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 🙂

 

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Triangular pair

Once again it feels like forever since I blogged. I’ve had a manic October so far!

It was my birthday and my other half brought me this fantastic plaque for my sewing room

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It’s great isn’t it, I love it ❤

I then completed a 10k extreme obstacle course on the 12th, which involved all sorts of crazy things, swamps, cargo nets, iced water, mud, mud and more mud! A lot of my time has been spent at the gym trying to get as fit for it as possible. I raised £800 for cancer research and feel pretty pleased!
Here's a few mud shots:

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I finally got into my sewing room tonight! Its been too long… I created this pair of pillows inspired my a new book I have purchased, for patchwork and quilting. I have used various materials to jazz them up. I think they would look nice with some ditsy floral fabric too, I will try and make another pair at the weekend in different colours. The buttons in the middle are to disguise the fact I could get all the squares and triangles in line! I’m trying to suss out techniques to sort out these little issues I come across. Maybe I should read these sewing books I buy rather than just looking at the pictures! They turned out ok, I think they are quite funky!

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My little cat also came in with me and helped the best he could 🙂 he loves exploring my stuff when I’ve got it all out. Inquisitive little cat he is:

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My next mission is to try and sew in a zip to one of my cushions…I’m sure it will be interesting if nothing else!

Quick cat pillow

It has felt like forever since I last got in my sewing room and created something! I decided to have a selfish session on Wednesday and locked myself away!

It’s another pillow, using the same cat motif as last time as I think it is cute. I used an assortment of linen fabric for the actual pillow and used mainly cut offs for the motif.

I will put this one with my stash! I’m doing a Christmas fete with my mum in November, she also likes to make things, so it will hopefully make a nice addition.

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Cute cat pillow

And today’s little creation is this cute cat pillow.

I am totally a cat-a-holic !! I have three in my house and given half a chance I would have a houseful.  My retiring dream would be to own a house and convert it into a cat sanctuary for unwanted cats. I love the little furry creatures xxx

So it delighted me to make this pillow today. The motif is from a patchwork magazine I brought ages ago (where I also made the cat doorstop from) It is meant to be part of a big patchwork throw, but I’ve just used the one motif to create this. I’ve used several pieces of material to make it a little different.  I used the motif stitch on my sewing machine too which got a Lot easier the more I went on.  I’ve added a cute love heart button for its nose and hand stitched the remaining details.  Then finished it off with a little bow.

At the moment this lives in my sewing den, but I think I might put it more on show somewhere xxx

A square evening.

I’m in between projects and unsure of my next move so I pulled out my patchwork quilt. I have been hand sewing the squares so far but now that my sewing machine is up and running I have used it this evening. I am so impressed with how much faster the whole thing is. I flew through 4 rows in next to no time.

Im not sure what the correct method is or even if there is one. I’m just happily sewing my squares together. I’m not sure how big to make it either. I suppose I will know when to stop!

Once again my lovely kitties thought it would be nice to help. They love laying all over my material and giving me a helping hand! Little imps !

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Birds on a wire

This is my other pillow that I completed yesterday. I actually got the idea from a colleague.  I hunted down some bird templates from the Internet and resized them.

once again the material has been gifted to me. The main beige colour is a lovely soft chenille. It’s the first time I have properly used the motif stitch using my sewing machine. I researched how to use it properly and gained some technique advise. The wire that the birds are on is another interest stitch from my machine.  I am really pleased with it. It isn’t a standard size, so I will have to make my own pillow insert.

i think I will make a few more of these maybe using different variations of colour.

Hope you like it 🙂

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I even made my own trim!

I even made my own trim!

Reverse of pillow

This is macie, my British shorthair helping out with measuring the fabric. She's good like that ;)

This is macie, my British shorthair helping out with measuring the fabric. She’s good like that 😉

Storage solution

This blog is related to my sewing … Honest 🙂

I have gained so much ‘stuff’ during my sewing journey so far. I have been storing my delights in various boxes and containers stashed in my wardrobe. It was beginning to take over the wardrobe, so I have been out today and purchased me a vintage sideboard. It has loads of storage (or had, I’ve filled it!)I love it! It also so has some handy drawers for storing ‘bits and bobs’

whilt I was hunting around the second hand furniture shop, I also came across an old singer sewing machine. I didn’t buy it, but had to take a photo!

Look at this beauty!

Full up already!

I love it!

My little kitten dexter was most helpful with a suggestion of how to use one of the empty storage boxes!

My little kitten dexter was most helpful with a suggestion of how to use one of the empty storage boxes!