Pretty quilt

After the success of my last ‘Rupert’ quilt, I was asked to make a girly one.  So with a head full of random colours, all the gear and no idea, I found a pattern to follow to give me a sense of direction! 

I have had to fit this one in with work/home and gym commitments, so it feels like I’ve been chipping away at it for ages. I wanted to make sure I produced a nice quilt so took my time! 

Overall, im pleased with the result… Hope you like it. More importantly, I hope the lady that has ordered it likes it !! 

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Uninspired

I’m not naturally full of great ideas. I love to look at other peoples work and find it fascinating where their ideas came from.

I sat in my room yesterday with all my ‘stuff’ out trying to think what to make. The best I came up with was these key rings. The idea was for them to look rustic, I’m unsure if the just look ‘tatty’?

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I then sat there going through my fabrics and decided to embark on another quilt, which it haven’t finished yet, but here is how far I’ve got. I’m working on the same idea as my cat quilt, but with different fabrics. I think the cute animal squares are great. I intend on adding some other appliqués to it to jazz it up..awaiting great idea!

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I have no idea what to do with it when I’ve finished it though. I’m sure it’ll find a home somewhere.

No direction.

I had a day off work today and had promised a day in the sewing room.  After a long lay in, shower, hair wash, kitchen clean bla bla bla…I finally got in there this afternoon.  Once in there with all my ‘stuff’ out and ready to go, I realised I hadn’t even planned my next make! I decided to get out my ‘patchwork’ book and get some practice in and try some things out of it.  So I created these:

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I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do with them at all !! I’m sure something will crop up.

I then found a pattern for something a step further from these squares, so embarked on this and ended up creating this quilted patchwork pillow! It has many faults. A) some squares are bigger than others b) the border is not equal c) I rushed it to finish it off.

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Although saying all of its bad points, I still am proud of it as it’s another ‘first’. I need to remember to cut out things bigger than needed to allow for seam allowances, then my things may end up equal sizes.

I think this ‘quilting’ lark is certainly something that takes a lot of practice !!!

Cats, quilts and new adventures!

I visited the NEC with my mum last week for another craft show ‘sewing for pleasure’. Once again, I left in total awe of the talented people there and their amazing abilities. I went there quite clearly with cats & quilts on the brain. I came away with cat fabric, bias binding and wadding.

So..at the weekend I embarked on a new project.  A patchwork quilt for my cats to sit on in my sewing room.  The fabric patterns are squares with cats on along with some sewing patterned fabric.  The quilt says it all for me really, my love of sewing combined with my obsessive love of cats 🙂

this was my first attempt at bias binding and it certainly looks easier than it actually is to use. I have some ‘puckering’ of the bias? Any suggestions what I have done wrong to have that happen folks? I used 2 different colours too (the lengths I brought were not long enough, so had to improvise) so my corners aren’t great? In general, I am over the moon with my first attempt.

I found a template for the cute cat heart patch to put in the corner to finish it off too! I love it !

The big test will be if I can actually allow my furry friends to sit on it 🙂

 

Breeding like rabbits!!

It must be that Easter is on its way that my new makes seem to be rabbits! This little bunny is from a magazine pattern.  As soon as I saw it, I just had to give it a go.  I successfully made and stuffed the body, crocheted a little jumper and made the cute little dress. Another first for me 🙂 I’ve never made ‘clothes’ for anything. The design and pattern was so much more simple than I had first thought. 

I love it! I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it though… 

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Bunny take two!

I’m so much more pleased with my second attempt at the bunny. Having used my experience of making the first one, I knew where I had gone wrong and changed things slightly, I added an embroidered heart to the paw pad And changed the bow. I’m quite pleased with this one… Don’t know what I’m going to do with them yet! They may well end up as gifts for Easter or find themselves in my stash! 

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Special delivery

I must have inherited my love of crafts from my mum. She is a very talented lady with needles and wool! Knitting toys is definitely her thing! one day..when I’m a grown up (currently 38).. I will knit like my mum 🙂

today whilst sat at work, the postman brought me this little parcel.  How excited was I hey! Had a little tear in my eye at the same time. For those who haven’t realised, i adore cats ! I felt so special xxx 

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