Poppy Patchwork

My little bit of this big World

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Sewing instruction - Finish

Beautiful patchwork
 All neat and tidy
 Another cushion cover and hearts
 With an envelope pocket (no zip)
 Shopping bag from tea towels
 Lovely neat lines. 
We have had a very busy week of sewing, all the above made, ready for gifts to be taken home by our house guest.
Back in the 80's we had a Spanish student Izzy, she stayed with us for a month, and was a wonderful young woman and we loved having her to stay. She visited for many years, her desire to learn everything British has helped her in her work life as an English teacher in Spain. We have been a part of her family, watching her two young daughter grow into lovely young women. We have had wonderful holidays in Spain with the family, Izzy and both daughters visited last year, another lovely holiday together. So this last week for the first time we had her eldest daughter Alba staying, she is 14.
Alba loves to sew, so most days we had my sewing machine working. We used tea towels for the bag (a gift for her mother), Union Jack cushion cover (a gift for her sister), and we choose fabrics from my stash for the patchwork cushion, which Alba made for herself.
The patchwork being the hardest sewing Alba has done, she choose all the fabrics and then placed them to make the final design, with coaching from myself, she has done most of the stitching, I only had a tiny input. I am proud and very pleased with the improvement Alba has made, she was willing to learn and tried most things I asked from her. I hope when she returns to Spain tomorrow with her gifts, her family will see the hard work and enjoy each item. The three small hearts are for her friends.


  1. What a wonderful story.I love all the gifts so pretty.She must be so happy to be able to make these gifts with your help and obvious talent.

  2. That's a lot of sewing for a 14 year old :). Well done to you both.

  3. What lovely gifts, she did a great job, I'm sure her family will love them :-)

  4. Such personal gifts! wonderful

  5. Great looking gifts …

    All the best Jan

  6. How wonderful to host a 14year old who likes to sew! You made some lovely, useful things. Meg:)

  7. Ooo pretty. Such an awesome way to spend your time.



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