Monday, 18 May 2015

Sam Scarecrow.

Meet my new friend his name is Sam he is a Tilda scarecrow. I am a big Tone Finnagan fan and have almost all her books that are translated into English. I have a list as long as my arm of Tilda projects I'd like to make and this beautiful scarecrow was on the list.  As you can see I am still on a sewing roll and loving every minute. Yesterdays sewing was to make his dungarees, I rummaged through my stash and found the perfect piece of fabric but oops I cut it wrong :o However , I realised we where going over the water to have lunch with the in-laws so I persuaded Colin to detour to Dots (quilters needs) in the hope that I would get another piece of the fabric. I knew this was along shot as it was quite a number of years old. Dot knew the fabric straight away but said if she had any it would take a year to find it (I agreed you have not seen anything like the amount of fabric dot has). Whats a girl to do? Oh yes of course buy some new fabric. I couldn't decided between two so I just had to get them both. This means I need to make another scarecrow!

Quilt update: I have almost finished my seaside quilt top just one more block but it is a big one and will take a little longer that the others.  I was a bit ambitious thinking I'd have it layered, quilted and bound by tomorrow for Liverbirds. Still its coming along nicely and that's all that matters.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

I am on a sewing roll.......

Meet Louie and he is all mine. On Sunday evening I received a message from my friend Holly asking if i would make her two bunnies, a boy and a girl. Now, I never make my bunnies to sell because people wouldn't pay the true price, even if I charged way below the minimum wage for labour there still not cheap.  Holly is a good friend and I decided seeing as I was on my sewing spree I would make them for her. I did give her a mates rates price and told her this was a very special one off. Then on Monday it was my mission to make the two bunnies.  They took me almost six hours from start to finish and Holly was delighted with them.  There was just enough of the piece of linen I had used to make Holly's two bunnies left for one more. I decided I wanted a little boy bunny to call my own. When it came to deciding what fabric to make his dungarees I struggled because I like each bunny to be unique. As I chose a fabric I could recall the person who's bunny had that fabric as his dungarees. Then I remembered Colin had offered me a shirt a few days ago as it had a stain on I couldn't get out and he wouldn't wear it any more. It was perfect I raided the wardrobe. I love the feel of worn cotton, the shirt was soft and smelt of washing powder and I love the colours of the checks.  Louie was born. He makes me smile every time I look at him sitting on my window sill. I think oh my if I was on the GBSB Patrick and May would certainly have something to say about my checks not meeting on his dungaree's and this makes me smile more because look what happened when I made the fist pair of trousers. :) happy sewing all. X
Ooooops :)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Hello! Is there anyboby out there?

A big HELLO! to anybody who still occasionally checks my blog in the hope that I have posted a new post.  Well today's the day.  The last few months have been crazy with one thing or another (well mainly illness and uni) but I am please to say that I am back to good health and that I completed second year. To celebrate both of these achievements I had a sewing marathon at the weekend. I have to say that despite the course being titled Textiles, it is more surface pattern design and I spend my days on the computer trying to learn Photo Shop. My first sewing day was with my beautiful little man, who is getting bigger by the day (Cole is 5 now).  We made a chicken bean bag (should be a pin cushion) for us to play catch with. He also did a drawing of me and Colin which I absolutely love.  Thursday I went to my amazing friend Janet's for lunch and I took with me a piece of paper that I had doodled the idea of a quilt. Janet kindly helped me work out all the measurements for the blocks and on Saturday I made a start.  Early evening I ran out of bonda web but I was still enjoying sewing so I made two tote bags for the Quilters Guild FOQ tombola. Notice the Ice cream block? It is from my seaside quilt, I cut it to small oooops!. Sunday I jumped in the car and nipped into Liverpool and  bought some bonda web, once home my sewing weekend continued. My aim is to have this quilt completely finished before next Liverbird meeting which is a week today, so far so good. X