Wednesday 27 January 2016
I decided to add a gently meandering feather wreath - but it took me most of the two laps required (one lap for each side of the spine) to feel that I'd got my rhythm back! Still, better to have improved with that, rather than not to have given it a go at all!
I applied that (fused then machine sewed) to a contrast fabric then added further WOF strips in a quilt-as-you-go fashion until I'd covered the bulk of the fleece.
Then I added a 3" border to cover all the raw edges and frame the design.
Finally I added a fused name to personalise the blanket. All made in plenty of time for a birthday next week! I hope that she will like it.
Hope that you are enjoying some hobby time too!
Wednesday 20 January 2016
This week has been a good week for small finishes - well, tiny finishes, really!
I've made cards for a couple of swaps and for a friend.
These homes on the fill are all made without fusible - just hope holding the bits of fabric into place until I stitched them down.
Lots of satisfaction from these makes!
Esther Aliu I decided to start that using some spotty fabric.
Of course, what you shouldn't do is decide that you will invest a very few minutes in starting it, when you are on a deadline to go out to the theatre.
You may find, ahem, that you leave off a crucial marking (in my case, which end of the template was the centre) and end up with more of a flower pixie hat than a flat quilt centre!
Later today I'll add in the rest of the circle to complete the first step.
Thank you, Esther!
Wednesday 13 January 2016
I had hoped to be quilting it today, but when I went to the place where I *knew* I had a piece of wadding large enough (the quilt top is about 44" square, now that I've put the borders on) I discovered instead a bag of soft toy stuffing! Doh!
Wadding on order...... but I've started some hand sewing on my applique tree mini quilt instead.
I've been working on some fabric postcards too - I hope to finish and photograph them for next week!
Wednesday 6 January 2016
Anyone else got bowls of raw rice now that the decorations are down? I'm thinking that anyone who made sock snowmen but wants to store them without attracting mice will be in the same boat as me - with lots of rice on hand!
I think that I'll recycle mine into microwave heat bags. I don't know if you have a favourite size / weight, but I do! I make mine with 750g of dry rice, split into three equal 'bays'. My starting size of fabric is 17" x 11", which I fold in half lengthways and stitch around two sides, before filling in thirds, sewing the top of each 'bay' as I go.
That will keep me out of mischief for a little while - longer if I add a proper covers for them too. I heat mine for 2 mins 20 seconds in an 800w microwave. Great for soothing sore joints or warming chilly feet!
My other mini project is a tumblers mini quilt, inspired by my new book and using some of my Christmas present fabric.
I made this background - tumblers are 2" tall - and eventually ironed it.
Next I sketched a curly tree onto some heat 'n' bond, and ironed it to some pale pink fabric.
Then I had to cut it out. Time consuming, as I had to do it over a couple of days.
Now it's ironed onto the background ready to sew. Hand or machine? I'm not sure yet!
Hope that you have fun projects to start your new year with!