Thursday, 8 October 2020

A Posey Supply Case sew-along

I've been a fan of Jennie (of Clover and Violet on Instagram) for quite some time.

She has a lovely feed full of pretty patchwork and Liberty fabrics and has written a variety of quilting and sewing patterns which get great reviews.

Just recently Jennie released a pattern for a 'Posey Supply Case' which looks like a perfect accessory for carrying my hand sewing patchwork pieces along with me or for keeping my other projects together in one place.

I've bought the pattern - you can find a link here: Posey Supply Case and I've signed up for the sew-along on Instagram. We're using the hashtag #poseysewalong if you want to follow the fun.

The case has a large zipped mesh pocket and smaller open pockets covered with a flap to stop things falling out. It also has a zipped pouch in the centre. This pink one above was made by Jennie.

Our schedule for the Posey Supply Case Sew-along is:

  • October 5-11 - Gather supplies and make the cover
  • October 12-18 - Make the inside and the pockets
  • October 19-26 - Assemble the case

I'm not sure if I'm going to make just the one or stretch myself and make two. I've been busy sewing some 'spare' hexagons together (see picture below) which came from another project using Cool Britannia fabric from Benartex. I'm not sure I have any fabric left over for the rest of the case, most of it was scraps I picked up from The Skep and they were used up making a blanket for Ehsan (which you can read about in my post here). I'll need to raid my FQ boxes and scrap bins to find anything left that matches, so the jury is out on that one.

I also love the idea of some colourful crayons done with foundation paper piecing (FPP). I could use a variety of fabrics I have to match the crayon colours and pick something plain for the main body of the case, like linen or denim. It would probably look similar to this pouch I made a while ago. 

I'm looking forward to seeing other people's makes too ... 

Monday, 13 April 2020

Ferris Wheel Patchwork

I've recently been spending time doing some traditional hand sewn patchwork (known to the English as paper-piecing and to our friends across the pond as English Paper Piecing or EPP).

Along with a Tilda quilt for my daughter (which I have been piecing on holiday and haven't taken any pictures of yet), I have picked up some patchwork I started many moons ago.

The Ferris Wheel pattern is simple as it is made up of hexagons, squares and triangles. (I've seen lots of tutorials on blogs so I'm not going to go into details of how to sew it here). However, it's really effective and it is fun to put together while I'm watching TV or catching up with friends during the 'social distancing' currently in place.

My bedroom is mainly pink and grey and eventually this will be a runner for the foot end of the bed. I've been sewing this on and off for years as I gather left over fragments of grey fabric and then run out again!

This shows a completed section of the front of the patchwork:

This shows the back - it's the section with the paper removed:

For anyone interested in the pattern, there are downloadable copies of two files available here in a shared folder on my GoogleDrive: The Ferris Wheel Instructions has the overall information and calculations for the numbers of pieces to use. The Ferris Wheel Printable Template has a colouring page which can help with design layouts and the shapes to cut out (sized at 1 inch).

This is a screenshot I took from @JennyRach on Instagram of the cushion I made for her in a swap back in 2015 using the same pattern. It looks very different in black/white and rainbow prints ...

This is a close up of the stitching, just a simple blanket stitch done on my sewing machine to match the colour around the wheels:

Let me know if you tried this out, or shout if you have any questions!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap

A little while ago I signed up for a mini quilt swap. You can read the initial blog post here.

My partner is an English lady living in Europe and I stalked her blog and Instagram photos to find out a little more about her. She had been clear about what she doesn't like and it wasn't difficult to see where she was coming from!

I had a fantastic excuse to purchase some Kate Spain fabric as she lists that among her likes, along with colour references of blues, greens and greys.

As I have already posted this to her I thought I would add a photo of the finished article:
I'm glad she liked it, it was great fun making it!

Monday, 10 August 2015

I'm a Mad Hatter ...

A little while ago I came across this pattern for a reversible bucket hat from Liesl at Oliver + S. I think it came from her book Little Things To Sew originally but is now available as a downloadable PDF.

At first I thought I would just make 2, for my friend Emma's two young boys, but I found I couldn't stop once I started! I've made loads now and I'm really pleased with how easily they come together!
I like them particularly because they only use about a fat quater for each side and they are equally fun in boys or girls fabrics! I've been told they are a great fit and that they stay on nicely with just enough cover from the brim to shade eyes from the sunshine ... when we get it.

I just love all the fresh colours that give these hats a modern twist ... gone are the days of white, cream or khaki!

I have seen some great fabric choices out there like this photo for the here-fishy-fishy-fishy version by Vanessa at Punkin Patterns. I've seen a couple of tutorials for the pattern too. 

My tips would be simple, sew a basting line around the base of the cap side panels (at a scant 1/2") and clip there (not the brim as suggested in step 5). Once it is sewn to the brim you can then clip it,  I find this provides a more graceful curve!

Have fun and let me know how you get on ... I'm including these in my OPAM challenge for August. I have completely forgotten about posting all the things I have finished over the last few months - I'm blaming life taking over!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

One Project a Month (OPAM)

I came across this challenge through my quilting friend Celine. Amazingly we've both been doing similar things this month, including Elsa dresses.

Basically, you are trying to complete at least one project a month .... hence the title. No pressure but lots of fun and links to other crafty bods and blogs!

It's being hosted by Kris of Tag Along Teddies and Peg of Happy in Quilting who have been running the OPAM challenge for a few years, although I have only just come across it.

This month I have completed a few projects and made progress on some others. Here's a photo of the Elsa dress I made for my youngest niece. I am hoping I will have a better picture soon! 
At least this photo shows up the sparkly fabric but I haven't added the ice cloak! Unfortunately the very pretty silver lace started to detatch from its own edging within minutes of being tried on. I have now located something a little more robust but with a similar theme ... the job now will be to get the dress back!

It's been a busy month:

Nick's had surgery and is now recovering well. 
Kids had half term during which we went to a medieval 'Skill Share' event and caught up with some more 'distant' relatives which was lovely along with visiting grandparents and hosting copious numbers of teenage girls.
The bathroom is almost finished following a complete remodelling.
I have started a new job (working with the team I worked for before the Improvement Academy) which is going to be interesting. We're housed in a newly refurbished building, which has some very pretty architectural elements. 
I have helped my lovely SIL Jo with the beginning of a pinwheel baby quilt for her niece's baby due in late spring. She's using some of a charm pack called Sophie by Chez Moi which is a lovely choice of fabric. 
And Alex has had her first orthodontic appliance fitted on the start of what is going to be a 2 year journey! She can't currently bite a sandwich as her front teeth don't meet in the middle which makes her quite self conscious at times (it gives her a little bit of a lisp as a result) but her teeth are all perfect otherwise. Obviously the lisp has got much worse with the brace but she's coped with the first few days quite well and is positive, despite needing to keep topped up with painkillers.

Hopefully it will be a slightly quieter March!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

I'm Queen Bee again!

Believe it or not, I am Queen Bee for both January (the Modern Bee Instabee) and for February as part of the Little Blogs Quilt Bee.

For February I have asked Jacquelynne Steves of The Art of Home if I can use her #SewSweetSimplicity blocks as the basis for my choice for the LBQB.

Jacquelynne has been running a Sew Sweet Simplicity block of the month sew-along. You might have seen her "Catch Up Sew-Along Day" on the 7th January 2015 ... it was fun to watch what was happening through the Instagram feeds. I didn't get a chance to join in with the sewing as we were hosting some friends from Poland but I did sneak a peek from time to time through the evening!


I think the blocks have a real country feel and I love the way she has provided embroidery designs for the centre of each of the blocks in her version of the quilt. You can get a better look at how these have been replicated if you search the #SewSweetSimplicity hashtag on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Twitter.

So I would like me LBQB buddies to make me a block from this set of blocks, with white as a background fabric.

Each of the blocks requires 4 colours in various shapes configurations, I would like these to be a mixture of small print and plain fabrics in Navy (for the main contrast instead of the red) and 3 other softer focus fabrics (similar to the pink, green and lemon fabrics in Jacquelynne's blocks).

How the colours are configured I don't mind, the blocks are bound to look lovely however the colours are placed. I would love ginghams, spots, paisley and ditsy floral prints ... there are some amazing softer focus fabrics from Tilda ranges (just Google them) but there are lots of lovely choices out there!

I can supply you with some fabrics if you would like so there is no need to feel stuck. Just message me or comment below!

To download the Sew Sweet Simplicity block of the month patterns you will need to follow the link and sign up here.

Meanwhile Nick has a chest infection and my daughter Alex has tonsilitis again ... and the bathroom looks like this:

 Hopefully by the end of next week it will look radically different!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Finish Along 2015 Quarter 1

Last year I joined in the 2014 Finish Along hosted by Katy at The Littlest Thistle, although I missed the sign up for a few of the quarters it did make me list and complete some of my works in progress (WIPs).

I felt motivated to try again this year with the 2015 Finish Along (FAL 2015) now being hosted by Adrianne at On the Windy Side a reference to Wellington, NZ where she lives and apparently it is windy! The rules for the challenge are here: FAL 2015

The 2015 Finish-Along Link
The idea is to list your WIPs (proposed finishes) at the beginning of the quarter and link to Adrianne's 'linky party'. Then, during the quarter as you complete your projects you can blog about them or post photos on Instagram or Flickr linking back to the 'finish linky party' at the end of the quarter.

So without further a do here is my list (some of which have rolled over from previous WIP lists):

1) Alex's hexie quilt: Some of these hexagons were started nearly 40 years ago by my hubby's mum. She died too young in early '82 and I was given the unfinished hexagons and cardboard templates during a clearing out session a few years ago. It is a finished top now (which is progress from 2014) we have chosen a backing fabric but I have not bought the batting yet.

2) Paletina pillow: This shouldn't be too difficult, the front is finished, everything is cut out. I have the zip and just need to sew it all together .... not sure where it is hiding at the moment!

3) Alex's curtains: Because I broke my elbow last year we managed without these and I sort of forgot they needed doing until recently. I love the material from Laura Ashley. It is called Bacall and is in the apple 
colour way. Not a good photo, it's all in a plastic bag. I need a whole weekend to spread out on the kitchen table so this won't get finished anytime soon!

4) Maddie's Cardigan: Knitted and partly sewn up, the project isn't finished as I'm not happy with the edge of the hood, so I've had to pull it out and need to reknit it on smaller needles. I need a couple of evenings to get this finished ... and some motivation which has escaped me!

5) Maddie's 'Frozen' costume. I have the fabric and a pattern ... just need to get started.

6) Draft excluder: A prototype I started to test out the heat 'n' bond. I have the houses appliquéd but have not completed the details on the doors and windows so they need doing before I can sew it up and use it. I like it so far ...

7 - 11 are based on a design from Kellie at Don't Look Now called Worry Dolls I have cut out all the little people resembling my nieces and nephews to make them cushions:

7) Stanley's cushion: A footballer to go in his bedroom.

8) Arthur's cushion: A footballer to go in his bedroom.

9) Georgiana's cushion: A girl (looks like her).

10) Maddie's cushion: A girl (made from fabric from her baby clothes).

11) Thomas's cushion: A footballer - Thomas is my colleagues little boy, he's nearly 4.

12) Georgiana's cardigan: Started about 8 years ago this will no longer fit my daughter so it's heading for my niece. It just needs a ribbon and some appliqué flowers. I hope it doesn't take me another 8 years to finish! 

13) Puddlejumper 1: Started last year, I was really happy with this - until my niece tried it on. She's long in the body and it was clear this was going to be too small for her to wear over warm clothes, so it got abandoned. This photo was taken at the cutting out phase:

14) Puddlejumper 2: Started last year at the same time as the one above, all I did was cut this out. It got packed away with the one above and I forgot about it until I found it the other day. I have someone in mind for this but have not dug it out yet.

15) Daisy Kingdom coat: This Simplicity pattern (2778 on the left) was one I fell in love with and bought several years ago but I could never find double sided fleece. When pink/orange reversible fabric turned up in a local store (The Shuttle) I bought it and then couldn't locate where I had kept the pattern! I think the design is the same as pattern 4515 (on the right) which is shown in the type of fleece I have bought. I know a couple of folks have made it already and it looked great (some Flickr photos of Charity's coat).

  Fleece Coat  4515 Simplicity size 5-6-7-8 lots of nice details. 2005 Daisy Kingdom

16) Fingerless gloves: I have started these in a lovely soft Alpaca wool and have got them almost finished ...

17) My contribution to the UK Mini Quilt Swap, one of a couple of swaps I am in.

18) My contribution to the Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap, another one of my current swaps.  

19) Wigwam: I must get round to making a few of these for the summer. I have some fabric and plans in my head but have not yet drafted the pattern. I feel excited about this but I know it will take up a fair bit of space to 'manufacture' them. This photo came from a Laura Ashley photo shoot and was in the 2009 catalogue .... doesn't it make you feel like packing up for a picnic? 

la camping

20) Georgiana's cape: Alex has one that she loves and would like her cousin to have one to dress up with her in when they go 'adventuring' in the garden. The Vogue pattern needs adapting slightly for size but the fabric and trimmings are ready.

21) Postage stamp quilt: for years I have been 'salvaging' 2" squares from scraps of material that are left from other projects or are simply not big enough to make anything else from. I'd love to turn these into a quilt similar to Red Pepper's quilt in this link Postage Stamp Quilt Tutorial. She made hers from strips.

22) William's quilt: This was started over two years ago with the intention of it being ready for my son's new room. I did not have a studio at the time and it came out in the bedroom occasionally if I could set up a space to work in, or I would take it on holiday. It has been stored away waiting for me to get back to it, I have a ton of excuses as to why it has not been first on my list however it is denim and heavy so since I broke my elbow last year I have done very little with it. He was away for the summer months of 2014 in Michigan at Indian Trails Camp and I had hope to complete it for his return - it didn't happen! I'll have to attempt it soon.

23) Baby quilt 1: I heard a while ago that one of my neighbours has adopted a baby boy. This baby quilt has now been cut out in some cute Urban Patch fabrics and strung together but I still need to complete the piecing of the top and make it into a quilt.

24) Baby quilt 2: A month or so ago I also found out that an old colleague of mine, now living in Cyprus, had a baby girl. She sent me a picture and I couldn't believe how much I missed her. Don't you just love an excuse to make a baby gift? I have not yet completed the top but it's a girly version of the one above!

25) My 'afternoon tea' quilt. similar to the one I made for my Schnitzel & Boo mini quilt swap partner, but in brighter colours.

26) Some pot mitts for friends and family - including our special folks in the USA and I need to make a tutorial too and post it here.

This will definitely be enough to keep me going ... It will be great having an additional incentive to get things done!