Friday, 25 April 2014

Friday!

Woohoo, glad it's Friday! I love my job, but it's still a distraction from the main goal of sewing ;-) Fortunately, my new toy arrived...


I have been hankering after this quilt ladder for ages, and with 25% off I caved in! When I dug one of the quilts out of the airing cupboard, I realised just how creased it had become, totally justifying being able to hang them up now! The ladder will live in the guest room for now, and I envisage popping my head round the door every few minutes ;-)



The only sewing this week was to whip up a birthday present for one of Rosie's friends. I'd pulled some fabric options, in pinks and purples, but fortunately had a night out with the birthday girl's mum this week. After a quick chat, it seemed turquoise and blue were more appropriate...



This pretty much exhausted my blue selection, but I am happy with how it turned out! I had some doubtful moments in the process, but it looked better sewn together than it did laid out... Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Finished!

You may remember, back in December, that Miss PatchyRose sweetly selected some charm squares and stitched them together to make me a cushion for my birthday...


She finished the piecing, but this term was then ridiculously busy, and it was only in the last week that we found the time to finish it. So worth it though! Rosie pin basted it, then quilted it all herself :-)


Isn't it great? To help her out, I made the backing and did the edge binding. After all, at only 9 years old, I want her to enjoy her sewing and not be put off by the more tedious bits! Best of all though, I was fed up with doing envelope backings. I've done quite a few recently and, while they are ok and a quick fix, they do waste fabric and tend to gape a bit. Deep in my stash, was a long zip which my granny gave me around fifteen years ago when she cleared out some sewing items! A perfect size, and I decided to make a feature of it, rather than try and hide it...




It's extra nice to feel that this cushion has been contributed to by three generations! At 26 inches it is a perfect size, and really nice and squishy for the sofa.

 
Last night, Rosie announced she needed to take her sewing box into school, as they would be sewing today. She was so excited - even though it is a huge box - and got it all packed and ready!


By the time she'd finished, there were about three tape measures and four boxes of pins in there, with at least three pairs of scissors. She was certainly prepared for all eventualities, and I can't wait to hear what they made today.



Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Re-booting the economy (blocks)

We are just back from a fabulous week in Wales! When I say we stayed at Pontins, some of you may wonder what it was like...



We went prepared :-) Although it had been exactly twenty years since I last went to this particular Christian convention, I could still remember how cold and basic the chalet was, and how very narrow the beds were. So, we took supplies, and were able to make it warm and cosy with little effort! We weren't in the chalet much anyway, as we went with four families from our church, and made the most of the conference and all the facilities, even managing an afternoon on the beach. It was such a refreshing week, that I have come back with renewed vigour for those economy blocks...



The ones above are some of the centres I managed to cut from my own stash, cutting two of everything as I also swapped for the ones below.


After a slow start...


I reached four blocks, and stalled. Two many more important deadlines, and too little suitable border fabric! This is also one of those projects which takes over your sewing space, as you need so many little bits of fabric on the go. Since I like to keep the sewing room tidy, it really didn't work for me alongside other projects.


There's nothing like a complete break from it all though, and this week I have found it remarkably easy to whip up some more! Now I'm loving these, the completely scrappy look is not something I've done before, and it's refreshing to use a whole mis-match of fabrics. My goal is 42, but 12 is a start :-)


Linking up with the wonderful slow blogging movement...

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Conflicting messages...



My sewing has been a bit sporadic over the last fortnight, life has been too much work and not enough play... Sadly our sewing bee weekend had to be delayed, as dear Jen tripped and landed in hospital, causing much concern! Thankfully she is back home now, and we are all so hoping she gets well soon. 



I've been on a roll with zippered bags! They are quite therapeutic to make, and useful for presents. Sometimes it's nice to start and finish a project on the same day, too. 


I've just completed hand-stitching the binding on this Liberty and linen quilt. This was one of those projects without a definite purpose, I just fancied using up these fabrics, which were leftovers from previous quilts, and wanted to experiment with the linen combination. It's large enough for a pram, or even a small cot, but more likely to end up as a throw over a chair. 



Love the backing! This grey spot fabric is really a favourite of mine. While we were outside, I tried to take advantage of the daylight to get better pictures of Posy and also my progress with the triangles...



Couldn't do much about the wind though!


Rosie, meanwhile, was looking over my shoulder as I browsed blogs, and caught me checking out the publicity for the Far Far Away release... In the blink of an eye, she went seamlessly from saying, 'No, mummy, not more fabric!' to, 'Oh, I love those unicorns... let's get them in purple!' I rest my case.