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triangle QAL week 4

April 15, 2014

Definitely not the best photo I’ve taken, but you get the idea.  The top is finished!!  I need to square up the edges and buy some backing fabric.  Not sure what I’ll go with yet, need to have a think.  Maybe grey? 

Glad to be keeping up with the QAL so far…


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memory quilt with silk ties

April 3, 2014

I started photographing the quilt but then I was admiring the magnolia tree so much and the birth of Spring in my garden, I got distracted.

This is one of the scariest quilts I’ve made.  Not frightening itself, but the process definitely was.  It’s a comissioned quilt for a lady, made from her deceased father’s silk ties, shirts and her mother’s apron and tablecloth.  The pressure of making a quilt for someone else, I find slightly stressful anyway (what if she doesn’t like it!?), but add to that making the quilt from silk and meaningful material (which I can’t get more of)… scary!



Thankfully I found this excellent blog post about preparing silk ties for quilts, by Mamaka Mills.  I nervously chucked the ties into the wash and voila, they were clean and still perfect.  I even put the finished quilt into the wash (40 C) and dryer (light heat with frequent checks) and I’m glad I did because the dryer really finished off the lovely quilted look.  So it can be done… but I definitely wouldn’t do it often if I want to preserve it.


The front is made entirely from a white tablecloth, blue apron, two silk ties and two men’s shirts.  For the back I chose Liberty Tana Dawn Meadow because the colours were so complimentary and since it’s for a grandmother to use–  I liked the traditional and beautiful style of Liberty.  Binding in the same Liberty.


It’s 4′ x 3′, perfect for a couch lap quilt to keep warm reading a book. 


Hope she likes it…

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one Easter dress

April 1, 2014
 
Orla has an Easter dress.  Bailey will soon as well made from the same pink fabric shown here.  I love these colours, they just scream out “Easter” to me!  I still need to finish the hem but I’m really happy with this dress… it’s the same pattern I used for Orla’s Christmas dress (which was huge on her 4 months ago).  

I’ve been inspired again by The Great British Sewing Bee and I want to crank these little dresses out all day long! If only….

The pink pocket fabric is “Little Azalea” by Dena Designs (Bailey selected it for her Easter dress) and the mustard fabric is “Modern Folklore” by makower uk.  

One more little springy Easter dress to go…

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triangle QAL week 1

March 27, 2014
I am excited to start this triangle QAL, hosted by http://www.sassyquilter.com.  I’ve chosen my fabrics as shown here and will hopefully be able to keep up with the weekly progress.  I love these colours and I’m proud to say I selected them from different fabric packs and designers!  I usually play it safe and just buy a fabric pack made to go together, but this selection mixes 6 different fabric packs.  Yeah me!  I hope I can name them all– they were partially gifts from my last birthday (thank you Luckhurst family!)
  • “Petite Street” by Wendy Kendall
  • “Sew Stitchy” by Aneela Hoey (to whom I credit my quilting addiction!)
  • STOF “Pure Style”
  • “Nordika” by Jeni Baker
  • Me and My Sister designs (left over from bunting I made my nieces two years ago) 
  • Joel Dewberry “Modern Meadow”
I’m currently rushing to finish another commissioned quilt (getting there!!) so that definitely takes priority right now.

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baby boy London quilt

February 24, 2014

My best friend from childhood had her second baby boy in September.  I finally got round to finishing little Henry’s baby quilt in November to give it to him when I met him for the first time.  It’s a sweet little quilt and simple design. 

 The fabric is Makower UK and then supplemented with Kona solids.

 
I was horribly disappointed to see the fabric bled when I washed it.  You can see the red in the image above caused the surrounding white to go a bit pink. This has never happened before and I would never expect it to with quilting fabric. I know some people prewash, but I’ve never had a problem and I’ve made a lot of quilts. I was embarrased for this to happen on a gift. It’s one of a handful of the quilts I’ve made as a gift and I just can’t believe I’ve had to hand it over like this. I guess it adds to the ‘homemade’ appeal, but I still am so embarrassed. Not what I would expect.  
 
Luckily, I don’t think Henry will mind.  Welcome to the world, beautiful little man.
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soul blossoms quilt

October 8, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

I love this quilt.  It’s the first commissioned quilt I’ve made and it’s a biggie– 2 meter squared.  The Soul Blossom fabric from Amy Butler is so dreamy, it makes me happy. 
I used my last day off before work to make the whole top (8-10 hours) having pre-cut the pieces already.  Then after going back to work I struggled to find the time but finally finished it off last week.
I quilted with straight lines randomly spaced and I used my lovely new Bernina (!!).  Complete with walking foot (never used it before) and the guide to space lines evenly– what a godsend!  This was my first whole project with the new Aurifil thread and I’m not disappointed.  I can’t wait for the next project and to eventually get into hand quilting with Aurifil. 
This quilt was a gift for a friend to give to her daughter as a house-warming.  She wanted to include some meaningful words and messages so I got them printed on Etsy onto lovely fabric labels and then framed the blocks on the back in them. She had 13 different phrases/words which worked really nicely.  She also wanted to include some owls, so there is a random strip on the back of Hooty Hoot by Riley Blake.
The best part was finishing the binding– as Autumn is on its way, I got cozy on the couch and worked on the binding for three nights, happily draped in meters of Soul Blossom.  So I know it’s a great couch quilt and will bring lots of warmth to Sophie and Sean.

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overlocker

August 19, 2013
 
 
Welcome, little overlocker!  I am thrilled to have to clear some space and redo my craft workstation to fit this little guy on.  At first I tried swapping my sewing machine (used on my desk) with the overlocker but that got tedious as some projects require a constant use of both.  And I don’t like putting one on the floor when the other is in use.  So I decided he needed a permanent place and the workstation is perfect.  I can easily overlock standing up (it’s so fast… it’s amazing!).  If you haven’t used an overlocker before, it’s one of the most addictive and fun parts of a project.  And it’s what can really transform an item of clothing into a very professional looking piece.
 
I had a look on eBay for one within 10 miles, so I could collect.  And I found one for £140 just one mile away.  I made an offer of 80 (rejected), 90 (rejected) and 101 which was finally accepted! 
 
I think he needs his own cover, so that will be an upcoming project.  Now, to find a secondhand Bernina to replace my current sewing machine….
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Picnic quilt

July 29, 2013

This is such an ugly quilt. I’m not sure what I was thinking. I bought the prints from Kaffe Fasset Westminster Rowan Fabrics because the boldness would go well in our lounge. But then I let the jelly roll gather dust until last year when I paired it with Kona solids jelly roll leftovers. And this ugly quilt is the result.
I do love the back, but as Simon pointed out, it’s basically a solid piece of fabric.  I didn’t hate it to start and I even hand pieced it. But by the end (after it had a good 9 months in the work-in-progress queue) I hated it, so I did the minimum with quickly machine quilting in the ditch between rows. 
I just hate it. I’ll use it for picnics and hope that grass stains and food spills may improve it over time. Maybe sun bleaching will help.
Anyone else made a quilt they hate?
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