Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Now it is Christmas day and the presents have been opened and mostly played with and the best presents this year voted by child A and child B? Bucket of slime of course!
We have enjoyed our Christmas dinner and I for one enjoyed a nice nap.
It is raining here in Sydney but that is perfect because we can stay in and not feel bad about it.
I wish you many blessings and a safe and peaceful Christmas wherever you are.
I wonder if 2014 will be a more creative year with more homemade stuff than 2013?? See you then! x
Friday, 20 December 2013
This cushion is for a friend who is moving back to the UK. I haven't given it to her yet but it is ok, she never reads my blog so there is no way she will see it :)
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Monday, 16 December 2013
I am so glad I did!
I would call them french provincial chairs, or maybe shabby chic chairs?!
Somebody had already made a rather halfhearted attempt to start to reupholster the back of one using the navy blue brocade, but that came off and went in the bin.
And these ones;
Here are mine all stripped down, every staple has been removed and I will start sanding them... when I get a minute. Making these amazing will be a labour of love.
Merry Christmas all and I hope you all find what you need, be it by the side of the road, or elsewhere!!
Friday, 13 December 2013
The Christmas decorations came out the other day. The tree was standing there naked for a few days when I lost all motivation. It is now done and looks great and the kids love it of course.
With the decorations came the stockings I made.
To make the stockings I took lining and batting of the stocking shape and made the front sort of by quilt as you go, placing on the pieces and the trim and sewing it together until I had a quilted stocking shape with lining on the other side. Then I took another two more pieces of fabric, one lining and one the back and sewed them to the front right sides together. I turned it the right way out and sewed around the edge to make it nice and flat. Then I bound the top raw edge.
And now all that is left is for these to be hung up on Christmas eve so Santa can visit us!
Seasons Greetings all xxxx
Friday, 29 November 2013
It looked like this.
I love pinwheels!
Friday, 22 November 2013
Friday, 15 November 2013
I have been working on it this week. As I am doing hand quilting it is taking a little longer, but I will have it down soon.
I LOVE this little block!
I think my border is going to be a little thicker and the corner stones are different. The fabric is Sarah Jane, Children at Play.
I just adore pinwheels and I am pretty pleased with my points and the joining up of these.
The pinwheels are 5" finished and I started with two white squares and two coloured squares. The squares were 3.5" square and I cut them down after sewing them to the correct size.
Next week - a finished cushion!
Friday, 8 November 2013
I quilted it 0.25" from most of the seams but I also want to do some hand quilting in the centre.
To make a finished block 18" x 18" you need:
8 coloured squares 4.25" x 4.25"
8 white squares 4.25" x 4.25"
12 white squares 2.5" x 2.5"
1 white square 6.5"
4 white strips 2.5" x 8.5"
4 white strips 2.5" x 6.5"
To make the half square triangles there are a couple of different ways.
One way is to take two of the 4.25" x 4.25" squares, one white, one coloured and lay them right sides together.
I really must try some other design of quilting someday!
Happy Friday! xxxxx
Edit - I have since found out thanks to the comments below that this design is Round and Round from Thimble Blossoms by Camille Roskelley
Thursday, 7 November 2013
I saw on Kirstie's Vintage Home (channel 4 on UK TV) with Kirstie Allsopp an idea that really caught my imagination. They gave hardly any details about it but showed a quick before and after making two bedside tables from one vintage dressing table. Every now and then, when I remembered I looked on ebay for an old dressing table but although they were on there, they were very often $250 or more. Totally unacceptable prices obviously. Finally one came up on freecycle and I grabbed it!
The mirror came with it but wasn't attached. I don't see how it would be attached but I will use it for something else.
I took the two middle drawers away and got the runners off and was left with this:
Friday, 25 October 2013
I love the multi coloured stars best, and the mummys. But once I had cut the charm squares up I had no whole mummys, or witches or monsters or the cuter characters in this cushion. The colours are not what I would usually use but I really love it and maybe one day I will do modern quilting! I think this is modern quilting.... But it is a pretty simple version I guess.
I had some black pom poms for trim and they were pretty tricky to use but so worth it - I love them.
It has 6 sides and the poles are 19mm hard wood. We could not buy cheap wooden poles here! I didn't want plastic. I wanted 26mm (~1") but settled for 19mm (~3/4") which is fine as they are not bendy. The poles are 2.4m long and will be cut down a little. I will make a round or hexagonal floor (quilt) to be used inside it. My son keeps asking if he can sleep in it which is so cute. He is so nice about everything I make for him. I hope it continues. The cushion is really for him to use in the teepee as he likes to have cushions, pillows and quilts in there to make it cosy.
More on the teepee when it is finished.
Friday, 18 October 2013
I found two I loved and one I liked less. Even though one of the two I love says happy birthday, you can hardly see this, right?
I stapled the edge of the paper onto the back. I just used an office stapler because I couldn't find my staple gun. The wood is very soft so this was no problem. I could probably have used tape if I hadn't had a stapler.