Tuesday, November 3, 2009
In the meantime, have you seen the new Block Party quilt along? There's a giveaway over on the blog to celebrate.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I've been checking out all the blogs from the list of other swappers and so far haven't found one which I think is heading my way, I v much looking forward to receiving mine, and even more excited about my European swap partner getting hers!
It's not actually Burnt Sienna, some would call it "ginger", others "red", hairdressers have told me it's "Titian" so as Titian was Italian (but from no-where near Sienna) I think it counts!
I'm running a little behind as yesterday was a public holiday here in Singapore and was spent doing fun family stuff, but the way I figure is it's still Monday in the US so I think this post counts! Yesterday was Brick Red, so here's my pic, it's of the Buddha Tooth Temple in Chinatown.
Tomorrow is Burnt Sienna.....
Monday, September 14, 2009
Next came laying them out to plan the quilt layout...
Then came the ginger possum destruction unit, and this is the aftermath!
Friday, September 11, 2009
And now my next project...... a 1st Birthday present for a friend's daughter. I order some fabrics from afabricoutlet on Etsy, and I pulled together this bunch of fabrics for it, what do you think?
Now I think I will pre-wash these - that must be the worst bit of making a quilts! Then the cutting up, then my favourite bit sewing the first few pieces together. Although I think the bestest bit of making a quilt is that last seem which finishes the top - what's your favourite part of the quilt making process?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
It's the pincushion organiser from this tutorial by Elizabeth from Oh Fransson on Sew Mama Sew. It was really easy to make and the instructions were al very clear. The little bag for scraps and threads is very useful. I used some Erin McMorris Wild Wood, and some cool batik-y type fabric from Quilts n Calicoes.
Spot the mistake? I cut the piece to make the organser section the wrong way round, so the trees grow sideways - never mind!
Definitely a tutorial I recommend - I'll be making my mum one of these for Christmas - and speaking of Christmas - flights back to Blighty book - YAY!!!!!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
As a little token departing gift I made Possum's buddy this little fabric beach ball using this tutorial from Purl Bee. I used some Amy Butler Full Moon Dots, some Jay McCaroll's Wood Maze, some cute birdie fabric and some orange solid. It was really easy to make, except the circles on the ends, the tutorial says to cut out the circles and iron the the fabric in a little, but this was waaaaaay too hard for me, so I used this tutorial for circles, and they turned out pretty well I think!
And for my buddy I made the "Poopy Clutch" from this tutorial. A few things went a bit worng but I gave it to her anyway as I thought she'd see the wonky bits and think of me!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I've recently learned a great lesson in pre-washing fabric, well I had a pre-washing incident and I am yet to assess exactly what I have learnt.....
These are my lovely owl and mushrooms Alexander Henry prints, and I pre-washed them along with the other fabrics inteded for my next project all together. I bought the other fabrics from Spotlight and they were a poly/cotton blend. I suspect the culprit of the above and below pictured grievous assault was the red!
The pictures don't look toooooo bad, but in real life the fabrics now look murky and horrible, luckily I only prewash half of what I had of each fabric so I'll use the other half in the quilt. Do you think some of that dye-gone type stuff will work to get the fabrics back to their pre-pre-washing beautiful state?
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I made the strap shorter and wider, and I made the bag bigger all around. I also lined the pockets and made the fastening from velcro. Big lesson learnt here - when pressing a project involving velcro avoid the velcro! I managed to melt the loops! I made it using canvas from Ikea which I bought to make Possum some curtains, and lined it with some orange fabric I have. Here the bag in use - carrying toys!
I'm well chuffed with it! It's just what I wanted! And I loe the super-bright colours. It could maybe be an inch bigger - but I'll just have to make another one with some amendments!
I've also signed up for a Friendship Bag Swap over at the Quilting Gallery - should be good fun, check it out. It'll be my first ever swap - how exciting!
Friday, July 31, 2009
It may be my space where I create but it is certainly not creative! It's the end of the dining table! When you live in a three bed 1100sq foot apartment - there is nowhere to claim as my "creative" space : (
Maybe one day I'll have my own little room..................... a girl can dream can't she?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I used this tutorial as a starting point, but modified the angle of the trapezoid/trapezium (big words!) to fit the size of the blocks and also to make it look the way I wanted. I also added on the seam allowance to the measurements and used the rotary cutter instead of making a template and cutting out all the shapes.
Here's how I did it..... my finished blocks are 6.5 " so I cut my fabric into 4.5" x 4" rectangles, I then I marked 1/2" up from the centre line on one side, and 1/2" down from the centre line on the other side, stacked a bunch of rectangles together and rotary cut from the marking on one side to the marking on the other - hey presto a load of trapezium/trapezoid ready to be sewn into Whirlygiggles. More whirlygiggle quilts can be seen here and here. And if you're into paper piecing - here's a tutorial on paper piecing a whirlygiggle.
The fabrics, are left overs from this quilt with a couple of extras added in. I know my SIL is not such a big fan of pink - and she loves orange, so I added in the Amy Butler's Ripple Stripe in Orange, to try to de-pink the overall look, I also added the orange border in linen which I just love! Orange is a very happy colour!
I tried something a bit different on this quilt, I used a fleece blanket as the batting AND the backing, I think it works quite well, it's made the quilt a nice weight for a toddler quilt. And in keeping with the current economic downturn - the fleece was a bargain! I just wish I had put a layer of white fabric between the top and the fleece as the pink shows through a little - but hey you live and you learn.
My lovely sewing machine was purchased half-way through the making of this quilt so it is half hand pieced and half machine pieced. All the blocks were hand pieced and then the whole thing was assembled using the machine. I still really enjoy hand piecing, but I love how quickly things come together with the machine.
For the quilting, I hand quilted a quarter inch in on all the cream bits, and then did parallel lines around the linen border - I think that may be my trademark in borders as I really like how it looks.
This is the first quilt I've labelled properly - the other's are on my to do list! I hand embroidered the label as inspired by this.
I here's my little possum - who generously agreed to model for me!
I hope my little niece treasures this quilt for years to come.
Next project - a quilt for her baby brother or sister who is currently a bun in the oven!!
Monday, July 20, 2009
These are some more black and white prints for the picture quilt intended for the grandparents Christmas present. I need to find more greys as at the moment the quilts is very black, and I don't want the stark contrast which too much black and white will give - oh no that means more fabric buying - shame!
These two are kind of intended for the quilt for our bed based around the Heather Ross Matryoshka fabric - but I'll have to wait and see if they go.
And now I definitely need to find a better place to keep my fabric stash than this Canele bag!
I just need to finish off the hand quilting, including quilting in the recipient's name, machine quilt the border (eek, this will be my first machine quilting adventure!) sew on the binding, and make and sew on a label, oh yes and then wash and dry and wrap up! Phew that sounds like lot of work - I had best get on with it!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Here's what I really want to make. (I'm not really sure what the etiquette is for using pictures, but I hope all the people who's work I refer to don't mind me using their photos)
I'll be making six of these to send to my nearest and dearest six best buddies back in blighty.
Well those are all the projects I want to make, plus a whole load from the extremely talented Elizabeth from Oh Fransson. I made the laptop pouch for a friend but forgot to take a pic before I gave it away - doh!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
And here's a pic of the the Chinese New Year decorations at the Paragon, I love the red and black, with the bright white light shining out - this makes me want to make a Chinese inspired quilt.
But I've made a rule for myself - one quilt at a time! And until the Whirlygiggle quilt is finished I MUST NOT start another! I'm just over halfway through handquilting the blocks, then I'm going to brave some machine quilting in the border (only straight lines!) - watch this space for an update!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The raw materials.......
Et voila - the finished article
It's the Everything Tote. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, I'm using it as my combo handbag/diaper bag, and it's pretty roomy so it fits LOADS in. I used red ticking for the body and green ticking for the binding and handles, and the coolest camo print with hearts for the lining.
Of course I made a few amendments to the bag in the book. Firstly my tote is smaller - but still huge. The book calls for 1/2 yard of inner and 1/2 yard of outer fabric to make the tote. However this is way off the mark, I couldn't even cut the bag pattern piece from my half metre, never mind cutting the handles and binding on the bias! So I had to trundle off to Spotlight and get more fabric halfway through! In all I used 1.1 metres of ticking to make the bag and it's about 3 inches smallr in width.
I also used the suggestions from this post on AlewivesGirl to change the instructions to make more sense. I only folded the binding and the handles once, and I even left the straps open so that you can see the lining underneath and so that the straps are wider and stay on my shoulder better.
All in all, I'm pretty chuffed with my first sewing project (since I was at school) and I think the bag looks pretty special! (By the way I think I "forgot"to mention that my sewing afficianado mum was here for two weeks and oversaw the whole project!)
I already have my cogs whirring on making more bags!