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Not Cath Kidston ..

July 9, 2011 2 comments

… but very similar!

This is my latest quilt in progress, for a little girl who is going to be a big sister very soon ūüôā The fabric is from a range called Delilah by Tanya Whelan and it is really pretty. We chose 4 of the prints, Bijou, Amelie, Lulu-Rose and Buds, in both the pink and blue colourways, then added a couple of Kona Solids (Petal and Blueberry) and a couple of gingham prints in pink and blue that I already had. You can find a great range of the Delilah fabrics at Seamstar (here)

I was looking for a¬†pattern that¬†used squares and I remembered one that I saw¬†a little while ago by Kate Conklin that I loved – think it’s called Fussy Fairytales and it’s a really gorgeous quilt that uses some of the Heather Ross prints from her Far Far Away range (love that fabric but haven’t indulged yet – bit too expensive for a casual purchase, unfortunately ūüė¶ ) You¬†can see that quilt here¬†along with Kate’s tutorial for the blocks.

Although¬†I loved that quilt, I wasn’t sure how well it would work out using Delilah, because it doesn’t have the same sort of motifs as Far Far Away, so Fussy Fairytales¬†is parked for a bit longer!! As luck would have it, though, I found a great pattern in a magazine that¬†I picked up at one of my quilting group meetings. It’s called ‘All Squared Up’ and is in an American mag –¬†‘Fabric Trends for Quilters’¬†from Fall 2007¬†. How lucky am I that¬†the ladies in my quilting group travel the globe picking up quilting magazines and books and then pass them round!!¬†I must have at least 30 quilts on my to-make list at the moment and it grows every time I switch on the computer – gonna have to give up sleeping soon ūüôā

The block for this quilt is a bit like Log Cabin, as it builds up around a central 2 and a half inch square, but half of the strips are 1 and a half inches wide and half are 3 and half inches. You can see the effect here

It takes 35 blocks (7 rows of 5) and this is the extra one I had left over, which will go on the back. The blocks go together pretty easily –¬†each one probably only takes 10/15 minutes to piece, so I got¬†all the blocks done last weekend.¬†The pattern in the mag has a narrow¬†(1 and a half inch) solid border around the blocks, and then a¬†single wide (8 and half inch)¬†flowery border to finish. I thought about using¬†the pale pink solid as the wide border here, but I wanted to use more of the prints that I had left, so I pieced together some of the pink¬†patterend strips and put them around the narrow border, then finished off with another strip of white and I’m really happy with the end result.

Still thinking at the moment about what to put on the back – more scraps, or just white? I’m going to put the¬†little girl’s name on the back, along with the extra block, so maybe just white? I’ve got plenty of strips left for a scrappy binding too – don’t the colours look really cute together!

Now I’m really looking forward to getting to the quilting stage –¬†I¬†fancy having a go at hearts and loops for this, which I saw on a quilt at Sandown, at the National Quilt Championships¬†a couple of weeks ago.

I found this great quide to meandering quilting designs by Tracey¬†Pereira a little while ago while browsing her website – it’s a fabulous resource, and Tracey has done a great job (imho) putting it together – would love to try more of these but I’m a bit chicken !! Tracey¬†also sells¬†fabric and¬†offers a¬†longarm quilting service if you want to check her out (www.traceypereira.com)¬†.

There is a ‘stars and loops’ pattern at the back of Tracey’s guide¬†and ‘hearts and loops’ is very similar – you just substitute hearts for … ok, maybe I’m stating the obvious here!!

I see a busy week ahead – and then some little cushions to match. Did I mention I had some cute pink pom-pom trim for the cushions? Ahhh, It’s going to be so girly!

Busy week

May 8, 2011 Leave a comment

.. well, it feels like it’s been busy, anyway! Only 4 days at work, but it’s flown by. I managed to finish a few things though – first a couple of little tote bags for a friend

The red one has a lovely spotty lining and a few yo-yos on the front. I love red, white and aqua together, and¬†I had some material left over from the aqua and white striped lining of the leaflet bag I made last week¬† so I decided to use that along with some spare red and white spotty lining and some matching teal and white spotty fabric that I had laying around (my fabric stash is overflowing the storage space now, but it’s great that I can¬†usually find some bits and pieces for whatever I’m working on – well, that’s what I tell myself anyway!)

Yo-yos (also known as Suffolk puffs (steady!) or Rosettes) are really easy to make – they’re just circles of fabric turned over at the edge with a running stitch and then you pull the stitches up, so that the material gathers up and sew them flat onto your project, gathered side up. Amy Butler Designs has a¬†great free quilt pattern which uses them, as you can see here¬†

I¬†saw a version of this quilt at the Sewing for Pleasure show at the NEC a few weeks ago , along with lots of lovely ladies who were busy making things from a range of Amy Butler fabrics and applying yo-yo’s to them (wonder what else¬†I can stick them on???)¬†You can see the ones I made a bit more clearly here – really pleased with how they turned out! The first ones I made were about the size of smarties, so if you plan on having a go cut your circles out quite large to begin with, so that you end up with decent size yo-yos. Some of the ones on the Amy Butler quilt are huge!

The other bag uses some of my favourite pink fabric – Charlie has a shoebag made out of it, and I’ve made a few other things¬†from it too – it’s a great colour and it has a nice heavyweight feel to it. I think it’s a Kona cotton – the cloth store in town¬†stocks a few of the Kona colours, but not all –¬†luckily this is one of them. I’ve also used some of my favourite lining fabric, a purple and white large check gingham, which you will have seen cropping up on a few of the things I’ve made lately (ooh, let’s see – christening quilt, bunting, cot bumper, shoebags – I could go on…) -I think it always looks nice and crisp.

In fact, talking about versatile – here’s that¬†gingham¬†again on a blanket I made this week for Charlie’s teacher, who has just left school to go on maternity leave

I bought a piece of white fleece fabric and used the gingham to bind it РI just love it with white, so pretty! There was also plenty of it left over to cut some circles out of and applique them onto the fleece, along with some other lilac and green scraps,  some of which are bits from the first quilt I made, for Charlie Рlilac and green work so well together.

The blanket turned out a bit more complicated than I expected  РI cut the circles out to start with, in various sizes and then pinned them to the fleece. I did intend to turn the edges under and then sew them on, but as I was a bit short of time (I always seem to be a bit last minute with these things!), I tried just sewing the circles on with a running stitch at the edge. This left the circles a bit floppy in the middle, though, so I unpicked them and ironed them flat again Рthen I decided to fuse them on with bondaweb, so I cut some circles of that out and stuck it to the fabric circles and then tried ironing them to the fleece РI was really worried I was going to burn the fleece though, and some the sticky stuff ended up on the iron Рaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrgh! I got there in the end, though and all the circles were stuck down with no burn marks (phew!).

I wasn’t sure what to do next, so I put some invisible thread on the sewing machine, with some¬†white cotton¬†in the bobbin and tried¬†free motion embroidering a¬†seam around the¬†edges of a couple.¬†That was ok – a bit wonky, but ok –¬†but it still looked a bit boring, so on the next couple I tried doing spirals – and even though my sewing is still a bit wonky, I’m¬†really pleased with how they turned out¬†– they look a bit like lollipops ūüôā

I got the blanket finished in time to give to Charlie’s teacher anyway – hope she likes it!

I had a go at some more free motion embroidery this week Рon this cushion cover for another friend

I took this picture before snipping all the threads between the letters and, as you can see, I’ve just moved the needle from one letter to the next as I’ve gone around the picture. I’ve seen a lot of work done in this style (think Poppy Treffry amongst others) and have really admired it. It looks simple and rustic but I was expecting it to be quite hard¬†to do – in the end, though, it wasn’t too bad and I was happy¬†with how this turned out too.¬†Most of the time, I think¬†you just have to give things a go and you’ll probably surprise yourself.

Before I started¬†I did a bit of browsing¬†on the internet and found some useful posts on¬†raw edge free motion applique (sounds thrilling, doesn’t it – sky diving or¬†raw edge free motion applique – not much to choose between them, is there – edge of your seat stuff this!)¬†As in anything else, people have their own ways of doing it –¬†some use embroidery hoops, some use a stabiliser¬†on the back, some alter the tension. I just dropped the feed dogs on the machine and¬†put in a darning foot – I lef the tension where it normally is (a 3 on my machine, which is the middle setting) – I did turn the stitch length down to ‘0’ though, which I¬†saw recommended and which I haven’t done before. I’m not sure what difference it makes, except that with the setting at 0, the stitch length is entirely down to how fast you move the material under the needle –¬†I¬†think I like it, so I’ll try that again ūüôā

¬†¬†¬†¬†Here’s a close up of the little house – so chuffed with this! Now, what can I try next?