Watery colours for a watery bag

Cyclamen Cross - String blocks

This past weekend saw me playing sewing teacher and assistant to my elder daughter, Amelia, who has started on a project, to make a new bag for swimming lessons.  The sewing machine that she won way back in 2007, has just returned from being fixed.  We found out the hard way that if you do not use a sewing machine for a few years, it will seize up, so we are making sure that it gets regular use.  When she was younger, it was easier to let her have a go on my machine, but she is old enough to sew with less supervision now.

String pieced blogs - work in progress

A trip to Spotlight resulted in this great bargain – the cyclamen coloured cotton fabric was only $1 a metre!  It was perfect to use as a base for string pieced blocks, using scraps from a previous project of mine.  I just ruled some lines across the fabric squares, with my magic disappearing pen, for Amelia to align her first strips of fabric, and I let her at it.

Finished String Blocks, pieced onto the cyclamen background

Here are two of her finished blocks, ready to be sewn up into her new bag.  We are going to line it with fabric from a shower curtain to make it waterproof.

New fabric purchases

The same trip to Spotlight yielded these lovely fabrics.  The bottom two were heavily reduced, and even though the top one was not, I thought it was so lovely that it had to come home with me.  The middle fabric is a lightweight cotton, almost a voile, that is going to become a Kaftan style top.  It is going to be my test garment, before using some other precious fabric I have.  I have high hopes for New Look 6983.  All I have to do is clear my cutting table, which currently has months worth of sewing related clutter all over it.


While I was writing this post my husband made a comment that shows how well he knows me, even if he was only joking…”You can’t post those photos – the colours don’t go with your blog!”.

The cyclamen in particular is not in my usual palette, and is a bit jarring with the dusty green background, but I have pushed on regardless.  Are you impressed?


One thought on “Watery colours for a watery bag

  1. i just took my bernina for her first service. had her for nearly 2 years and done a heap of sewing on her so time to get checked out.

    will use my trusty old brother which hasnt been used in a while so hope it hasnt seized up!!

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