Saturday, 30 June 2012

some more FW blocks

I had another couple of FW blocks already cut out so I made them today.

Ducks and ducklings:

Kitchen woodbox:

Then I set to and cut out another 8 blocks and then made one of those:

So that's 7 more already cut and ready to sew and then another 3 or 4 more to cut out and make. Shouldn't take me too long - assuming I don't get waylaid - or waylay myself! - with other things. :o)

Thursday, 28 June 2012

remnants and a couple of FW blocks

Every Thursday, I take my mum to her hairdresser's appointment. Whilst she's there, I nip into the local department store where I have a rummage in their remnant boxes. I was quite pleased with my finds today - a hanger of small curtain samples and a piece of fabric with bags on it. I think I might put them together to make a bag of some sort. :o)

Here's the bag fabric in more detail. It really needs a good iron but isn't it cool?

I also spotted a roll of ribbon with wee girls on it so I bought a couple of metres of that too. The total came to less than £5 - not too shabby!

This afternoon, rather than start a big project, I set to and made another couple of Farmer's Wife blocks.

Buzzard's Roost:

And Cats and Mice

I don't remember how many I've still got to make but I'll get there some time. :o)

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

skirts for Joanna

I made a couple of skirts for Joanna today. The first one is a red lineny type fabric. It's not actually linen but it's a cotton made to look like linen. It doesn't look very good hanging on the hanger but I'm sure it'll look much better hanging on Jo's body!

The other skirt I made is a lot of fun. I found myself smiling as I made it just because the birds look so daft! This is the front - those birds *almost* match up at the pockets and the top. :oD

And this is the back:

The pattern is New Look 6106 which I used for her Russian dolly skirt as shown here. It's meant to have a zip at the centre back but I didn't want the birds to be cut apart so I cut the back on the fold and put the zip in the side seam. Don't you just love it? I do! :o)

I've just realised that I've made another skirt in that pattern too but, for some reason, I don't have photos of it. Joanna - can you please take photos of your spotty skirt so I can put it on here? Fanx!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012


I had £12 of birthday money left so, when I saw a waffle iron in our local Lidl store for £14.99, I decided to blow the last of said birthday money on that. I'm so glad I did!

It only takes about 4 minutes to heat up ...

... then another 3 minutes to cook the waffles ...

They are delicious! Especially with runny syrup all over them. Can't wait for breakfast time tomorrow so I can have more!

Here's the recipe I use. We've been able to get 3 breakfasts out of this - that's 12 waffles.

9 oz plain flour
1 dessertspoon baking powder (= 2 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon salt
16 fl oz semi-skimmed milk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1. In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
2. In a jug measure the milk, beat in the eggs and oil and then add to the dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Pour the batter on to the hot waffle iron until it's just touching the edges of the design.
4. Cook for 3 minutes.
5. Eat.

Monday, 25 June 2012

sunrise ~ sunset 25 June

Today's figures are:

dawn to dusk = 19 hours and 44 minutes (1 minute less than last week)

sunrise to sunset = 17 hours and 38 minutes (1 minutes less than last week)

Friday, 22 June 2012

it's a cover up!

I've got a whole crate full of dressmaking patterns and fabrics that I should be making for Joanna but today I decided to have a little play about with some scraps. This is what I made:

The back:

Can you see what's being covered up?

My Kindle:

I am so pleased with the way this turned out. Now, when I go to the doctor or hospital or dentist or phlebotomist - or anywhere else I have to wait - my Kindle won't just get thrown into my bag. Well, it will, but it'll be wearing its fancy schmancy cover. Wheeeee. :oD

Oh, and just for interest's sake, we didn't lose any sunlight from yesterday to today.

The sun rose one minute later but it's also setting one minute later tonight so that's the same time as yesterday. So, according to these figures, this is the longest equal day. Or something like that! :oD

Thursday, 21 June 2012

longest day ... of rain!!

Here's today's sunrise/sunset screenshot:

We've gained one minute of dawn/dusk since Monday. Wheeeee! :oD

I wonder how much we'll lose between today and tomorrow - 1 minute maybe? Or will it stay the same? We'll need to wait until tomorrow to find that out.

I wanted to show off this as well.

It's easily seen from that how Scotland gets so much daylight in the summer.

Wait, what am I saying? Summer? Really? How's your weather looking today, Anne? Aaaaargh!!

Just to keep the system going, here are today's figures for dawn/dusk and sunrise/sunset.:

dawn to dusk = 19 hours and 46 minutes (1 minutes more than Monday)

sunrise to sunset = 17 hours and 39 minutes (0 minutes more than Monday)

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

wee and round oven gloves - tutorial

enough fabric to cut out 4 circles of 7" diameter. They don't have to be the same fabrics.
*EDIT* I now make these using 8" circles.
5 circles of insulated wadding/batting the same size - or more or less depending on how heatproof your wadding/batting is.
Bias binding - I used 1¼" wide but you can use whatever width you've got. (If you want to know how to make your own, here's my tutorial for how to do that.)
6" or ribbon or bias binding for a hanger.

To make the pattern:
Draw 2 x 7" diameter circles out of paper.

Put the circles of paper on top of each other with the top one overlapping the lower one by 3". I made one of the circles red so it would be clearer what I did. At least, I hope it's clearer!

Cut out the overlap so you end up with your second circle looking like the one on the right in this diagram.

We'll call the full circle piece A and the circle with the cut-out, piece B.

Cutting out:
Using A, cut out 2 of fabric. One will be all seen, the other will only be partially seen.
Using B, cut out 2 of fabric. One will be all seen the other won't be seen at all - a good chance to get rid of some of that "what-was-I-thinking?" fabric. :oD
Cut out 4 of A and 1 of B.

To make:
Place one of your B fabrics on your table with the right side facing the table. Put your wadding on top of that and then the other piece on top with the RS facing up. You should have a B sandwich with the RS of the fabrics facing outwards on each side and the wadding in the middle.
Pin together and sew about 1/8" from the edge all the way round. (This photo only shows the top curve sewn. You do need to sew around the whole shape.)

This is just to hold the pieces together. You could tack/baste it instead.

Pin RS of bias binding on the cut out edge making sure you pin it to the fabric you want to be showing.

Stitch ¼" away from the raw edge. Stitch slowly easing your bias binding around the curve neatly.

Turn your B piece over so you've now got what will be the inside facing you. Turn under ¼" on raw edge of the bias and pin it down putting your pins in vertically.

You're going to sew this from the other side so you need to put your pins in vertically so you can take them out as you sew.

Turn over again and stitch in the ditch of the seam where you sewed the bias on. You can hardly see the stitching which is the point of stitching in the ditch.

This is how it will look on the other side - the side that will be on the inside of the glove. It's not so neat but it's on the inside so it doesn't matter too much.

Cut off any excess bias binding at the ends:

Next make an A sandwich with your A pieces of fabric both with RS out and the 4 pieces of wadding in between. Stitch as close as you can get to the edge. It's pretty hard - aka impossible - to sew an 1/8" seam with so many layers but try to get as close as you can.

I find it easier to use my walking foot for that seam but, if you don't have one, just go slowly.

Lay your B piece on top of your A piece and pin at the the ends of the bias on the B piece.

With RS together, pin bias binding all the way around the edge of your circle. I start at the top as that will sort of be hidden by the hanger.

Ease the bias binding to fit the curves:

Stitch approx ¼" away from the edge.

Trim some of the fabric/wadding away from the edges. This makes the next bit much easier. Don't trim too close to the seam.

Turn your bias to the back, turn under ¼" on the raw edge of the bias and pin it down.

I prefer to hand sew the bias down but, if you'd rather machine stitch it, go for it. I just like the way it looks with a hand-sewn bias.

Please note - if you do hand sew it down, use the same colour of thread as your binding not the same colour as your fabric. It looks much neater done this way.

To make a hanger, you can use ribbon or the same bias as you used already. If you're using bias, press under ¼" on the long sides with your iron.

Then fold those raw bits inside and stitch down the edge.

Turn under about ½" on the ends and attach the hanger at the top of your glove. I stagger the ends so that I'm not expecting my machine to stitch through too many layers of fabric. (There would be 8 layers of bias, 2 layers of fabric and 4 layers of wadding if you stitched them on top of each other. Yikes!)

Attach a label if using and that's you done.

This is a small glove - more appropriate to taking lids off pans or taking the peas out of the microwave. I personally wouldn't use them to take baking trays out of the oven. They're a bit too wee for that.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

wee and round

So, what did I want all that tartan bias binding for? Well, I wanted to make some wee and round oven gloves like this one:

I originally showed that glove in this post.

I'd made the Royal Stuart tartan bias binding last week and I made some Dress Stuart tartan bias binding on Saturday morning. It's a-ma-zing how much bias binding you can get out of a 22½" square! 9.30m - that's more than 10 yards. Wow!

So, that was me ready to get on with the oven gloves. Here's the Dress Stuart tartan one all done:

And here's the Royal Stuart tartan one done except for the hanger and label.

I've now made 2 with each tartan to match the pinnies I made earlier this month. Douglas took a photo with them all together: (I don't know why he put 2 of the oven gloves upside down. He *says* it was deliberate. Mmmmm)

Now I just need to get my act together and get them wrapped and sent to Debbie in Canada.

I've taken photos so I can do a tutorial for these gloves. Hopefully I'll get that done soon. :o)