Benta a wonderful zippy pouch!
Thank you, everyone! Wonderful sewing related gifts - just what I love best!
Hope that Santa brought you whatever it was you wished for too!
All good wishes, one and all, for a happy and healthy 2016! See you next year!
Wednesday 23 December 2015
This is the start of an applique cushion cover that DD1 is making at school, but with some homework requirements over the holidays.
Of course, DD1 being how she is, we've dived straight in to stitching on her piece - although so far only zig zagging along the straight edges! I'll just have to see what happens next!
My applique circles? CD size, so a bit larger, and without bondaweb to stiffen them. I have made a little progress since last week, but it's not going to be finished by Christmas as I'd expected. Ten more circles to add before I can start on the quilting. Too much other life getting in the way! Still, I have made progress on it.
Nothing more to say here before the festivities start in earnest, so HAPPY CHRISTMAS and BEST WISHES FOR A FABULOUS 2016!
Wednesday 16 December 2015
As well as this little set of pouch / notebook cover and tissue holder for one of DD1's class mates, I made another 6 'wild women' brooches as teacher presents (and forgot to take a photo before wrapping them up and sending them off - doh!).
I've also been sewing secretly for the family - so no pics until after Christmas! All good fun, but time consuming. I'm ready to get stuck into a quilt again now!
My gripe? Having ordered sprung scissors (yes, thank you for asking, I've found that they are much more comfortable than regular scissors for me) I was somewhat put out that the only way of getting the smaller scissors out of the protective wrapping was by cutting the orange grip loop. Don't they have any idea who the audience for these scissors are? It's a bit chicken and egg to say the least. I'm lucky (DH happy to be my strong hands when I can't do something) but not everyone can rely on there being someone else around to help them.
Come on Fiskars, you can do better than that!
The yellow square is the 'stand out from the crowd' focus, of course.
Hope that you have some fun sewing lined up too!
Wednesday 9 December 2015
It's a continuation of a the photos of fabric playing that I've been doing recently - using a leftover 1/2 sheet of printable fabric that I had lying on top of my printer! (Top tip, if you project doesn't take up a whole page of printable fabric, just peel off the part that you've printed on and cut it off, leaving the backing paper complete, and you'll be able to run it through the printer again when you are ready with another idea).
1) Start off with a photo of a bird. I turned mine into a grey tone photo, and added a coloured border to it, and printed them out at 2" x 3" or so.
4) Start adding colour and texture with machine stitching - or hand stitching if you prefer.
11) Finally, hand sew a brooch back to the backing felt.
12) Admire your finished brooches (probably before wrapping them up as delightful presents for friends and family)!
You could make Christmas themed brooches with robins or reindeer, you can add beads and bling, you can ring the changes to suit what yourself.
Have fun with them!
If you have a few more minutes spare, you might like to make sock snowmen like me and a couple of my gal pals.
Tutorial here - very quick and easy, needing just one sock, three elastic bands, some rice and some felt scraps.
Wednesday 2 December 2015
It's only 36" x 42" (so perfect for using a yard of backing fabric!).
The rest of the quilt is covered in a meander stitch.
I love how the quilting really adds to the texture.