Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Both quilts are based on patterns in Elizabeth Hartman's book The Practical Guide to Patchwork - Harry's is based on the Small Plates pattern, although it's going to turn into a bit more of an I-Spy Quilt.
These are the first six blocks:
There are two of each of these, and there will also be the same number of blocks with a coloured centre block the same as the sashing, and a white border.
The solids are from a bundle at Backstitch and the patterned centres are from all over the place!
Hopefully it'll be finished by November, it's taken me ages so far to do 6 blocks....
Monday, 23 April 2012
Thank you so much to Beth for my Liebster award! I'm going to have a think and will pass it on later this week.
We're now a week back into term, and I can't decide when I have less time for sewing - holidays tend to get filled up with mundane things like cooking to fill the freezer and coursework, and termtime is just totally and utterly manic. I also think that I should probably spend more time on the housework rather than sewing, my mum described the house as looking "fine" last time that she was here - never a good thing!
All in all, sewing time has been limited. I've managed a few bits recently though, such as a pot holder housewarming present for my best friend made from my reunion charm pack - she's just moved into a stunning flat on the edge of the Olympic Park - I ran out of time to photograph the holder though.
I'm working on a handbag for a wedding on the bank holiday weekend too, I've got a gorgeous (and relatively cheap!) dress from Dotty P's so I decided to make a matching bag using the navy raindrops fabric and a kit from u~handbag. Hopefully pics of this will follow soon!
I do have pictures of my latest finish though, a baby blanket for my friend's little boy who is due any day I used the tutorial at fairyface designs, but made a few alterations - mainly because I was too lazy to bind it so i just flipped it inside out and topstitched. I also made rounded corners, I wasn't planning to but they called out to me whilst I was watching the Apprentice!
PS - please excuse the dodgy phone pics, I know this post wouldn't go up til next week if I waited to use the laptop!
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Sunday, 8 April 2012
It's been a busy weekend so far. We spent a lovely afternoon with a good friend and her adorable kids- I still know all the words to the Lion King! I thought my arms ached from carrying Archie all the way round the park but the next day I realised that that was nothing after helping my BIL move from one flat to another. Ouch! Today has been a day of marking and we're out for dinner with friends tonight and tomorrow.
Sewing has been more successful too - I managed to get four blocks for Siblings Together that I'm happy with,
finished a "Big Sister" present for my friend's daughter
and I'm partway through making myself a Kindle cover based on Clover and Violet's tutorial.
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
It's been a topsy turvy day so far...
Highs - getting new fabric! My brother gave me a gift voucher for Backstitch for my birthday (not a spontaneous choice I might add...) and I bought these:
I've been trying to make some log cabin blocks for one of the group projects for Siblings Together, but they won't come out right. The first block came out 1/2" too small, then the second 1/4" too small. I checked the fabric sizes after the first one, but then realised that it's my seam allowances that are out :(
NB - I realised this when looking at my Half Moon Modern snuggle quilt - one row being 3" shorter than the other....
So I decided to stick the two together and use them as a little pot holder for my porridge for when I moan like Goldilocks every morning! That's worked quite well, but the quilting and binding weren't as good as I was hoping.
How long does it take before the picture in my head comes anywhere near the real thing????
In the meantime, I guess it's a case of practice, practice, practice!
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Apparently, the answer is my husband! (sorry for the rubbish pic, my phone can't cope with this much sunshine!)
I decided to get in early on the fresh sewing day at Lily's Quilts so that I can go enjoy the sunshine.
Here's the last month's work:
A little present for my nephew to encourage him to eat his greens
Presents for my mum and a uni friend's newborn
And Hubby's nearly finished Birthday quilt
I've also started to make some blocks for Siblings Together, which is a brilliant charity. Follow the link for more info:
Here's my first attempt at a block.
And finally, some selfish sewing for me!
Ooooh, I forgot to tell you about one of my birthday presents! I got this:
by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson and it is sooooo useful - I wish I'd had it earlier.