Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Like a tea tray in the sky

A little break from sewing to try something a bit different.
(If you ignore the little quilted mat)

Apologies for the terrible picture quality, that's just how things went today.

I used a mish-mash of things for this little tray: a bit of Cath for inspiration, the outer scallop template from here, then I traced this rose template in the centre of the scallop, and made an impression on the wood to paint inside of by drawing over the template with an ink-less biro. The paints for the flowers were acrylics, I just used a red and mixed it with white for each shade. I thought about varnishing it but I'm happy with it gradually getting that homely worn in look so I'll leave it for now.

I hope you're having a great week,

Friday, 21 June 2013

Nostalgia Pretties

Look what arrived!! yyyaay. I struggle to find any 30s reproduction prints in the UK (at a reasonable price at least) and have been obsessively patiently, stalking the cottonpatch website waiting for these ones to come in and here they are! Beautiful Storybook Classics by Windham. I had to haven them all  couldn't decide which FQs to buy so I just picked a charm pack. 

picture from - love those ladies!
I've been trawling for ideas for so long that I don't know what to do with it now that its here. I love the green star point in the middle (5) but I don't want another quilt hanging over me and never getting finished. 

                     1. retro 30s mini-quilt                         2. 30s Star Quilt                             3. Pinwheel Quilt
                     4. Heirloom quilt                                 5. Star Point Quilt                         6. 'Two Happy' Quilt pattern 

Maybe use the Kaleidoscope design (2) as a cushion? Mini-quilt? Table runner? something with paper piecing? I don't know but I'm not too bothered, I'm happy just looking at them.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Late Night Sewing

What did people do before the internet? Granted, its a double-edged sword; many hours spent trawling through craft porn looking for a project which could have been actual sewing time, but there are so many great tutorials out there. I couldn't sleep last night so I got up and made one of these little box bags that have been on my to do list for a while. 

 Super easy and quick to make, and so sweet! It was the perfect little project to use some of my precious linen fabrics (I generally don't like to cut them). I'm putting the tutorial here because I can't find any links to the original and it is too good not to share.

Now I'm off to shop for more zippers

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Pretty Hexagons

There are only so many times that a girl can resist so much loveliness...

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There have been so many pretty hand and machine pieced hexagon projects floating around that I had to try it. I'd been pinning and admiring them for months and the (previously) warm weather teamed with the tragic demise of my once beloved sewing machine were the perfect combination to actually get me started. So here's my little addition to all of the thousands of hexagon creations out there...

(testing out the new stitches on my shiny new machine)

I finished it this morning and love it, will cherish it for many years, it will sit prettily on my bed making me happy, but it was a mother to make! I was secretly dreading sewing my lovely little pile of hexagons together but that went really well, totally enjoyed it and it was easy! It was just one of those projects where you're so close to finishing and then everything gets in the way - the lace trim fell off the front, I ripped the ribbon unpicking the lace so had to pull apart the whole cover to replace it, it had binding at one point but that looked awful, the corners weren't working... blah-de-blah. But the story has a happy ending - the cushion is finished and I have a lovely new sewing machine :D and I'm looking for my next hexagony adorned thing to make, I'm thinking small and fussy-cut but that's as far as I've got.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Paper Piecing / Needle Book

The sun has been shining here and I'm still on my quest to find nice little hand sewing projects for when I have the chance to enjoy the weather. After getting through 3/4 of my cross stitch it was time to move on to paper pieced hexagons. I think I'm going to turn these into a wide cushion for my bed once I have enough. The fabrics are mostly left over bits from the first quilt that I ever finished, which sits on the bottom of the bed.

I was just chucking all of the bits in a little bag to start with but I was worried about the paper getting scrunched and losing things so I needed a little a case for them. I really wanted to use some of my new stamp fabric so I made a little envelope needle book style holder to keep everything together. It's big enough to slide a small embroidery hoop in the pocket or the hexagons but small enough to just slip in my bag.

I had planned to do some embroidery on the address label but its been so long since I've finished anything that I just wanted to put it all together and get it done. Maybe I'll add a label patch onto it later.

It even had a test outing to Falmouth - it works.

Happy Stitching