Saturday, 29 September 2012

Walking in the woods...

Like most teachers, September has been all work and no play! However, after spending my day off yesterday marking essays and writing university references, I was determined to get some sewing time this morning to relax and unwind!
When I first saw Aneela Hooey's Walk in the Woods line of fabric, I thought it was adorable, but didn't plan to get any... When fabric has such a specific design, and particular images, I find it restricts my creativity and I feel too much pressure to make something amazing with it, to 'show off' the fabric. Kind of like the tail wagging the dog ;-)
An example of this is with the Sherbet Pips line of fabric. It's gorgeous! What's not to like? 


Except that all I could manage to do with it was this...



And that's pretty much where these pieces have stalled! I have about 20 pieces ready, but don't feel sufficiently inspired to get on and make them into a quilt top. There's just too much of the fabric design, and nothing of me in it.

However, when I was in a patchwork shop recently, I caved in, and bought a pack of 3 fat quarters of Walk in the Woods fastened together with a free cushion design. As random coincidences go, I did a big sort of the airing cupboard, and discovered Miss PatchyRose's very first cot pillow at the back, which turned out to be the exact dimensions of cushion pad needed for the pattern.



Normally I find I am lacking the gene necessary to follow any sort of pattern or recipe! However, I gave it my best shot with the cushion, and came up with this:


And with all my determination to follow the instructions, would you believe I found they didn't work! Grr. It was quite frustrating, the advice for cutting the back of the cushion is impossible to follow, in that you could never get the dimensions needed out of one fat quarter! However, with a bit of tweaking, and also finding their suggested overlap way too generous, I managed to do this...


Yes, the fabric changes direction, but fortunately Miss PR is still thrilled with it, and loves how it looks on her bed...


Best of all, the left over fabrics were enough to whip up another draw string bag! These are so quick and easy to do, and always look really cute. 


On other sewing news, I discovered a new online shop this week, Fluffy Sheep Quilting. I just had to look at it, because of the great name, and found some nice fabrics at very reasonable prices, which lead to this selection arriving in the post...


Hoping for more time to sew, as I have a few projects in mind... Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Thank Downton it's finished...

The long-armer managed to quilt my giant star in just a couple of days, and I picked it up a week later. However, with us doing the kitchen refurbishment every evening and at weekends, there has been little time to sew the binding on... until Downton Abbey came back on the television this weekend :-) Great start to the new season, and a perfect way to sit glued to the sofa for ninety minutes and and stitch the binding!

So here it is... a giant 'made in cherry' star...


with snow white borders...


quilted in a design called raindrops...


using a thread called wind...


which blends perfectly into the patterned fabric...


but adds a lovely depth to the whole quilt, and gorgeous detail to the plainer fabrics...


and is thoroughly approved of by the two onlookers, who have already tested it for warmth and comfort ;-)


Sunday, 9 September 2012

Lily's get-together!

Lily's Quilts

I've joined in with Lily's small blog meet! A great way to get to know other bloggers.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Starry wall...

This summer, other than a couple of very enjoyable, patchwork-related shopping trips, sewing has taken a back seat in favour of other events. 


A huge project has been completely re-doing our kitchen, ripping the whole lot out and starting again. It has absorbed all our physical and creative energies, but we're nearly there now, and it has been well worth it!


We have also been very focused on the Olympics, with a fantastic day last week at the Paralympics. In addition, late last night my phone went crazy with a flurry of texts, people messaging to say they had just seen Miss PatchyRose on the BBC 10 o'clock news!! Thanks to iplayer, we have been able to see it too... Miss PR had a fabulous school trip to the Paralympics yesterday. She was walking through the park, chatting away very animatedly to a couple of her close friends, and never even noticed that she was heading straight for a television camera ;-) It's very cute footage, and a lovely end to a brilliant summer!


The little bit of sewing that has happened, has been largely related to sorting school uniform out. However, I finally completed this star design wall hanging, using a combination of scraps and some beautiful linen. It wouldn't have been very durable as a quilt, but is perfect for the sewing room wall. I managed to add in a hanging sleeve before I finished the binding, and am happy with how that worked out.


It looks just right on the wall...


... above a multi-coloured 9 patch quilt. There is plenty of space left for a bookshelf in between, which Mr PR is working on.


I'm really happy to have that corner of the room looking nice!