I’ve always wanted to make a sampler quilt, and I don’t think I make enough “traditional” patchwork blocks. So I decided to do my own “Block of the Month” series, making traditional quilt blocks with modern fabrics with the aim of having a bright colourful sampler quilt sometime in the future. It’s also a good stash buster!
Block number 1 is the Anvil block. I found cutting the pieces the longest part of making this block! I pressed my seams open, I hear that that makes the block lie flatter…not sure how true this is when you have multiple seams… You have to be pretty careful with the layout (or at least I do!), I had to rip seams to redo a piece I sewed in the wrong order. It wasn’t a big deal though. It’s not perfect, I think I need to practise more on my 1/4 inch seams a bit! But I think it looks good for a first attempt.
It’s my MIL’s birthday this week, as well as being mother’s day in France next Sunday, so I decided to make a homemade cushion cover for her for both occasions. I’ve always loved the Dresden Plate block but I was always a bit intimidated by it. It looks complicated to make! But I found this tutorial from Bari J and it seemed easy to follow. I’m not confident enough yet with my sewing machine to try those curved edges so I just turned them into points. I don’t think they are “pointy” enough, so I’ll change that if I make this block again.
I decided to go with a red/white colour scheme, because that goes with the colours my MIL uses in her living room. It’s nice and warm looking too! Once I finished the cushion front, I finished the cushion cover using the same method I used in my “Simple cushions” post, it’s so quick! The longest part of the process was blind-stitching the plate onto the white material, I’ve been doing less hand sewing than I used to and I think I need a little practice again!
So Giveaway Day (week!) is over and we have a winner! The lucky winner of the 7 fat quarters is Rachel. I’ll be contacting you for your address so I can get them in the post to you ASAP.
Thanks a million to everyone who participated. I’m a new blogger and for my first giveaway day I’ve been overwhelmed with the number of comments I have received! I’m catching up on replying to all 338 comments, it has been very interesting to read all about your favourite crafts.
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So it’s Sew Mama Sew’s giveaway day again – their 10th and my first! I have 7 fat quarters of Fairytale Garden by Melissa White for Rowan to give away to a lucky reader. I’ll ship internationally so everyone can enter. Just leave me a comment about what your favourite craft is, and what project you are working on on the moment and I’ll pick a random winner from the comments on Friday evening. Don’t forget to make sure you leave an email or a link to a blog so I can contact you if you are the winner! The competition is open from today until Friday at 5pm PST (midnight GMT). Good luck, and don’t forget to check out all the other giveaways!
Last week, I was doing some organisation of my cupboards, and I found four cushion forms that I had forgotten I bought. I remembered that I had intended to make some cushions using fabric I bought in IKEA on a whim, got intimidated by the sewing machine I borrowed from my grandmother-in-law, and forgot about it. Now I have my own lovely sewing machine and I am getting more confident with it (at least, for simple projects). So I thought I could kill two birds with one stone, and make the cushions, all the while freeing up some storage space (for more fabric, maybe!).
In 2011, SewMamaSew ran a “Pillow Month”, where they posted a load of tutorials and inspiration for making pillows and cushions. The first tutorial in the series was a tutorial to make a basic pillow and that’s what I used to make these. It’s an extremely simple tutorial to follow, and the thing I found most useful was the table with sizes of the pieces to cut depending on the size of your pillow form. On the above cushion, I fussy cut the flower as I thought it’s a nice motif. For the other cushion I just cut anywhere.
For the back, it’s just a flap closure which is really easy (no zips or anything – I’m a bit nervous of zips!).
The fit is slightly loose, I think that’s because of how I converted the inch measurements in the tutorial to centimeters (because I’m in France, and I’m a scientist, all my rulers are in metric!). I want to make two more cushions and I think I will round down my conversions to give a tighter fit (I like the “nearly bursting” look on cushions!). Anyway, apart from the fit (which is a pretty minor issue) I’m quite happy with my first attempt at cushions. They look so colourful and cosy on the chairs in my living room.
I have been seeing a lot of owl-themed crafts around the place, and a few weeks ago I saw this wonderful post from Candid Fabrics. Now my 14-month-old boy loves owls (he has a board book with owls in it and he can even make the “hoo hoo” noise ) so I thought this would be an ideal homemade toy for him. I figured out by myself how to make the owls.
I made two, a green-ish owl, and a yellow/white owl. I didn’t use buttons for the eyes because buttons and babies don’t mix! Once I figured out the process, it was a very quick project to make, it took me about an hour to make two. They are quite small, but I think it would be easy enough to scale up or down the design so I could even make a little family of owls! And I can report that Liam loves his new toys!
Sigh. I can be terrible for rushing headlong into time-saving or “handy” things while crafting that turn out not to be such good ideas when push comes to shove. I have learned this week that I have got to focus on thinking these ideas through before putting them into practice.
A few weeks ago, I posted about my Friendship Star Quilt Top. Well, this week I was all set for doing the final little preparations before basting and quilting. Then I had a proper look at the back of my quilt top:
Can you see the problem? That dark thread…basting a white diamond…looks like this on the front:
It’s hard to see in this photo, but you can see dark marks in the corners of the diamonds where I made some backstitches behind. This will look worse once I put the dark background fabric on the quilt. I’ve spent all of my crafting time this week unpicking the dark thread, it’s not particularly interesting work, and it doesn’t feel too creative to me! How did this happen? Well, I used plastic “quilt patti” templates for my diamonds (they are GREAT), and one of the advantages is that you don’t have to remove your basting stitches. Of course, my bright idea was to use up some of my poorer quality thread for the basting (it uses a LOT of thread). And I never thought that dark thread on white fabric was not a good idea.
I’m definitely going to take more time to think about what I do in a craft project before I do it. Even if this seems slow to me, it will save time in the long run.
So have any of you fellow bloggers ever made a silly mistake like this? If you have, would you talk about it on your blog?
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