Saturday, September 1, 2012

Happy Birthday

So, it's my little one's birthday today. He turned 3. He loves vehicles and construction. Last year at the Malvern quilt show I picked up a quilt kit called Poppy's Diggers. It has been languishing with my sewing stuff for 18 months. Until Saturday morning. Last Saturday I woke up and decided that I would make it for his birthday. Now this quilt is one of the most complicated quilts I have made, and I hate machine applique, and I only had a week. However, on Thursday evening I put the last stitches into the binding and threw it in the wash, a whole day early! Sorry  about the photos, the sun was actually shining yesterday morning!
 Every colour change is a different layer of fabric! The little rocks on the sign are less than half an inch across. It was tricky, and at times tedious. Well worth it though and very happily received.

The backing is a lovely IKEA print supplemented with a texty bug print that was just big enough. The kids like the back almost as much as the front.
The back
I've made him a cloth doll too. She's currently missing clothes because the quilt took all my sewing time this week!  But I can quickly finish the clothes this week.

Apart from a few bee blocks, most of my other August sewing was clothes. (And Ms N, I'll work on your dress today if you want to come for a fitting!)

Linking up with Lynne over at Lily's Quilts.

Lily's Quilts
And her small blog hop.
Lily's Quilts

Friday, August 10, 2012

And the productivity continues!

 I had committed to making two quilts for Siblings Together. One was our Cherish bee quilt that I finished a while ago. I wanted to make another one too so I took a quilt top that I finished last year and bagged and quilted it. I love how it turned out, so did my kids and it only took a couple of hours to bag and quilt it. I've been procrastinating for nearly a year about finishing this quilt! So I posted both quilts last week and hopefully they have found new homes.

Backing from Ikea, I love this one and have some left
For July's do.Good stitches we were asked to make aqua and red blocks with grey or white background. It seemed like a good opportunity to practise my machine curve piecing. It went surprisingly well, I think all the garment sewing is really helping with sewing curves.

August's blocks are snail trails in blue and grey. This was a really fun block to do and quite quick. It would be really effective in a quilt.

The sun doth shine!

Finally, we have a warm summery day! And maybe followed by another one tomorrow! Getting washing dry without a tumble dryer the last few weeks has been somewhat of a challenge! Especially when some of the children thought it would be fun to put some towels in a full bath, then put them on some beds!

Anyway, I finally got tired of waiting for an occasion to wear my red dress so I  put it on Molly and took her outside. She seems to have lost some of her padding so the dress doesn't fit her quite like it fits me but you get the idea.
The  lapped zipper at the back

It looks quite nice on Molly, I'll have to hide it from her.

I've also finished making myself a blouse.

Neck detail

Sleeve detail

Again, it doesn't fit Molly quite like it fits me but you get the idea. The best thing about making my own blouse is that I can put the buttons where I need them to stop gaping!

Finally I've made a little Clothkits pinafore for my little girl. I love the colour of this but I found some of the cutting lines weren't placed very well.
The instructions were good though and she loves the little pocket on the front that is just the right size for holding Pokemon cards.

I've been doing some quilting too but that is for another post.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


It's been two months since I did a blog post! Admittedly I haven't been doing a huge amount of sewing. I made a dress for myself that I still haven't got a photo of. Last week when the sun was actually shining I made some raincoats for the girls. Not what most people would choose to make in the middle of "summer" but they've been used in anger already!

I've also been travelling. I've taken one of the big boys to Gent for the weekend and one to Paris. I've also taken the little girl to Penzance. All that travelling and the resulting washing and trying to keep up with everything else during the week leaves little time for sewing. This weekend I'm spending at home and my family shouldn't be surprised if I disappear for most of it!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet

I haven't linked up with Lynne's blog for a while but I've done a bit more quilting this month.

First up, I've finally finished the Cherish group quilt from December January.  Backed with a generous donation from a friend I quilted it with an all over stipple and bound it with the same fabric as the back. This quilt is going to Siblings Together.

I also made another quilt this month that I gave straight away again. This one went to my kids school as a raffle prize for their Afghan Appeal Fund.

I have one  more quilt in progress. It is half quilted and needs to be finished in the next week!

I did some completely un-sewing craft this month too. My younger daughter and I went to a ceramic painting shop and spent a couple of lovely hours painting these:


If you want to see what other people have been up to this month, click on the links below!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

When I was little....

...I was always getting told off for speaking without thinking first. My kids school is having a fete next week to raise money for school supplies for children in Afghanistan, the themes of the fete are the Olympics (the torch is coming through town on Wednesday evening) and the Jubilee. It has been a year-long project by the kids at the school and they are incredibly enthusiastic about it. Last night a few parents got together to assemble the bunting the children had made and I repeated the follies of my childhood. "Do you need prizes for the raffle?" I said. "I can make a quilt if you like......"

So I give you the Olympic Jubilee Quilt (top)

 I bought the fabric with this type of quilt in mind, but they aren't really colours that we will ever use (although I will buy some raffle tickets). Not bad for a day's work.

I'm off to the quilt show in Malvern tomorrow but on Friday I will be quilting this baby!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

My little gentleman

When your two year old has a mother who sews he ends up with an interesting vocabulary. We were in a fabric shop a couple of weeks ago and my little one said, "I like that quilt", pointing to a lurid check print. Because he is very patient with my sewing, and visits to fabric shops, I humoured him thinking it could be made up into a button-up shirt. When I got home I realised it was too heavy for a shirt so I convinced him that it could be turned into a jacket or a coat. Once we had agreed that there would be no hood (he loves his hoods on his coats) I knew that I had exactly the pattern to make the coat, in this magazine. It was an amazing experience making this coat, I've never used tailoring techniques like shrinking specific areas before. It was really fun. It's also quite an experience to sew your sleeves together inside out and back to front and not know if it will all go together until you feed the whole garment through a hole in the lining.

I'm not going to point out the flaws, I know they are there. I also know that I won't make the same mistakes next time (I'll make different ones) I also now know that it isn't a great idea to make your first tailored coat out of checks! I am really happy with how it turned out, and I also have an order for an identical one from one of my big boys.

 I also need to point out, that as cute as the buttons are, I would never have chosen them, but it isn't my coat!

Checking the buttons
Did she put buttons on the sleeves too?

The back!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Just because the blog is quiet....

doesn't meant that I haven't been sewing. Although, some of my recent sewing has been less than inspiring, such as the red ribbon on the togas for my big boys (I reused the togas I made for my daughter last year!) which were so boring I didn't even bother with a photo.

I've finished the last two blocks of the Love Letters Block of the Month. Block 6 came with a finishing kit with sashing and borders which I am yet to tackle.

I've also made 12 baskets for my daughter and her friend to give as party favours for their birthday party on Sunday. As well as two swimming bags which I haven't got photos of.

Finally, this afternoon, I whipped up this month's block for the Cherish circle of do.Good stitches. This block will make an amazing quilt, the blocks are larger than we usually make and it was a nice quick job.

I have four quilt tops to quilt and a jacket to cut out for my little one. There are definitely not enough hours in the day to get done all that I want to (and I didn't even mention my Civil War Tribute Blocks which I am 3 months behind on!)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Racing the rain

It's been raining on and off here all week and it's forecast to rain for the next week so I raced this morning to put the borders on this quilt to get a photo before it rained. It started just as I walked out the door so these two photos are the only ones I managed to get.

I designed this quilt in EQ7. It is composed of 16 12" blocks. This block, to be exact.

 I love the secondary patterns created by this block.

The blue fabrics are from the Victoria and Albert's Benedictus line. The cream is a dot print.

I really love this quilt, and if the intended recipient doesn't like it she can give it back to me!

PS. The sun is shining again now

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Nearly finished

My dress is nearly finished, I just have the hem to go. But the sun is shining today so I thought I should take the opportunity to get a photo, or two :)

I also have a quilt that I urgently need to get to work on as it has a deadline! Must get cutting for that.