Thursday, 31 July 2014
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Monday, 28 July 2014
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Niki and I went to Ikea today and mostly managed to stick to the shopping list, but did get tempted by this lidded mug
It was only after we got home that I wondered if I could replace the decoration with something else - wish now that I'd bought loads more!
I used the existing decoration as a template - folding it into 8ths to save having to do any maths for the angles
Then I transferred those marks onto stabiliser
And stitched fabrics on using the lines
Quilted and trimmed
And into the mug
Got to love Ikea!
Thursday, 24 July 2014
After yesterday's failed attempts to get on with any project I decided I needed to achieve something today . . .
I dug out the Irish Chain quilt which only needed the binding attaching. The rest of the quilt has been made from the more muted colours in the Moda Essential Dots range, but I really love the bright red - as the back is a red fleece, and only a little bit of the binding will be seen I figured I could get away with a bright binding
Machine bound on the front:
Before I got too far on attaching the binding I remembered a suggestion Plum made a while ago, and with a bit of text help from her I added a casing on the back to turn it into a quillow.
I used the few remaining unused nine patches, cobbled together scraps for a nine patch star, and used some kona black to made the size block I needed
I attached it, inside out, to the back of the quilt (Plum says this makes a nice foot warmer pocket when the quilt is being used)
Then I folded the quilt into 3 width ways, and into 4 longways, and pulled the pillowcase right side out
So now I can use it as a cushion, and I can ignore that the binding needs finishing - I'll do that when it's colder: I can't have a whole load of fleece on my lap when it's 28/82 degrees outside, and I don't think anyone will need it for warmth just yet (and this will keep the cats from adding their own layer of fur to it!)
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Friday, 18 July 2014
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
I rather like it from the back too
I think this will become a notebook cover - possibly a Christmas pressie ready before Christmas!
Monday, 14 July 2014
Sunday, 13 July 2014
This takes ages and doesn't give me much to do expect change threads every so often. I can't really wonder off as then it sits waiting for me to do the thread, so it's better if I can stay in the sewing room doing something else . . .
What to do?
Well this time it was easy
I stitched together the strips of teal brown and white, and then (hope you are sitting down) basted AND QUILTED!!
The quilting lines may best be described as organic, but they are roughly 1.5 inches apart. I had thought of this top as Aqua, or Turquoise,but neither of those quilting threads matched at all, so this is a Teal top, quilted in white!!!!
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Added to lots and lots of other fifteen minutes worth of sewing and then some 15 minutes of ironing I got this
And then fifteen minutes of speed dating strips on my design bed, I got this
I am seriously in love with these fabrics!
And in other news ... meet Nina and Samuel - my great nephew and his twin sister