I know I shouldn’t mention the “C” word before Hallowe’en is over, but I’m making a start on Christmas presents. From experience, I know if I don’t start now, they’ll never be finished on time! At the moment, I’m working on a bread bag – it’s something you have in a lot of French houses, hung up in a kitchen, to store baguettes in. I loved the folk flowers embroidery on a tote bag by Nana Company (the tutorial is here on eHow), so I decided to use that as decoration:
I also embroidered “Sac à pain” with stem stitch in green thread:
The fabric is a very light blue linen, which I’ll cut and sew onto a grey linen/cotton fabric, which has a lovely “vintage” feel. I hope to have it finished in the next week, I’ll keep you all updated!
I don’t know about you, but I have a handbag like Mary Poppins! Everything I could possibly need when I’m out and about is in there. It’s all very convenient but I do find my cheque book gets all dog-earred and messy, which bothers me a wee bit. Solution? This very simple and cute chequebook cover!
Back in August, I posted about crochet hearts and butterflies I was making for an ornament, inspired by Attic24. I quickly got all the little butterflies and hearts crocheted (10 or each) but it took me a while to get the right twigs to complete it. A couple of weeks ago, I went to the in-laws place in the country and saw some lovely yellow coloured branches on a willow tree. So I chopped off a few and brought them home. I found it hard to get a good photo but it looks cute in the living room. The baby was even mesmerised! 🙂
My Friendship Star Quilt top has been finished for so long (since last March!) but I’ve been putting off basting and quilting it. This is for several reasons, mostly I’ve been intimidated by it’s size, and by the fact that it will be the first quilt I’ll machine quilt!
It has been niggling at me for a while, and so I made a sort of New Year’s Resolution to finish it in the first half of 2014. I needed a free day when I had nothing else on, and had my son in day care, for basting. The reason? Well, I baste on the floor of my apartment, it takes several hours to do, and basting and toddlers running around don’t mix! 🙂
Anyway, I decided to pin baste, because that’s what my Quiltmaking for Beginners book advises if you’re machine quilting. I’ve always thread basted previously, so this was much quicker because I didn’t have to pin first. I still ended up with sore muscles, but the finished quilt will be worth it! I plan to quilt it in the next fortnight.
One question, how far apart do you put your safety pins when basting? I’m not sure I used enough.
In the last few months, I’ve posted about my new hand-sewing project (here and here, if you are interested!). I’ve put the flowers I’ve made so far together, with a white hexie border, and some mini yellow flowers between the big flowers to cut the white space a bit. I think they brighten the quilt, don’t you?
I’m happy with how it looks so far, and maybe I’ve gone a bit crazy, but I’ve been having so much fun that I’ve decided to make it into a full king size quilt! 🙂
The 1st of December has come and gone, so I think it’s alright to mention the “C” word! Yes the Christmas season has arrived and I decided to make some homemade decorations. Normally, I have these really ambitious plans and they just overwhelm me, so I end up doing nothing. Or, alternatively, I go home to Ireland to my parents for Christmas, so there is no point decorating in France! This year, we will have our first ever family Christmas in our own place, so I thought it would be nice to give a little homemade touch to the decorations. And in order not to become overwhelmed I have decided on two easy projects for this year, one of which I will tell you about today, and the next one in two weeks.
I made three simple Christmas stockings (one for me, one for the OH, and one for the baby), following this FabricWorm tutorial, which is nice and easy to follow. I used novelty and modern Christmas fabrics from Makower Fabrics. Overall, I had no problems, except for when it came to sewing the cuff onto the stocking: the cuff was too large and I didn’t understand the instructions for how to deal with that problem. So there is some slight puckering at the joins. If any of you reads the tutorial, can you clarify it for me?
I was thinking about adding appliquéd initials to the stockings but I think they are nice enough as is. What do you think? Also, I can’t pick which one I want for myself!
Are you making any Christmas decorations this year? If so, what? It’d be nice to get some inspiration for next year! 🙂
I spoke to you all a couple of weeks ago about my current hand-sewing project – a paper-pieced Grandmother’s Garden quilt. So far I have made five flowers. It’s so relaxing and much much less awkward than paper piecing friendship stars (no problems with points, and no holes in the centre!).
As far as I know, most grandmother’s garden flowers have just one “layer” of petals, but some have two and I quite like the possibilities that gives for playing with colours. Also, it makes the flowers bigger and means fewer are needed to finish a quilt!
I like my flowers so far but I will be also using warmer colours for a bit of balance, they are a bit “cold” in my eyes so far! Do you prefer “warm” or “cold” colours when crafting? Or does it matter at all?
Today I’m going to tell you about the third quilt I ever made. It’s a baby quilt that I made for my nephew who was born in 2011. I followed the Moda Bake Shop “Stacked Coins” tutorial with a couple of changes (I only used four columns of coins) and used the “Happy” line of fabric designed by My Sister and Me.
This was made completely by hand, all the piecing, quilting and binding so it really was a labour of love! For the quilting, I stitched in the ditched around each “coin”, and filled the white space with wavy quilting.
As with every project I do, I learned a lot. On the negative side, I learned that you don’t pre-wash pre-cut fabrics as this changes the size, so it was a bit more tricky that it should have been to sew the coins together. On the positive side, I learned how to do continuous binding as well as how to properly mitre my corners!
The toddler I gave this to still uses it so I’m happy! 🙂
I’ve been wanting to make some fabric covered monograms for a while now, especially since I found this really simple tutorial from Flamingo Toes. The plan all came together when I found some cheap letter forms, as well as a Mod Podge equivalent on a recent visit to my local arts and crafts shop. I used fabric from my stash (including fabric from an old top that I don’t wear anymore!) so it worked out quite cheap in the end. I had some trouble with the inside corners (inside the “A” was particularly tricky!) but in general the process was quick and easy. All in all, it took 3 hours to finish. The letter forms are very light, so I just used blu-tack to stick the monograms to the door, which is a lot handier than having to use hooks or something!
I love the Attic24 blog, it’s partly what got me to learn how to crochet back in January. I saw this “heart tree” on the Attic24 blog and I decided to make something similar to put on a bookcase in my living room.
I already have the perfect jug which I found at the annual pottery market in my OH’s home town (I had the idea in my head when I visited the market so that made me more efficient in my shopping! 🙂 ), made by an artisan potter called Silvia Triebel.
A few weeks ago, I found this tutorial for crocheted butterflies on the Marie’s Making blog, it’s simple to follow and it doesn’t take long to make a butterfly. I had also found a diagram for crochet hearts on the DMC facebook page, from a Portuguese crochet club. That was nice, because it meant I had to learn how to read crochet diagrams! Here’s a close up of the heart I have made so far:
I thought a mix of butterflies and hearts would be cute. I’m using the DMC Natura cotton yarn I have leftover from my granny square blanket, which make this a very economical project (apart from the price of the jug). Now I just have crochet lots more hearts and butterflies, and find some nice dry twigs to hang them on!