Thursday, 6 March 2014

Ah, blogging...I remember that

Well, at last first blog of 2014


Err, we got a puppy just before Christmas, and my life has been in suspended animation since


Ted, ready to go for  first walk , firmly strapped into coat



Reminds me of when Robyn was born. I am not a natural go with the flow person. 
I understand some people actually have a puppy and get on with their lives as well.

Late February, finally tried to get back to some sewing, so let little pooch ( Ted ) into room. 

Within 30 seconds she found the only pin on the floor and trod on the sewing machine pedal

Did that seam quite fast....OUT YOU GO !

But, finally got the simply solids amaranth july quilt together and  I like, you like?


Daughter is now 15, and capable of looking after doggy whilst I attended London Modern Quilt Guild at last. Enjoyed the meeting. Good buzz, as we have now joined modern quilt guild, whoo hoo!

Challenge this month was to make a boxy pouch which Cara from pink stitches demoed for us, thanks Cara. Chose some linen mix solid to combine with print.Used fairly light fusible interfacing, so a bit too floppy for my liking...but with lots of stuffing and starch spray made it pull itself together for the photo. I enjoyed the simple zip, no fannying around with zip tabs. Should have waited until my order of chunky zips arrived, but when you want to get on with a project, you just have to go for it.When they do arrive, I can make more.The zip is not a nasty royal blue, honest. I think iPhoto enhanced it a bit too much.


One of my junior docs sent me this photo of his bubby wrapped in the quilt I made for  her...sweet.




Saturday, 7 December 2013

back to bags for a while

Needless to say, I really need to  get my simply solids bee quilt together
Been auditioning the blocks



Can't decide on the sashing colour……..maybe grey? or maybe not

So rather than bite that bullet, have been making some bags again
So great to have a project that only takes 1-2 days to complete

Here is this weeks offerings

Grey and more grey



Fancy chandelier fabric  and self covered button closure



Christmas mash up with not enough red fabric to match seams, oops
Its batting-ed and interfaced and quilted a little. The pattern was miranda day  bag by lazy girl, but I folded in the side  interfaced fabric to make to a more boxy shape which I prefer.



And a market tote for a thank you present


            Are you still making for Christmas? 

Friday, 6 September 2013

barley pincushion

Been wanting a threadcatcher for a while as my norm is to spread threads all over my flat with any project.

Found  several good tutorials, but could not find what the Americans call ' belting'

http://mypolkadotapron.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/thread-catcher-tutorial.html?spref=bl

Eventually after long chat with BF, she suggested  the material she had used to make her husband some clown trousers (no comment)

Further searching revealed corsetry 'boning' which is just what I needed to stiffen top of  thread catcher

Decided to fill the cushion with barley to which I added orange oil...BUT perhaps should have waited for that to dry before adding to pincushion as it stained the linen fabric . Doh!




Finished 2 custom  quilted sofa covers, packaged them up with some  fragranced wood sticks from IKEA, and will be delivering them next week in Wales. Hope she likes them as I am sick of the site of them now. 



Otherwise, new obsession = preserving. Made first batch of blackberry jam from allotment fruit ( no tending from me, wild! ). Very pleased with the set.



Got quite a lot of tasteless tomatoes from balcony crop, so want to turn those into tomato and chill jam today. IKEA also very good for airtight jars..80p each. 
Good old IKEA !


Sunday, 25 August 2013

summer making

Really enjoying having August off work
Making something  everyday when I should  be perhaps doing the odd bit of housework, but I think I am a fully paid up member of  the domestic sluts brigade.

Had to clean up the flat a bit so R could have a friend  over, made them both pencil cases for the new term. R had chosen the grey prints.





However, was told by R in no uncertain terms , NOT to give one to her friend as its just not cool to have matching pencil cases, silly me.

Somewhat bruised by this encounter, I  found an unfinished quilt top and decided to  quilt it up...and thats what I have done  today


Also  planning to make 80 cupcakes for my niece's 21st. Thinking of doing super hero cases with multicolour iced cupcakes with love hearts decorations;   a retro vibe I think. Quite a responsibility to get it right!

Missing R who is at camp this week, flat seems too quiet without her.




Thursday, 15 August 2013

fabric taming

Yeah, after 5 days, the fabric is SORTED




except I don't seem to have a 'reds' box, only a few pathetic pieces which seem to have found their way into the orange/yellow box.
I have far  too much purple/pink..............., hence the oven gloves I made yesterday



Scrap coasters ++



Mad block for simply solids bee, still having trouble swirling the middle seam with the paper foundation on.....





What's even more exciting  I found:
A new A2 cutting board
Crochet and knitting needles, fancy wool for projects
Loads of fusible batting
4 quilt sleeves

And a quilt top that I had completely forgotten about,
 hey hey!

Just going for a lie down now ......
Dear teen daughter on good form complaining that she doesn't have a mac air laptop and I have all the good things, well if she got a job she could have nice things too..grrr, must keep CALM

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

experiments and scraps

Learned how to make a fabric scraps bowl at FOQ,using soluble stabiliser and free motion stitching;  first one came out a but wonky,  creased and gothic,  the colours of a bruise




Second attempt used matching thread and less material


Now, this bowl looks best displayed like a plate , with light shining through it; but if you put it on a plate stand, it sort of starts to sag down with gravity...it needs a wee support behind it to hold it up. Have to think on that one.

Finally, now I have retired from NHS job, needed to sort out my fabric ( GASP )


4 days later, and I am about 50% of the way through
Generated big bin bag of scraps I am never going to use, off for recycling: and one I need to use for scrap projects to keep its volume down!

Coasters and  baubles I think




finished a quilt top for my friend Meilings wedding, off to Debbie's for basting tomorrow


Visited by mother today..she had bought this quilt from a charity shop in Cornwall for £6.50...it is 7' square . Methinks the charity shop does not know much about value of quilts! It looks as if its been done on a domestic machine to me, wow.




Friday, 9 August 2013

festival of quilts 2013

Fantastic time
This year, when I dropped of my daughter at camp, she couldn't wait to get in, so felt much happpier buzzing off  to Birmingham.Met up with Debbie H for dinner one night which was fun too.

This year tried the quick and easy workshops
Made a razzle dazzle bowl with soluble stabiliser ...well, I stitched it, it has  come home to be dunked and draped over a bowl, so tomorrow morning it should be ready for its reveal



Did one on the  basics of hand quilting with Anne Jermey, brilliant, not so scared or put off to give this a go now .
However not so sure about the advice to wear your thimble all day , so it becomes part of you...this may add to my strange appearance I think

Last one today was on  trapunto, made 2 stuffed hearts, very proud, thought the fishtail closure of the slit on reverse was a very cute


Finished with Kaffe and Brandon, lecture on colour.........such fun, Kaffe has all the ladies oooh and ahhing , and you feel blasted with colour inspiration when you come out, YES!

This little piece caught my eye...princess and the pea, what a brilliant excuse to make loads of tiny quilts!




Oh, and I bought a few bits and bobs