Wednesday 30 August 2023


 Having had 3 weeks with very few customers and a long weekend booked to be away in the caravan it made me chuckle that I was contacted by 7 customers last Friday all wanting my services ASAP....of course they just had to wait until I was back open for business today so it looks like it's going to be a busy week for me.

Before we went away I managed to finish one of the strip quilts...the other one will have to wait for now.

The only other pic I have to show you this week is this one.  I made 32 hair scrunchies before we went away and they just needed finishing off by hand so this was my holiday activity and here they finished.

That's all from me for this week.  I have a Wedding dress and Bridesmaid dress waiting for me to alter plus all that comes through my door....and that's going to be a lot :-)


Annie x

Friday 25 August 2023

This week's smiles....week 527

 It's another of those weekends when I write a post so you can all link up but am not sure I will be able to leave you all messages...I'm on an adventure :-)

It's been a quiet one with very few customers this week but as always I've kept busy with sewing for the charity I support and yesterday I had a bride and her bridesmaid here for fittings so I will have work to do next week.  We have enjoyed lots of Grandparent duties this week. I have a few pics to share with you...

Dont you just love it when little ones loose their two front teeth?  Theo lost the first one while on holiday in France and he's lost the other one this week...I'm not sure you can see but he already has his nice new big teeth pushing through.

Sam has been busy with his puppet making this week and has also been enjoying the costume making classes at his drama group.

We babysat the twins Wednesday night and while there Sam made a yellow puppet but the glue was still drying so no photo yet and the last one he has fabric to make is going to be a dalmation [they have a dalmation so he was thrilled to see I had given him some black/white spotty fur fabric].

I've snapped a few pics of my orchids alongside a few pics of the garden flowers this week....they keep making me smile.

Of course there has to be a few funnies...I hope none offend.  I hope you will leave me a little message so I know you've called by and I will do my best to pop over to yours to see what's been making you smile.


Annie x

Wednesday 23 August 2023


 It's been a stash busting week for me.  That box filled to overflowing with scraps has been put to good use.

I've already made the tops of two large quilts...they just need backing, quilting and finishing off now.

This used up all of the long strips of fabrics and left me lots of short strips so I had to decide whether I cut more long strips to use them with or look for something I could use the smaller pieces to make.

So I made 6 patchwork baby bibs....and I'm thrilled with how they have turned out.

I made two large cushions using the gifted fabrics.

Saturday afternoon, while the men were at football, Jo and I retackled the hugs box of donated fabric again.  We have already used a lot but it's barely scratched the surface so we pulled each piece out and if too small to make anything with we put it to one side and I have already pressed it all and cut it into strips.....this lot will make another strip quilt :-)

The slightly larger pieces have been pressed and cut to make hair scrunchies with...and that's what I will be making today around fittings for a wedding dress and bridesmaid dress.

Jo took away several pieces of fabric to make a few hang abouts with and Angela requested two of them [thanks for the funds Angela it's been put in the charity pot].

I'm not the only one that's been sewing this week.   I shared a couple of puppets Sam had made on my Friday's post and he's now made this gorgeous 3 eyed green alien.  He's loving sewing and is using the puppets he's made to make short films on his phone.

He's also doing a costume course with the drama group he's in this week and is making the costumes for one of the up and coming shows that he's taking part in.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit this week and will leave me a little message so I know you've called in and I will pop over to yours ASAP.
Annie x

Friday 18 August 2023

This week's smiles ....week 526

 It's been a lovely week here at Sewing by Annie's.  I've had a few customers but have also had time to sew for pleasure too...just the way I like it.  I have had sooooo much to make me smile too so will share this week with lots of pics....

 On their way back from their holiday in France Mark, Gina and the boys called in at Rocmador ...this is somewhere we had been to many years ago so it was lovely to see the boys enjoying it there.....I really love the first pic of Louie...he looks like he's skipping and it makes me smile.  


     On their way home through England they called in at Legoland in Windsor and had a really lovely day.        

 Sam has given me lots to smile about this week.  He rang me to see if I had some pink and blue fur fabric he could 'borrow' ....of course I do and it's what Nanny's stash is for.  He wanted to make some puppets with it and, as you can see he made two amazing puppets which he is now using to make short films :-)

Of course he is now hooked and asked if I had any more colours I could let him have so we dropped off a bag with 4 more colours for him to use.

What makes me smile most is that he is using one of my old sewing  machines to make them on...and it's the one I made my Wedding dress on :-) 

Our garden has given us lots to smile about.

The tomatoes are ripening fast and furious now and are so yummy....there are red large, red small, yellow and 'black' ones.

We harvested the beetroot and had lots to eat fresh plus it made 3 jars of pickled beetroot and then I made many jars of beetroot chutney with the rest...and I love it.  

 The garden is also still blooming and has colour in all areas.      

Of course it wouldn't be Friday without a few funnies and I hope you will find something here to make you smile.  Please leave me a little message before linking to your own smiles at the bottome of the page.

Have a great week.


Annie x


Wednesday 16 August 2023


 Hi all.  It's been another quiet week here with customers so I have been tackling some stash busting...

Just like Angela's exploding box, only mine was overflowing with fabric scraps.

It was full of scraps that were too small to really do a lot with and I've just dipped into it for little projects so I felt it was time to do something with it all and have been saying for a long time that I fancied making a strip quily like Jan's....the box is now empty :-)

So, one day last week I got every piece out, ironed it and then sat in front of the telly and cut every piece into strips of varying width and length....and what a huge pile it all made!!

I got myself organised with the ironing board alongside of me and, having already cut squares of sheeting/curtain linings ready I stitched the strips on and could then press each strip before attaching the next.

I've varied every square with random colours, spotty, floral, brights and pastels and have now finished the 20 squares [10"x10" so plenty for the first quilt] and am already woring on the next batch.

I'm really loving making these squares, its reducing my scraps and will then raise funds for charity.

I handed on the next batch of completed items on to Sally [Harry Johnson's mum] this week and was rather blown away when she said the last lot that she had taken to Vron Gate Show made just short of £500.  It's Minsterley show this week so hopefully they will do the same this weekend.  I'm so chuffed that the donated fabric is raising such a lot for a great cause.
Please leave me a little message so I know you've called in and I will pop over to yours ASAP.
Annie x

Friday 11 August 2023

This week's smiles ...week 525

 It's been another lovely week with lots of smiles and the sun has even put in an appearance which is lovely.  I have had very few customers so I have enjoyed lots of time doing things for pleasure which I will probably share on my Wednesday post.   I have a few pics I can share that have made me smile..

Louie is away on holidays in France with Theo and his mummy and daddy and another family with two young children and have been having a lovely time.  They are staying in a gite with it's own swimming pool so it's been perfect for them all.

They have sent us lots of photos but this one made me looks like Louie is pole dancing :-)

Cutting out all the Memory bears that I make my hands suffer at times and sometimes I even get blisters from using ordinary scissors so this week I have treated myself to this lovely pair of spring loaded scissors and I'm really enjoying using them....what a difference they make and they have really made me smile.

Finally I've found a few funnies to share with you all.  I hope you find something to make you smile and will leave me a little comment before linking up at the bottom of the page to share your smiles with us.  I hope you all have a great week.
Annie x

Wednesday 9 August 2023


 Which idiot said she was quiet with work last week?  Well, things got rather busier for me so I will quickly run through what I've been up to in pics...

I made  another dolly for a Name the dolly fun raiser....I like to make each one different.

I made the length of quilting you saw last week into 3 cushions....another fund raiser.

I then had 4 Memory bears to make in memory of a much loved Grandma.

I've had several enquiries about my bears lately....if you want to know more please head over to my Sewing by Annie Facebook page to find out details by clicking on this link.

I also had a request for 5 Memory bears in memory of a Wife, Mum, and much loved Grandma for several family members and when they saw them.....

 I was then asked to make another one....they each have their own red chicken scarf made from the lady's favourite scarf [she was a farmers wife].

Saturday, while the men were at footy, Jo joined me and we had a lovely link up with Jan on was lovely to catch up Jan.

We then went through the donated fabrics and partenered up enough to make 10 glasses cases which I made on Monday.

I also made 7 more key rings to replace the ones that sold at Vron Gate show and these will all go to Minsterley show so hopefull they will raise lots of money.

Thanks for visiting me.  If you leave me a message so I know you've dropped in I will do my best to pop over to yours to see what you've been up to.
Annie x

Friday 4 August 2023

This week's smiles.....week 524

 Another week and lots more smiles thankfully.

Milly has been for a trim and is very pleased to be summer ready now....all we need is some sunshine !!

We've spent time with all 7 of our grandchildren...and that always makes me smile...

We joined these gorgeous 3 at a party on the Sabrina boat on the River Severn to celebrate their daddy's birthday on Saturday night...and a wonderful time was had by all.

We spent time with the our gorgeous twins while their mummy sorted out a health problem on Tuesday night...we had a lovely time together making pom poms.

We spent some time with these gorgeous boys Wednesday evening and here they are all ready for their summer holidays in France....I hope they have a wonderful time.

Our clematis is blooming to it's heart's content this week and I just had to share it with you.

I made 4 Memory bears for a returning customer this week and that always makes me smile but when they came to collect the 7 year old little girl greeted me with these beautiful flowers and a big hug...and that really made me smile.

I'm hoping this video works for you.  Louie discovered his shadow this week and it made us all giggle.

Of course I had to find you a few funnies too.  I hope they make you smile and you have lots of smiles you can share with us by linking up at the bottom of the page.


Annie x

Wednesday 2 August 2023


 I've not had a lot of customers this week....I guess many are on their I have been using my time well by sewing for the charity I support.

I loved making the rag doll so much that I decided to make another one....I try to make each one different but have enjoyed making each one.

Harry Johnson's mum, Sally, called in to collect the sewing I had ready for her this week and was really pleased with the quilt and the two rag dolls so, as she was having a stall at Vron Gate show last Saturday, she said she would take the quilt and one of the rag dolls there with her and keep the other rag doll for the Minsterley Show.

So I made her another quilt to take with the second rag doll to Minsterley show.  I am really loving dipping into the gifted fabrics and have already sorted out another batch of fabrics to make another quilt....I'm on a roll :-)

Please note my assistant isn't naked behind the quilt :-) :-)

Amongst the gifted fabrics were lots of ready cut squares ready to patchwork so I have been doing some random patchwork with them and plan to make 3 cushions with it....they are all really good quality fabrics so have been lovely to sew with.

Just so you know, I have had some sewing for my customers.  This is a lovely School Memory Bear for a school that I haven't made one for before and it brings my number of schools up to 39 now.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit today and will leave me a little message so I know you've called by and I will do my best to pay you a return visit as soon as I can.


Annie x