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!)