Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Charmed Pillow

A 14" pillow/cushion made from a mini charm pack of Bonnie and Camille 'Vintage Modern' fabric, and the first completion from my goals for the first quarter of the 2018 Finish Along challenge.

The charm pack was a complementary freebie when I ordered the backing kit for the 2012 Moda Designer Mystery BOM Sampler quilt that I had made. I patched the squares a couple of years ago and last week I used it to practice the quilting design for my current laptop project. Then I made a backing of some leftovers from the BOM kit.

On the front I was using a circles design (is it sometimes called an 'orange peel?) and for the back I just used straight lines.  It has a 12" zip at the bottom.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

#2018finishalong - Quarter One Goals

FinishAlong info

I know life will be busy-crazy again once school starts on the 31st Jan, so am only going to put my most current projects as I hope to get at least two of them done before then while my days are still running on 'flexi-time'...

I am making a new set of decor items for our lounge - using this seafom and grey colour scheme:

1. Quilt and bind this Buzzcut lapquilt for one sofa

2. Piece, quilt and bind a Hashtag lapquilt for the other sofa

3. Make four accompanying cushions - two scrappy/modern style, and two applique - using the scraps and leftover yardage.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Peek-a-Boo Bears

This is a baby/cot quilt I have made using Leah Day's tutorial for the Disappearing Nine-Patch. 
I discovered the minky teddy bears (used for the backing) at Spotlight and selected greys, teals and blues in the same colourways for the front.

The pattern was very easy to follow and put together. I decided to keep the quilt to cot-size (but can't find my final measurements and the quilt is already on its way to be delivered.)

I used a simple straight line echo for the quilting.

Aren't these bears the cutest?! I couldn't resist them, especially when the baby's mum, Jamie, had stated she'd love a quilt in blues and greens with a teddy-bear theme.


Sharing with Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday linky party - Merry Christmas everyone! 
See you again in the New Year!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Summer top - a return to dress-making

Decided I should make use of my sewing machine to get back to making some of my own clothes (in an effort to get some shirts that fit the length of my torso rather than all stopping at my bellybutton).

It's been a couple of decades since I've made any clothes (and even then I didn't make very many) so I decided to start with a simple tank top. This will certainly be a good choice to add to the wardrobe as hopefully the last two (very hot) weeks are an indication of what to expect for the next two months or so!

Called into Spotlight during the week and got this Simplicity pattern at half-price and the lovely navy blue paisley rayon was 30% off  - it has made a great tank top as it feels light and cool.  

Was a bit worried about sewing with a 'slippery' fabric but I'm not trying to win Project Runway so a few crooked lines are no big deal and I think it has turned out pretty good.

It's a nice, easy pattern that probably took me only about two hours in total - I will definitely use this pattern again: I plan to try making a version with more of a scoop neck, as well as slightly wider shoulders and also will add another 2-3 inches onto the hems (I already added two inches when I cut this one out, but would still like to see a slightly longer top).

I have a pretty arrow-print poplin to try Top A with (with the detail at the back). I also have another gorgeous rayon covered in hummingbirds that I want to make into a blouse, so this was a practice run for sewing with rayon.