Benta (thank you!!) I've run up some quick 'off to uni' or 'back to uni' bunting.
Isn't that a nice idea that she had?
I cut some 5" squares, sewed them together and turned them through (cutting an 'x' in the middle of the front square which was then covered up), added wadding squares (2 1/4" square) and fusible letters / buttons. Easy to make and fun to root through the button box to find appropriate buttons.
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
The almost obligatory 'back to school' photo of DD2 and DD1.
Only taken and displayed to cause them maximum embarrassment to them, of course!
The rest of this post is devoted to the results of the family glass day that we had in the summer.
If you live close enough to Richmond Upon Thames to try out the family course at RACC I can really recommend it!
This first one is stood in my homemade stand and is DD2's apple and leaf. Isn't it terrific?
DD1's zentangle and mixed colours. Love how this turned out!
Another time I'd use less frit.
I think that these are terrific for our first ever go at anything related to glass. I'm proud of my girls for embracing the day and getting the most out of it!
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
We've had a brilliant time!
Part of DD1's holiday 'tasks' (not quite homework!) was to compile a diary of what she got up to and to make some a collage to show some of it. In fact, she decided to make an A4 sheet for each full week - and a great job she made of them too.
It made me reflect on what we've managed creatively over the holidays, conscious that I'd not done nearly as much stitching as usual.
Above is the start point of a fused piece using bulls eye glass, enamel and frit. We haven't got our pieces back as they are still being fired (or are cooling down - still in the kiln, anyway). We're looking forward to seeing how they turned out!
We also got to mask beakers - this by DD2 was masked with PVA glue.
The other skill was glass cutting - and then arranging the shapes to a pleasing form before they were fused. Again, results not yet available!
All three were sandblasted by me - something that I'd never tried before.
It was only by chance that we happened to go through it whilst on a day out and that she mentioned it. I've been looking at it every year when we visit my brother in Birmingham, and we didn't have any idea that she'd been involved in it!
We made our own mosaic panels, inspired by some mosaics that we'd seen whilst on a treasure trail around Kingston upon Thames.
We also made over a dozen handmade birthday cards using various papercrafting techniques, and my DDs have also spent time colouring and made Hama bead items.
Zippy pouches, of course. The first DD to sew wanted a pocket on hers. No problem.
Of course, then the second DD to sew wanted a pocket AND an embellishment.
I was still needed for technical instruction - simple zippy pouches are something that I make without written instructions to share - but they didn't need nearly as much help as I thought that they might.
Anyway, taking stock, I sometimes want to berate my DDs for not doing much creative stuff and spending more time on screens and tech than perhaps I'd really like to see. However, looking back at what they've actually done, I'm really rather proud of them. They may or may not take on a crafting hobby when they are older, but at least I'll know that they've had the chance to try out a few things to see what they think of them!
Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Before we went away I couldn't help but try out a new pouch style, though. Unfortunately it didn't quite work out as I'd planned. I think that I'll be able to re-jig it (and add the planned magnetic snap) but at the moment I'm just leaving it to languish!
I still love the fabrics, so I'm keen to complete it properly once I'm over my post holiday brain fog!
I'd heard (thank you Radio 4) that we would get to see a partial eclipse in the UK last Monday, with full eclipse honours going to a band across the USA.
It was handy that I'd shared that info with DH, who happened to be facing the window at tea time and realised what he was seeing
I'm very proud of DD2 who took these amazing photos! Big thanks to her for letting me share them!
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
These are the result of the last quilt. An A4 book cover, a tissue pack, a zippy pouch.
Oh, and the two cushion covers, of course!
It's working out well!
I'm pleased with this one too.
There are flowers....
It was a whole bundle of fun to quilt!
Time to give these to my niece and move on to other projects now, but it's been lovely to play with these over the start of the summer holidays!
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
I love how the 3D effect works on this!
I'm so pleased with it!
It says "Let your smile change the world but don't let the world change your smile".
Quilted with a loopy line and some simple motifs.
Happy summer sewing!
Thursday, 3 August 2017
I knew that I wanted to make a couple of cushion covers to go with the quilt, so the diamonds provided the perfect jumping off point!
They needed to be added to with other scraps, of course, but all these pieces were cut quilt easily from what was left over.
This one is complete - with spiral quilting.
Funny story about the fabric that acts as a border and backing for these cushions.
I bought it online, Was delighted by the colour match of the aqua and purple in in to the quilt top. Stood back and wasn't sure that I could make a whole quilt back that looked like rain - it doesn't feel very huggable, somehow. I showed the fabric to my DH, explaining my dilemma. When he said "Rain? I thought you were going to say tears" I knew that I couldn't use it for a quilt backing!
I'm still happy with it for small areas - or things that won't be wrapped around someone - but the quilt now has a deep aqua print instead!
Thursday, 27 July 2017
This is always a lovely moment, isn't it? Quilt top completed. Although the photo here shows it sideways (DH didn't want to trail it on the damp lawn!) you can see the 3D effect on it.
It was a 'proper' patchwork in the final section when I discovered that I had more light diamonds than I wanted, and not as many darks. Creative use of the scraps was required to make up the missing shapes that I needed.
Feed dogs will be lowered later today and a free motion whirlwind will last until it's complete!
Tisha Dolton I thought that I'd try a self portrait.
Does it look like me? I don't know - but you can decide by comparing the stitched image to the photo I used below.
I think that the biggest lesson I learned was to choose a photo where my lips were closed rather than open - that blank space in the mouth looked even worse when I tried to add teeth in!
Anyhow, I'm thinking that I'd like to try and make portraits of my DH and two DDs. They might look good shown as a set of four. I wonder if I'll let each family member choose their own thread colour? Mine, if you can't tell, is purple.
All good fun - and nicely portable for summer holiday projects!
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Now I'm starting to lay them out and sew sections of the quilt together.
Now time to go back to my diamonds and sew up a storm until my DD's break up from school on Friday!
Happy summer sewing!