Monthly Sewing Update: September 2019


This blog is about quilting, embroidery and sewing. However, there are also other things in my life. That is why my new chickens are on top of this post. Me and my boyfriend acquired six chickens so far, and I derive great pleasure out of observing them and trying to understand their chicken ways. It is especially funny to see their excitement when they get human food. Sadly, they only lay one egg every two days, so I need to have a stern conversation with them about that. The names of the chickens and cock are Claus, Katrien, Patricia, Henkie, Wendy and Jeanet.

Now I’ve introduced my chickens I can continue with the purpose of this post: showing what I’ve been up to this month creative wise.

Finished sewing projects

It always gives a sense of accomplishment to finish stuff. Here are my accomplishments of this month:

Maasai Fabric Laptop Case

Most of my work I do in cafes because that are the places with WIFI. However, my new laptop was getting damaged because of all the carrying around. That’s why I decided to create a laptop sleeve. I prefer to make my own stuff because you can make an item precisely the way you want to.

If you are interested in one of my laptops sleeves email me


Death of Discworld Cross Stitch

Death is a Discworld character and the quote is from the book Hogfather. It is about the importance of fantasy and believing in things. This YouTube video explains it all: Video. The pattern is made by Lyndisfarne Cross Stitch designs.

complete bewerkt

Projects I’m working on a lot

The Kenyan Quilt

I’m hand quilting this quilt and it’s progressing steadily.  I love the moon landscape effect in the picture below. The biggest benefit of hand quilting is that it gives you time to contemplate every part of the quilt, quilting it in the way most suited to the patchwork.


See the posts below for pictures of the quilt top and the quilt blocks:

A Coat of Many Colours Embroidery Patch

This is going to be an embroidered patch for my boyfriend. It is based on the Dolly Parton song ‘Coat of Many Colours’, which is one of his favourite songs. I am using left-over embroidery floss to keep the quilted feel of the coat in the song. The feature picture is a detail shot of this piece. I’m mainly using the satin embroidery stitch and the chain stitch. Find the song here: Coat of Many Colours.

coat update

Shards Of Fire Dragon Cross Stitch

This is a cross-stitch project I am making completely for myself. I love dragons and drama, so this was the perfect pattern for me. The pattern is made by Pinkythepink based on the original artwork by Euclidstriangle. The pattern uses a lot of special embroidery floss I had zero experience with before I started this project. That has made this cross stitch a fun challenge. I love experimenting with new things.

A Pillow Case Made from Recycled Materials

Alright, I admit that this is a boring picture. I am showing you this black pillow because of the plans I have with it! This pillow is made out of recycled materials, old clothes and unusable fabric scraps. I plan to make more pillows like this once I have more scrap fabric. Also, after I have gotten my nice African fabrics I will make pillowcases for the pillows to sell. This is in line with my philosophy to reduce waste and to create something beautiful or valuable out of waste.


The extreme long-term sewing projects

The projects below don’t have a clear finish date. I enjoy working on each of them now and then in the firm believe they will be done when they are done.

Dear Jane Sampler Quilt

This sampler quilt is for me to learn hand sewing and piecing techniques. I’ve been working on it for two years now and finished block 112th of the 169 middle squares.  Read more about this quilt in the link below. I also wrote a post about my Dear Jane quilt this month:

Hot Air Balloons Cross Stitch

This project is about one year old and now one corner of this cross stitch is finished! For the longest time, I was afraid this cross stitch kit would look hideous, but it doesn’t and I am happy. Seeing how the corner came together motivates me to keep working on this piece.


Conclusion: An abundance of projects

That’s it! Seeing all the projects I work on, you must believe I am rarely bored when surrounded by my projects. I do feel itching fingers when I am gone for a long time without anything to work on. That is usually the time I get a lot of story ideas. Another thing I’ve been working on this month is a website to share the stories I write (Bella G. Bear Writes). Stories are one way I can share my research finding in pastoralism and nature conservation and my experience living abroad with a wider audience. I believe research should be shared. Now, I have some questions for you.

  • What have you been up to this month?
  • How long can you go without working on a creative project?
  • Which of my projects do you want to see finished most?

What else have I been up to?

I like to use the Monthly Sewing update posts to also share a bit about my life. This month I went to the farm (shamba) of my boyfriends family. On that farm, I found a way to make myself useful. It has been long I used skills learned in all the years I was a scout. His grandmother was pleased with the firewood we cut for her.


Would you like to read more?

Next week’s post:

– The use and beauty of Sampler Quilts

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