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 !!!

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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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Easter bunny

Oh, it has been so long since I have made anything! 

I had lots of lovely sewing items for Xmas, cutting mat, new scissors, sewing box, rotary cutter etc. it seems to have been the kiss of death for my sewing days! …..until tonight, when I took myself away and had some time in my sewing room. After flicking through my magazines for inspiration, I came across this cute bunny pattern. 

overall, it has turned out ok, but my lack of experience leaves a few glitches. Like how to sew the body parts together without seeing the stitches. 

In general it isn’t too bad I suppose, but now I need inspiration for something else…back to my books… 

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One step forward…two steps back!!

*sigh*

*groan* 

and a silent scream….

so….after the fantastic help I received from my last post and the cryptic code of row 9 of my crochet flowered square.  I successfully managed to decipher the code with the help of a simple full stop added to the pattern. To my amazement, it all became clear. 

Now, to my absolute horror, I have now discovered upon completing said “row 9” that I have made a huge error on row 8 !!! Or in fact, any of the rows from 1-8.  I have one too many petals to my flower, making it now very NOT square.  I have to start again…From number one…silly, stupid me! I so frustrated. Image

My only saving grace is that hopefully I can use the flower as a single appliqué on something else, where my extra petal won’t be noticed. 

How frustrating! I’m not going to let this hamper my crochet curiosity though..I will plough on..I will not be beaten by this !! 

Thank you for your help 🙂