Friday, 10 April 2015

A Spooky Cushion

For Christmas, I decided to make the other half's sister a cushion. She is quite into spooky type things, so I was really pleased when I came across this Eerie Moda Layer Cake - to be honest, I came across the material and then decided to buy it and make her something.

I used my Pop! Pillow book for the pattern (and instructions to make a cushion!). Getting it all lined up was very frustrating - it's not perfect and I'd love to try it again one day. Time and temper constraints stopped me from unpicking it too many times (which is probably a good thing!)

The backing was quite fun - although difficult to look at for too long! I will be making a second cushion with the remains of the materials; but not the same pattern as I don't think my patience can stand it!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Wedding Crafting - Favours

I'm getting married next year, and we decided that a fun thing would be to craft some of our wedding bits and pieces - make the wedding a bit handmade, which suits me because as you may have noticed, I like crafting!

One of the things we have decided to do is make our table names, which will double up as bookmarks - so will be our wedding favours. Initially, I was going to do a personalised image per person (e.g. my other half likes baseball, so I'd've sewn a ball and bat). This seemed very time consuming, especially as you would have to wait for people to reply! Also, I thought I would have a lot less space available to sew than it turns out I do!
The first attempt

The Design
With the help of my friend (although I think she needs upgrading to creative director), I have designed my favours and managed to make a couple. I'm not going to sew the names in until I get RSVPs - these will take two minutes to do!

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with how they have turned out. It is unusual that I have managed to design something and it comes out well - I usually rely on other peoples patterns!

One down, 69 to go. 11 months and counting!

Close up

The finished product

Sunday, 5 April 2015

My Third Baby Quilt

So in what is becoming a bit of a tradition, a friend expecting a baby has led to a baby quilt being made.

My first challenge was to ensure it was made on time (and beat my big sister's track record of getting the quilt to them waaaaaay after the baby is born). I managed 2 weeks after, which I'm quite impressed with.

My second challenge was picking the material. The baby was an unknown gender, which isn't too bad, but it meant I had a really wide range of material to choose from - enter kid in a candy store. I ended up picking a Moda layer cake called Forest Friends, which is gender neutral and suits the parents very well!

My third challenge was the pesky wadding. At the point of sewing it all together, I opened my wadding supply and found that there was far less there than I had thought - so I had to order some more. Not necessarily a huge deal, but it's really irritating when you're on a roll, have a Saturday set aside to get this done and you fall at the first hurdle.

I made a disappearing 9 patch (which I've never done before), and quilted around each large square. I think if time had allowed, I would have quilted along all the lines, but it still looked rather good, and showed off both sides just as nicely (if I do say so myself). The amazing videos from Missouri Quilting Company on YouTube helped me with both the new design and making my binding very neat and a nice fit. I definitely recommend their videos if you are stuck for new ideas, or want some quilting & binding advice. Apologies for the bad lighting, but this is how it turned out, pre and post binding fold over

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Cross Stitch Mayhem

A while ago I came across a set of Disney cross stitches that I absolutely loved and added them to my Amazon wishlist, thinking as they're  £40 no one would buy me any. One year later and I have 4!
Thought I'd share current progress on the first one - any ideas which Disney princess this one is?

Stretchy Sewing Saturday

In January, myself and my friend, Hannah, signed up for a course at the local sewing shop - learning to sew with stretch fabric. I thought i...