Tuesday, 22 July 2014

In all dimensions

 You may remember this block...

and you may remember this one too..

well they joined with some friends, and all came together to make this quilt!

 Backed in a pretty fleece, and bound in shades of purple, and looking fresh and pretty thrown over the back of my sofa.. All the wrong colours for my living room, but who cares! I love it anyway!
I am really pleased with how it worked out in the end! and a big thank you to a rather good friend who helped poke me in the posterior to get it finished! Thank you!

Ended up 55" square, so just nicely works as a cover for a double bed, not draping down the sides, and would look great on a single bed, too.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Summer flowers

Just a few shots from the garden. Warning... there may be butterflies!

There is a lot going on in the garden just now, so I thought I would brighten your day with some of the joy!

That's all!

 This is 'Lucifer'

But this one is a volunteer!

PS, go see Lucy for an amazing giveaway!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

She asked for pussy cats..

It is Hannah's month at the Fat Stash Brit bee. Hannah clearly likes a cat... She offered us a choice. We could make a granny square, with a cat centre, or we could make an alternative block. With a cat on it. Any cat. So, that is what I did, I made any other cat.

This lovely girl is clearly devoted to her personal appearance... And, yes I put some stabiliser on the back before I went all round her. Why does stabiliser make it better? I have no idea, but it does!

And then these fellows came out to play!

I thought I would leave them together, then Hannah can divide them if she wishes.

My daughter now has the wanties! She could fancy a few of these around the place!

Friday, 11 July 2014

That circle skirt...

I finally, after nearly a year, got around to making the skirt.

Not long then... and considering it only takes a couple of hours to make, I think that is disgraceful!

And while you are at it, kindly admire the freshly jetwashed flags! They had gone battleship grey, but are now, temporarily restored to their original colours! And, all the 'volunteer's in the form of snapdragons have been disposed.... Shame, I like a few volunteers.... but I suspect it looks better now, or at least tidier!

If anyone wants a tutorial written for a circular skirt, kindly comment to that effect, and I shall do one... If no-one wants it, I shall save the effort for another time!

  Somehow, circular skirts do hang nicely, and give great freedom of movement. I like them!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Early bird...

Hip bee fabric came really promptly this month, and with the help of Cindy's tutorial for this block, a mini scrappy stars block was easily accomplished. Just quoting my daughter here... a really good use of negative space...

Now, a couple of our bee members have had to drop out as we have gone along, which would leave the current queen several blocks short, we are all making two blocks per month, so two bees down, and you are four blocks out. So there are a few of us who volunteered to do a little extra. Good thing I was one of them! 

So, when I was half way through putting together the next one, and realised I had put the strips together in the wrong order... leaving me two half blocks which could not make a whole... in the block above, imagine I have the top half, and the left half.... Instead of getting the seam ripper out, I made more blocks and just matched the pieces to get the blocks as needed. Whew!
So now I have all four blocks ready to post. And quite early in the month... I better smile sweetly at my husband, he gets my Post Office duties most often!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

and that first bag...

Was for a wedding. That wedding happened yesterday.

The bride to be sent an email out to her friends, she had been hunting for the perfect handbag for the occasion, one which would go perfectly with the dress, but would be big enough for all her 'security items' to fit into- spare specs, mobile, hankies, this, that, the other thing...- and soft, so it wouldn't catch on anything else..
She had looked on line and off, and just was not seeing exactly what she was after. so, would we all have a look, and see if we had something to lend her.

But my brain works the other way! If I haven't got what I want, and cannot see it out there, let me work out more precisely what I want, and I shall make it!

So, the offer was made. And we went on an urgent shopping spree, to Abakhan. They had a lovely polyester slub fabric in just the right colour, and upstairs we found a really pretty braid to match.. The right colour thread was purchased, in case I hadn't got it- I hadn't, so that was sensible- and £14 later- because there were one or two other bits crept into her basket, (which were nothing to do with me!)- we were on our way home. I already had all the other bits I thought I needed, or would get them somewhere else.

A few days later

the bag appeared.

A little bit of fabric manipulation to add interest, removeable strap, ( thank you to, I think, Hadley, who told me what 'swivel clips' are called, a few years ago) and the recipient is delighted.

A few more photos for you...
 It is always good to have a few pockets..
 and we wanted it to fit the mobile phone she is planning to get..
 just playing with which way it will work best...

 I top-stitched the zip on the inside only, so the lining will not catch, but you see no stitches from the outside.

She does not know how honoured she is... I hand stitched that binding on the flap.. I hate hand stitching... but I think it looks OK..

And the dress? you may find it here

We also played with some stick on diamante letters... and decided against them..

so, this was the bag I sent a picture of, to my Saturday lass, and her bag is 'out of the same stable', but completely different. 

Happy bags!

Friday, 27 June 2014

If you cannot find the one you like... Make it!

It is Prom season. All my youngsters are past prom stage, but I have a Saturday girl!

Now, this girl will go far. She is quite shy and retiring, but she worked herself up a job! How is that for a lass!

She has known us for some years, and came and joined us for 'work experience' We loved having her, and she seemed to enjoy herself. Then this year, it was prom! She bought a dress.... but it needed some very minor alteration. So, Mum brought her round, and we got the alteration done. To pay for this, she volunteered to do a few Saturdays.. Totally unnecessary, but she felt better about it... And her Mum liked that it meant she had to get up!

We found her so useful, she started officially in April......real pay too!

So, the bag?? No suitable bag found... In the end, I volunteered, sent them some photos of another bag I had made, and they liked.... so, the bag was made!

some piping and pleating on the front, pockets inside, and a long strap, on swivel clips, , a zip top, and the flap fastened with a magnetic clasp, and you have a bag fit for prom!

A very happy lass brought me a card and some chocolates today!

And Mum couldn't quite believe all the detail involved...

I thought it not so bad either!

oh! did you want to see the inside too?
Extra large phone pocket! and a safe zippy pocket. Job Done!
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