Wednesday, 22 November 2017

a quilt, a bag, a top and Emily

I finished the quilting of Debbie's quilt last week. I decided I didn't want to quilt over any of the apples which meant I could only quilt over the 4-patches. Anything to shorten the quilting process is fine by me!

Here's a photo showing the olive green fleece I used on the back. A perfect match!

I sewed myself another big shopping bag. I've found that I much prefer this size to the smaller size. I can squeeze a lot of shopping into them! I just have to try and remember not to overload them with heavy things so that I can't lift them!!

I made another version of one of my favourite patterns - New Look 6344.

I might wear this for our Singers concert next week. It all depends on how it looks under my red jacket. If it doesn't sit properly, I might either wear my red cardigan on top of it or just wear my usual white blouse under the jacket.

And finally, a photo of Miss Emily. She was so happy to be playing with some Duplo blocks which belonged to her mummy and Auntie Joanna when they were wee!

I'm off now to start designing an ark. It started raining last night and it hasn't stopped all day today. It's not forecast to stop until mid-morning tomorrow. The joys! I keep telling myself to be grateful it's not snow. I am. I definitely am!

Monday, 13 November 2017

nearly a month's worth!

I finally managed to sort all the blog posts on here - as blogged about here - to reload all 9 years' worth of photos in. Phew - that was a long and arduous task, let me tell you. Anyway, it's done now so back to "normal" - whatever the heck that might be!

Because it's been a good wee while since I posted anything I've made - I just checked and it was the 17th of October that I last showed anything. That's nearly a month ago!! Anyway, there's a lot to show so I'm going to just post photos with as few words as possible. Not like me, I know! LOL

So, let's start with some pinnies:

Next some oven gloves

Some bags:

Then I did some cross-stitch pictures on my embroidery machine.

Next I embroidered some teatowels.

I made a denim skirt for Debbie.

I sewed a quilt top for Debbie. It's already pinned to a fleece and I just need to quilt it and bind it. Hopefully this week.

I finished knitting this Santa weeks ago but I finally sewed him up and stuffed him today.

And lastly a couple of stegosauruses (stegosauri??) which I made today on my embroidery machine. In this photo, they still need their gaps sewn shut - that's all done now.

Phew. That's a whole lot of sewing I've been doing!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

a few of Emily

Today I have a few photos of our wee Emily to share. First of all, this is her in her Hallowe'en outfit. Isn't she adorable - and brave! I wouldn't touch that spider with a barge pole!!

This is her with her teddy. Awwwww!

She loved playing our piano when she was here a couple of weeks ago.

Sometimes life is exhausting for a baby - I look pretty tired too!

Watch how much fun she has with Molly's tail. No animals - or babies - were harmed in the making of this video!

Debbie has sent us a video this evening which shows Emily on the move. Yes, she's crawling. Uh oh!!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

clearing some shelves

I decided it was about time I used up some fabric that had been on my shelves for a good long while so, first of all, I made a couple of bags and a pinny for Joanna. Joanna loves Russian dolls so this fabric is just perfect for her.

Then I made a pinny with some stripey fabric.

I had enough of this cat fabric (which I'd bought in Ikea many moons ago) to make 3 pinnies - one for me, one for Joanna and one for Debbie.

I made a couple of larger-sized shopping bags for myself:

Then I used the leftovers from the stripey bag to make a slightly smaller bag with different handles.

It feels good to have cleared these pieces off the shelves. I wonder how long it'll take me to replace them? Probably not long! :oD

Monday, 9 October 2017

pinafore dresses for Emily

I made a couple more bindings to add to my steadily growing pile. If the colours are right, it's very handy not having to make new bindings for every quilt.

Then I decided to make Miss Emily a pinafore dress with some fabric I'd got out of the remnant bin a few months ago. I used this pattern which has been in my pattern collection since the last millenium.

I made view 1 but wasn't sure that it was long enough.

After consulting with Debbie who measured a pinfore that Emily owns already, we decided I needed to lengthen it by 2" which I did with a flounce. Much better.

Then I made another ...

and another ...

Aren't they adorable? Best bit is they fit her - with room for growth - so that's very pleasing.

Debbie asked me if I'd make a few more bibs so I did. I cut 2 the same size as before and 3 just a smidge longer.

One of the 3 longer ones needed the towelling backing to be joined so I covered the join with a piece of the sticky fingers print I'd used on the front. Quite an appropriate print for a sticky-fingered baby!

Friday, 29 September 2017

an everlasting hug

I've finished the heart quilt and, I have to say, I am chuffed to bits with the way it's turned out. It's definitely worth all the unpicking I did. By the way, the borders are the same width all around - the photographer seems to have cut it off at one side!

I had quilted it diagonally in sort of heart shapes. You can maybe see that better on the back - the pink heart fleece just seemed appropriate for this one.

I was going to go with a pink binding but none of the ones I had in my (vast) collection was quite the right pink. When I noticed that this one had hearts on it, I thought it would be perfect. I think I was right!

I was going to put a label on the back saying something like "a quilt is like an everlasting hug and this one has family at the heart of it" but I decided just to go with my own label (as opposed to a tartan bee label) as it's a gift. The gift will actually be from Joanna so I suggested to her that she could write something like that on the gift tag if she wanted.

Now, when Douglas was photographing me holding up the quilt, Tilly - naturally - wanted to know what I was doing back there. Silly Tilly! :oD