Friday, 29 March 2013
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
So I plan to finish this sometime. I wonder what else it could be used for. What is your longest running project (apart from children)?
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
I picked up this beautiful blanket box on freecycle.
Originally my husband wanted something to put all the shoes in by our bifold doors as shoes pile up there so I got this. However, this is very large so far too big to go where we wanted. So now I am going to use it as a blanket box which will be really useful as I have so many duvets of all different togs and sizes, and pillows and sheets, so It can all go in this. I even have a spot for it which does not require me to get rid of any other furniture to make space!
I could put new decoupage on - I was thinking babushka dolls.
I hope to get this done fast as it is taking up garage real estate.....
Monday, 25 March 2013
I took part in a pincushion swap run by Lisa from sweet little pretties.Here is my one which I posted today. The hexagons are teeny weeny - each side is only 14mm.
I made it pink! (for a change)
I hand pieced the hexagons, and hand appliqued and quilted them.
Then I decided I couldn't do any binding so just made it into a thick short cylinder and sent it off in the post today!
I hope you like it secret swap partner!
Sunday, 24 March 2013
And here it is where it is going to live from now on. It only just fits. I measured from wall to wall and ignored the skirting boards so i am really lucky it goes in that gap! There is about 7mm of space left I think. Phew! I have somewhere to sew again - Hooray!
Friday, 22 March 2013
Can you call something vintage if you made it yourself? I made this quilt top and made it into a duvet cover and used it for a few years. You can tell how long ago it was because it has a frill around it!
It is a lot less bright than quilts made with new quilting fabric and the colours don't go together as well, but this is the charm of it, right?
It is all hand made and all made from completely free materials I collected. I always liked doing patchwork as this proves. Although I did stop doing it for a lot of years.
Back in the day I wouldn't have considered paying for fabric. I used what people gave me from left over clothes making. This meant I ended up with lots of different types of fabric - some completely unsuitable but they all went in anyway! I have other examples I will show sometime of stuff made with completely wrong and not to mention horrible fabrics. This was all before the days of the precut. Or possibly even the fat quarter... when did that first start being sold?
So I think I'll ditch the frill first and then make it into a quilt. Then my children can use it, as I used to.
Do you have old stuff you have made sitting in a box somehwere?
Wednesday, 20 March 2013
I wanted to do hour glass blocks so I started as I would do to make pinwheels and made half square triangles and joined them like this:
Then I made the hourglasses below.
I wonder if I should have joined up the blocks as they were when I first made them. I just thought it was 'wrong' but I am not so sure. Does that type of block have a name? They are on the blog of Red Pepper Quilts using solids and look really good so perhaps I should have been braver.
Monday, 18 March 2013
I asked P Daddy to fix the shelves in permanently and he did this for me. I hated the little holes and the little fixings were brown anyway so I would have had to get new ones. I used the old handles for the drawer.
Another reveal in the new few days of my new desk, I hope!
I think it is amazing what a bit of paint can do.
Friday, 15 March 2013
Also, my lovely friend Suzy gave me this the other day.
Have a happy Friday!
Thursday, 14 March 2013
I may not be on my machine for a little while because I had to take out my sewing area to get the new wardrobes put in. Now I have sold the table because it won't fit anywhere else!! I will have to use the kitchen table and this won't be very convenient. I do have my eye on a great desk but it is a doer upper (of course). I hope to have news of a successful desk purchase very soon.
I do need to get my sewing hat on because I have only a little over a week to make my pincushion swap for sweet little pretties. Time is ticking away!