Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Practicalities

After our recent holiday, I realised that my holiday bag had come yo the end of its days.  The handles had begun to come away, there were a couple of little tears in it and it was looking very shabby.  Time for a new one.  I made one from the same pattern again, as I found it so practical. 


Big enough to get an extra cardie in, yet light.  Long enough handles to go over a shoulder, but also good for carrying in a hand.  


And inside, an inside zipped pocket for important stuff, and three open pockets for sun cream, sun glasses, bottles of water etc.  Perfect! 
I also made another of these little dumpling bags. 


Small, but easy to make and very cute.  Again, great for holidays, to put chargers, tablets, coins or any small items in. 
Then, tired of forgetting to bring an ironing board to Linus sewing sessions, I made a small ironing pad which will fit in a Curver box with all the Linus equipment. 


I cut down a piece of cardboard from a fabric bolt and covered it with wadding, then some fabric.  Not very snazzy but hopefully very useful. 





Thursday, 14 April 2016

That's better!

People who know me will say that I'm not one to use the unpicker very much.  I'm queen of bodging, my mantra being, if it doesn't jump out and poke you in the eye, it'll be fine!  But this time, I just had to unpick.  I wasn't happy with the orientation of the strings, and the more I tried to convince myself that it was fine, the more I decided it was not fine, and that the unpicker needed to be tracked down and utilised.  So, from this, 


To this. 


Much better! 


Saturday, 9 April 2016

Strings

At the last meeting of Piecemakers, we had a sewing evening, and people made string blocks.  This was a new technique for some people, and everyone enjoyed working in just one colour.  We've been away for a couple of weeks, but since I've been back, I've been making up some of the blocks into tops. 


Since there were pink, red, yellow, blue, green and purple blocks, I put these together into a rainbow.  This will cheer someone up! 


There were quite a few pink blocks (some left over from another time) so I grouped these together into fours to make this lovely sashed nine patch.  Pink binding will complete it. 


Then there were some lovely blue blocks, but not enough for a quilt.  I think they look great as a border round this teddy panel. Mill add the printed border top and bottom, then finish with a royal blue wider border.  
The blocks left have gone into the 6.5" orphan bag, ready for another day! 



Monday, 21 March 2016

Block Of The Month

At the Rugby quilting group I belong to, Rocheberie Schoolhouse Quilters, we are doing a BOM.  Well, it's not actually a block a month, as we meet every two months, but it works out to twelve blocks over the year, so it's basically the same!  
Here are my two March blocks.


The one on the left is Flying in a Circle, and made from flying geese and half square triangles.  (I also used hour glasses, but you don't have to.). The one on the right is Disappearing Hourglass, and it went together beautifully. 


Here are my four blocks so far.  Ive not decided how to set them yet, but I don't think it'll be like this! 


Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Generous Liz

I taught a workshop on LeMoyne Star on Saturday, which was great fun.  Liz decided to use the class as a technique opportunity and to make a star for Project Linus.  So generous!  She'd bought fabric specially for this, with a lovely bird fabric for the star and a red batik for the background.  (Isn't it Freddie Moran who says red is a neutral?  Well obviously Liz agrees!)  at the end of the day I had Liz's star and my demo star, which was green and white.  I thought they would play nicely together if they had friends, so here we are. 


A nice bright quilt for Linus, using up some of my many Mile. Minute blocks.  With a yellow binding, this will be great.  


On second thoughts, a narrow final yellow border nod yellow binding will be even better! 


And here is my Clarice Cliffe completed.  I love it!  And better yet, I used all fabric from my stash!  



Sunday, 6 March 2016

Good news!

I randomly read part of an article in today's 'Sunday Times' about eyebrows.  Apparently, a study has shown that the British woman spends an average of £200 a year on her eyebrows.  Who knew?!  So since I have spent a total of £0 for the last x years, I can spend all the money I've saved on fabric!  Whoopee! 
In related news, I have been continuing with my Clarice Cliffe quilt. 


The flying geese look great, and they make it a better shape.  One more patterned border and it'll be done.  I'll be dipping into my £200 very soon! 


Friday, 26 February 2016

Good job!

I have been continuing my onslaught of the UFO drawer, and made some good progress.  


This one is now finished, and looking good.  I just quilted it in the ditch, but that's all it needs. 


This is one inspired by Victoria Finlay Wolfe's book on MAM quilts.  I had great fun making it, and I think a child will be delighted with it.  It's certainly very cheerful!  It's a bit puffy, as I used poly wadding for a change, but puffy = snuggly in my book, so that's all good!  Red binding will be sufficient here, or maybe purple?!