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Finish: Fabric memory game

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My toddler is a very lucky boy, he gets lots of presents from the whole family, and from Santa Claus! So for Christmas, I wanted to make him something special (from Santa Claus πŸ˜‰ ) that would also be unique. I like games for children that are fun but also good for development, so I decided to make a fabric memory game.

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I made 24 fabric “cards”, using pairs of fussy-cut images from fabric in my stash, added a white border, a lining of batting and light blue backing. (Side note: fussy cutting is such a wasteful use of fabric! It’s the first time I’ve used this technique and I was quite shocked! Oh well, at least I have some new additions for my scraps box.)

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To keep everything in order, I made a small drawstring bag from the backing fabric to put the cards in.

By the way, my son loves his game! πŸ™‚

Bread bag – finished

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I finished this project a few weeks before Christmas but I couldn’t post about it because the recipient follows my blog! πŸ™‚ I used this tutorial from L’atelier de Gladys (I’m afraid it’s in French, for some reason, English speakers don’t seem to make too many bags for baguettes! πŸ™‚ ). The fabric is a linen/cotton mix, I love the sort of vintage feel to it. I already showed you the embroidery I made to embellish the bag. I trimmed the patches of embroidery with some lace rick rack (if that’s what you call it).

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It fits up to six baguettes, and it’s useful because the bread dries slower than if it’s just left out in the open. The bag now has pride of place in my mother-in-law’s kitchen. It always makes me happy when I see someone else using (and enjoying!) something I’ve made!

Chequebook cover

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!

Chequebook cover

I whipped it up in an hour, following the tutorial from Crazy Mom quilts: http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.fr/2008/09/gifts-to-create-for-christmas-08.html . It’s very easy to follow, but CrazyMom gives you some more involved alternatives if that’s what you’re interested in.

I used some Indian embroidered batik fabric, I like how the embroidery makes the project look more detailed and complex that it is! And now my chequebook is pretty and protected!

WIP – Friendship Star Quilt – Basting

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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! πŸ™‚

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.

Baby smock

Happy New Year everyone!
My little boy is really getting into feeding himself. That’s fantastic, but I’ve found that normal bog-standard bibs just aren’t cutting it in terms of protecting his clothes from food and drink spills. In the winter, it’s hard to get clothes washed and dried easily so I had to think of a solution.

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I decided on a sort of smock that would cover his entire body. I took a piece of blue cotton fabric, folded it over, and used one of my son’s t-shirts to determine the width and to trace the collar. Right sides together, I sewed this onto a towel (for absorbency). I cut out the collar from the cotton and the towel and then turned the material right side out (after trimming the excess). I finished the collar using a zig-zag stitch on my machine. Just to make it a bit more interesting, I top-stitched around the edge, as well as sewing a square of Summersville Spring fabric (by Lucie Summers for Moda) to the front of it.

I’m sorry the photos aren’t better quality but he doesn’t sit still for photo ops and now it’s being used as is a bit stained!

I’m going to make at least one more as a backup, as it’s so easy to do.

WIP – Grandmother’s Garden progress

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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! πŸ™‚

Christmas Stockings

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.

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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?

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I was thinking about adding appliquΓ©d 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!

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Are you making any Christmas decorations this year? If so, what? It’d be nice to get some inspiration for next year! πŸ™‚

Block of the Month 4 – Cactus Basket

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Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I’ve been feeling a bit blah about my blog and life in general, I think it’s the winter blues! I’m trying to give myself a virtual kick in the bum to get back on the go again!

Here is part 4 of my Block of the Month series. The first month I made the “Anvil” block, and the second month, I made a block called “Barbara Frietchie’s Star”, and in the third month, I tackled the “Brown Goose” block. This month, I made the “Cactus Basket” block, which is another traditional American quilt block.

This month, I found accuracy was a lot easier to get. I like the way half square triangles can be used in so many blocks! If you use HSTs, what is your favourite pattern to make with them?

WIP: Grandmother’s garden, hexies so far

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?

Retrospective: My first baby quilt

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.

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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.

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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! πŸ™‚

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