Monday, 14 July 2014

Paper pieced quilt

Here are the first three finished blocks.
I have noticed that I am needed to add bits to either the top and bottom to make them into 10" square blocks, as no matter what I do they're not coming out like that - I'm sure there is a reason, but I can't find it as of yet. I recon it will be one of those that will become apparent on the last block.

So three made and three more British animals to go and then six Australian animals to make.

First up is Mr Hedgehog - he has had some added bits on the sides.
I had to re-do a big part of this one as it wasn't right - this is definitely a learning curve and patience is going to have to be employed - that is a definite!

 Then here is Mr Badger - who also had some added bits.

 Then Mr Owl, who is made up of 71 pieces! He will need some more sides added and I'm going to have to unpick the top part as the ears don't line up, I thought I could live with it, but I'm not going to be able to.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Paper pieced quilt (in time)

I have been asked to make a quilt featuring Australian and British animals, and after looking on crafty  I found two sets of paper pieced patterns from Quietplay who is pretty much the queen of paper piecing, she does have some lovely patterns.

Anyhow, I bought my patterns and have done a fair bit of tracing them out onto greaseproof paper and because my machine has broken, I've not been able to sew any, but I am borrowing one of the ladies from church's sewing groups machine until next Tuesday, so I thought I would make a start.

Here is the hedgehog that I started last night and I have to say I unpicked probably as much, if not more than I actually sewed. Then I made the mistake of having a couple of beers while I was doing it (rubbish day at work's fault) and then just kept sewing the wrong colour in the wrong place, so I decided enough was enough for last night - this is where I am up to.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

New-old machine

My sewing  machine has broken again and for the time being can't afford to get it fixed. I am in one of those catch 22 situation, I need to have a machine to sew my commissioned quilt to earn the money to fix my machine, but need my machine to make the quilt!

I put my gripe on facebook and one of my cousins offered me her Mum's old machine. Then came the logistics of getting it to me,  at which point another cousin offered to drive it over - so not only did I get a new - old machine, I got to see two  of my cousins today. I don't often see my cousins as we are quite a large family, there are 27 first cousins in my family and goodness knows how many second cousins and cousins in law.

The machine is a Jones machine, although what model is I don't know, but if anybody has any idea please let me know.

At one point I plugged the machine in, then went into my kitchen and came back out about five minutes later because I heard a noise, which I thought was the rain starting, only to find the machine running on its own. I think my aunt came for a visit and wanted to let me know that she is happy that I have the machine.

I have had a go on it and it's sews lovely, I am feeling very blessed today!

I also have a finish today, courtesy of my neighbour Roo and her
sewing machine.

That's Roo in the picture and Abbigail helping to model it - she is
such a cutie. 

Monday, 30 June 2014

Finishes this past week

The church wall hanging is up on the wall at last, we were sewing the last evening from 5.30pm until 9.30pm, it was a hard push but very worth it. Although now I'm really trying hard to be pleased with it and stop finding faults with it, but hey ho that's just the way I am, on the up side at least I'm not pointing them out ;0)

My other finish is for my very good friend Jule's new grand daughter Madeline who arrived last week. A really sweet little log cabin quilt done in furrows.
I used a red and white heart fabric for the centre of each square,  as I think it really lends itself to representing the heart of the home.
I've done another scrappy back,  though with only three fabrics and I used big white dots on red for the binding.

If you've ever wanted to do a pixelated quilt there is a gadget to pixelate pictures into a quilt layout. I have quite a few patterns printed off. The only thin I would say there is part of it which doesn't print correctly, so you'd have to do a screen shot of it and print it that way - it's the part where it shows you which colours you need how many jof, it squares, triangles etc.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Church wall hangings - WiPs Wednesday

We have had a church sewing group for a few months now, with a core of two of us, with another one coming along when she can.

It is quite strange to think that something is taking so long, but if I actually look at the hours, we have achieved quite a lot, with one of them only needing binding and I can't tell you how good it feels to be that close to finishing it. It will be unveiled at the church's Sunday School anniversary on the 29th June. We are aiming to get another one finished as well, but I don't like the lettering, it's too small, so it may not make it.

I love this one as there is so much colour in it and the back looks FABULOUS with just cotton thread.

It really shows just how many stitches are in it and you get a real sense of the thread, which does show up on the front more in the actual hanging than the pictures.

I love the quilting on the dove, I'm really pleased with it and in the sun to.

The other one the words will definitely have to be bigger. It looks a bit plain next to the first one, but I think once we've quilted it, I'm thinking in a variegated thread in a wobbly line all coming out from the heart and dove, it will look a lot better.

I also have a small finish - a little dress for my lovely God-daughter Marlie.

Linking up with Freshly Pieced

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Ticker tape elephant wall hanging

I saw this pattern in a magazine called love scrap quilts, the original was in a mixture of blues greens creams and other pale colours.

I wanted to do mine in black and white and i'm really pleased with it, other than the fact I got a bit of hair dye on it.

I used a mother of pearl buttons for the eye, and I have just realised I forgot the quilting part of it. Oh well! It's finished now so it won't be quilted.

I think I did it in a bit of a weird way, I took a photograph of the picture in the magazine, then traced it on to grease proof paper, twice, one of which I used to sew the outline onto the fabric sandwich, the other I filled in with the little pieces placement and use that cutting that and the fabric out at the same time.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Finish up Friday - Tote bag

I have just a small finish for today - a chicken tote for my friend who is getting married, it's big enough for three bottles of wine, so it's perfect.
I used Robert Kaufman fabric and I LOVE those chickens, I have enough left over to make myself a little bag from it as well.
This is part of a number of small pressies I'll make them, as they have two quilts from me already.

The inside fabric I have no idea where it came from, but it was in my big cupboard and it's a really nice fabric, it's like that red toile, only in blue with a much bigger print.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts