Sew Along

I had decided to follow a sew along this year, a patchwork one that would help me improve on my skills and learn new things and after a great amount of searching the net I settled on Pat Sloan’s sew along.

It is a mystery BOM (block of the month) and I have completed January!

Just look at this beauty, she may not be perfect but I was so pleased with it.

Pat Sloan block of the month

I learnt HST (Half square triangles) Which I had never attempted before and heard of a scant 1/4 inch seam for the very first time. I completed my block before hearing about this little tip unfortunately but hey I like the little block warts and all.

Not quite as pointy as I would like
Not quite as pointy as I would like

If you wanted to take part in a sew along I would say this is a good one to try, the instructions are very detailed and easy to follow I can only imagine how much work Pat put in to it.

The cherry on the icing (yes there is more!) comes in the form of her sew along facebook group, it is huge yet everyone is just so lovely which can be unfortunately so rare. Not only do you get lots of inspiration from every ones quilts you also get a sneak peek at sewing rooms, advice and very beautiful scenic views- boy there is a huge amount of snow in some places at the minute!

If you liked the sound of the sew along you can get more information Here.

Fabric, Fabric and more fabric

Well I may have gone a little crazy with buying fabric this month. I bought from four different online shops, yes you read that right FOUR! I would say I need help, send me to fabric rehab (There is a shop by that name by the way) but I don’t want to have to stop buying fabric it is just too much fun.

So without further a do….

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fabric

textile

I have more fabric but I seem to have lost the pictures! I will just have to get all the fabric out again tomorrow and take more, there is nothing like looking a fabric don’t you think?

Christmas cushion….

Now I am either really late for 2014 or really early for Christmas 2015, I will leave it up to you to decide!

HOWEVER I like to see this as the new more organised me and that I am smashing my new years resolutions already…

I finally finished my Christmas cushion

Patchwork
Patchwork

This is really special to me for several reasons

firstly because I have only ever done the bog standard square patchwork and this is not just squares.

Patchwork cushion

secondly, I adjusted a pattern to suit what I wanted and I have never attempted to adjust a pattern before. I am in love with the magazine QuiltNow and this cushion is adjusted from their christmas wishes cushion in issue 4. Talking of the magazine if you have not picked it up before run down to the shops now and pick up a copy it is full of inspiration and has loads of different projects at all different skill levels so even a relative newbie like me can find something to try.

He wanted to be in a picture and when I said no I got this little face!
He wanted to be in a picture and when I said no I got this little face!

and last but not least this is the first time I have ever put a zipper in a cushion!

Told you I was smashing those new years resolutions, one of which is to learn new skills…..

This also takes a project off of my to do pile, I tell you my shoulders have never felt so light… ok ok that last one may be a slight exaggeration because every time I open a drawer lately I keep finding half finished projects.

But for my first finish of 2015 I am pretty chuffed.

What has been your first finish of 2015? and was it an unfinished project from 2014? please tell me I am not the only one with a pile the size of a baby elephant?!

My fabric finds

I may have been adding to my fabric stash lately well I mean what is a girl to do when on maternity leave? apart from watching daytime tv and dreaming of chocolate….

BUY FABRIC OF COURSE !

denim fabric

Orange fabric

striped fabric

Just look at this cute fabric
Just look at this cute fabric

In my defence most of the fabric bought was discounted…..

pink polka dot

large dotty fabric

I think I may be a bit dotty haha
I think I may be a bit dotty haha

and I had projects in mind… for most of it….

But I still need more I think I have the equivalent of nesting but instead of collecting a huge amount of baby clothes and soft teddies I have been collecting fabric for non baby related sewing.

Lined Tote bag

Hi Everyone

Where has this week gone?! I have been super busy but a good sort of busy, another first (I know there are loads on this blog of mine!) was the lined tote bag I completed last week

Summer is here
Summer is here
Lined!
Lined!
a corner
a corner

summer tote

I was so chuffed with the results I have given it away, this may not seem like much but normally when I make something I always feel like it is not good enough but not this time 🙂

Hope you enjoy it mum.

Talking of my mum it is her Birthday tomorrow so watch out for some baking pictures in the next post.

Purple cushion and a little helper

I bought some lovely fabric quite some time ago, I even cut it out and like so many other projects it lay there in my bottomless craft drawer for many months (ok I admit it there may be more then one drawer….)

I finally got around to making it up last week. I even had a little helper namely my son, if you were thinking it was my husband you would be sadly wrong my three year old has more idea about what the word helpful means although I have to say my husband is pretty nifty at washing clothes so he has his uses 😉

Do not worry though my three year old was not in charge of the sewing machine he just put the foot down for me and supplied me with a running commentary on how he was my helper and a good boy. We paused for dinner half way through and as soon as we finished he was on my back telling me we needed to get back to work so he also turned out to be my slave driver!

But it did get me one finished cushion

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Summer scarf

My mother-in-law has come and gone, one week flew by filled with shopping trips, my 20 week scan, work and an over excited 3 year old.

One of our shopping trips was of course to a fabric shop, have I mentioned that my mother in law likes sewing? bonus! anyway we bought plenty of fabric, some from the “bargain bin” I am not really sure what to call it as it is not really a bin but there is definitely bargain fabric… just look at this beauty…

bargain fabric
bargain fabric

Yes you read the ticket right 90p, not even one pound and there was enough to make a summer scarf

summer scarf
summer scarf
Pretty pattern
Pretty pattern

Another finished project!

Although I did pick up material for a small bag for my son and another lot of material for some cushions that my husband said he liked, so I actually added to my project list.

Did I mention the biggest news of the week? My 20 week scan showed I was having a little boy 🙂

Exploration into stamping

I had a spare half hour the other day so decided to have a go at stamping with fabric paint, I had bought all the bits and pieces needed a couple of weeks back and was just waiting for the right time to sit down and see how messy I could get.

fabric stamping

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I thoroughly enjoyed myself and for a complete novice found the process simple and the results effective, if you have not done so already I would say give it a go.

I have no idea what I will do with the fabric but in truth I went in with nothing in mind just wanted to see if I would enjoy it and now that I know I do the possibilities are endless…. I am thinking a tote bag for my first project with stamped flowers and a very small amount of embroidery (small amount as I am not very good or very patient!) I like to dream big! haha. Seeing as my mother in law is down for a week soon, I may not get the tote bag started in the next couple of weeks. I also do not want to start it and then put it aside for a couple of weeks, I think I have enough unfinished projects on my to do list as it is!

I bought all my paint and stamps from http://www.colouricious.com

A little bit shady- last completed project for 2013!

I made a lampshade with help from my husband, he knew I had bought a kit at a craft fair in (cough) 2012 (cough) and I had been looking at fabric for it for some time when one night last week he said completely out of the blue “why don’t you do that lampshade, I will help” My response was what I assume any wife that gets offered help out of the blue with no prompting would say “what is the catch?” As it turns out there was not one, best husband in the world right!

Anyway I really enjoyed this joint project and it turned out pretty well for a first attempt

lamp in progress
lamp in progress

As it turns out making a lampshade is not as complicated as I thought it would be.

lit up at night
lit up at night

We used Harris tweed, I was a little concerned that the fabric (or should I say weave) would not let enough light through but as it turns out it is just enough light to make the living room feel cozy.

daylight shot
daylight shot

Trouble is I now need a new lamp base as it has never really gone with the room and the lampshade now highlights this- maybe I could spray paint it silver? a new project for 2014? or more realistically 2015 ha ha.