Wednesday, 14 June 2017

So long – for now....

Sadly after much deliberation I've decided to take a break from Gertie's makes and bakes blog.

I've enjoyed bringing you my edible and non-edible creations but due to various reasons I simply don't have time at the moment to blog.

Thanks to everyone who popped by to read and leave comments on my posts and I hope to see you again soon.


Gertie xx

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Couldn’t live without

A couple of years ago I did a post about what things were in my sewing bag. That got me thinking. Out of all the items, what was the one thing that I couldn’t live without?

It would have to be my left-handed tape measure.

Left handed tape measure

For many years I made do with a regular tape measure (numbers going from left to right) and read it upside down.  It was not ideal but as there wasn’t anything else I just made do.

About 17 years ago I was sewing a lot more than I had been and was getting fed up with my tape measure being ‘wrong’. I searched online for a left-handed shop I’d visited in London in the early 80’s, to see if they were still going.

They were, and guess what they had in stock, a left-handed tape measure !!!! Sadly though I didn’t buy it as the postage was phenomenally expensive. It was about three times the cost of the tape measure....

A friend of ours used to visit London quite regularly so I asked him if ever he was passing the shop, could he call in and get it for me. A week later he handed me a little present. It was the left-handed tape measure. As he wasn’t due down to London for several weeks he’d asked a friend who lived in the capital to buy it for him.

Over time the tape measure has seen a fair bit of action, resulting in a lot of battle scars and a few of the numbers have worn off, but I could never be without it.

Gertie xx

Monday, 9 January 2017

Fabric challenge

When my mam died four years ago I inherited her sewing things. Whilst I’ve made use of most of the items I haven’t done much with all her quilting fabric.

Shortly after she died I finished off the quilts she had started, or was about to, and gave them to the charity she had intended them to go. However the rest of the fabric hasn’t really been touched.

I thought it was time I did something about it so I’ve set myself a challenge to try and make use of some of it (I can’t say all as there is a lot....). I don’t want to profit from the things I make using the fabric so they won’t become Gertie’s Bags. I decided they would be turned into quilts and given to charity.

Our new next door neighbour is a Pastor and he mentioned doing work for the elderly and homeless. As I’d already made four quilts out of John’s old work shirts looking for a good home, I asked if he could make use of them. He said yes so I’ve decided that any quilts I make from my mam’s fabric will go to him. 

Gertie xx

Monday, 2 January 2017

I want….

At this time of year newspapers and magazines have articles about New Year resolutions. I don’t do resolutions – never have – but what I do have though is a ‘want’ list.

This list is all sewing related but over on my other blog I’ve posted a general ‘want’ list.

For 2017 I want to….

  • ….use up the fabric I inherited from my mam.
  • ….use up the fabric I already have before buying any more.
  • ….remember to get up and move around every 45 minutes or so instead of sitting in one place for hours.
  • ….become more skilled at free-motion quilting and embroidery.  
  • ….try and adhere to the rule Mr Gertie set (for my own good….) that I can only sew for one third of the day.
  • ….get over my fear of social media in order to promote Gertie’s Bags.
  • ….blog more and catch up with my old blogging friends.

Come six months time when I do the interim update, will I have made any headway? Who know !!!


Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year

"Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress"

I wish you a very happy and peaceful new year.

Gertie xx

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016

Private collection

We’re off on our holidays soon and as usual it’s a cruise. I wouldn’t say we like them but this will be our eighth and we’ve got another three booked... Instead of the usual cruising the Mediterranean we’re heading north – a round trip starting in Copenhagen and sailing to the land of the Midnight Sun.

I usually like to try and make a new dress for one of the formal evening. However with my back not being very good I haven’t been able to.

What I have made though are a couple of bags for my private collection (it’s basically bags I made just for me but ‘private collection’ sounds much better).

Norway bag

Norway bag

I wanted a bag that I could use for when we went ashore. As I would be in Wizzy* it needed to be small enough to lie between me and his arm rest, have plenty of room inside, yet not be too big that it impedes me when I’m wheeling him.

A couple of years ago my mam bought me a lovely suede shoulder bag which fitted the above criteria except it’s getting on a bit. I made a note of its vital statistics and designed a new bag from that.

Norway bag

 As I had some black leatherette lying around in my fabric box I used that for the main part of the bag and some light blue cotton fabric for the lining.

You can never have enough pockets in bags so there's one both front and back and each compartment has an internal zip pocket.

Norway bag

Norway bag

One of the problems of walking with Stickies is you can't carry a clutch bag as your hands are otherwise engaged, so I also decided to make two formal drawstring evening bags that I could slip over my wrist.   

Drawstring evening bagDrawstring evening bag

The bags were very easy to make and as I had plenty of leftover fabric from previous evening dresses I made them out of that.

Till the next time.

Gertie xx

*Wizzy is the name of my wheelchair