Tuesday, 30 August 2011

knitting, baking, sewing

Over the weekend, I reminded Joanna how to knit. I say "reminded" because I know I taught her as child so I'm not teaching her so much as reminding her. She got on really well. Here's the scarf she started - she's got a wee bit to go before it'll go around her neck, methinks! :oD

Then I did some baking - chocolate chip cookies. Very yummy!

And yesterday I made (yet another) blouse. When I find a pattern I like which fits me, I'll make it in every available fabric! LOL

Tonight, Singers restarts after the summer holidays. I wonder if we'll be starting any Christmas carols tonight? Christmas carols in August? Whatever next??

Saturday, 27 August 2011

more jammies

I made some more jammies for Douglas today. I was looking through my fabric for something fun to make them with and this phone box pattern jumped out at me. I got it about 2 years ago and, other than cutting one phone box out last week for another project (which I forgot to photograph!), it's remained uncut and unused.

So, here's another fun pair of jammies for Douglas - again he declined to model them for my blog. Spoilsport! :oD

The photo looks a bit strange - must be the camera compensating for the fading light. Or maybe it's just a bad photographer blaming her camera - again! :oD

Thursday, 25 August 2011

a bit of a tasty disaster :oD

I decided to bake a cake today that I'd seen on the telly the other night. It's a lemon yoghurt cake.

I did butter the inside of my bundt tin as advised in the recipe but the top of the cake got stuck inside so maybe I didn't butter it enough? Who knows?

This is how it turned out.

It doesn't look any better from this angle ...

... or close up.

The one saving grace? It tastes FABULOUS!! :oD

After I made the flop of a cake, I decided to make myself a new oven glove. Thankfully it turned out much better than the cake - although I don't think it would taste as good! LOL

Monday, 22 August 2011

skirt and jammies

I've been teaching Joanna how to sew and we finished the skirt yesterday. I think it looks amazing.

I love this photo - shows off the skirt and Joanna beautifully! :o)

This afternoon I decided to make Douglas some new jammies. Funnily enough, he declined my request for him to model them for my blog! ;o)

Friday, 19 August 2011

back to dressmaking

I had cut this blouse out before I started on the wedding quilt so, before I'm allowed to do anything else, I have to make what's already cut out. Right? Mum would be proud! :oD

Anyway, here's the blouse:

The material is a spotty polycotton which I bought in the sales. Not in a fabric shop but in the supermarket! It was a sheet! Honestly. I don't know why I've never thought of using sheets before. Even at full price, they're much cheaper than anything our local fabric shop sells and you get a lot of fabric in even a single sheet. And the pattern is way cooler than anything the local fabric shop sells as well! I just love those spots!!

All I need to do now is make the buttonholes and attach some buttons. I made some buttons out of the fabric using one of 4 of the colours of spots on each button ...

... but I'm really not so sure I want to use them. To me they look like a bad fried egg - the lime green one - or like eyes. Kinda creepy having eyes looking out from the front of my blouse!

Note to self - don't show the top of the sewing table in a photo. Cover it up with something first! :oD

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

the wedding quilt - the very last bit

Today I got the quilt off in the post but, before I did that, I had one last thing to add to it - the label. I had read something online that you could print on to fabric on an "ordinary" home printer so I wanted to have a go and see how it looked.

I first of all typed out what I wanted the label to say and then printed that on to paper just to make sure the size was right, was there enough room for me to fold over to sew it on and so on.

Then I used double-sided sellotape to stick a piece of the cream fabric I'd used for the sashings and bindings on to a piece of ordinary paper - the stuff I would normally print on. I only taped it on at the top so that, if the fabric got itself in a tangle, it wouldn't - hopefully - get caught in the printer. It worked beautifully!

I then decided to iron the printing on the fabric to set the ink - I don't know if it needed to be set but I did it anyway and nothing dire happened. I then ran the printing under a tap to see if the dye would run. Nope - it stayed put.

I then left the fabric on the countertop wet and went to the dentist. When I came back the ink was exactly where it should be - no running or blotching or anything like that.

So, off upstairs to carefully hand-sew it on to the back of the quilt.

Can't see it very well? Here it is closer. I chose the font because it's so close to my handwriting, it almost looks like I wrote the label. I LOVE it!

from the sewing room window - 18 August

Monday, 15 August 2011

finished - the wedding quilt

I am soooooooo happy with the way the wedding quilt has turned out. I could stand and look at it for hours.

Douglas stood on a chair to get a view from above. He didn't quite get the whole quilt in the photo but, hey, it still looks fab.

I'm going to call this one "It's not perfect but it is special." - not just because the quilt is anything but perfect. I would like to advise the just-about-to-get-weds: "Don't expect your marriage to be perfect but it will be special - and it will keep you warm!" :o)

Thursday, 11 August 2011

oh. my. goodness. me.

Today it was at last time to decide on the layout of the wedding quilt. I played around with the blocks on the top of our bed and this is what I came up with.

I am soooooooooo happy with it. Who'd have thought it would look as fabulous as that? Not me!

Next step is the sashing/joining of the blocks. Hopefully I'll get a lot of that done tomorrow. Then it'll be the binding and it'll be done.

In the meantime I'm just going to admire the photo. :o)

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

the quilting has begun

I decided to do the quilting on the wedding quilt in a "quilt as I go" format. That means I can do the quilting one block at a time. Wonderful!

First of all, I wanted to make sure I knew how to do the QAIG thing so I tried it out on 2 of the blocks. Here's the front:

… and the back. Ignore the untidy zigzag stitch around the outside - I changed that to a straight stitch on the others.

Success! So I set to and started quilting the blocks.

Here's some of what I've done in the last 2 days.

I've only got 13 more to do which I hope to get done tomorrow and then it's on to the sashing. It's really coming together very well.

from the sewing room window - 9 August

I managed to catch the train again! :o)

Monday, 8 August 2011

just a few questions

I've been busy quilting the blocks for the wedding quilt today but, so that my blog doesn't get overloaded with just photos of that, I thought I'd take a break from it today and post a few questions that I saw on someone else's blog the other day.

What is bothering you right now?
Wondering if I'm going to get the wedding quilt made in time.

Do you like celebrity magazines?
Absolutely not. I wouldn't waste my money on them.

When was the last time you were ill?
I had a bit of an upset tummy overnight Saturday-Sunday but was absolutely fine when I got up on Sunday. Other than that, I can't remember when I was last ill. I mean, I have psoriatic arthritis but it's under control with my meds so I don't think of that as an "illness".

Who owns you?
I have to help mum a lot but I don't consider that she owns me.

One place you’d love to visit?
I'd love to go back to the Grand Canyon - it's an awe-inspiring place.

Did you skip school?

Ever played an instrument?
Yes - piano, oboe and tuned percussion. And the guitar! I forgot until I read Joanna's answers! :oD

Favourite alcoholic drink?
I'm not allowed alcohol on my meds - doesn't bother me one bit.

Do you follow fashion?
Absolutely not.

What colour are your eyes? Do you like that colour?
Blue. After 56 years, I'm used to them by now!

What is the furthest you have travelled from your home? How far was it?
We flew to San Francisco. According to google, that's approx 5044 miles. Add another 26 to get here from the airport so that's 5070 miles.

What is the coldest temperatures you have experienced? Where were you?
We don't get too cold here in Scotland. The coldest would probably be -10ºC.

What is the hottest temperatures you have experienced? Where were you?
100ºF at Phoenix airport. It was like walking into an oven!

Do you like long train/car journeys?
I like long train journeys if I have plenty of room - ie a table between 2 people.

Have you ever considered writing a novel?

Have you ever punched someone in the face?
Absolutely not.

What is your sense of humour like?
If I said I laugh most at "toilet humour" does that mean I have a dirty sense of humour? :oD

Are you a good person?
Most of the time.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

blocks 23 - 40 - ??

I worked hard today to get all the blocks done for the top of the wedding quilt. I thought I'd done the 42 I need but, as I counted them in my iPhoto, there are only 40 blocks. I'm really hoping that just means I didn't take photos of 2 of them but, if not, it's no big deal to make another 2. Fingers crossed I don't have to!!

Here are blocks 23 to 40.

Next stage is doing some quilting. I'm now planning to do them as quilt-as-you-go blocks which, if it works out well, will be much easier for me to deal with at the machine than a 60" x 70" patchwork top.

Off to count the blocks to see if I have 42 or if I need to make 2 more.

**editing to add** I counted the blocks and there are 42. Phew! Now I need to work out which 2 I didn't photograph and do that tomorrow in the daylight.

Monday, 1 August 2011

the wedding quilt - blocks 3 - 18

I'm getting along really well with the blocks for the wedding quilt. Here are blocks 3 to 18. Only 24 to go. :o)

from the sewing room window - 1 August