Friday, November 21, 2014

Table Runners

It seems when you don't blog for a while but still keep sewing you get fodder for your blog.  I am slowly trying to catch up on documenting things I have made.

Next up are two table runners I made for Christmas gifts last year.  I used a wonderful pattern from Sherri of A Quilting Life.

One is made from the Tapestry fabric range by Fig Tree and the other is made from the Scrumptious fabric range by Bonnie and Camille. I only bought the 2 1/2 inch square pre-cuts.  All other fabrics were from my stash.

I hadn't quilted in some time and it seems not all spray baste products are made equal.  How annoying is it when they just stop spraying even after ensuring the noozle is cleared after each use. Wasteful.  Thank goodness for safety pins.

Christmas gift production has sort of started but I feel a bit unsettled what I am going to make.  I think I know but I just need to knuckle down and make a sample or two so some decisions can be made. I am kind of annoying myself that I am being somewhat indecisive and quite a few things need to ready a couple of weeks before the big day. Please send some decisiveness my way.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Zippered Pouches Galore

For someone who was once terrified of zippers I can safely say I have conquered that fear.  Mind you don't ask me about clothing and zippers.  I am strictly a one trick pony. I really enjoy whipping up these little treasures.  We needed some for where I work so I happily looked through the stash for lots of different fabrics.  I even bought some zipper pulls to bling them up a bit. All the recipients loved the idea of having a pouch that was uniquely theirs.

I also made a couple of pouches for a couple of very special girls who help their Mum's while we do school banking for the students each week.  They will both be starting school themselves next year so I wanted to make them something to keep their treasures in. The girls are the best of friends so of course I had to make their pouches with the same fabric. I may have also snuck a treat or two in the pouch.

My go to pattern can be found on the Skip To My Lou website. I buy my zippers from Zip It on Etsy. Sometimes its hard to get the supplies you need without clocking up quite a few kilometers not to mention wasting time (especially when they don't have what you need and equally bad is if the quality is not good).  I have found the zippers from Zip It to be very high quality and they have a fantastic range of colours. I am not getting paid for this.  Sometimes its just good to know where you can source your materials from.

So I dare you.  If you haven't made a zippered pouch before, try making one from this pattern.  Trust me if I can make one, anyone can! If you do make one let me know or send me a picture.  I would love to see it!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Baby Wraps including a mini-tutorial

Loving the handmade like I do I have found a way to share/use my fabric and give a present to friends who are expecting a baby. As much as I would like to make everyone a quilt I just don't have the time to do so.  As a compromise I take a yard/metre of feature fabric which can be quilting cotton or voile and a yard/metre of flannel, put them right sides together, sew them together using a half inch seam allowance (leave a gap for turning), turn inside out to bring the right sides of the fabric out and then do 2 rows of machine stitching around the edge to close the gap and finish the edge off.  Dadahhhh!  One perfectly pretty and serviceable handmade wrap/blanket made in a relatively short amount of time.

Its a great way to show off a big print and use some gorgeous feature fabrics.  I never have that much flannel on hand so I more often than not need to shop for that.  It really satisfies my love of making something for those precious bubbas and their families.

Friday, October 31, 2014

That's What Friends Are For

Back in April 2012 a very good buddy, Rachaeldaisy, put a call out for some house blocks.  I love house blocks so I dug out my house patterns and got sewing and sent them to Rachael.  In exchange Rachael also sent me some house blocks. I will let the pictures show you how lucky I was.

How good was that! I am ashamed I am only posting about it now. I seemed to go into a blogging slump around then.  Rachael has been designing up a storm and has a quilt touring in the USA.  Her quilt for the Bloggers Quilt Festival is really something special. You can read about it here.

If you are wondering what I sent.  The photos are below.  Basically I made her two mansions as the blocks are on the larger side.  I also sent her an emergency pouch with some goodies.

I would really like to try and do a non-traditional setting for my blocks.  However because that is out of my comfort zone the blocks are still waiting for me. I suspect I will need hand holding so don't hold your breath waiting to see that quilt and don't be surprised if it ends up looking traditional in design.