In the Interests of Research...

... I bought some "quilty boxes".
I have been thinking about producing these, for myself or for others, and the first thing seems to be to look at what is being offered - the amounts, quality, prices, presentation, all that.
First, I ordered one from the Peacock and Tortoise in Perth
This was offered as a "Christmas Treat" with an exhortation not to open it until Christmas. Which I ignored, of course

It arrived in a plastic outer mailing  wrapper, and  the card box was held closed with string and a sticky label. Sadly, the label had to be removed (I suppose I could have cut the string). The box is flat and quite thin

Inside -  a big piece of Christmassy fabric (the white one), a smaller piece of plain black, and a gold print piece.

Also some assorted haberdashery, rather glittery, bells, little wooden shapes, a sticker. One reel of glittery thread. Two patterns (single sheets) one for a cushion designed for the fabrics, one for a Japanese bag which I think is a Briscoe production.
This box had to be ordered on the phone, was around  £30, and appears to have been a one-off. I haven't been told about any more

The next one is from Modern Quilter's Box and is a bi-monthly pay-as-you-go. The first box was labelled "Let it Snow" and came in the usual outer wrapper

Inside - several fat quarters of nice fabrics, a mis-matched thread, Aurifil booklet, patterns, templates, various patterns nicely presented on shiny card, and a kit for a Christmas tree decoration, wood with thread and needle.

The box was nicely presented - on opening you get a list of the contents, and all the fabrics etc. wrapped in tissue. This was held down with a scruffy piece of tape, which was a bit sad.
I was particularly taken with the patterns and templates, which seemed well-written and interesting.

Part the Third. Now, if you forget to cancel your subscription, you get another of these after 2 months. The payment was notified after the "order" was taken, so I don't think this would be a good time to cancel. I'm not at all sorry, as box 3 was even nicer...

So, this time, even nicer presentation, with a big sticker on the tissue and a list of contents as before

More nice fabrics, 1/4s and 1/8s

A decal (not my idea of a useful thing, but nice enough)

Paper-piecing papers for the one of the patterns enclosed (in heavy brown paper, how practical and nice!)

And a couple of nice patterns.

I'm not sorry about the second one, but at £26.50, it's not a "bargain basement" item. I think for what you get it's pretty nice...

Siblings Quilt Top

It's important to Pay Things Forward - a generation of children divided in care, come together for camping holidays with Siblings Together. And, we make them quilts, because it's cold in a tent, because we care, because it's really important for all sorts of social and personal and community reasons.. So, these blocks designed by me, made by the Bee members, for January, put together by me, and photographed (in the rain) on Monday.  Now layered and ready to quilt, I think a black-and-white binding!

ETA Under the machine!

Almost a whole day of sewing...

made this quilt top (discarded by a student) live

and another almost sewn together for Siblings Together
Image tomorrow...

New Year, New Word, New Top

Bit dark and windy, but this was my first Proper Sewing for 2018, made yesterday. I made a big version of my little Red Cat (click for a free pdf pattern) and I'm working on a trad version and a tiny one.. Series are so satisfying

Anyway, we have bashed the stash, got rid of a million "whydoIhavethises", freecycled a whole load of stuff, cleaned the carpets, made a Sale table (and sold lots of stuff from it) and we finally gave in and Sewed yesterday.. Oh, the joy! And Oh! my back! - it's forgotten how..
Got this (Hep Cat) onto the line just as the light faded and the wind came up, hope to layer this today

(ETA, did layer, and the Word is here)

Word of the Year - Complete

Lots of stuff today, including my long-neglected Wonky Stars in Oakshott reds, now finally bordered and ready to layer
This will be for a gift, I think, as it's not saleable at a respectable price

And I made a start on some Sewing Kit Purses (images later) which will have a little pincushion and a needle book inside, made with a nice modern Sewing-machine Fabric and lined with a delightful Designers Guild print from about 1990, of honesty pods.. Images when finished tomorrow

Also, fixed and finished two sewing machines, printed manuals, made sense of the heap of scrap paper, tidied a whole bunch of oddments away, and started making things from my little collection of 1inch half-square triangles. Quilted and blocked two cushions I am recolouring for Michael Oakshott, in delicious pale colours, and made the back for one, I have another to hand-quilt this evening

Didn't do everything on my List, but did do a good deal of it

More tomorrow

A Successful Week of Making

The results of Making Week - which actually turned into 10 days - lots of gifty-type things and some (almost) christmas bunting. Well, it is red white and green,

Evidence of mass making (on a small scale)