Thursday, 31 May 2012
Friday, 25 May 2012
This is the progress so far with my Kindle cover, based on Clover and Violet's tutorial:
I've also been making a zippy pouch, using Flossie Teacakes's tutorial, which I messed up the first time round
Don't look at those zip ends!
Then, with some very gratefully received help from Susan, I managed to sort out those pesky ends:
Monday, 21 May 2012
Beth explains it far better than me, so here's her description of the blog hop.
"The Hop begins on May 22, 2012. We'll hop to 4 blogs a week (2 on Tuesdays and 2 on Thursdays)
1. Who can participate? The Let's Get Acquainted! Blog Hop is for blogs that were started in 2011 or 2012 and that focus primarily on quilting. We hope readers with older blogs or no blogs at all will join us as we visit these new blogs but only blogs fitting this criteria will be the stops on the hop.
2. Each blog in the hop has an assigned date. The calendar will be listed on this page as well as in my Monday posts. On each blog's date, we'll all "hop" over for a visit, look around, leave a comment or two, and if we like what we see and want more, we'll subscribe (or follow or join!)
3. What should you post on your hop day? Well, there are no strict rules - just some general guidelines about what your post should include:
***An introduction to you and your blog - maybe create a collage of your favorite finishes or links to your tutorials or favorite posts. (This is optional - it is totally up to you how you want to present your blog to the new visitors.)
***The official theme of the Hop is novelty prints (blogger's choice - examples include typewriters, monsters, bicycles, clocks, animals - or even just flowers.) You can make anything related to quilting - a quilt of any size, bags, pillows, coasters, etc. You don't need to include a full tutorial but you should include pics and a description of your process. Your project does not need to be used just for the hop - link it wherever you want, use it for a swap or a QAL - whatever you want."
Here's the schedule too:
Kelsey from Kelsey Sews
Heidi from Fabric Mutt
Jodi from Tickle and Hide
Cinzia from Deux Petites Souris
Taryn from From Pixels to Patchwork
Kelly from Jeliquilts
Liz from What I Did on My Summer Vacation
Susan from Canadian Abroad
Kirsten from Gemini Stitches
Stephanie from Sewing by Stephanie
Sarah from Sarah Sews Quilting Blog
January from Sew Sew Go
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Cathy from Blueberry Patch
Marta from From Marta with Love
Marion from My Quilt Diet
Sunni from Love Affair With My Brother
Ginny from Fish Creek Studio
Lucy from Charm About You
Elaine from Dashasel Sews
***Kathy from Pink Chalk Studio has agreed to be interviewed during one of my Monday Blog Hop News posts and she'll also be giving away 4 $25 gift certificates to her awesome shop, Pink Chalk Fabrics - date to be announced soon.
***On June 11th, Lynne from the wonderful Lily's Quilts will be guest hosting on my blog as part of the Monday Blog Hop News."
As you can see, I'm not on until 5th July, but I've already started to prepare (very unusual for me!)- here's a quick sneak peak of the fabric I'm using:
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Progress so far:
The pattern is Kitchen Window from Oh Fransson's! Practical Guide to Patchwork, which I know that I've mentioned before but I think it's fabby.
The prints were from a bundle from Eclectic Maker which they no longer have in stock, and I'm ashamed to say that the only one I can remember is the Modern Whimsy Strawberry Circles. The sashing is Klona Ash from the lovely Backstitch, and I've got Klona Pale Pink to use as the other neutral. I've hoping that it's girly enough for a toddler, but not too girly that she'll grow out of it too soon.
Saturday, 19 May 2012
I've had a stressful week with exams and a wisdom tooth making itself known, so I cheered myself up with a potter round the garden this morning. It's been a very wet few weeks which has been a bit miserable in some ways (and a bit annoying in others - you'd think southern kids had never seen a bit of rain with the way that they reacted to a storm on Tuesday!), but obviously it's done my garden some good. Silver lining and all that.
Alliums and yellow poppies making for some lovely colour, and chives and mint growing like mad!
The clematis doing a good job of covering the bare space where we chopped down a tree.
(Please ignore the Dalek compost bin, and the bird bath full of red muck due to next door's builders!)
Friday, 18 May 2012
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
As it was a Bank Holiday, the shop was shut. My lovely MIL offered to go pick some up for me as she was staying in the area for a few more days.
Now here's the point where I made a stupid mistake. I thought it would look good for the backing of H's quilt, so I looked up the size required in the pattern, made an adding mistake and asked for 5 yards, without even thinking about what that would actually look like. (I was only 1/2 yard out) I didn't thinking about price either - it came in at over £60!!!!
Now, I'm not blaming the shop or my MIL, but that's not cheap and I don't know whether I should use it as the backing, sell it or save and use it sparingly? Ideas gratefully received!
PS - this post title reminds me of my favourite joke: Why did God only make one Yogi Bear? Because when He tried to make another, He made a Boo-Boo.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
We've spent the weekend in Oxfordshire working hard! A very close friend needed some help with the DIY, and as her hubby is away on deployment, off we went armed with screwdriver and sewing machine. Unfortunately I didn't take my cutting mat, rotary cutter or rulers, which turned out to be a mistake.
I took the machine to hem a pair of trousers (the only job that didn't get done this weekend!) but then we went into the fabric section of Dunelm...
As the other major job was to move the baby into the nursery, furniture and all, it only seemed fair that the little lady got a little bit of decoration done too!
So, a couple of bottles of wine, lots of cuddles with her little brother and the BGT final later, we had five cushions and a set of bunting! We did finish it off this morning I will admit.
She likes them "This!" much!
Handsewn by her Mummy from a cushion she's had since *she* was a toddler - it was wonky before she started, honest.
We liked the selvedge, so included it in this cushion
Outtake - Madam refused to look at the camera!
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
I found something that is enjoying this downpour of all downpours!
No new sewing I'm afraid, exam season is now upon us - just a few more weeks and I might have a life back.
Ps - please excuse the poopy phone photos - too busy! Teaspoon is included for scale.
Monday, 7 May 2012
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Including some blocks for my nephew and for Siblings Together, a porridge-holder out of the reject ST blocks and a present for a little girl who's about to become a big sister
I also made a blanket for her soon to arrive little brother:
And a handbag for a wedding this weekend is nearly complete, unlike their present unfortunately...
(I'm wearing this dress so I'll be covered in raindrops!)
Hubby's quilt is very, very, very nearly finished, I've just got an inch or five of binding left to handsew on the back, which hopefully I've craftily hidden on the back!