Wednesday, 1 July 2020
This 'survival kit' from Benta (thanks Benta!) made me laugh (and enjoy the chocolate that she sent - there were extra chocolate hearts for me to share with the family!).
Avril (thanks Avril!). What wonderful workmanship - something to aspire to! I feel warmer everytime I look at them.
In addition, we've had neighbours sharing vegetable plants, family sending cards, and friends sharing products from around the world
(I now know and love birch syrup, for example).
Thank you, everyone! It's all appreciated.
It doesn't scream "kingfisher" does it?
Yet this is a composite of what I saw where I was standing when I saw a kingfisher earlier this year!
My photos are shown here....
I've decided to make the stitching quite formal (or at least, that's the intention!) and then will work to put nature in over the top - by adding some leaves to look through, adding green weed to the bike in the river. In fact, in real life, the bike is hardly visible now, three weeks on, as there is so much weed grown around it.
Later, stitching and some colouring will follow, before adding the green leaves and so on.
Wendy Dolan which I used on a couple of pieces just over three years ago.
I'm still pleased with this image of my house - but it was easier as it was from just one photo so I didn't have to create the design!
I'm happy, working away on my project and setting aside other matters for the time that I am working on it. Hope that you are finding happiness too, in whatever way you can.
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
Half square triangles neatly trimmed. Tick
What's worse, is that having sewn this as a test block, I then used it to make all subsequent blocks!
I suppose I should be grateful that all of them are wrongly the same!
It was only when the quilt flimsy was complete that I realised my error on the internals of the block!
Doh! So, not quite like the pattern in the book, but still very bright and fun. This will rest now until I feel inspired to back, baste and quilt it.
Hope that you've had a good week too!
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
For me, it's just as well that I enjoy this stage, as I cut this fabric last week, but have yet to move it on to the sewing stage!
I'm sure that I've been busy, but I think that the home college / school work support and 'domestic duties' must have been more time consuming this week for some reason.
I'm not sure that the white background is a truly useful background colour when the size will be a baby quilt, but at least it will be nice and jolly.
I'm looking forward to trying a 'disappearing' shoo fly block with them. A pattern from 'Turnabout Patchwork' by Mairal Barreu.
I'm hoping to find more sewing time this week!
Wednesday, 10 June 2020
Obviously you could buy or make a fabric bag to put it in (FabWraps is still open on Etsy and selling bags!) but I wanted something that I could keep clean masks in too - ready for a journey home, say.
So this drawstring bag with pocket was born. You keep clean masks in the outer pocket, and drop your used masks into the drawstring bag. When you get home you can drop the whole package into the washing machine.
Genius, if I do say so myself! So here's a tutorial. Measurements are for my style of masks (finishing approximately 8.5" x 4") but I'm sure that you can adjust it for your mask size / shape.
Turn a hem on the top of the shorter piece.
Put a button hole in the centre of one of the tall pieces, 2" down from the top.
- Right side up, button hole piece with button hole at the top.
- Right side up, shorter pocket piece.
- Wrong side up, plain tall piece.
Then sew around three sides - the long sides and the bottom. I like to reinforce the start, stop and where the top of the pocket it with a 'forwards and backwards'.
This is going to form the channel for your drawstring.
Now turn the bag out. If the pocket looks inside out don't worry - you just need to pull it from inside the bottom corners to make it go the right way round!
Ta-da! Finished item.
You are ready to load it up with your clean masks in the front pocket, ready for your trip out.
I hope that the idea is a good one and that it might have some use for you.
More mini homes. I'm still managing to complete one a day as part of the #100dayproject.
Loving these little bits of silliness!
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
This turned out to be one of those!
Nearly a month ago I showed you these little 9 patch squares.
Then I added triangles to bring the size up a little.
Last week I patched up enough wadding (a total of 27 pieces!) to make something large enough to complete the quilt sandwich.
Once it was basted, it didn't take long to quilt it with a wavy line. Not too dense, I still want it to be cosy.
We already have a family game of 'choose your favourite' - lots of fabrics that we recognise from other projects!
Finishing at 40" x 60" This one is likely to be a keeper. It's destined for the back of my sofa for the moment. I'm enjoying it (and enjoying the fact that I managed to get all the sashing fabric facing the same way - I don't usually choose directional fabrics for a reason!).
I haven't made one of these simple 'clutch' bags for ages. Good to find that they are still as simple to make as I remembered!
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
My DD1's business, FabWraps, also generates scraps, which she wants to turn into a Project Linus quilt.
I've been helping her work with them this week.
You will spot this one in the photo at the top of the post.
It's a relaxing way to sew blocks. No templates or measuring required, just lining up a few bits of fabric.
Hope that we make good progress over half term!
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
OK, so this is an easy version of it. Perhaps it's a Carpenter's Star instead of a Carpenter's Wheel - I've never been good at knowing what pattern / block names are, I'm afraid.
I extended the size of it with sashing and blocks of more charm squares (I have no more blue, green or neutral charm squares left).
It reached 66" x 44" which is a good size for me to quilt.
Pieced backing. I was delighted to find this peice of 'nummer' from Ikea, which only needed extending in one direction.
Happy sewing, everyone!
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
My version is a triple layer (quilting fabric outer, breathable non woven polypropylene middle, and a soft cotton jersey by the skin.
Different fabrics for different family members.