Did you celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day yesterday? I spent a couple of hours in my sewing studio finishing off a quilted journal cover to fit an A4 Pukka Pad Project Book. I've made several of these covers, including a couple for the friends that I'm off on a quilting trip with in a few days time - and I decided that I really needed one of these journal covers for me too! Unfortunately it wasn't QUITE big enough for the display book that I'd planned to put in it, but it was the perfect size for the A4 Pukka Project Book without being a tight fit!
We woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning and I couldn't resist getting a picture of 4 of my "Lynette" cushions. Patterns and fabrics are by Lynette Anderson Designs. From L-R the patterns are Christmas Eve, Christmas Friends, Snowmen Make Me Smile, and Frosty the Postman.
Best part of a mid-week day off is spending a couple of hours in my sewing studio! The pattern is "Anna's Sminkepung" by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa. This pink floral Lecien fabric is gorgeous, and looks perfect trimmed with some vintage lace. I've quilted this very simly using a variegated King Tut quilting thread, and used white Aurifil 40wt thread for sewing the zipper in place. This cosmetic bag is a gift for a colleague who wanted "something pretty" - I hope she likes it!
My latest project is the "Konnichiwa Sewing Basket" - pattern and fabrics are by Lynette Anderson Designs. This has been hand appliqued using the pluestick and applique paper method, along with Apliquick tools, and has been hand embroidered with Valdani Threads. The cord was made with DMC threads in co-ordinating colours as my Valdani threads were far too precious to use up! The steamer basket was bought online from Amazon UK several weeks ago...
...the tiers are lined with bag batting covered in fabric (the bag batting was bought from my local quilt shop, KIS Quilting Ltd, in Ipswich) and a fabric covered base was also added to each tier. This will be a really useful addition to my sewing studio, and looks very pretty sitting on my desk along with my other "Lynette" accessories! This pattern is available from quilt shops that stock Lynette patterns - there is a list of world wide stockists on her website, and there is also a PDF download direct from Lynette's online quilt shop, Little Quilt Store, that you can print yourself.
Whoop Whoop!! Look what arrived in the post yesterday - here is Lady with Gin!! Thank you so much Catherine Daniel Ceramics - she's AMAZING! And she looks perfect nestled among my bottles of gin and has made herself a home on my gin shelf 😊
As my sewing date was snowed off on Saturday, I had a productive day alone in my sewing studio. I was busy finishing off a project I had initially started a few weeks ago, when I was on a "Pebbles" workshop with Alexandra Waylett at my local quilt shop KIS Quilting Lt in Ipswich. The pebbles panel was made with a selection of fabrics and textures - velvet, lace, satin, brocade, leather and sequins. I'd bought some teal coloured linen from KIS and it was perfect for finishing off this project. The quilting was done using a Mettler thread (this had been in my thread box for ages, and the colour matched the linen beautifully). I really enjoy sewing with different types of fabrics, and linen and batiks always look good together. I used a tried and trusted method for inserting a zipper into the back of the cushion cover so that it's removable...
...a strip of the same batik fabric was used for a double fold binding, and the cover was filled with a plump feather pad. Thankfully the worst of the snow had gone on Sunday, and I was able to do a photoshoot in the garden - the sun was shining, and despite it being bitterly cold, it was perfect weather for a photo shoot. I'm thrilled with the finished cushion, although Mr F won't be allowed anywhere near it!
I decided to make a simpler version of The Ultimate Travel Sewing Companion. This "Sewing Standard" fabric was just perfect for this project, teamed with some black and white spots. The original pattern is by Lynette Anderson Designs, and is embellished with hand embroidery and applique. This version is somewhat plainer, with a feature fabric for the main part of the outside of the companion...
...this version still has lots of plastic pockets, and is really useful for keeping all sorts of sewing accessories in, including my Apliquick rods, small perfect scissors, Clover thimbles and a few reels of Aurifil thread...
...a handy pocket for a small cutting mat, and pockets for Sewline glue pen and Sewline marking pens. These Clover Yo-yo makers all fit into the large plastic pocket too...
...zippers make sure that everything stays secure. I didn't add a strap for larger scissors or the appliqued woolfelt needle keeper to this version...
...this feature fabric has been in my stash for ages - I'd previously used some of it to make a large tote bag for taking to classes, and a small zippered pouch for keeping sewing bits and bobs in. I love mixing spots and checks and prints together, and the monochrome colourway showcases all the bright colours of the goodies inside...
...this was quilted very simply with white Aurifil 40wt thread in a crosshatch design. I used In R Form bag batting for making this, (bought from Empress Mills) and it's quilted really nicely. These simpler versions would make great gifts for my sewing friends!
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