Sunday, 25 January 2015

blouse, buttons and quilt design

I managed to finish my new blouse yesterday. I *love* it! Now I just need the weather to warm up a wee bit so I can get it worn. It's still polo-neck weather here!

I had gone to my local fabric/haberdashery shop last week looking for some buttons for this and future blouses. I was really disappointed in their choices and in the prices too. I'm sorry but, if a (boring) 1cm button cost 70p and I need 10 of them for my blouse, that's £7 just for the buttons. That's just ridiculous in my humble opinion.

So, I came home empty-handed, went on to eBay and searched for some button selling shops on there. I got all of these - 205 buttons in total - for £7.25 including postage. Very happy with that!!

I was doodling the other day and came up with an idea for a quilt design.

I then got out my squared paper and coloured pencils and started filling in some colours.

Then I decided to brush up on my Photoshop skills and this is what I ended up with. I am so pleased with it!

I'm not claiming that this is a new design - are there any new designs out there? I doubt it. Anyway, I now have to work out what size I'm going to make each strip - I'm thinking 9" x 3" or 6" x 2" finished size - and then how much fabric I'll need to get it done. It's going to be amazing!!

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  1. Your blouse is lovely and I agree about the price of buttons, they can be so expensive but you got a great deal on Ebay. Your quilt is going to be wonderful, such bright, happy colours.

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    1. Thanks, Jo. I was really shocked at the price of the buttons. I suppose it just goes to show how long it is since I had to buy any!

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  2. Pretty quilt....if your blocks are going to be squares, your strips will need to finish 6 x 2...it has to be tricky thinking in metric and creating in US inches.

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    1. You're right! I meant 9" by 3"! *blush* I'll go and change that!

      As for thinking in metric and creating in inches - I'm old enough that I was taught feet and inches at school but also learned the metric system so I suppose you could say I'm ambidextrous! LOL

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  3. Your quilt design looks amazing Anne, and no doubt will be even more gorgeous when you have finished the project. £7 for a couple of buttons, that is taking the mick isn't it! Well done for the bargain on Ebay. And your blouse itself... I am in awe!! Keep warm xx

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    1. Thanks, Chel. Yes, I thought it was taking the mick a bit too. Shopping for buttons on eBay might be dangerous though - so many buttons to choose from. :oD

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  4. Love that blouse - it's gorgeous. As for the quilt - I think you just wanted to play on MacPaint! It's very pretty and bright - going to look ah-may-zing!

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    1. LOL I didn't ever play with MacPaint - I left that to you and Debbie and Dad! :oD

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  5. Love your bargain ebay buttons, they can be ridiculously expensive. Your quilt design looks fantastic. I can't wait to see it developing.
    Ali xx

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    1. Thanks, Ali. I don't think it would matter so much if I only needed a couple of buttons but when you need 10 for a blouse or, worse, 13 big ones for the Cressida skirt, it fairly mounts up!

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  6. How gorgeous will that quilt be? I'm totally impressed with your organisation skills and cant wait to see it. I like to support local haberdashers but 70p per button is simply not playing the game.
    Ps. Are you sure its only polo neck weather we are having and not thermal drawers and a long sleeved semmit...?

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    1. LOL You're right. Thermal drawers, long-sleeved semmits and polo necks are the order of the day these days! :oD

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  7. Very nice blouse and yes buttons can be quite expensive, so shopping around is a good idea. Glad to see someone else doodles and uses graph paper, but I wouldn't know how to use photoshop to do what you did. I use a very old program I bought called Quilt Wizard, which is the forerunner of the EQ series and that is about my limit in the way of technology. Looking forward to seeing that one come together. Take care.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. The version I have of Photoshop is quite old but it still does what I want it to do so I won't be upgrading any time soon! :o)

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  8. I really like your quilt design, very nice indeed!! The price for those buttons is crazy!!! I don't expect to pay that much for one button!! Grr. Glad that you found some at a much better price - that are very pretty too!! Hope you enjoy wearing your new shirt when the weather permits! xx

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    1. Thanks, Amy. I'm glad it's not just me who thinks that 70p each is too much for blouse buttons. And they weren't even particularly pretty!

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  9. Hi Anne
    I have just downloaded google chrome on to my new laptop, in the hopes that it will solve the problem of commenting on some blogs - fingers crossed!
    Anne

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    1. I didn't get notification of this comment, Anne, so it looks like it didn't solve it. :o(

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  10. I love your blouse. That's an outrageous price for buttons, I'm so glad you found a better deal. I was just looking at buttons the other day and decided to make do with what I already have because they did seem pricey. Actually, sewing thread seems more expensive lately too. I might have to look for a deal on that as well...

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    1. I used to buy my Gütermann threads from an Etsy shop based in the US and always got good service from them - and good prices! (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CustomThreads1)
      I stopped buying them from there when the postage costs went up making them not so cheap any more. I don't know if the postal costs make it a good price for you, Jennifer, but it might be worth investigating. :o)

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  11. Oh fab, your quilt is going to be decidedly amazing! Lovely blouse too, and I agree - that's an outrageous price for buttons... particularly seeing as the retailers are buying them from China at ridiculously low prices!
    xx

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    1. Thanks, Gilly. The quilt top is coming together quite nicely which makes me really happy! :o)

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