Showing posts with label WIP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WIP. Show all posts

Sunday, 4 September 2011

A weekend of W.I.P's

I'm not making very much progress on my sewing projects at the moment, but I do have a growing pile of W.I.P's!  Maybe if I document them here I'll be more likely to get them finished....maybe...
My poor Tilda Angel now has all of her body parts stuffed and attached - and I'm glad to say she's fully dressed. However, she still needs a face, hair and her skirt sewn on...

Here she is, perching so elegantly on the back doorstep (and such shapely legs!).  As you can see, I had a bit of difficulty in getting the shape of the arms correct.  (And they are perhaps sewn on a bit too low!)

My pencil case has been hand quilted around the appliqued flowers, and I've also made a machine quilted back.  I just need to cut a lining, sew on the zip and sew it all together...not a huge amount of work, but I just keep on putting it off!

I've also been asked to make two aprons for little girls.  They are both to be personalised and one of them is to have a crayon pocket on the front.  I've really enjoyed making these (or at least starting to make them!).  It's not something I've made before, but I have made crayon rolls, so it took a bit of head scratching to work out how to combine the two ideas!

This is them half done!

One thing I did make from start to finish today was these -

Some lovely granary rolls for next week's lunches. 

It's a 2 day week for me this week, so I'll be looking forward to Wednesday when it's 'my time' again.  Lots planned for my days off, including collecting some curtains which need taking up (and getting those aprons finished since they're for someone else!) 

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Friday, 19 August 2011

PJ bottoms and Tilda books

Since I am a huge Tilda fan, decided it was high time that I made myself a Tilda Angel to adorn my newly kitted out walk-in wardrobe.  As if it wasn't already girly enough, I just think I need a pretty little angel to watch over my clothes, make up and jewellery when I'm not there! 

There are many to choose from, but I particularly liked this one on the left with the sewn on bodice, skirt and cute leggings underneath!  As you can see from the body parts, I'm almost at the stuffing stage.

As you can see, she's a leggy lady and is going to end up far bigger than I realised (I've previously made the Tilda cat and bunny which are both about half the length of this angel!) Oops, that'll teach me to check first.  I'm looking forward to making her pretty leggings and skirt and embellishing them with some very girly lacy bits.

Have any of you got your hands on a copy of the new Tilda book - Tilda's Studio?  Mine was waiting for me on my return from work on Tuesday. If you like the Tilda angels, there are many new outfits - all equally gorgeous!

If I had a Barbie loving little girl I'm sure all of these pretty outfit patterns would come in very useful.  (If you haven't seen the series of these books, clothes include - dresses, trousers, dungarees, jackets, dressing gowns, 'Jane Austin' dresses, etc)  They're all for the angels, but with a bit of 'tweaking' I'm sure they could be made to fit a favourite doll. 

I can't help but feel that this latest book is somewhat lacking in new ideas.  I go back to Sew Pretty Homestyle and Sew Sunny Homestyle all the time when I'm looking for inspiration, and I always find it.  I'm not sure if Tilda's Studio will have the same effect.  There were only a couple of projects in this book that I know I'll end up making -

Very well dressed little elephants!

And an equally cute giraffe. 

To be honest, there wasn't much else in the book that screamed 'make me!' 

On an entirely different note, I have had the urge to make some trousers for my toddler.  I thought it might be easier to start with pyjama trousers, that way if they don't turn out quite right no-one but us will see them!  I knew the car fabric I got from IKEA a few weeks ago would make perfect pj bottoms.  I did a bit of research online and read through a few different tutorials - who knew there were so many different ways to make trousers!?  I ended up using techniques from a few different tutorials. I used an existing pair of his trousers as a template, sewed them up, and hey presto! Some cute pj bottoms -

These were really simple, and with an elasticated waist and huge hem, they should last for a good while.  Since the fabric was about £5 for 3 metres, these trousers have ended up costing about...40p!

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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Slowly but surely

Slowly but surely, I'm getting there.  With my hexagons that is.  Progress is slow, but there is progress!  I have been spending some evenings sewing my rows of hexies together.  Here is how far I've gotten -

I wanted them to be 'randomly' placed, and of course this meant planning it very carefully so that no 2 patterns/fabrics were next to each other.  (Although I have now realised I have a diagonal row of 3 blues!)  Sewing the individual hexies into rows (of 9) didn't seem to take too long.  But, sewing the rows together is quite time consuming.  It does feel really good to see it all coming together though. 

These hexagons will form a cushion front,  I saw a great idea here to square them off and then frame them, so I'm going to frame mine with a cream calico fabric. 

I reckon there's another couple of evenings work here but I might have to make up another row because I've just realised this will be 9 across but only 8 up and down the way!  Each row is approx 16" so by the time I square my finished block off and frame it, it will cover an 18" cushion pad just perfectly.  I will also add some quilting lines for added 'security' as I don't know how much I trust my hand sewing, especially as I actually plan on using this cushion as a cushion.  (That is if I can bring myself to sit on it!)

In case anyone was wondering - this is what the back of the panel looks like -

A couple of the papers have fallen out (which made them a pain to sew together) but most remain intact.

I've seen some hexie progress where people sew them into a flower shape and then add to it, but I thought that rows would be easier. 

So far, I've found this method pretty easy and this is how I'll do it in future.  More hexie projects will definitely follow - some of you warned me they would become addictive, and you were certainly right :)

For now, I'll concentrate on getting this one finished.

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Saturday, 2 April 2011

All wrapped up and no-where to go!

Well, my little sewing roll was all rolled up and ready to go on a trip this weekend to Aberdeenshire, along with the next set cushions I am going to hand applique, however, our plans to go away have been thwarted.  We had been driving for half an hour when my little one was violently sick all over himself and his car seat!  It was quicker to come back home than to continue to our destination, so back we came. 

Never mind, I can sit this evening and hand applique the hearts to the centres of these 2 cushions -

I had originally planned to use 9 different print fabrics - these ones -

And arranging the 9 hearts in rows of 3, however, once I had cut out the hearts I decided this look was far too 'busy' so I chose 4 complimentary hearts and put them on a white background and framed the white with some grey left over from my quilt and some lovely raspberry gingham.  Two cushions for our bed, one (hopefully) slightly masculine with the grey border!

I am actually surprised that I am sticking to my 'to do' list and moving onto these pillows straight after having completed the elephant cushion.  Usually I end up going off on a tangent and working on something completely different that pops into my head! 

Since we were originally going away for the weekend I had bought myself a couple of magazines to read - Simply Homemade (which is only on it's second issue). 

This magazine features all different kinds of crafts - including sewing, paper crafts, glasswork, knitting, and crochet to name but a few! Each issue also comes with a free gift (cute stamps and papers last time and stencils with this one).  I've had a flick through and a couple of cute projects caught my eye including these candles -

They are actually shop bought church candles, but the magazine shows you how to decorate them to turn them into an expensive looking gift!  There are also instructions on how to make your own candles from scratch. 

There's also instructions on how to make this pretty bag -

A girl can never have too many bags, right??

I also got 'Ideal Home',

but after having a flick through I think it's a bit too grown up for me! (I thought it would have some crafts, but there doesn't seem to be any.)  However, it did come with the pretty notebook free :)

I did spy within the magazine this fabulous kitchen.....what I wouldn't give for a huge kitchen big enough for an island in the middle of it like this one -

And this beach hut veranda...... which I'd like to escape to and feel the hot sun on  my face as I get on with stitching those hearts to the cushions!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Top done!

I am very excited to say that I finished sewing my quilt top today!

This is all 30 of the wonky squares.  I soldiered on until they were all sewed into rows....then sewed all the rows together so the quilt top is completely done!

Lets just say we had dinner a little later than usual tonight!  Once I had started sewing I didn't want to stop until I was done.  It has now been ironed and neatly folded, awaiting a visit to the fabric shop tomorrow to see that the backing fabric I am planning to get actually looks ok alongside the top fabrics. 

I have no idea what colour of binding to use, I think I'll wait until I've quilted the quilt and then see what will work as binding. 

I am really surprised with how quickly I'm getting through this quilt,  hopefully if it's finished by the weekend it will only have taken me a week from start to finish.  I already feel such a sense of achievement and can't wait until its completed and I'm snuggled under it watching tv! 

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

The magic number!

Not so much a 'sewing' post today, but just a little happy post from me! 

When I first started this blog I didn't think anyone would read it.  I thought it would have 2 readers - me and my other half.  This blog was originally just an online place to store my thoughts, progress and to bookmark some other blogs and projects that I like that are out there in cyberspace.  Today, only a couple of MONTHS after starting this blog, I have hit the magic number of 1000 page views!  I am so surprised (and pleased) that people - YOU, are coming and reading my blog.  I have (very) excitedly watched this number rise by the day. 

However, you are a quiet bunch.  I don't reallly know who you are....there aren't many of you in my list of 'followers', so I can't click on your links to find out who you are, where you are, what you do etc.  So go on...leave me a comment, don't be shy, say hello,  let me know if you have your own blog so I can come and visit!

I haven't taken any sewing pictures today - although I am very pleased to say that ALL 30 of my blocks for my Topsy Turvy Quilt have been sewn!  I have ironed my seams and cut half of them to 12.5" squares.  I'll cut the other half tomorrow and then begin sewing the rows together once I've decided how to lay them out (that could take a while!). 

I'll leave you with some photos of the past few days - LOTS of walks in the park, lots of fun.  We've had about 4 days of solid sunshine!  (Yes, we do get sun in Scotland!)

Monday, 28 February 2011

I have chosen 'The One'!

After much careful deliberation and thought, I have chosen 'The One'.  The one that will keep me warm, the one that looks beautiful, the one that will be with me for years to come.  The QUILT design I have chosen to make for my first quilt (ever) is the Topsy Turvy Quilt (tutorial over at Moda Bakeshop).  Here is the design -

I love the design for many reasons - one being that it's really simple, you can really see each of the fabrics used, but most of all - its WONKY!! This is good news for me as I hate straight lines,  the harder I try to get things sewn up straight the more it looks squint! 

I spent a while yesterday preparing all the fabric - cutting the squares 'wonky' and cutting the strips of the border fabric. 

Wonky squares
Cutting all done!
Once I had cut all the fabrics up, my legs, back, wrists, arms and hands ached!! I used my rotary cutter and new quilting rectangular ruler and it was all really easy to do, but the pressure I was applying to cut through the fabric meant my arms got a really good work out! 

I began sewing the borders onto the squares this morning and did some more during nap time and here's my progress so far -

I am REALLY pleased with how this is looking.  The next step will be to square up these blocks to 12.5" then sew the blocks into rows. 

I spent ages in the fabric shop on Saturday trying to decide what to use for my border colour - the choices I had narrowed down were ivory, cream or silver/grey.  In the end I chose the cream.  It keeps it nice and light and contrasts so well with the colours in the 'Sunkissed' fabric range.  I felt that the silver/grey was a little on the dark side for the quilt top but I might just use it for the backing.  I haven't even begun to think about what to use for the binding.  I think I'm going to end up in the fabric shop with my finished quilt top trying to decide!