to have weighted the pin cushion also. This is a super make. So glad you have now got the time to be inspired with all your crafty passions. Hope you get loads of lovely comments you deserve it for all the hard work you have put into this great design.

  2. Two lovely projects Joanie. Gorgeous fabrics and I love the pin cushion and scraps bucket. I used to sew quite a bit before I had the children. There's just never enough time for everything - work gets in the way!
    Glad to see you're making the most of your extra time.
    Hugs, Janine xx