Do you remember a few months ago I made a baby quilt for my Norwegian friend Hanne's daughter, Marthe, who was expecting a baby boy? Well here is baby Henrik - he is a few months old now, but here he is, a very handsome fellow, and as you can see he looks very happy laying on the quilt that I made for him! Marthe's sister Sofie is expecting a little girl soon, and I need to post a baby quilt off to her too!!
Sew Cute Tuesday 26/02/2013
Well after a couple of weeks of not much craftiness going on at Foreman Towers I've got two projects to add to Sew Cute Tuesday - a baby quilt AND a medley of cosmetic bags too! Now why don't you hop over to the Better Off Thread blog and see what other crafty goodies are on show this week!
Little A Designs
Those of you who follow my blog regularly may have noticed a link on the side bar to a very crafty online shop called "little a designs". I stumbled across this shop on Facebook, and have been hooked on looking at the beautiful cushions that were for sale. Well then I realized that some ribbons and lace were for sale too.....
.....well of course I couldn't resist this beautiful velvet/lace ribbon, and ordered a few meters of it, in an assortment of colours. After waiting very patiently for the postman to deliver to Foreman Towers, this little parcel finally arrived in the post on Monday, and now I can't wait to get sewing again at the weekend - I just LOVE this green and purple combination. This will make the perfect trimming to some cosmetic bags!
Lecien Floral Collection
Do you remember a few weeks ago I trundled off to "Sew and So's" at Bungay and bought a few half meters of some beautiful Lecien? "Princess Rose" is this lovely bright yellow floral fabric. Well I thought it would be perfect for some cosmetic bags, and love this pink trimming that I bought on Saturday from Fabric8 in Felixstowe. I had ordered some beautiful lace trimmed velvet ribbon, from an online store, but sadly it hasn't arrived in the post yet)....
.....well here is the result - as you can see, I spent my weekend sewing. I used my favourite AnnAKa pattern, "Anna's Sminkepung" and changed it just a LITTLE bit - the dimensions are a bit different, and I love this pink trimming (not as nice as the lace trimmed velvet ribbon - although I'm sure that it will be well worth waiting for!) - a lemon zipper and Prairie Points for the tabs really finish this off.....
.....aqua-coloured cotton crocheted lace was the trimming for this little bag, a pink zipper and Prairie Point tabs.....
.....and finally this one was trimmed with a little bit of white lace, a lemon zipper and again Prairie Points for the tabs as the final flourish.....
.....these cosmetic bags are so easy to make, and with a little bit of trimming, even though I have used the same fabrics for these bags, each one is individual too. Which one is your favourite? These are going to be wrapped up and posted off as gifts to friends - some in the UK and a couple are going off to Norway. As it was a chilly afternoon on Sunday, I didn't spend TOO long in the garden taking photographs!
Simply ages ago I bought a beautiful hand embroidered linen laundry bag from a vintage market - and it had been laying on my bed, with a feather cushion inside, with the top of the laundry bag turned over and was using it at a cushion. It's really old, and some of the linen had started to fray at the seams, so it was time to perform a little bit of surgery on it and breath new life into it.....
.....with a few slices with my rotary cutter, a bit of stitching with my sewing machine and a zipper, and here it is as good as new, albeit a little bit smaller!! Looks fab piled on my bed with all the other cushions!
Odyssea Baby Quilt
Another baby quilt will be on it's way to it's new owner later this week! One of my colleagues is a daddy-to-be (a baby boy is on the way!) and his partner's favourite colour is turquoise. I had this jelly roll in my stash - "Odyssea" by Momo for Moda - and thought it would be perfect for this little boy's nursery.....
.....this pattern is a free download from the Moda Bake Shop website, and the pattern is by teaginny designs. The strips were quickly pieced together, to make the centre panel of this fun quilt. I was worried about it looking too dark, so chose a this turquoise jelly-roll strip for the inner border, and the white outer borders keep it looking fresh.....
.....I already had a metre of fabric from the same "Odyssea" range which I decided to use for the backing rather than the jelly roll strips that the original pattern uses. My friend Janette had given me some turquoise quilting thread with a beautiful sheen that I used for quilting the centre panel, and I used white Mettler quilting thread for the two side borders.....
.....again, lots of dense quilting in half an inch apart gives a lovely ribbed feel to this quilt. A label is sewn to the back of the quilt, the binding stitched into place by hand and it's finished. I used 4 jelly roll strips for the binding, which is the same print as the backing fabric but in 4 different colourways. It's useful using jelly roll strips fro binding as it's already cut into strips AND it's perfectly co-ordinated!!.....
.....although it looks a bit dark in this photo, it was actually snowing this morning when I took this! Now it's just got to be wrapped up an delivered. What do you think David? Will this look ok in your little boy's nursery?
Sew Cute Tuesday 12/02/2013
Yes - it's Sew Cute Tuesday again!! Well this week I don't have anything at all to show you - thanks to my youngest daughter, Alice, who has been busy making herself a quilt with some beautiful red batiks. She had mislaid her quarter-inch foot for her sewing machine, so I reluctantly said she could use my Bernina. To be honest, I was distraught as this mean I couldn't do my own projects and I haven't really known what do do with myself over the last week!! Although I did spend a lovely bag-making masterclass with a couple of friends on Saturday, i was doing the teaching so didn't actually get to sew anything! Well don't worry, I'll make up for it next week! So hop over to the Better Off Thread blog and take a look at the other work on show - and see how productive those other bloggers have been!
Sending My Love
Next week is Valentine's Day, and what better way to celebrate than to treat myself something from my favourite online mixed media and art jewellery store - Amanda Davie. Just look at this fun, Shabby Chic Kilt Pin with a little SPARKLE! Amanda has added hand dyed cotton, glass pearls, fun little skeleton key charms, and one of her own heart pendants to this unique pin. This piece measures 2.5" long. It will look perfect pinned to a jacket or jumper - and I can't wait to wear it!
Freshly Baked Cheese Scones
Last night I was very busy baking again - this time it's cheese scones for a shared lunch at work today. This is a sort of made-up recipe as I added a few extras to my usual recipe!! So here's a list of the ingredients - plain flour, wholemeal flour, baking powder, cheese, pinch of salt, mustard powder, milk and my secret ingredient? Finely chopped onion! I just hope these taste as good as they looked when they came out of the oven!
Sew Cute Tuesday 05/02/2013
Yes - it's Sew Cute Tuesday again!! this week I've added 3 pictures showcasing my creativeness!! Hop over to the Better Off Thread blog and take a look at the other work on show - there's lots to look at this week!
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