Sunday, 26 June 2016

FPP Hearts & Strip Rainbows

#QuiltsForPulse FPP Hearts Rainbow Stash Buster

It feels like forever since I had some sewing I could actually share with you and that doesn't need to be kept secret - the thing is I wish there was no reason for me to be making today's blocks at all. They're #QuiltsForPulse blocks; the quilting community led by the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild has come out in force to make quilts for those affected by the recent terrible events in Orlando, Florida.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Exploring Upper East Side - (new look) Pins & Needles


There was bad news a few months ago for fabric shoppers in Manhattan when Pins & Needles on the Upper East Side suffered a flood.  It must have been heartbreaking for owner Rachel and her staff and she shared her news here on the P&N blog.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Sadly Gifting My Could You Live Here? Quilt


Yesterday I enjoyed goodbye drinks with my first and best friend since I moved to live in the States five years ago.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Exploring Japan - Tokyo's Nippori Textile Town

Nippori Textile Town Tokyo Japan

Any fabric lover visiting Japan will want to pay a visit to Nippori Textile Town, in Tokyo.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

May 2016 Progress & News


May has been a funny month, I feel like I haven't achieved but as I'm typing this progress report I'm really surprised by how much I have actually done, I'm in conversations regarding Christmas in July Blog Hops and, as my daughter Flicky is home from Uni for the Summer, I've done numerous clothing repairs for her.  My biggest progress was in finally starting a twice-monthly newsletter - more of that in a bit.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Improv: Beyond The Bee - May 2016 (NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild)


Most of you know I'm a member of the NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild and from 2012-15 I was in our Guild's first Bee and I shared how I made each block with you here on this page.  I've taken a year off from being in a Bee but when Guild members Jenny and Jessica announced they were starting a brand new Guild Bee I couldn't resist joining so today I'm introducing

Friday, 3 June 2016

Exploring Japan - Tokyo's Blue & White


Most crafters visiting Tokyo have Blue & White on their 'must do' list; I was no exception.  In fact, I visited twice during my stay but more of that later, enjoy the pictures from my October 2015 visit.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

How I Repaired - Torn Jeans


Second repair for Flicky - torn jeans where she's pulled on the belt loop to get into them!

Monday, 30 May 2016

How I Repaired - A Tweed Coat Seam


 Flicky, my daughter, is home from St Andrews University for the summer and she's brought a few sewing repair jobs with her.  The first one I tackled is a frayed seam down the centre back of this tweed coat.  Flicky did a quick hand-sewn repair job on it with black thread so she could continue to wear it - it's still cold in St Andrews ;D - and this is how looked when it was passed over to me.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Exploring Japan - Kyoto's Handmade Needle Man


Most sewists researching for a trip to Japan come across stories of Kyoto's Handmade Needle Man.  Almost legendary, his location is reportedly hard to locate with only a few lucky souls finding success at the end of their journey.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Twice Monthly Newsletter Sign-Up


Introducing a new venture for mbCD - twice monthly newsletters.  

Up to now if you subscribed to my email service each blog post was sent individually to your inbox.  I realise not everyone wants two, and sometimes more, emails from me per week and I find myself becoming reluctant to create blog posts as I don't want readers unsubscribing due to email overload.

After much thought, I've decided the answer is a newsletter. More work than using an automated service to send out blog posts still I think it could be a lot of fun. 

Friday, 20 May 2016

Exploring Austin - Stitch Lab


Last week of April I travelled to Austin Texas and as always I was keen to find a neighbourhood fabric shop gem to share with you - wait till you see my pics of Stitch Lab, I guarantee you'll be adding it to your 'must visit' bucket list.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Sun, Sea & Sashiko


Well not quite sea, but it was a salt water pool at The Four Seasons in Austin, Texas during my travels at the end of April.  Best of all posting the above pic to Instagram gained me several hearts and this fab cupcake and note complimenting my stitching when I returned to my room.

Friday, 13 May 2016

The Green Green Grass Of Home

The old home town looks the same as I step down from the train and there to meet me is... 
...my friends, my Mum, and all my kids
lyrics by Curly Putman (apart from the last bit which is all mine!)

Occasionally I ask my readers to indulge me while I share a post that's less about my craft and more about my family; this is one of those posts.  I know some of you love to see what my kids are up to these days and something of where I'm from, so for you here are four photo collages summing up my April 2016 trip home to England.  On the other hand, if that isn't your sort of thing please click and close me down, I won't be offended, and next time you visit everything will be back to normal - Chris :D

Exploring London - Shaukat, Cloth House & John Lewis


So you're in London and wanting to fabric shop - there are three other stores I love to visit when I'm home that you may want to take a look at.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Bali Blog Hop - Day 1


Welcome to Day 1 of the Benartex Bali Blog Hop, let me start with a great big "hi" to my regular readers and a huge welcome to anyone visiting for the first time from the Benartex blog Sew in Love {with Fabric}.

Friday, 6 May 2016

April 2016 Progress & News


On the surface progress is slow again this month, I've been doing a lot of talking with fabric companies, working on a big plan for something I'll be able to share in the future (fingers crossed) and doing so much travelling I have no idea where I am or what time zone I'm in.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Exploring London - Liberty 2016


I can't visit London without nipping into Liberty but last time I shared pics with you from inside the store was back in 2012.

Monday, 2 May 2016