Don't you just love it when you find a finished quilt top ready to quilt - and that's just what happened at the weekend! I'd been sorting through all my boxes of fabric and my daughter Alice commented on some fabric that she saw in one of the boxes. So I pulled it out to show her - and discovered that it was this beautiful quilt top that I'd pieced together about 5 or 6 years ago! I'd bought this as a kit from my local quilt shop, Quilters Haven, and can't even remember the name of the pattern - all I can remember was that it was a kit by Timeless Treasures and included this collection of beautiful Tonga batiks in greens and blues and purple and I couldn't resist it! After it was machine pieced together I'd put it away, thinking it was FAR too big to quilt myself, and had forgotten all about it. And it's big. Really big. 80" square big. So on Thursday I'm off to see Janette, to get it long arm quilted. Now I wonder what other hidden treasures I can find in my stash!!
One of the nicest things about sitting in the garden on a nice summer's evening is watching the dragonflies skimming over our garden pond. Dragonflies are the inspiration for this beautiful wrap style necklace or bracelet, which boasts a variety of lovely handmade components and stunning beads. Cotton fiber, glass pearls, a stamped "believe" connector, recycled glass, and a wonderful Czech glass dragonfly pendant make up the length of this 24.5" piece. This will DEFINITELY cheer up after the recent trauma of having my planned surgery cancelled at the last minute, and will stop me from getting niggly!! Especially as Amanda Davie has a MASSIVE sale on at her Etsy shop, so it'll stop Mr F getting niggly too when he sees the postman popping round again hehe!!
Well I'm afraid I'm going to be missing in action for a while as I'm going into hospital today for an operation. Hopefully I'll only be in for a few days. I've packed a couple of "Wallander" books to take with me, and I've even packed some hand-sewing in my bag, as I'll probably be bored stiff as I'm really not used to sitting around all day! Anyway, I'll soon be back, sharing lots of crafty stuff with you that I've been making!
Do you remember the "Beyond Measure" sewing machine mat (pattern by Bloom) that I made a few weeks ago? Well I used some gorgeous sewing themed fabric, and had enough left-over to make a zippered bag to keep my smaller sewing things in, like my thread snippers and spare needles and a reel of thread etc. I added one of my "Quiltystuff" labels to a piece of fabric, and sewed it to side of the zipper to use as a tab. I used an AnnAKa pattern, called "Anna's Sminkepung" and quickly stitched up this bag last weekend. I like to alter these patterns using whatever size fabric pieces I've already got, so for those of you who like to know the size is important, this one measures 11" long and is 6" in height. AnnAKa patterns are available form quilt shops in Scandinavia, and there are links to some of these shops on the side bar of my blog - sorry, but despite numerous requests, I am unable to supply copies of these patterns!.....
.....oh and do you remember the fabric divided basket (pattern by Noodlehead) that I make to keep my sewing things in? Well it really wasn't working for me. So I did a bit of unpicking (NOT my favourite pastime!) and removed the divider. I re-joined the lining, and attached it using a different method to the original Noodlehead pattern, which gave me a much neater edge along the top. (The first time I made this basket, I had a real problem keeping my top stitching neat, and thought Pfffttttt!! this is no good - and used a zig-zag stitch instead. Well, this time I re-did it stitching very slowly, and the 2 rows of top stitching look MUCH better). Oh and I put my label inside the lining this time too!! As you can see, I've got a very smart, co-ordinated set of sewing accessories now! My sewing table will look very suave ;)
Yes it's Sew Cute Tuesday AGAIN - and if you hop over to the Better Off Thread blog you can see was craftiness has been going on in blogland! Me? Well I've added pictures of a cushion, and cosmetic bags and fabric baskets.
Do you remember last week I made a fabric basket for all my sewing bits and bobs? Well I really needed to make another one, for a very special little girl. I couldn't resist this cute fabric covered with little owls, and teamed it with a pink and white spotted fabric and a touch of turquoise for the binding and lining. I made a few changes to the original Noodlehead pattern - I omitted the divider, and altered the way that I attached the lining too. I used a Mettler white quilting thread for all the top stitching, as it keeps it looking bright and fresh......
.....what do you think? This is for Erin (my great-niece) to keep some of her bits and bobs and books in - and it is soft enough for her to carry around, because she's only little. Hopefully Erin and her mummy will like this basket as much as I do - it's going to be very tricky to give this one away!!
*Updated in thee afternoon to show you this picture of Miss Erin...she loved her basket!!
A few weeks ago I had a competition on my blog and on my Facebook page, and here are the prizes that have been sent out to the lucky winners!! I used AnnAKa pattern, "Anna's Sminkepung" for these cosmetic bags, and added my own twist to the pattern, and decorated them with lace and buttons and one of my special labels of course! I hope the winners like them - Jules and Sue - look out for the postman - he's on his way!
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