My sewing machine is back and normal service has resumed - woohoo! Just in case you are remotely curious, the problem was 5 years of (over)use which had resulted in lint building up in inaccessible parts of the machine. I had told the repair man that sewing with it was like wading through treacle and it turned out my analogy was pretty spot on. The lint had apparently become so densely packed that the machine parts were moving through something that had the texture of felt. It explains a lot, everything in fact except why the repair man in Scotland didn't spot it two years ago... Grrr!
So with the sewing machine returned, this week I finally got a chance to make Moira's block for the FQR Quilt Bee. This is my first bee and I am indebted to Liz for introducing me to the group. The fabric is Glimma and the pattern is a paper pieced tippencanoe block.
I also made Theo a pair of yellow cords. If you've been paying attention you may remember that yellow cords were on my autumn clothing wish list for me, but having not found any for myself I have inflicted them on him instead! The pattern is not the same one I used for his shorts, as I found the results from that too flared for trousers, so I used Dana's free Kids Pants pattern instead...
Now I've tried two trouser patterns I'm considering trying a couple more so I can review them all side by side. Has anyone seen or tried any I should add to the list?